David Johnson's Travel Blog
Bicycle Trip 1999
Okefenokee 2002
Anza-Borrego 2003
Texas 2003
Road Trip West 2003
Sequoia National Park 2004
Hiking Florida 2005
Nomadic 2005
Bicycle Trip 2009
Bicycle Trip 2010
Nomadic 2010
Little Bicycle Trip 2011
Wisconsin Bicycle Trip 2011
Bicycle Trip 2011
Nomadic 2011
Kayak Trip 2012
Nomadic 2012
Liverworks Productions
Nomadic 2013
Liverworks Productions
Texas Pig Hunting
Bicycle Trip 2014
Bicycle Trip 2015
Biking West 2015
09/11  Hello Wisconsin, Illinois, Iowa
09/12  Strawberry Point
09/13  Amish Mansions
09/17  Hogs and Corn
09/18  Windmills
09/19  Storm Lake
09/20  Loess Hills
09/24  NorfoRk
09/25  The Cowboy Trail
09/26  Sand Hills
09/27  Roast the Eagles
10/02  Stinky Bus
10/03  Gordon
10/04  Chadron
10/07  Oglala National Grassland
10/08  Edgemont
10/09  Custer State Park
10/10  Mickelson Trail
10/11  Deadwood
10/14  Wyoming
10/15  Devils Tower
10/16  Thunder Basin National Grassland
10/17  More Wyoming
10/22  Independence Rock
10/23  The Oregon Trail
10/24  Elk Hunters
10/25  Colorado
10/28  Yellow Jacket Pass
10/30  Snow and Mud
10/31  The Colorado River
11/06  Hola
11/07  Playa del Carmen
11/08  Tulum
11/09  Tulum Ruins and Coba Ruins
11/10  Village Life
11/12  Chichen Itza
11/13  Grutas de Loltun
11/14  Road to Campeche
11/16  Gulf of Mexico
11/17  Ciudad del Carmen
11/18  Tabasco
11/19  Ocean-side
11/20  Parades
11/21  Heading Inland
11/22  Tuxtepec
11/24  Into the Sierras
11/25  Mountain Views
11/26  Teotitlan de Flores Magon
11/27  Reserva de la biosfera
11/28  Desert to Pines
11/29  Oaxaca
11/30  Atzompa and Monte Alban
12/01  Miahuatlan
12/02  Up and Down the Mountain
12/03  No Minions in Huatulco
12/05  Adios
Chickens and Pheasants 2016
Biking About 2016
New Zealand 2016
Kayak Trip 2017



tl;dr: Highway days are boring. I ended up in Miahuatlan where I found a parade.

You know what's great? Having brakes on my bicycle again.

I left Oaxaca with a wrong turn and a short stop at Walmart.

For much of the day, Highway 175 south out from Oaxaca to Miahuatlan had a decent shoulder, although that shoulder was often used by taxis and motorcycles and slow-driving trucks. I lost that shoulder after Ejutla de Crespo when the road turned into winding hills. This stretch was challenging because on any straight-away oncoming traffic would be full of taxis attempting to pass trucks. In one case I was all the way to the right, and a taxi driver was still waving at me to get out of the way. Where was I to go?

Highway days are kind of boring. This area is still arid and cool, and I would have liked to camp, but it is also heavily populated. I decided I'd find a hotel in Miahuatlan. When I arrived in town I ended up in the rear of a small parade. I took side streets and raced around to the front. Look, video:

The Hotel Juan Manuel was cheap and comfortable enough for me. Interestingly, none of the hotels I've stayed in on this side of the mountains have had air conditioners. Just fans. And that hasn't been a problem.

Why would somebody even have a car alarm in Mexico? There is always somebody too close to your car.

I found an ATM because I was too impatient to wait for the casa de cambios to open back in Oaxaca. In addition to the credit card fee, I also was hit with two different ATM fees and it appears I donated to some sort of charity.


driving on the shoulder isn't just for bicycles

I kept pace with these guys for a kilometer or two

colorful hardware store


that's not water for sale


parade in Miahuatlan

Hotel Juan Manuel

room for 150 pesos

contact me at le@liverworks.com
< 2015-11-30 Atzompa and Monte Alban 2015-12-02 Up and Down the Mountain >