Previous Articles

cycle touring blog Tag

Exploring the Ancient Ruins of Palenque

After exploring the Pyramids in Tula and the Sun- and Moonpyramid in Teotihuacan, we are excited to visit more ancient sites in Mexico . This time though, we are heading into the jungle. In the morning, we set out to find the collectivo to the ancient ruins. Collectivos are small minibuses and for 25 Pesos each, we can fetch a ride to the archeological site, which sits about 10 km outside from the center of town.

Almost lost

After our morning coffee from the OXXO and taking the customary picture at the Puebla-city-letters, we head out of town. Unfortunately, we do not get very far. About a mile into the ride I notice, that something does not feel right. I am trying to go through a mental check list in my head. It is not until I put on my gloves at a red

Cycling in thin Air, riding to Puebla

It is a two day ride from Teotihuacan to Puebla, Mexico. Once there, we plan on spending a down day to visit the city. After riding along one of the smaller roads, we eventually end back up on the 15D toll road.

About happy encounters

In the morning, it is time to continue our cycling tour from Tula to Teotihuacan. Leaving the Terrace 10 Hotel in Tula was not easy and it had nothing to do with having to pack up all of our panniers and trying to manhandle all of our bags down three flights of stairs without tripping and falling. No, it was simply, because we liked the place and its people.
Eventually though, and much later in the day than anticipated, we find ourselves cycling out of town.

How many do you want?

As we arrive in Tula, we find a very nice, but affordable room, which we are calling home for the next couple days.

Arriving in Tula, Mexico

The plan is to go into town, grab something to eat and drink and have dinner and a nice relaxing evening on the rooftop terrace, which overlooks the city. The next day, we have reserved to visit the Tula Pyramid complex.

The Tale of no sleep and feeling uneasy, cycling Guadalajara to Churintzio

It is time to continue our cycling tour of Mexico. Like always, it takes some time to find our way out of the city. As we reach the outskirts of Guadalajara, we stop at a gas station to buy drinks and notice a bank across the street. Since we are running low on cash we decide to go ahead and get money out at the ATM.

Heading up and up and up to Tequila, Salud

Our bicycle tour of mainland Mexico continues. It is roughly a 150 mile bicycle ride from Tepic to Guadalajara. The route takes us from 3002 ft elevation to roughly 5140 ft elevation. However, that does not take in account the several long ups and downs in between.

Leaving Mazatlan, Finding our way to Escuinapa, 65 miles

Finding our way out of cities always seems to take for ever. Stopping at the Mazatlan city sign for pictures probably didn’t help. At least the sign is conveniently located at the malecon, along one of the bike paths and traffic is still light. We follow Allan’s directions out of town. For the next couple days we follow one of the Cuota roads, 15D, a toll road with a very nice wide shoulder. 

Arriving on Mexico’s mainland

The ferry arrives in the morning on mexico mainland in Mazatlan. Like most of the ferries we have been on, we are one of the last ones to disembark. This is fine with us, it is less stressful, when we know, we are not holding up car or truck drivers. Plus it is early and we already have an AirBnB reserved. Unfortunately, we won’t be able to check in until the afternoon. For now, though we are hungry.

Ciudad Insurgentes to La Paz. 146 miles

As we check our map, we realize, that our cycle tour of the Baja peninsula is soon coming to an end. According to there are 146 miles left to make it to La Paz. From there we plan on taking a ferry over to mainland Mexico. The route will basically cross the Baja peninsula one last time. There is a little bit more climbing envolved, which at least is not as high and steep as the previous climbs. We also notice that there are really no facilities between these two places, so we try to pack some extra food and lots of water for the ride.