April 21, 2021: North... er, Westward bound! 281 miles Finally back on the road for real. Technically towards home, but still lots to see in that direction. I found myself on the cuota roads again, making time. I was ready to get off the flat farming country of Tabasco and Veracruz States. Nothing really to report from the autopiste. I got rained on a little just past Cardenas at the toll booth. But not bad. The rain was more welcome than not as it was at least overcast and therefore quite a bit cooler. Mid-eighties feels pretty nice when it's been mid-ninties or higher for the last couple weeks. Exiting onto MEX175, I stopped for fuel. Thinking of the 200 miles I'd done without any pictures, it seemed that I just needed to take a shot. The pictures always come more often after the first one. You're welcome. The road runs along Rio Papaloapan. Sugar cane field on the other side. Lots of such fields around. And other signs of cane. It poured on me a little past this. For like 90 seconds. Then stopped. I guess it's good I don't rust. Crossing the Rio Tonto approaching Tuxtepec (officially San Juan Bautista Tuxtepec). It's not a toll road, but like many places in the area, there is a toll for the bridge. The river is also the border from Veracruz to Oaxaca State. Finally getting into some hills, I saw a pretty good sized roadside shrine. The view here was really nice. Overlooking Presa Miguel de la Madrid, a reservoir. I didn't stay long though, as there was a terrible stench. I didn't see any bones, so this looks to be chicken skin with feathers. Phew. Much more pleasant at the lake. Fishing looks popular. There was a roadside stand selling freshly caught fish at the end of the bridge. I stopped pretty early, mid-afternoon, in Jalapa de Diaz. That's Cerro Rabon in the background. Hopefully it will be clear of clouds in the morning. From a little outside of town. It doesn't seem that there are many motorcyclists coming through Jalapa. The bike and I got a LOT of looks. Nothing hostile, just curious. The town feels like it's way up in the mountains, yet is only just above 120 meters elevation. Rabon tops out over 1800. The plan is to ride up the side of that tomorrow, and play on the very squiggly lines on the map from there.