Mexico
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...
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...
Two breaks for the border

Two breaks for the border

North of Mexico City lies a string of pretty old cities, settled by the Spanish in the 16th century as they mined the region for silver. Of those we visited, the most personable is Santiago de Querétaro, a checkerboard of squares and churches connected by immaculate residential streets. The most captivating is Guanajuato (pictured above),...
Barriga llena, corazón contento

Barriga llena, corazón contento

In 2013, Mexico jiggled ahead of the USA as the developed world’s fattest country, with 70% of the population overweight and a third obese. The UN report pointed the finger at the usual all-you-can-eat buffet of poverty, urbanisation and the industrialisation of the food supply. We haven’t been left unscathed by this epidemic: despite cycling...
Month 19

Month 19

10 January – 9 February 2015 Countries Mexico (total 16) Distance 1,390.06km (total 23,747.04km) Climb 14,346m (total 219,331m) Longest day 111.03km, San Luis Potosí to El Huizache in Mexico (longest so far: 160.11km) Top speed 60.7kmh (fastest so far: 68.8kmh) Punctures 3 (total 37; Will leads 26-11, and suspects it might be time for a...
The fat of the land - Touring the Sierra Gorda

The fat of the land – Touring the Sierra Gorda

For all that we’ve enjoyed our time in Mexico, the cycling here has sometimes been a little utilitarian. There have been fine rides along the way – the two-day climb from the Guatemala border to San Cristobal de las Casas, the three-day oceanside stretch west of Salina Cruz, the up-and-over ribbon road connecting the coast...
Snaps - January 2015

Snaps – January 2015

The first 31 days of the year reduced to a few indifferent snapshots. Previous months can be found by clicking here.     In the Parque de los Fuertes, high above the city of Puebla, the city turned on the fountains to celebrate New Year’s Day. Cuatro Veces Heroica Puebla de Zaragoza, Puebla, Mexico 1...
You say paste, I say pasty

You say paste, I say pasty

‘After the mines closed in the 1990s,’ said Pedro, ‘the town really struggled.’ We nodded, sagely. When a company town loses the company that sustains it, the ending is rarely happy. But in this case, there was a twist. ‘It was the pasty that revived us.’ Perhaps, at this point, a little context is required....
Sunday in Mexico City

Sunday in Mexico City

Running diagonally through the heart of Mexico City, the Paseo de la Reforma is the kind of arrow-straight, tree-lined, monument-strewn boulevard that travel writers are contractually required to describe as ‘Parisian’. For six and a half days each week, this grand avenue is soaked with cars, buses, vans and taxis, honking and weaving and running...
Month 18

Month 18

10 December 2014 – 9 January 2015 Countries Mexico (total 16) Distance 1,001.78km (total 22,356.96km) Climb 12,238m (total 204,985m) Longest day 121.56km, Tehuacán to Puebla in Mexico (longest so far: 160.11km) Top speed 68.8kmh (fastest so far; we’re not coming home until we’ve passed the 70kmh barrier) Punctures 2 (total 34; Will leads 23-11) Touring...
Four's a crowd

Four’s a crowd

Ever the romantic, I hired a mariachi quartet to serenade Ruth over dinner last night. I thought it went rather well. from México, Distrito Federal, Mexico
In Oaxaca

In Oaxaca

It takes a stubborn cyclist to tour through Mexico without taking in the city of Oaxaca de Juárez. The alternative routes through the country to the north are apparently a bore, while bypassing the city to the south requires an extended visit to the troubled state of Guerrero. It’s not quite correct to say that...