Mission accomplished. Nice work, ladies. #menstruationmatters #ciclatuciclo #biketourmagic
"SueDave" Brown, Katy, and Jordan provided a salt water pool and BBQ feast to celebrate our last night on the road. Cedartown, GA! The Chief Ladiga Trail and the Silver Comet Trail are gorgeous to ride.
day 1 with 6 total riders. we will be in atlanta on wednesday. we passed the talladega race track just as a thunder storm rolled in. thank you to mr. lythe for letting us take shelter in the facility.
birmingham rest and event day. we met and stayed with one of the leaders of "black girls do bike", we met one of the founders of "alabike", the state wide bicycle coalition, and we fixed up our steeds at "bici coop", the local bike co op. thanks, magic city!
tuscaloosa!! it rained on us all afternoon. we happily stayed with a friend of rachel saudek's. we ate popsicles after dinner. roll tide
riding with four other ladies. practicing group dynamics and getting along just fine. we stayed with a warmshowers host near emelle, alabama who brought us home-picked blueberries and peaches in the morning.
Our best camping to date was behind this run down church. Thanks, Poplar Springs M.B. Church.
Very restful 2 days at friends' in Jackson. We welcome Kathleen to the crew! We are now 5 heading east. We will reach Birmingham on Friday.
We are in Jackson. All good! Rest days are precious and we've got two!
The Natchez Trace is fine riding. We camped for free at the Rocky Springs campground.
Crossing the Muddy Mississippi.
couchsurfing. gar and kat are lovely folks who fed us dinner, breakfast, and some snacks to go. rachel saudek has joined the crew. we are 4!
Friends in Opelousas made for a really nice rest day. Thanks to the non-profit Hope for Opelousas for all the love, boudin, and cracklins. More rain 🌧
Thanks to the Oakdale PD for sheltering us from the rain in their conference room. Louisiana has been hot, humid, and wet.
The Merryville Historic Museum is a warmshowers host and I really liked the air conditioning. LOUISIANA!
Chuck Turner of Honey Island General Store let us stay in his tractor barn. It definitely reeked of old motor oil but the gesture was nice.
We rode 97 miles. Because David and Debbie are amazing warmshowers hosts. An epic dinner, laundry, showers, and air conditioning. Plus breakfast and fruit to go. The kindness of strangers is what bike touring is all about. These biker ladies are strong! Izzi and Shannon are kicking butt.
Carol Montgomery has spent a decade hosting over 800 cyclists on warmshowers.org
She mows her own lawn, built her own house, and is currently building a tiny home in her ranch. She cooked us an incredible dinner and gave us ingredients for breakfast. We spent the night in the barn and rested very well.
Two more ladies joined the trek. Izzi flew in from the U.K. and Shannon from Arizona. Now we are the three musketeers. Our hosts provided an epic breakfast party this morning. We are now camping in a forest. We had great weather today!
I flew! Landed at AUS, put my bike together beside the oversize baggage claim, and rode to my friends house for a short stay in East Austin. It's always fun. And definitely a culture shock after a couple of months down south.
We made it! Getting from Toluca to Mexico City was monstrous. Bike paths broken up by dirt, curbs, train tracks, and freeway exits. Highway shoulders that led us to the middle lane of a freeway. Totally insane. But we survived and had a Sustainable Cycles workshop the next day. The Mexico route is complete! Next bicycle departure from Austin, Texas next week. ✈️
We are pictured applying chamois butt butter. Prepping for a day in the saddle. In Villa Victoria, we stayed with the "protección civil", kind of like the firefighters and police force combined. We climbed a lot to reach town and got in late - just after dark.
Caminetubela of Morelia's sister's brother-in-law lives in Ciudad Hidalgo. So we're staying with him.
Today was pretty hard because google brought us to dirt roads and steep-ass inclines. But we did it with the help of an epic lunch (pictured). 97 km total #biketourmagic
Morelia was brief and incredible. We stayed with "Caminetúbela", a superhero fighting for pedestrian rights. We ate corundas, little tamale-like masa triangles smothered in crema and salsa picante. We slept well.
It was getting dark and windy, so we shimmied ourselves and our bikes under some barbed wire, got to a small town, met the señor in charge, and stayed in his house. #biketourmagic
El Salto. Súper pueblito. Meaning, the town store doesn't carry fruits or vegetables. 95 KM today. We are getting our rhythm together. Good team!
We met Julia, an award-winning mountain biker who adopted us. The cycling world is small!
Roadside repairs. Mona teaches hands on bike repair on Daniela's bike while Larisa observes. It's outdoor education at its finest.
