03/23/24 Comitán - south - CycleBlaze

March 23, 2024

03/23/24 Comitán

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I’d had my fill of San Cristobal by yesterday afternoon. It’s a nice enough town, but so very much oriented towards the affluent. I decided I was enjoying it because it is so first world that it has a “feels like home” vibe, which was a nice break.  But I was ready to move on this morning.   I’m generally heading downhill but two long enough climbs in the middle meant I had to pedal enough, although in very agreeable conditions. 

I’ve done essentially no research on what awaits in Guatemala but assume that it will take some adjustment. I have certainly gotten comfortable with the cycling lifestyle I’ve adopted in Mexico. I’m not sure it will be this easy to maintain my current comfort level moving forward, but that should all reveal itself soon. 

It felt really good to be riding again. Temperatures in the 70’s and clouds made the day very pleasant
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Laundry day
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Mamay. I’ve been eating mamay ice cream for a while, first time I’ve seen it for sale
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Judy GaukelThat looks amazing! What does it taste like? Big seed in the middle?
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David ChavezIt tastes like my childhood. I couldn’t come up with a description so I asked ChatGPT:

“Mamey has a unique flavor that's often described as a combination of sweet potato, pumpkin, and almond, with hints of caramel and tropical fruitiness”

I’d say that was accurate
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There’s a cave just at the end of the road, but I didn’t have the interest. There are lots of interesting things like this, including many waterfalls, which I’ve been skipping because of the effort involved in enjoying them
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I’m not sure if it’s for sale or personal supply, but one town had an impressive amount of firewood on display
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Preserved fruits and vegetables
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No idea
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Judy GaukelDog houses?
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The carnitas place sells gasoline now. There was a long section with no gas stations but lots of gas in a can shops
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This is how it’s done. I read something about local resistance to businesses in the small towns.
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More firewood
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More preserves
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One town sold stuff like this, almost exclusively
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Another sold carts and wooden toys
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and dog houses
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The road I’m about to switchback down to
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Fancy house on the way down
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The back of the house. I would have put huge windows and deck for the view
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Entering Teopisca
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Enjoying the jacarandas in bloom
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Teopisca’s sign is made from onyx
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I looks like there are lights inside. Must look good at night
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Tiny taxis
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Teopisca park benches sport different landscapes
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A string of shops sold merengues on the way out of town and I went overboard
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Amentango del Valle, next to Teopisca
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where I met Nick from California, riding north from Guatemala to Oaxaca. First cyclist I’ve encountered since Puebla
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Karen PoretWhere in CA, I wonder?
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“You are in Zapatista territory, where the people rule and the government obeys”
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“ Bad governments and the capitalist system are useless for life and mother earth”
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“We demand Russia end the war. We want life for the people of Ukraine and Russia”
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A twisted wood place
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I found it interesting
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First mention of Guatemala!
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I got to Comitán shortly before sundown
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I found it colorful
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The plaza was decked out in fake flowers to welcome the arrival of spring
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Dozens of people making crosses and other items from palm leaves. Nobody buying any
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Karen PoretIt’s already Palm Sunday now…
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Several interesting sculptures around the plaza
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Busy streets
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Today's ride: 56 miles (90 km)
Total: 2,872 miles (4,622 km)

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