And the water would rush, the water would fall…

October 7, 2010

We had left San Potosi excitedly with a map that showed the greater layout of the Huasteca Area and some of its hot spots.  This map also included lots of little symbols of a swimming man and I am happy to report we got to spend each day of that next week riding from one fantastic swim spot to another, making it one of my most favorite parts of the trip thus far.  We had a bit of a climb heading away from San Luis Potosi and then one of the hugest descents, quite possibly the longest of my life, into a valley to begin what would become the never-ending splash fest.

We started with Media Luna, which gets its name from the shape it appears as from above.  The waters here are thermal, but verge on the very luke warm side, so really it just felt like sun warmed water.  There’s all sorts of little walkways and interesting trees growing everywhere and some of the most curious looking ducks I have seen in my life.     We happened upon it on a weekend so the place was crrrrrrawling with families, music, barbecues and the likes.  The shade had us napping in our hammocks for the better part of the day, before departing on our way to find a camping down the road.

Our riding through these parts made it clear we had transcended into a uniquely new climate and landscape, different from anything we had seen so far.  It was so…..tropical.  We now rode through lush, lush green mountains with huge palm leaves reaching out of the hillsides towards us.  No complaints there.

We dropped down into Tamosopo and enjoyed the waterfalls just on the other side of town and later in the evening met some other like minded traveling kids and spent the following day exploring some other falls, Puente de Dios, with them off our bikes.  It was another’s day ride before we had our encounter with the third water spectacle, Cascadia de Micos.  The later of these two falls were absolutely rushing, based on the time of year and the amount of water this part of Mexico has had recently.  It also meant it was not the best time for swimming, so these normally touristy places where quite quiet.  Perfect.

 

Rising up out of the smoggy sprawl that was San Luis Potosi...

 

 

We happened by this track THE very day of my brother's birthday, who is not only one of the greatest people to ever live, but also a huge Nascar fan. This one's for him. I love you Kevbro...

 

 

More of those green, hilly things we love to see...

 

 

One of the many water gulleys found snaking through the Media Luna park. Here you could (and I did) float on your back through these picturesque channels, staring up at the perfect day...

 

 

The race was on. No joke. Little man won, but at no small cost. We caught him stretching out his legs a little ways down the road when he didn't think we could see...

 

 

Idealistic Tamosopo Falls and swim spot. The water was refreshingly chilly...

 

 

Meeting Mexican travelers means getting to learn the backdoor entrances to some parks...

 

 

Exploring the mouth of Puente de Dios...

 

 

Moss covered crosses, placed at the sight for children who have lost their lives in the waters there...

 

 

Fields and fields of sugar cane. Obviously the riding this day was just horrible. Horrible. No good news to report...

 

 

A good example of one of the constantly repeated things in our days, getting directions...

 

 

As we rode, we were befriended by Jorge who was on his way home from work. He invited us to come stay at his home...

 

 

Perfect ending to a perfect day...

 

 

Jorge and his wife, Felicitas...

 

 

Cascadia de Micos...

 

 

90% of Mexico is Catholic...

 

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