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invisible mountain

I mentioned in our last post that riding into a headwind was like climbing an invisible mountain. During our last few days riding from Tapanatepec to San Cristóbal, we experienced that in spades. But not only did we have invisible, headwind-induced mountains to climb, we had some real ones to contend with too. In fact, we knocked off our biggest climb to date. We had a good night's rest in Tapanatepec but before bedding down for the night, we had what…

plans

It's often stated that a sailor's plans are written in the sand at low tide, meaning that all plans are subject to change. While a cyclist may not be at the mercy of Mother Nature in quite the same way as a sailor, we've learned that keeping our plans flexible is a key to happiness. For example, just minutes before saying goodbye to our friend Alex in Oaxaca, he looked over our route and pointed out that a road which,…

Oaxaca City now holds the record for being the place that we have remained stationary for the longest time on our cycle tour, a bit more than a week. While the city itself is awesome, our extended stay is the result of having an exceptionally forgiving host, and the fact that the Dia de los Muertos — the Day of the Dead — celebration was on the horizon. We have more amazing memories from Oaxaca than we can count and were fortunate enough to…

Rebecca and I have been keeping busy here in Oaxaca, tagging along with our friend and host Alex to a number of pre-Muertos events. In spite of our busy social calendar :) , I did take a few moments to edit this short video for our Facebook Page. The clip may seem familiar as it's a shortened, silent version of this one and is made up entirely of footage from the Baja Divide. Looking back, I see that we've recorded…

It's a rare treat to have both time to write and a good internet connection with which to post on our blog. Thanks to the hospitality of our host, Alex, we have been blessed this combination, allowing me to play catchup a bit. To begin, Rebecca has been interviewed a couple of times recently and the first of pieces has now made its way online. In the interview, she shares her thoughts about traveling by both sailboat and by bike,…

just for fun

I remember reading, back when we were still in the planning stages for our cycling tour, about how certain cyclists, upon reaching a destination where they planned to stay for a few days, would unload their bikes to go for trail rides in the area. I recall thinking that it was a strange idea, to go riding for fun after having just spent entire days, if not weeks in the saddle. Interestingly though, we now find ourselves doing exactly the…

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