Guadalajara Guadalajara 🎶. 🎵 🎶 🎵
Ixtlán del Río. Arrived by 2 PM before the heat of the day. "Mi casa es su casa" is the theme of this week.
Tepic. Stayed with the friend of a warmshowers host. It was a climb to get to town. And it's getting hot!
Belen. An incredible woman who wakes up at 4 AM to make 3 salsas and prepare her "pollos asados" stand in La Colonia Tijuanita. In the afternoon, after selling out and cleaning her stand, she goes home and prepares more pollos for tomorrow. No grass grows under her feet. It was an honor to stay with her.
"La fregona". Oralia is amazing and shared her home and family for the evening. Buena gente. Good people. Tecualilla, Sinaloa.
Mazatlán. The boat ride was cool but glad to be in land again. It's been a nice week of rest; tomorrow more biking! Next big stop, Guadalajara Should take about a week.
The cabin was 800 pesos (40 USD) and well worth it.
🎶I'm on a mf boat 🎶
The ferry to Mazatlán will take 13 hours and we will arrive in the morning.
Today's 79 miles were easy breezy. Wind direction makes all the difference. Gracias a la vida. The church in Las Pocitas has a guest room. With a shower and everything. The pastor lives next door and was kind enough to offer it. The dry desert evening is gorgeous. I love bike touring.
I'm wondering if this truck actually came from Bel Air Pres. I'll take it as a good omen.
A climb and then afternoon wind. Today's 76 miles were a head game. But it was worth it after arriving at Abuela Teresa's house. She made tamales and I ate 6.
Loreto, Baja Sur
100 km 7:30 AM - 1:30 PM. More family in Loreto! It's luxurious. The goats on the road were more scared of the bike than the cars.
Playa de Coyote is gorgeous. Ocean bath, chilling under a "palapa" (palm frawn hut), and devouring fish burritos from the next door campers. Mexico is a good neighbor. Don't let Trump convince you otherwise.
"Pan de dátil" (date bread) and milk in Mulegé. Onward to beach campsite.
Rest day with Kino and Canelo on a fishing boat!
Hit the Sea of Cortez! Staying with my step mom's sister in law's nephew. It's nice to sleep inside again. And the tacos are good. Fish, asada, and el pastor! Tomorrow is a rest day. Santa Rosalía is an old copper mine town with industrial ruins around town.
Another great tailwind. Lots of desert. Excited for the beach tomorrow! Here in San Ignacio, there is a bicycle sanctuary called "la casa del ciclista". Camping for 100 pesos, hot showers, and wifi.
The best tailwind ever. 50 miles in 3 hours. Big chain ring the whole way. Camped at Kadekaman Hotel/Restaurant/Campsite
A nice 80 km (50 mi) to Guerrero Negro. The temperatures are cooler and the wind is blowing! Crossed into Baja Sur today.
Rolling hills from Chapala to El Rosarito. No reception or internet for days! 300 pesos (15 USD) for a room with running water and a light bulb but no working outlets.
HWY 1, here we go!
Rolled into Coco's Corner just in time for a warm bucket bath and a chicken dinner. Slept in an old camper. It's a desert oasis. #goodhombres
A great ciesta at Gonzaga Bay. Onward to Coco's Corner!
Pretty rough road but a short 3 hours to Puertecitos. $8 bicycle camping on the beach and natural ocean hot springs! The owner ended up not charging to camp, and the next door campers shared their ceviche for dinner.
Again no shoulder. A good amount of headwind all morning. 95 miles to a warmshowers host in San Felipe! The desert is blooming. Jumped into the Sea of Cortes upon arrival. Happy to rest.
No shoulder all day. Minimal traffic. A good climb out of Ensenada and mostly desert. Francelia (from Ensenada) made healthy cookies that fueled the whole way. Stayed with Juan y Ofelia of El Rancho Taquería. Muy buena gente!
Recharge in Ensenada. Family, fish tacos, and good sleep!
Tecate! The border crossing was super mellow. $27.25 for an 80 day permit. Warmshowers host Raul introduced an epic panería. And the tacos are good!
Barret Junction Café
Fully recharged at the Sato House
Our first warmshowers host. Dinner, shower, bedroom. ✨ magic is real. We are in 🚲 heaven.
Day one: Debi Yao received us with snacks, drinks, and a bison burger BBQ. Beautiful weather. Slight headwinds south of Long Beach.
Ride out! Thanks for coming out, friends. We left from Santa Monica City Hall. April 1, 2017