Mosquitos, electrical fires and colorful markets.
Trip Start Jul 15, 2009
25Trip End Jul 15, 2010
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After leaving Coban we rode from moist humid mountains into hot dry mountains. So the hot days have been doing a number on us heat wise, and the steepness of these mountains have as well. The hills are relentless! Valley after valley we have been creeping along for four days between 2150m and 600m. The first valley took us two and a bit days to get through. One part, which I’ll never forget, was making our way through the temporary road made after a huge landslide took out a large chunk of mountain. The road was basically a drop off a cliff and then back up the other side. At a 15% grade, and midday sun, I was almost sick on the climb. It’s easier to ride than push up steep parts but is physically more draining. On the other side my legs were shaking and I felt ill and completely flat with no energy left. The old road use to go across.... FLAT! Although the last four days have been continuously and drastically up or down the views have been worth it. Luckily the road isn’t too busy so we can ride on the wrong side to get under tree and bank shadows although risky you normally hear cars and trucks as they are grinding or using engine braking. Some of the drops are so long and steep that I have to stop to let my rims cool down so they don’t melt through my tyres.
Camping by a river last night we watched the locals do their thing, fishing by throwing a net out into the current and putting his small catch into his pocket before casting out again. And the locals watched us go about our washing and cooking having a good laugh. Tomorrow we head to Chichicastenango famous for its markets but not before I ride back 15k to look for a pin that I left out of my rear cassette when changing a broken spoke, oh joy!