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    Day 1.114 – A Flat & A Ruin

    Veracruz -> Palma Sola
    Distance (km) : 92
    Time on bike : 4h 58m
    Brutto time: 11.00 – 18.00
    Avg : 18.5 km/h
    Max.speed: 63.9
    Total (km) : 45.639
    Altitude: 50 m
    Difficulty: 2 of 5

    Where the river meets the ocean...

    I have decided to skip Mexico City. Yesterday’s CNN and internet reading says that the capital has turned into a ghost town and that most public institutions, bars, restaurants etc. are closed, that the parks are deserted, all that for fear of the swine flu. Would you cycle a detour of 400 km, from sea level to Mexico City at 2200 m to experience it? Nope.

    It feels good to be on the road again, going straight north, towards the United States. Right from the start I decide not have any super-ambitious goals for the day. Simply not to pressure myself unnecessarily in the heat. For once the dog in my smells blood …

    On my way up to the Quiahuiztlán ruin north of Veracruz, Mexico.

    The heat is manageable today. And the wind comes from the side or slightly from behind me. Feeling happy all around.

    At the entry to the Quiahuiztlán-ruin (see link for additional info) the rear tire is flat. If “shitfuck” is a word, I think it describes neatly what I had to say about the matter. Fix it in the shade of a mango tree on private property.

    You can buy this day here – and become a part of the WT Hall of Fame 🙂

    Had I known that there were 3 km up to ruins and that they all went fairly steeply up, I had surely dropped the plan. But I did not know, so here I am, snailing my way up the windy dirt road while I curse the project mildly. 20 minutes later I reach a small car park and lock the Koga to a sign. The ticket man asks for an entry fee. I tell that I am an anthropology student and show him my old student ID from Copenhagen Uni. He accepts it without blinking and then my supper is saved.

    Quiahuiztlán ruin north of Veracruz, Mexico.

    The area was an important burial site to the aztecs, and it’s quite nice and especially the view down the coast and the village Villa Rica is fine. A flirting couple lies in the grass, otherwise I have the place to myself. A massive rock formation forms an impressive backdrop to the entire complex. It was worth the detour.

    Quiahuiztlán ruin north of Veracruz, Mexico.

    Quiahuiztlán ruin north of Veracruz, Mexico.

    Down in the sleepy fishing village of Villa Rica, located right next to the Gulf of Mexico, I get myself a late lunch and actually expected to stay here for the night. But the offers I get are unreasonably expensive, I find no obvious place to camp, and then the Koga rolls again. Still have a few hours of daylight and feel no fatigue. Is surprisingly clear and fresh in my head, no trance today.

    Quiahuiztlán ruin north of Veracruz, Mexico.

    Villa Rica Village, Verzcruz State, Mexico.

    In Palma Sola (2400 inhabitants), third try is – as has been seen before – my lucky try when it comes to checking hotels. Hotel Arcos (200 pesos, 14 USD) provides a spotless 3-bed room with fan and bath. I carry all my gear (bike + equipment) up to first floor, some 60 bulky kilos, ‘cos – hell yes! – did I go to the gym in Veracruz yesterday.

    Near Villa Rica, Mexico.

    Delicious tostadas...

    On this day..


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