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Hola

2015-11-06

tl;dr: I flew from Grand Junction, Colorado to Cancun, Mexico.

Saturday I was frustrated because I was being forced to stay in Grand Junction, Colorado.

Sunday I was lazy because it was Sunday and nothing was opened.

Monday I visited a bike shop to get my tires trued. The mechanic noticed a gash in the sidewall of my tire, so I visited two other bicycle shops trying to find a replacement. The third shop noticed my headset was loose and fixed that. Both the trueing and headset adjustment was super cheap. That is probably due to there being about a dozen bicycle shops in this town. Competition is good. I called four our five other cycle shops and finally found one with a tire that would work. I went over and bought it.

Tuesday the weather was on the verge of turning cold for good for the season. I thought maybe I should go to Mexico. So I went and purchased a new phone from T-Mobile, just in case.

Wednesday I purchased airline tickets to Cancun. I normally don't get too stressed about traveling, but I am stressed about this leg of my journey. It's causing me to not sleep. Also, it seems like I am hemorrhaging cash this week, and that's never fun.

Thursday I went to Walmart to pick up a few things and discovered my ATM card had expired. That's just great. I called up both of my credit cards and turned on cash advances so I could be even more financially irresponsible. I then went to an ATM and pulled a bunch of cash.

Friday I woke up too early (just like every other day this week), finished packing and carried my boxed bicycle a mile and a half to the airport. I will not do that again. The stupid box weighs 65 pounds. My first flight was delayed, so my carefully laid plan of arriving in Cancun in daylight fell apart.

Customs in Mexico is a fast walk. It's like they want to say, "leave this airport and start spending money!" Picking up bags is less quick.

I found an empty space in the airport and assembled my bike. It's warm here. I then pushed it out of the airport because there are no sidewalks and it was now dark and traffic was crazy.

I mostly walked to the nearby Comfort Inn to discover they were full. I did not want to try to bike downtown in the dark. I purchased some water at a 7-11 and started looking for a place to camp. Fortunately this area is mostly jungle. I spied a crack in the foliage and managed to work my way a few hundred yards off the highway. This is where the mosquitoes live. Such a cloud swarmed me that I was literally inhaling them as I struggled to set my tent up and dive inside. It took an hour to kill all the mosquitoes that followed me in. Much blood was shed.

It is really hot in this tent.

Welcome to Mexico. Sorry I didn't take more pictures.

gashes in my tire


bike in a box


snow on the mesas


Colorado weather


I snuck a knfie past the TSA


goodbye Colorado


bike in Mexico


Mexico weather

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