03/02/24 Ciudad Modelo - south - CycleBlaze

March 2, 2024

03/02/24 Ciudad Modelo

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My orange juice guy took a look at my google route and said it was all bad dirt roads and encouraged me to take the toll road out of town and then the other toll road all the way to Veracruz. I followed his advice for the escape from the city, but chose to try the the free road, hoping to exchange wide shoulders for low traffic and having mixed results. 

The air was very bad, full of smoke and dust. I quit early when I found a fancy hotel in the very weird Ciudad Modelo, an urban planning goose egg. It’s well designed streets, several beautiful buildings, and zero people. There’s an apartment complex on one end that houses mostly workers at the Audi plant. No shops or taco stands, zero street life. It appears that there are 3 people staying here, I’m pretty sure the waitress is an AI. 

Looking back towards Puebla and seeing nothing. The air was all smoke and dust today
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I took the free road towards Veracruz, hoping for roads like this
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and also finding plenty of this
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Passed through several towns, all with this general look
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Stopped for fresh tortillas
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These go well with bananas, peanut butter and honey
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There was an “at home” feel cycling through here. I’m not sure if it was the scenery or the apocalyptic air
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Three generations
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Fire extinguisher training
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More smoke, yes let’s
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The air was causing my sinuses to explode and when the wind picked up and turned I came upon this fancy hotel in the middle of nowhere
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There’s an evil genius lair feel when entering Model City
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Just zero people
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Karen PoretLooks haunted or abandoned. Very sad.
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Today's ride: 34 miles (55 km)
Total: 2,243 miles (3,610 km)

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