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    Photo Feature: Southern Mexico

    By the time we arrived in Mexico City we’d been in the country for six weeks. Christmas and New Years had come and gone, and the year of the bicycle had so far been mostly hot and sweaty even though it was January. On the flip side, we were eating Mexican food three meals a day which for me at least was a dream come true. After more than a week in the epic sprawl of Mexico City, and it came time to get back on the road and head south into the lush mountains of Oaxaca and Chiapas.

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    Dealership Dragon, Mexico City

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    Filming at the Mercado, Mexico City

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    Protest for Cyclists Killed in Auto Accidents, Mexico City

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    Casual Riley

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    Hostess with the Mostest, Diana, Mexico City

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    Ricardo’s Birthday, Mexico City

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    We Tried to Pour Water on Ricardo From the Fifth Floor but He Dodged It

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    Dyar’s Back Rack Attracts Cats

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    Lenin and the Templo de San Francisco, Puebla MX

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    What’s Up Dog?

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    Team Portrait

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    Close Encounters

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    Mountain Pass South of Tehuacán

    We continued our strategy of sticking to the main tollroad once we dropped out of Mexico City. Unlike a lot of the smaller roads, the tollroad was well paved and offered regular gas stations and tollbooths for camping.

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    Portrait of a Napper

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    “You Mean You Guys Don’t Have Any Weapons At All?” “Here. Take This Machete.”

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    Riley and the Tule Tree, the widest trunked tree in the world

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    Fried grasshoppers in Oaxaca

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    Nailed It

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    Leaving Oaxaca

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    Street Race outside of Oaxaca

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    Peacocks at the gas station where we camped

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    Riley “Two Hats” Engemoen

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    In southern Oaxaca, we biked up into the cloud forests of the Sierra Madre de Oaxaca mountain range.   This pine-oak forest is part of a chain of pine-oak forests that stretch from Oregon to Nicaragua.  Every night around sunset the fog rolls in so thick that you can hardly see ten feet in front of you. It’s incredibly surreal and beautiful.

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    We stayed in a  hostel high up in the mountains for $1.25 a night where we met some interesting individuals. In the room to our right was a Literature professor named Girardo who comes to the woods as a sort of sabbatical, where he spends his days immersed in literature, reading for eight or ten hours a day. His advice for us came from Saint Augustine: “love, and do what you like.”

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    Interviewing Girardo

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    Big Trees in the Sierra Madres de Oaxaca

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    Soot Problems

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    Moisture is the essence of wetness, and wetness is the essence of beauty

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    Riding high in the clouds

    From San Jose del Pacifico to the southern coast of Oaxaca is 120 k of mostly steep downhills. We arrived in the small beach town of Crucecita where we had arranged an interview with a sea turtle conservation group. As fate would have it, that group works closely with the Colectivo Tilcoatle, a local art collective.  We became fast friends with the folks of Tilcoatle who took us to the best secluded beaches in the area, and even invited us to camp on the beach with them for some sunrise snorkeling.

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    Beach Camping on the Oaxaca coast

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    A White-Nosed Coatie, a larger fiercer cousin of the Raccoon. Many folks in Central America keep them as pets – this one spends his days eating bananas and terrorizing this convenience store.

    Our new friends invited us to a scheduled release of more than 200 freshly-hatched baby sea turtles. We are extremely fond of turtles here at Pedal South and were more than stoked to get to hang out with a bunch of baby turtles.

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    Tarantula in a Tunnel in Eastern Oaxaca

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    Sunset View from the Roof of the Bomberos Station Where we Slept in Juchitan, Oaxaca

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    Making Friends in Tuxtla, Chiapas

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    Dyar and Totoro, San Cristobal Chiapas

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    The Dynamic Duo, Umi and Mandalin, Travelers Hostel in San Cristobal, Chiapas

    2 Comments

    1. Leanne

      My favorite series of photos yet! Keep them
      coming!!

    2. Juanita

      Gracias. Bebos y brazos. Como m’encantan las palabras de Augustine desde Girardo y sus photos.

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