The halftime scoot (parte uno)…

November 3, 2010

With so many things to see and explore in Mexico, you could spend years in the country and still only scratch the surface.  At this point, we are about halfway through our 6 month visitors visa and we have started to really map out a plan for these next three months.  In doing so, we decided we where going to ride straight for Oaxaca, traveling mainly on the carretera to help move us along.  The days are really dipping into the fall season and having ventured back up into the Sierras for some of this route, we found ourselves pulling out our windbreakers and sleeping cozily in our sleeping bags at night.  An excellent 8 or so days of riding this was.  Here is part one of our scoot down to Oaxaca…

 

Not long after leaving the bustle of Morelia, we rode back up into the glorious green, also a designated Parque National Area. While picking up some eggs for the following morning, we were approached by Andy, an extremely bright and mature high schooler whose family owned some land nearby. Andy camped with us along their lake, staying up to enjoy the fire, even though he had to rise at 6 am to get to school. Here we took turns throwing the football to Andy and his brother...

Be still your hearts. I give you Duke, one of the dogs lucky enough to live with Andy and his family...

Fresh mountain springs are found right along the road...

...and Christmas Tree farms dot the hillsides...

I continuously remark with joy when we don't really research what is along a certain route. These days were full of all sorts of surprises, like Presa Valle de Bravo...

 

...along which we visited a few bike shops. I had to restrain myself from taking this Ruby Elite out for a ride, as that was my road bike in California. Cobblestones and road tires aren't the best combination...

 

Beautiful, wooded camping. In the morning we were woken up nice and early by the pitch farmers who work the area...

 

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