02/19/24 Pasó de Cortez - south - CycleBlaze

February 19, 2024

02/19/24 Pasó de Cortez

A tough but rewarding day
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It took me close to 10 hours to make the climb up the pass. Initially I’d pedal and pause, pedal and pause, then as I got more and more tired I’d pedal and nap, pedal and nap. It got very steep around 11,000 feet and I simply couldn’t pedal anymore and walked until the grade dropped below 10%. I expected it to be a tough day and it was, but the up close volcano views made it worth the effort. 

Stopped at Oxxo for water
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Iztaccíhuatl in the morning haze
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Starting the climb out of Amecaneca
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Little fires everywhere
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Riding the Volcano Route
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One of several roadside stands. Normally only open on weekends, but many were open today as well in the hopes of higher than normal traffic heading up to the fresh snow
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Climbing in the forest
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Looking down on Amecameca
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Some flowers which I admired during one of my many breathers
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12% grade, I dismounted and walked half a mile after my heart rate went through the roof
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Looking down on Amecameca
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Popocatépetl did not disappoint
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Near the top, I stopped here for a coke and quesadilla
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Unmanned entrance to Iztaccíhuatl - Popocatépetl National Park
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The sign says Pasó de Cortez underneath all the stickers
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Bike and Popocatépetl
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I was there
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Iztaccíhuatl up close. It is a popular hike up to the summit
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First time I’ve camped since Baja
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There was a taco stand open at the top but I wasn’t hungry. I had noodles because drinking the broth was pleasant in cold and I figured I’d wake up hungry if I didn’t eat something
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Iztaccíhuatl in the sunset
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Popocatépetl in the sunset
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I watched it puff until the cold drove me into my tent
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Today's ride: 15 miles (24 km)
Total: 1,944 miles (3,129 km)

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Patrick O'HaraNice work! Kudos!
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