03/05/24 Veracruz - south - CycleBlaze

March 5, 2024

03/05/24 Veracruz

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I had thought I might stay two nights in Xalapa, but the steep hills made it not so interesting. I took my time leaving, having two bougie coffees on my way out and thinking it was going to be an easy 60 mile coast to the coast. I did a lot of coasting, but there was a significant amount of climbing into or out of the various towns and a long stretch of rollers heading into the city. 

The air got thicker and warmer as I got lower, triggering all sorts of core memories from my tropical childhood. I’m in a different world now, feels exotic. 

Out of Xalapa.
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Trumpet tree, according to my app. Feeling springlike
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My tire went soft, I found and pulled a wire and pumped it up. It was soft again after a couple of hours, I pumped it up a second time and made it to Veracruz. I’ll see what it looks like tomorrow
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The smallest town I passed through today
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It had a thriving roadside nursery trade
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Rode passed without stopping
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The look today. Thick air
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Buttercup tree
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Stopped for an ice cream here
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I was riding beside a series of concrete ponds, thinking it was some kind of treatment plant, then looked closer
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Not a treatment plant. Not really sure what, exactly
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I was expecting to coast into Veracruz, but had 20 miles of rollers instead
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I’m not sure what “90 salaries” means, but it feels like a stiff fine. For littering. Good luck with that
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I came into Veracruz through the backside
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Parts had a tropical city feel
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But it was mostly a grim entrance
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I was tired and it was late when I got into the center. It was an easy decision to just take a room at one of the nice hotels on the plaza
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Robert BryceI have great memories of Christmas Eve 1976 in the plaza with you. Little kids all dressed up, balloons, mariachi music. . .
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David ChavezTo Robert BryceSo do I. It took a long time for me to decide that the zocalo was the same plaza. There is a big renovation project blocking off both sides and there are a lot of trees that didn’t used to be there
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Today's ride: 68 miles (109 km)
Total: 2,399 miles (3,861 km)

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