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

 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.

The highest point was about 600m high, but before reaching it I had to go constantly up and down. The weather was chilli, about 18C° but the wind was really cold. I had to change clothes because I was sweating a lot and with this cold wind I started freezing. But finally it was not a big gain, because after a while I was wet again of course. I really did miss the sun !!!

The landscape was sometimes farmland and sometimes turned into a wild virgen nature. Very nice.
Before the descend to Catemaco started I had a beautiful view of the lake – awesome. I went down very fast and passed Catemaco. It is a small town on the lakeside. I could also have stayed here, but the weather is not nice so I couldn´t enjoy the lake. I decided to continue to San Andres Tuxla another 9km from here. When I got to the city there were also some really tough climbs to take until I reached my Posada “San Martin”.
The Posada is a very nice colonial building, really beautiful. I first ordered some tacos and a coffe and after took a wonderful hot shower.

I washed all my stinky clothes and relaxed a little bit. In the evening I went to eat, and near the zocalo at the “Hotel Parque” they hat a menu with soup, some tortillas with chicken in mole and a dessert. As a drink I wanted to have some red wine but those philistines had put it all in the freezer together with the white one. Not one bottle of red wine with a normal temperature, all f….cold! So in the end I drank a beer and for dessert I took a Tequila Herradura 1810. Wonderful.

Flat part
Flat part
Start to climb
Start to climb
Nice landscape
Nice landscape
Small church in the middle of nowhere
Small church in the middle of nowhere
Keep climbing...
Keep climbing…
Almost on the top
Almost on the top
Firs view of Catemaco lake
Firs view of Catemaco lake
Catemaco lake
Catemaco lake
Near the village
Near the village
Down to Tuxla
Down to Tuxla
Main church at the zocalo
Main church at the zocalo
Tacos with mole
Tacos with mole
Delicious tacos
Delicious tacos
Cheers!!!
Cheers!!!

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