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.
On the way to Pico de Orizaba.
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.
[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.]
It was pretty steep.
Not Pico de Orizaba, but an observatory on the adjacent mountain.
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.
One minute I’m being passed by mountain bikers, the next minute I’m passing cowboys.
To avoid the city and urban sprawl of Tehuacán, I steered back up into the mountains towards Nicolás Bravo.
It was a great descent back down into the valley.
A brief but very welcome dirt cycling route through some sort of biological reserve.
It was a very long and gradual climb from Santiago Dominguillo.
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.
Mayan ruins of Monte Alban, just outside of Oaxaca.
Too many people. Why am I even here?
Yeah, that’s essentially how I feel about cities, too.
Smokey meat market at the Mercado 20 de Noviembre.