I was so excited to see more of what I saw yesterday today, so much so that I woke up at 4:45am, an hour before my alarm. I knew that this kind of environment was only going to be at these great heights and after 15kms of todays route that elevation graph shows that I was starting to descend down the east side of the mountain range. Almost a 1000m worth of elevation loss in todays run. I was very careful not to blow out my quads as this was only the first of three days of declining down onto the flats o the Yucatan.
I left town at 6:45am and ran 20kms of rolling hills and saw some amazing things, just basic day to day living of the indigenous communities in the highlands but I am so intrigued by them, I think it is a combination of how different their lives are to mine but also because the though of me running in the mountains of Mexico was a far off dream 2 years ago, and now I’m here, doing it.
During the morning, I though about the line “people disguise fear as practicality”, I think that is very relevant for me this year. So often people will do the practical thing or make the logical choice because they are scare or what might happen if they follow their dreams. The fear of failing at what they have dreamt of. But, people fail at doing things that they don’t want to be doing, so you may as well do exactly what you want and see if you cant fail.
I had an early lunch of 10 tacos….that’s my PB!!!....(they were small tacos) and then powered onto the town that I was meant to be staying at for the evening, a smallish town called Chumula, shortly after getting to the town I came to the conclusion that I would be camping somewhere and then shortly after that a local man that spoke perfect English as a result of living more than half his life in the states started talking to be and then quickly moved to making the point that it would not be safe to camp in this town at night. He explained that this streth of highway is calm and perfectly safe during the day, but at night it is not safe. I had read this in numerous places but it wasn’t until a local man said it to me in person that I understood how serious it was.
Rebels do their work at night, it includes any activity that will unsettle the Govt. things like road blocks and highway robberies. I would be a sitting duck for them in my tent.
I wasted no time in strapping my cart on and made my advance to Ocosingo, I bigger market town 22kms down the highway and a town that I knew had hotel options. The 22kms were hard, it made in 54km for the day and my feet were paying for it. I had not run down hill for a while and I had it for 5 hours straight today. My toes took a pounding.
Spent the night strapping my feet and watching soccer.
Tomorrow I go again to a town called Aqua Azul, known for its perfectly blue river passing through it. Its back down at sea level aswell!!!