I got up early this morning as my plan was to ride from Guanajuato to San Miguel de Allende via Dolores Hidalgo. After a solid breakfast and some longer goodbye chats with other hostel guests I finally started pedaling at 9:30am. Immediately from the start I had to climb. On the first 12km I collected already 600m of total elevation gain – that’s an average of 5%. Towards the peak it also became ver chilly and I had to turn on my jacket for the downhill.
From there it looked to be an easy ride but unfortunately I trusted my GPS and went of the highway MEX110 onto something which slowly turned into a very nasty dirt road. The highlight was a little river which was intersecting the road. I had two options:
- Unload the bike and carry all the stuff over a little rope bridge with stairs at the other end
- Push the bike through the river / creek
I chose for option 2. I put on my flip flops and maneuvered through the most shallow section. My GPS suggested to further stay on that road more or less Dolores. Since I was not up for further surprises like this I decided to take the next option back on the highway to Dolores. I finally reached Dolores around 3pm.
I quickly took a picture of my bike and the most impressive church and then I continued my journey to San Miguel de Allende. Again I was following a dirt road but this time I had more luck. Except for the fact that I realized that my rear tire was loosing air again. I stopped at every gas station to fill it back up and decided to take care of it in San Miguel. Shortly before I reached my hostel also the front tire was behaving strange and so I arrived the hostel with two flats I will have to work on tomorrow morning. The evening I used to explore the old town a little bit as I will have to leave tomorrow by 1pm approximately since I have an appointment in Queretaro with Pepe – my first travel companion who I met back in Canada and who invited me to stay at his place. I’m really looking forward to see him again after more than five months.