2017 Sustainable Cycles

User: rachihorn
Dates: 1 Apr 2017 - 20 May 2017
Duration: 1 month, 2 weeks
URL: https://www.sustainablecycles.org

Saturday 20 May 2017 20:12

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. ✈️

Posted: May 21, 2017, 1:12 a.m.

Friday 19 May 2017 9:41

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.

Posted: May 19, 2017, 2:41 p.m.

Wednesday 17 May 2017 14:57

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

Posted: May 17, 2017, 7:57 p.m.

Wednesday 17 May 2017 8:18

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.

Posted: May 17, 2017, 1:18 p.m.

Tuesday 16 May 2017 7:49

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

Posted: May 16, 2017, 12:49 p.m.

Sunday 14 May 2017 20:16

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!

Posted: May 15, 2017, 1:16 a.m.

Saturday 13 May 2017 19:03

We met Julia, an award-winning mountain biker who adopted us. The cycling world is small!

Posted: May 14, 2017, 12:03 a.m.

Saturday 13 May 2017 13:50

Roadside repairs. Mona teaches hands on bike repair on Daniela's bike while Larisa observes. It's outdoor education at its finest.

Posted: May 13, 2017, 6:50 p.m.

Saturday 6 May 2017 12:31

Guadalajara Guadalajara 🎶. 🎵 🎶 🎵

Posted: May 6, 2017, 5:31 p.m.

Friday 5 May 2017 17:50

Tequila 🎵

Posted: May 5, 2017, 10:50 p.m.

Thursday 4 May 2017 17:47

Ixtlán del Río. Arrived by 2 PM before the heat of the day. "Mi casa es su casa" is the theme of this week.

Posted: May 4, 2017, 11:47 p.m.

Wednesday 3 May 2017 18:30

Tepic. Stayed with the friend of a warmshowers host. It was a climb to get to town. And it's getting hot!

Posted: May 4, 2017, 12:30 a.m.

Tuesday 2 May 2017 17:44

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.

Posted: May 2, 2017, 11:44 p.m.

Tuesday 2 May 2017 8:30

"La fregona". Oralia is amazing and shared her home and family for the evening. Buena gente. Good people. Tecualilla, Sinaloa.

Posted: May 2, 2017, 2:30 p.m.

Sunday 30 Apr 2017 9:42

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.

Posted: April 30, 2017, 3:42 p.m.

Saturday 29 Apr 2017 18:32

The cabin was 800 pesos (40 USD) and well worth it.

Posted: April 30, 2017, 1:32 a.m.

Saturday 29 Apr 2017 18:33

🎶I'm on a mf boat 🎶

The ferry to Mazatlán will take 13 hours and we will arrive in the morning.

Posted: April 30, 2017, 12:33 a.m.

Monday 24 Apr 2017 22:08

La Paz!

Posted: April 25, 2017, 4:08 a.m.

Sunday 23 Apr 2017 17:40

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.

Posted: April 23, 2017, 11:40 p.m.

Sunday 23 Apr 2017 14:47

I'm wondering if this truck actually came from Bel Air Pres. I'll take it as a good omen.

Posted: April 23, 2017, 8:47 p.m.

Friday 21 Apr 2017 20:05

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.

Posted: April 22, 2017, 2:05 a.m.

Thursday 20 Apr 2017 13:01

Loreto, Baja Sur

Posted: April 20, 2017, 7:01 p.m.

Wednesday 19 Apr 2017 16:03

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.

Posted: April 19, 2017, 10:03 p.m.

Tuesday 18 Apr 2017 18:06

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.

Posted: April 19, 2017, 12:06 a.m.

Tuesday 18 Apr 2017 10:45

"Pan de dátil" (date bread) and milk in Mulegé. Onward to beach campsite.

Posted: April 18, 2017, 4:45 p.m.

Monday 17 Apr 2017 8:12

Rest day with Kino and Canelo on a fishing boat!

Posted: April 17, 2017, 2:12 p.m.

Sunday 16 Apr 2017 14:31

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.

Posted: April 16, 2017, 8:31 p.m.

Saturday 15 Apr 2017 14:23

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.

Posted: April 15, 2017, 8:23 p.m.

Friday 14 Apr 2017 19:53

The best tailwind ever. 50 miles in 3 hours. Big chain ring the whole way. Camped at Kadekaman Hotel/Restaurant/Campsite

Posted: April 15, 2017, 1:53 a.m.

