Tuesday, May 4, 2010
Ride to Beach-277km in one day
Cojimies is the photo above...it's where I ended up on the second day. Newly paved road that deadends at the top/north of the peninsula. Locals use to drive the 40km from Pedernales along the beach at low tide...lots of vehicles were lost over the years I'm told. No I didn't fly (or bike) back...this is off the internet.
Traffic jam going down....3-4km long on each side! That's one reason I ride a bike...just zipped on past with a smug look on my face.
The reason for the traffic jam? 2-3 accidents and 2 stalled semi's on corners. I'm told this one ended up in the ditch because to semi's were racing up the hill...what can you do?
Kept hitting these butterflies all day long...on the pacific side of the divide.
Made it to the beach at 6pm. Still had some gas in the tank...next time I'll go for 300k.
The next day, after a leisurely breakfast, I rode up the newly paved road to the end of the peninsula. Lots of coconunt plantations and a refreshing rain.
End of the road...Cojimies. Tide was out so I could ride on the beach.
Spent the night in a beach cabin for 12usd. Place is called La Mapara...no website...run by a friendly local family. There was a wedding there that afternoon and just as the bride/groom were to exchange vows...the skies opened and it poured.
One claw short. Do they regenerate limbs?
Puffer fish? notice it is upside down...I'm guessing it turns upside down, with the 2 dots acting as eys...making it look bigger so it doesn't become dinner.
Turned this one around.
Left home at 2am, and biked in the pouring rain for 3 hours. In spite of the rain, the full moon gave me just enuf light. From 2300m over 50k to about 3100m?...then down, down down, to about 500m at Santo Domingo de los Colorados. Made it to the beach town of Pedernales at 6pm. Another PR!...last one was 230ish in a day. 14 hours in the saddle.