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Jan 15, 2013:

Back On The Road Again

Distance to Date: 16,046 km / 9,948 mi

It's good to be back on the bike and on the road again. Our little two-week stint in Pennsylvania surprising Christi's mom was perfect! And after two weeks of feasting for the holidays, we flew back to Mexico City and started riding again. Working off those pounds gained from all that food!

Mexico's Autopista (toll-way) is pretty awesome... but boring. The shoulder is very relaxing and there's not a lot of traffic once you're out of the major towns/cities. But the landscape is pretty bland. We do, however, prefer this kind of riding for its safety: easier to navigate/see.

We are now roughly 1500 km (931 mi) south of Phoenix. It's unbelievable! We are hoping to be in Phoenix, AZ by next month for a little break with friends and more feasting before we continue up to Alaska.

< Friends in Mexico City. Thanks, Norma and Francisco, for hosting us and babysitting our bike while we were in Pennsylvania.

We meet Shuto-san from Japan somewhere north of Tepic, Mexico. He has been on the road for YEARS! His goal is to ride through 100 countries and 100,000 kms. Mexico is his 93rd and he's just shy of 10,000 km from his distance goal. He's amazing! His trip started in Australia and then passed through SE Asia, Asia, Central Asia, the Middle East, Eastern Europe, Baltic States, Scandinavia, Europe, Western Africa, Southern Africa, then back to Japan, then over to Vancouver, Canada before heading south through the US. We met him as he was heading south through Mexico. He will end his trip in Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina where we started. Wow!

Yeah, notice the roads. Not much. We didn't take too many photos.

Here's an example of a hotel we stay at for the night. We prefer staying in these inexpensive hotels ($10-$15) rather than camp because... they're such good deals. We arrive in some small town, ask the folks around for the cheapest hotel, check-in, shower, and then trot around the town to check it out. Cycling plus tourism in one shot!

Most often, these rooms are small; however, our bike stays with us.

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