Thursday 13 Apr 2017 12:29

A nice 80 km (50 mi) to Guerrero Negro. The temperatures are cooler and the wind is blowing! Crossed into Baja Sur today.

Posted: April 13, 2017, 6:29 p.m.

Wednesday 12 Apr 2017 17:45

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.

Posted: April 13, 2017, 12:45 a.m.

Wednesday 12 Apr 2017 14:56

HWY 1, here we go!

Posted: April 12, 2017, 9:56 p.m.

Wednesday 12 Apr 2017 8:36

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

Posted: April 12, 2017, 3:36 p.m.

Tuesday 11 Apr 2017 15:16

A great ciesta at Gonzaga Bay. Onward to Coco's Corner!

Posted: April 11, 2017, 10:16 p.m.

Monday 10 Apr 2017 15:36

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.

Posted: April 10, 2017, 10:36 p.m.

Sunday 9 Apr 2017 21:46

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.

Posted: April 10, 2017, 4:46 a.m.

Saturday 8 Apr 2017 17:56

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!

Posted: April 9, 2017, 12:56 a.m.

Friday 7 Apr 2017 23:14

Recharge in Ensenada. Family, fish tacos, and good sleep!

Posted: April 8, 2017, 6:14 a.m.

Tuesday 4 Apr 2017 23:12

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!

Posted: April 5, 2017, 6:12 a.m.

Tuesday 4 Apr 2017 11:29

Barret Junction Café

Posted: April 4, 2017, 6:29 p.m.

Tuesday 4 Apr 2017 8:31

Fully recharged at the Sato House

Posted: April 4, 2017, 3:31 p.m.

Monday 3 Apr 2017 9:50

Coffee break

Posted: April 3, 2017, 4:50 p.m.

Sunday 2 Apr 2017 21:07

Our first warmshowers host. Dinner, shower, bedroom. ✨ magic is real. We are in 🚲 heaven.

Posted: April 3, 2017, 4:07 a.m.

Sunday 2 Apr 2017 12:59


Posted: April 2, 2017, 7:59 p.m.

Saturday 1 Apr 2017 16:41

Day one: Debi Yao received us with snacks, drinks, and a bison burger BBQ. Beautiful weather. Slight headwinds south of Long Beach.

Posted: April 1, 2017, 11:41 p.m.

Saturday 1 Apr 2017 8:13

Ride out! Thanks for coming out, friends. We left from Santa Monica City Hall. April 1, 2017

Posted: April 1, 2017, 3:13 p.m.

2017 Sustainable Cycles

User: rachihorn
Dates: 1 Apr 2017 - 20 May 2017
Duration: 1 month, 2 weeks
URL: https://www.sustainablecycles.org

Wow. Fast riding and great people!

You go girl!! Tim told me that I could follow your route on the website.

It looks pretty epic. When you get back the Sunday crew will take you to a super epic dinner..... We missed you at the BRW member meeting.

Best of health and luck during your awesome tour. Wishing you a flat free ride.


Fantastic voyage! and you are meeting great people along the way!

Hola, nos da mucho gusto que Rachel nuestra vecina de Palapa en Playa el Coyote, este avanzando en su hermoso viaje. Gracias por la pintura. Tengo una foto tuya contactarme a mi correo para eviarla. Sigue con tu viaje.

Smiling ear to ear as I read of your adventures! You are all truly amazing! See you in Atlanta. Big hugs await!

More great stops and great hosts! Fantastic progress!

Glad you are on land also. It can take a while to get used to being on a boat. Have a safe ride this week!

Is Gilligans Island around there? The ocean must be beautiful! See any whales or dolphins?

Those Tamales look good. Hope the last few days have been smooth cycling!

Looking forward to more pics!

Bel Air is building houses in Mexico! :)
I'm so happy to see that you are safe and enjoying the trip so far. Thanks for the updates!

Fantastic weather in all of your pics. May the wind be at your back!


Beautiful sights on your adventure!

Wow. Speedy rider. Thanks for the pics!

...oops gulf of California. But still super impressive. Go Rachel!

Can't believe you made it from the pacific to the Gulf of Mexico in just two days!! You are speedy. Hope you are soaking it all in along the way. Post often for your fans like me!

Looking forward to your next post!