Today was the start of a new section of my run, I was now turning left and running over the Sierra Madre mountains (3,650m) to the Yucatan Penisular. This is the section of Mexico the boarders the Caribbean oceans, famous for white sand, cenotes and coconuts.
The mountains will present a different set of challenges for me, it will become far more amount muscle management rather than body management. The heat will not be public enemy number 1, the relentless incline and decline of the route I have chosen over the next month.
I am in for some amazing culture, beautiful views and Mayan ruins.
Today I climbed from sea level to 1020m above. The road was windy and the incline was perfectly steady,
I finished my day after 29kms, I wanted today to be a short day as it was the first time I would be properly using my climbing muscles in my legs for a month. It was also where Rizo De Oro was located, one of the only towns in the area.
Rizo de Oro was amazing, the people was brilliant, I ending up camping just next to a small family run mechanics. I spent most the afternoon observing the comings and goings of locals with small mechanical issues with their scooters/tractors and taxis.
Ate dinner and was asleep in my tent when it was still light outside.
I loved spending time with the 4 kids and2 puppies, but I was very tired and dehydrated.
There was not one store selling water along the whole run today, this meant I only had 1.5 litres on me for the 6 hours. I got away with it, but could have got ugly!!!
Great to be in tent!! Something really primal about having everything I need to live in the cart behind me and just progress along the dream of mine.
Amazing day, amazing views. The kind of day I imagined when I first came up with this run!!!
Mountains, culture, hard yards, good people..... Great day