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    Day 1.120 – The Mastodont

    Aldama -> Soto la Marina
    Distance (km) : 114
    Time on bike : 4h 35m
    Brutto time: 09.20 – 15.30
    Avg : 24.8 km/h
    Max.speed: 52.1
    Total (km) : 46.269
    Altitude: 30 m
    Difficulty: 3 of 5

    Wheel-chair man with a microphone. Aldama, Mexico.

    It is, thanks to a nearly flat terrain and a glorious tailwind, one of the fastest WT-days all time. After 110 km the bike computer says 25.0 km/h in average. There are some hills with views over the checkerboard flat and arid landscape. It is semi-boring cycling, but the afternoon temperatures are not bored! Up to 47 degrees C the thermometer tells me. Shoulders are covered well in SPF 60. My skull is glowing. Wind’s howling.

    Brilliant asphalt in northeastern Mexico, Hwy 101

    The Mastodont:
    In the midst of (almost) nothing, I stop at a small eatery. The female assistant, a mammoth of a person asks about me and the bike and she is obviously interested in more than just my bike. I order 200 grams of homemade tortillas, that she heats up for me and when she wants to close the plastic bag with the tortillas, she fumbles nervously several times. She admits with a shy smile, that she’s quite nervous and I tell her not to be. From out oif the blue, she mentions that she also has Movistar telecards for my mobile, so that I can call, and I think that she ought to know that she is way, way too big for me, but tell her that I’m not travelling with a mobile phone.

    Tropico de Cancer

    8 months ago I crossed the Tropico de Capricornio (Tropic of Capricorn) in northwestern Argentina – the parallel line 23.5 degrees south of the Equator that marks the beginning of the tropical zone. Today it is time to officially leave the tropics again after approx. 12,500 km. Just south of Los Lavaderos I cross the Tropico de Cancer , which (surprise) marks the beginning/end of the tropical zone 23.5 degrees north of the Equator. It smells a little more of Denmark now, but make no mistake: it is still stinking hot!

    Aldama early morning...

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

    I have a small 190 ml Cerveza Indio-beer (from Monterrey, Mexico) during a trance break in Los Lavaderos – as a mini-celebration of being out of the tropics.

    Having a refreshing lunch beer...

    The high cadence continues all day until I reach the village Soto La Marina and check in at the first hotel I see, Hotel La Quinta , which is really out of my economical reach, but I choose a rare pampering, because I still have a good part of the afternoon and the whole evening left and therefore I feel I will actually be able to enjoy the luxuries (cable TV, aircon, hot shower and without (others!) pubic hair in the bed. Fuck the 22 USD this time.

    A splurge in Soto La Marina, NE Mexico.

    I have only 275 km to the US border now. Am first and foremost looking forward being able to communicate freely again, a thing that will probably help giving me back some of the desire to socialize and chitchat with the locals. I don’t have much of that at the moment.

    Always a Corona sign in sight...

    On this day..

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