ruthbeach-1280

10 November – 9 December 2014

Countries Mexico (total 16)
Distance 2,251.34km (total 21,355.18km)
Climb 7,094m (total 192,747m)
Longest day 151.77km, Champotón to Ciudad del Carmen in Mexico (longest so far: 160.11km)
Top speed 53.5kmh (fastest so far: 67.4kmh)
Punctures 4 (total 32; Will leads 23-9)
Touring cyclists encountered 12 (total 88)
Longest stretch in the saddle 12 days, San Francisco de Campeche to San Agustinillo in Mexico
Mayan ruins visited 6 (total 9, and we enjoyed them enormously)
Road blockades encountered 1 (total 4, and we enjoyed them rather less)
Best breakfast At some point, we’ll stop ordering huevos con mole every chance we get, but not quite yet
Worst hill We’ve barely been above sea level all month
Ice cream of the month The chili-chocolate variety dished up at Panna e Cioccolato, comfortably the most appealing spot among the string of tourist-gouging businesses on the main street in Tulum
Jettisoned en route Four shirts, three books, two hammocks, one tyre and a partridge in a pear tree
Lost in transit Astonishingly, nothing
Biggest mystery As it was this time last year, where we’ll be for Christmas
Biggest surprise Ruth has managed to find a beach town that doesn’t have Will clawing out his own eyes with boredom and misery

from San Agustinillo, Oaxaca, Mexico