Pachuca to Oaxaca

Jan. 25 – Feb. 8, 2016

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Winding through pleasant pine forests around the base of Mt Malinche was a welcome change to the unavoidable highway riding outside of Pachuca.

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On the way to Pico de Orizaba.

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At 5,636 m (18,491 ft), it’s the highest mountain in Mexico and third in North America. Also known as Citlaltépetl, it sits right on the border between Puebla and Veracruz.

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The refugio.
[I just wrote a few paragraphs about climbing Pico de Orizaba that didn’t save , so once again, here are a bunch of pictures with no additional context.]

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It was pretty steep.

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Not Pico de Orizaba, but an observatory on the adjacent mountain.

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Just as I was taking a picture of the road, a group of mountain bikers flew past me. It turns out I was in the middle of a mountain bike race. 

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One minute I’m being passed by mountain bikers, the next minute I’m passing cowboys.

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To avoid the city and urban sprawl of Tehuacán, I steered back up into the mountains towards Nicolás Bravo.

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It was a great descent back down into the valley.

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A brief but very welcome dirt cycling route through some sort of biological reserve.

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It was a very long and gradual climb from Santiago Dominguillo.

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Oddly enough, it wasn’t until I got to the “urban sprawl” outside of Oaxaca that I could find dirt farming roads to take into the city.

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Mayan ruins of Monte Alban, just outside of Oaxaca.

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Too many people. Why am I even here? 

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Yeah, that’s essentially how I feel about cities, too.

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Smokey meat market at the Mercado 20 de Noviembre.

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