03/04/24 Xalapa, very xilly - south - CycleBlaze

March 4, 2024

03/04/24 Xalapa, very xilly

Dropping out of the Sierra Madre and into the Veracruz Basin
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Pleasant, easy riding, mostly downhill as I shed about half the altitude I need to get rid of to reach the coast. It’s all downhill from here.  I found Xalapa to be a busy, happening place but all happening on different levels. The city center is on a very steep hill with the east-west streets high above each other. I’m going to decide in the night if I stay another day or just do the dash to the coast. 

I headed onto the toll road this morning, deciding that would give me sane shoulders and grades as I begin the descent
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and for the first time ever I was told I wasn’t allowed and directed to go this way to the free road
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The free road wasn’t a bad choice
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Relaxing
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Scenic
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Passed through a variety of towns
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Xalapa peeking through the haze
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Friendly welcome
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Karen PoretIs the orange color structure a temporary foot traffic bridge or a crane ? It actually appears to come out from the tree on the right side. Interesting angle and structure!
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1 month ago
David ChavezTo Karen PoretIt’s a permanent foot bridge
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Karen PoretTo David ChavezNow, why couldn’t I figure this out on my own without asking you? :(
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Nice bike path for much of the entrance into the city
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I sat in the plaza while searching for an Airbnb
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I found a nice Airbnb around the corner (and down a steep hill) from the plaza. My room is two flights up, my bike is safely and invisibly locked to this brick lattice
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Karen PoretNot sure about that “vent” on upper right..
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David Chavezthat kind of stuff is so common it doesn’t register anymore
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Karen PoretTo David ChavezFunky work ethics at your disposal..pun intended..
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1 month ago
Xalapa is all hills
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This two block stretch is the only flat in the city center
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Steep hills between blocks
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Long term protest in front of the church and across from city hall
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Today's ride: 36 miles (58 km)
Total: 2,331 miles (3,751 km)

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