Juan Díaz Covarrubias-San Andrés Tuxtla: Crossing the Sierra de los Tuxla

Firs view of Catemaco lake

 52 km (32 miles) – Total so far: 1,577 km (980 miles)

I decided I to take it easy today but I woke up at 6 o´clock and at 7am I was back on the road. There were no shoulders this time and as soon as I left the village it started to climb. It went up slowly, slowly, but not like a serpentine so it became hard from time to time.

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Coatzacalcos-Juan Díaz Covarrubias

Passing a small village

 108 km (67 miles) – Total so far: 1,525 km (948 miles)

Accompanied by the sound of some blackbirds singing their morning tunes I was leaving the city very early at 6:30am. It took me about 30min until I got to the road I wanted to take. I had to pass all the industrial parts and the poor neighbourhoods of the town. Sometimes it was a little bit scary.
I arrived and found out that the road didn´t have any shoulders so I cycled very carefully and always watched what was going on behind me in my mirror – especially when I heard the big trucks approaching behind me. After 20kms I got a flat tire with the rear wheel. Probably when I changed the tires I didn´t see that there was a very small piece of some wire sticking in the tire. I needed my multitool to take it out. So I took off all of my panniers and changed the tube. I lost about 15min.
The sky was cloudy and grey but anyway thanks god there was no rain today and the temperature was 24C°. The road on some stretches was under construction and so sometimes they were comfortable shoulders but sometimes none and then it got very narrow. I was lucky that only once a truck passed me by very close…
The road was going up and down as usual and sometimes there were very longs climbs. I made today 650m of height distance. The landscape was changing. Sometimes agriculture with oil palms plantations and sometimes it seemed like maiden ground. I got to the village and I asked a taxi driver for a place to sleep. He knew some hotels ande gave the directions to me. One option was located on the road before you pass the entrance to the village but I didn´t see it and I passed it. I had to go back again 500m and when I found it, the lady said that the room would only be free in 1,5 hours. So I had to wait. I was lucky that in front of the hotel, on the road side there was a restaurant. So first I had a coffe and a cold coke.
When my room was ready I took a hot shower and updated the journal. Later I went to eat at the same restaurant I first had the coffee but I found that it was closed. Then I saw a lady (probably the owner?!) and I asked her if she couldn´t prepare me something to eat as an exception. She was nice and cooked especially for me some meat with beans and salad. The food was real good. Tasted wonderful. Gracias Seniora!!
Tomorrow will be quite a short ride so I think I will sleep a little bit longer and start maybe around 7 o´clock first.
Flat tire!!!
Flat tire!!!
Passing a small village
Passing a small village
I think on this machine they make the asphalt for the road
I think on this machine they make the asphalt for the road
Going down!!
Going down!!
Some times flat
Some times flat
Oil palms
Oil palms
Corn plantation
Corn plantation
You can see the Tuxla Sierra
You can see the Tuxla Sierra
Really sad-.....
Really sad-…..
Sugar can plantation looking like white feather pampas grass
Sugar can plantation looking like white feather pampas grass
I really don´t like this speed humps,specially when I am going downhill always need to brake!!!!!
I really don´t like this speed humps,specially when I am going downhill always need to brake!!!!!
Arrive!!!!
Arrive!!!!
The lovely restaurante
The lovely restaurante

Macuspana-Heroica Cardenas: Just to riding in the rain….

A big indian statue I could only see from behind

110 km (68 miles) – Total so far: 1,290 km (802 miles)

Today -after the usual morning ritual- I was pedaling very early. Soon I had to stop and get my rain jacket out of my backpacks as it already started to rain. It kept raining, raining, raining. Sometimes less sometimes stronger, but always constantly. One hour later my clothes were already totally wet. That´s life.

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