Ed's Third Trip to Mexico (this time the Yucatan) and so much more...

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  1. edstoll

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    Perfect !! That should take me a few days.
  2. edstoll

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    Day 31

    Comitan to Tuxtla Gutierrez

    It started out today cool and overcast. It is over 5000 feet at Comitan. Today's lower elevation and warmer temps were welcome. It was a nice ride descending down to a river that I would be following to Chiapa de Corzo where I plan to get on a boat and float up through Sumidero Canyon.

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    I wish my camera was better able to handle this shot. The pavement right in front, the road well ahead and the mountains in the background. It really was pretty cool.

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    When the road started following the river it got real twisty

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    I paid the 230 pesos to ride the boat up the canyon. It was stunning. The shear walls were quite a site. I took a lot of pics but they don't do it justice. Here are a few.

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    They said during the rainy season there is a waterfall here. It created what they call the Christmas Tree.

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    We also seen a lot of wildlife. A lot of different birds and this crocodile. Or alligator or whatever he is. I know pigs and cows. I thought he was fake until I seen him breathing. And then swimming at us.

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    See the monkeys ? They were showing off for us.

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    It was a two hour boat tour. Well worth it. I decided to call it a day after that in Tuxtla Gutierrez at Hotel San Carlos. Another hotel recommendation out of Sjoerd's book. Very good Hotel for 320 pesos. $17.

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  3. Sjoerd Bakker

    Sjoerd Bakker Long timer

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    Never been to OAXACA ... Wellll nowwww . That opens a ton of possibles ..to get ahead of your curve ... Without repeats:clap
    Take the 190 to Mitla/ Hierve/Oaxaca the city , at least a two day ride, plus a few more to see the City, Monte Alban, then do 175 SOUTH all the way to exit through Pluma Hidalgo to the various parts of Huatulco again a two day ride at least with gazillions of curves (&$? check your book for economy hotels in the update section)
    Then take the 200 west to Pochutla and Puerto Angel and do the coast loop west past the turtle rescue Center and nudie beach
    Then 200 west to Puerto Escondido ( $&?)stay uptown , walk tourist beach restaurant and shops in low town
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    Then west on 200 to Pinotepa Nacional ($?&) then another two day ultimate scenic ride NORTH Mex 125 (&$?) gets you back on Mex 190 and you follow that to IZUCAR DE MATAMOROS (?$&)
    Next wander around some of the roads at base of Volcan Popo' smoking and puffing . Side road loop up to TETETLA DEL VOLCAN is worth a look , but by then you are so up and close to that Volcan that you don't really see it .You have some great views as you take Mex 160 west to Cuautla and ziggy road to Cuernavaca ($@? lots of places)
    There that should keep you entertained a while. ( from memory:D)
    And of course throw in anything else that you want .
  4. edstoll

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    Day 32

    The days are flying by.

    Tuxtla Gutierrez to Cintalapa
    A couple more TG pictures before I move on.

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    I started the day by heading up to the view points above Sumidero Canyon. Very nice paved road going up. Steep ascent with great views of the city. There were no other cars just the bicyclists and some walkers. I took a lot of pictures because it was so scenic. But it was also foggy / hazy and overcast. Consequently my pictures are junk. I threw most of them away. Here are a few but you are just going to have to trust me it was beautiful.

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    Next to the last lookout I just sat there for quite a while. There was no one else around and gorgeous weather and scenery wise. I have to keep pinching myself to make sure this whole trip isn't just a dream. I sure don't deserve this fantastic experience. I think of my friends and family at home struggling with some rather fierce weather and I feel a little guilty. I hope I continue to be so blessed.

    I went on to the top and many bicyclists were gathered there. Any of them that rode up that hill are in fantastic shape. It is about 10 miles up that road and I do mean up. Gained a lot of elevation. Here is a parking lot picture. I told you it was just me and bicyclists.

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    A couple more pictures from the top.

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    Time to head back down

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    A view of the city

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    Out on the highway I seen a sign for Sima de Los Cotorras. A quick Google search and I see it's another one of those big holes in the ground that birds like. So away I go.

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    It is about 6 miles I think back to it but there are signs along the way.

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    It is a rough rock road. One of those rattle your fillings roads.

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    But it is worthy of the side trip if you are ever in the area.

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    It is a very big hole. They have a perimeter trail all the way around it. It isn't all easy walking but it is doable. It runs right on the edge. Pretty cool.

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    See the fence up there.

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    There are suppose to be thousands of green parakeets living here. I did see some but never close enough for a picture. It is a beautiful area.

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    I took a little bit different route on the way back to the highway. Started out good but when I got to where lots of trash I wished I wouldn't have came that way. Worried about flat tires.

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    Back out on 190 and I see another one of those signs that get my attention.

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    Okay I'll bite.

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    I paid my entrance fee to get in at Cascadas El Aguacero, changed shoes and took off. I was going down some steps. Down down down down. I kept saying to myself it is going to be a long way back up this. I figured there must be something good down here to build access like this.

