Monthly archive March, 2015
And finally...

And finally…

Several places bill themselves as the cradle of country music, which has long been an interest of ours, but few have a better claim than the handsome old railroad town of Meridian in eastern Mississippi. Meridian was the birthplace of the great Jimmie Rodgers, the Singing Brakeman, who became country’s first superstar in the late...
Further reading - Books about Latin America

Further reading – Books about Latin America

It probably goes without saying that there’s a vast supply of terrific books about Latin America. As we discovered during a visit to Oaxaca’s Amate Books, the best English-language bookstore we found in the Spanish-speaking Americas, we could have spent the last 18 months reading worthwhile volumes solely about Mexico and we still wouldn’t have...
Month 20

Month 20

10 February – 9 March 2015 Countries Mexico & USA (total 17) Distance 1,775.23km (total 25,522.27km) Climb 7,640m (total 226,971m) Longest day 138.04km, Navasota to Shepherd in Texas, USA (longest so far: 160.11km) Top speed 50.1kmh (fastest so far: 68.8kmh) Punctures 6 (total 43; Will leads 28-15) Touring cyclists encountered 3 (total 94) Best breakfast...
Saturday at Fred's

Saturday at Fred’s

We finished our food, dropped a $20 bill on the table, crossed the road and gingerly eased open the barroom door. It was 8.30, half an hour after the lounge had opened, and things were just beginning to warm up. At the bar, gossiping over bottled beers, a dozen or so old-timers, plainly locals. In...
Snaps - February 2015

Snaps – February 2015

Our monthly collection of snaps from the digital cutting-room floor. Previous months can be found at this link.     To our shame, we became a little blasé about Mexican churches after a while, but our eyes were still regularly caught by the breathtaking detail on the best of them. This is the cathedral in...
A Fortune, lost and found

A Fortune, lost and found

An imposing corner building in the small Texas town of New Braunfels, the Phoenix Saloon opened for business in 1871. Back in the 19th century, the ground floor held a bar, the basement briefly housed a brewery (a keg of beer cost a princely $2.25), the garden contained an alligator pit and the back room...