Michoacan’s distinctive culture led us through several world heritage sites including
the beautiful city of Morelia. The mountains of the Sierra Madres proved formidable
challenges for us and our bicycles. Giving us momentum through the rough hills was
the hospitality of a family of bakers 90 kilometers outside of Morelia.
We celebrated our six month anniversary of cycling by ringing in the new year in
Guadalajara. During our time in the city we attended a Lucha Libre match and explored
the city streets. After six months on the road sleeping in the same bed for over
a week and cooking full meals in a kitchen was greatly appreciated.
Back on the Road in Michoacan |1.6.11 |
Saying goodbye to the luxuries of city life in Guadalajara was difficult. We were
immediately consoled by the surprises of the smaller villages where everyone is working
and everything has a use. The lakeside villages of Lake Patzcuaro offered a chance
to explore the heart of Michoacan.
Mexico City: Ruins, Murals and Bullfights|1.18.11 |
Before entering Mexico we planned to skip the chaos of one of the world’s most massive
cities. As we rode closer it became apparent that Mexico City was an adventure not
to be missed. We were rewarded with ruins, famous murals, and a once in a lifetime
The Butterfly Reserve |1.13.11 |
Our first taste of the Sierra Madres brought us to the Cerro Pelon Monarch Butterfly
Reserve. After a night of camping below the mountain peak we trekked 7 kilometers
to the home of the butterflies. They silently rested in the trees. As the sun increased
in intensity so did the butterflies. By the end of the adventure we were surrounded
by the graceful creatures.