Posts tagged "Oaxaca"
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...
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...
Snaps - December 2014

Snaps – December 2014

About six weeks ago, our camera made thunderous contact with a pavement somewhere on the Yucatán Peninsula. Since then, a thin, faint smudge has appeared near the centre of every photograph we’ve taken with it. See if you can spot the smudges on this month’s collection of disparate snapshots, which have even less connection to...
Feliz Navidad, una vez más

Feliz Navidad, una vez más

A year and a day ago, the Argentine family in whose posada we were staying invited us to join them for Christmas dinner. For us Englanders, there was a twist: the dinner was held not on Christmas Day, but – in traditional Argentine fashion – late on Christmas Eve. Midnight was greeted with cheers, present-opening...
The Night of Radishes

The Night of Radishes

During the 19th century, competition grew tough in the markets of Oaxaca. There were too many vegetables and not enough shoppers, and traders were forced to seek new ways to attract passing trade to their stands. At some point, several stallholders began carving their vegetables into shapes, figures, even tableaux. This novel marketing method proved...
On the up

On the up

From the city of Campeche, a colonial jewel box on the banks of the Atlantic, we rode for 12 consecutive days to reach the beaches of Oaxaca – south-west on the edge of the Gulf Coast, west through the heartland of Mexico’s oil industry, south to cross the country at its thinnest point, then west...
Roads to ruins

Roads to ruins

In every bike tour, whether two weeks or (like this one) two years, there comes a point when the cyclist realises that the best riding is behind them. It’s not that there aren’t stretches of splendid cycling ahead, because there often are; and it’s not that the countries themselves don’t hold plenty of off-bike appeal,...