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    It wasn't just steps. Also across the beach and crossing lots of big boulders. It was not an easy hike.

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    I hope you enjoy these pictures I worked very hard for them.

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    See the guy sitting out on the rock?

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    What seemed like a million steps back up.

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    Once back on top there was another trail that takes you to an overlook.

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    See the little people down there ? That's where I just was.

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    Here I will zoom in.
    Way way down there.

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    Back out on the road.

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    Stopped at Leo's Hotel Cintalapa. I am beat.

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    Today's stats

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  5. edstoll

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    Thank you Sjoerd. That's what I want.
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    massiveuniball Been here awhile

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    I loved 175 so much I did it twice last week...
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  7. edstoll

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    I would ride it twice but Sjoerd won't let me.
    :lol3
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    massiveuniball Been here awhile

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    I didn't follow advice either. I did it both times in one day. My 850 triple wouldn't let me do it in 2...
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    Day 33.

    Cintalapa to Mitla

    I started today by removing the jacket liner, opening up the vents and enjoying some warm weather. Let's head for the mountains.

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    Came across this old tractor. Care to identify it?

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    Chiapas you have been wonderful. Oaxaca you have a big reputation. Show me what you have.

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    Started out good.

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    It got real windy.

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    Went by thousands of wind generators.

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    I imagine this is the right place for them.

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    I came across a mezcal distillery. My bottle of whiskey was getting low ( I don't know how it's lasted this long). I thought I would pick up a night cap substance.

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    I tried a few shots before deciding on which one I wanted. Those shots seemed to help with the upcoming curves.

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    Great roads great weather fun day on the bike.

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  11. VTbeemer

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    Ed
    Terrific report so far.

    Sorry I’m a little late catching up with it here so far.

    As I mentioned to you before Oaxaca has been my favorite state so far. Will be eager to see your take on it.

    Ride safe

    Dan

    Ps. You have to try the Oaxaca “Pizza” towards the back of the main Mercado (food stalls) I forget the proper name but I’m sure someone here will come up with it.
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    Mmm, Mitla. You're in ancient Zapotec and Mixtec lands now. I guess you're not too ruined out yet.
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    These pizzas are called TLAYUDAS easy to find at the mercados and many restaurants

    You are going to love the food there, try the " moles" and grasshoppers
    And don´t miss MONTE ALBAN

    Safe riding have fun!!!!
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  14. davidaid

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    Show of hands of who is jealous of Ed's vacation!!:clap

    I check in every morning and live vicariously through his ride reports! Give's me motivation to do a similar trip someday.
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    +1 on Monte Alban. Also worth a short trip out to Arbol de Tule to feast your eyes on that tree. Pics don't do it justice.
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    Day 34

    Mitla to Oaxaca

    Start today with a little bit of yesterday. Last night I went up to the park. They were having some kind of festival. They hung colorful umbrellas over the street. I seen this somewhere else also.

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    They had lots of children's circus rides set up. There was a stage built with a band and dancers and singers entertaining a good sized crowd. A very pretty centro in Milta.

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    I went to the ruins right there in town. This is more modern than the ones I visited earlier. Approximately 200 -1200 AD. Once again I took a lot of pictures. Here are a few

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    I was impressed with the many different types of cactus.

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    The next stop is Hierve el Agua. I took the more challenging way in. Loose rock, steep switchbacks and climbing up up and then down down. It was a good route with nice scenic views. You do need to pay attention because of no shoulders and steep drops. You don't have to worry about getting lost there are a lot of signs along the way.

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    Hierve el Agua Translates to boil the water. It is geological site featuring towering waterfall like rock formations and pools and springs. 25 pesos gets you full entrance. This was beautiful. There is plenty of hiking to do also if you are so inclined.

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    I was prepared to strip stuff off and get into one of the pools. The water was not boiling. It was cold. So I elected to stay dressed and hike out to this.



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    I would really like to take this rock home to my wife.

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    One of the other gawkers out there graciously offered to take my picture so I graciously allowed it.

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    On top of the most prominate formation there is a small shallow pool and the water is "boiling" out of the ground. I guess maybe that's how it gets the name?

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    This tree was in the parking lot.

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    I took the easier wayback to Mitla. Just as scenic. It is gravel but not as aggressive and takes you to highway 190 that also does not suck.

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    There was a Texas plated " OFICIAL" vehicle looks like it has been there awhile.

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    I arrived to my Airbnb in centro Oaxaca. I will be here a couple of days.

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  17. edstoll

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    Davidaid, I am glad you are enjoying it. The first reason I do this report is for myself. If I don't document it I will forget most of it. It will just be a blur and this is too big a deal for me to not remember. To do a daily report takes some dedication and discipline. Another reason I do it is for people like you. I have benefited from the work of others here. I hope this does motivate you to do something similar. Yolo.
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    Is this what you are talking about Dan ?

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    I walked around the Zocalo a bit tonight. Very bustling place.

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    I guess there is about nothing a person can't find here.


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    Yeah ,that’s what I’m talking about!!
    Crazy thing is I think I know which stall that is.

    Dan
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