Nice shorter ride today and the last third was even fairly flat!
Tamalazulapam was a nice little town. In the morning, I filled up on water and set off. The first 25km were generally uphill though with more gentle grades than yesterday. I’m still surprised at how many of these road side restaurants one passes and this morning even saw them used.
I stopped at small shop around 17km. The horse had just arrived with a load of wood. They had untied it and let it fall to ground on either side. After that the last 8km and I was at 2490m (8170ft). The road was occasionally rough both on climb and descent.
Signs for protest on recent ~20% gasoline price hikes (gasolinazo). The Morena political party is protesting these hikes recently announced as part of deregulation of energy industry and letting prices reach world market prices. Drop in value of the peso also doesn’t help since oil is priced in dollars.
Santa Domingo had a huge church and convent. After this point, the route also became noticeably flatter.
Nice to see the sign on entry to Nochixtlan. Found a hotel and then walked downtown to the plaza.
Many of these little shops around.
Local bike repair. I’ve seen quite a few locals on bicycles these past few days. Also noticing more internet cafes here than before. Otherwise relaxed in this small town. Now about 80km until Oaxaca where plan is to take my Spanish class next week.
I’m really enjoying your photos and commentary! Thank you. As I sit at my desk looking at grey skies in Boulder. 🙂
Enjoying your photos and commentary. We spent a month in Oaxaca last March–wonderful city with plenty of opportunities to visit nearby villages by local bus to take in all the arts and crafts offered.
Marco Polo is a fun place to eat–we had breakfasts there a few times.
Thanks for sharing.
Thanks for recommendation of Marco Polo, will add to my list. I could see this being a place to spend a month. I did the official tour thing Saturday and we’ll visit some artists villages from our Spanish class on Wednesday and Thursday.