T – There was so much going on around here last night. It sounded like fireworks and singing and clapping and so so much laughter! Seems like the festival was an absolute hit!
We were up and about at the reasonable hour of 9am today. There was breakfast on offer included with our room and we sat out on a little balcony that overlooked the street. It was a beautiful little spot and we people watched as we ate, and waved and said hello alot!
We packed our bikes and set the GPS to take us out of the city and to a small village called Colon about 190 kms away. We set it to avoid all highways, major roads, interstates and toll roads. Which it did! In a very short amount of time we were crawling in second and then first gear up a steep dusty and rocky road that slowly disintegrated into a rutted track.
C – We did have some reservations about this, as the routing through these back roads is only as good as the mapping. We had some experiences through Canada and the US where the GPS would attempt to get us places, but we would end up at a dead end as things on the ground had changed since the maps were last updated. Still, we were both sick of the highways and missing riding off riding, so thought we would give it a go!
T – We passed through little towns and crossed a few streams before we were confronted by a set of steel gates and a security guard. Bugger. Our GPS wanted us to go straight through what appeared to be an active mine site. We spoke briefly to the security guard and he confirmed our fears. We couldn’t go this way. But he pointed us off to a side road and we assumed that it would curl back on itself and rejoin the road on the other side of the mine.
C – At this point, we decided to just give it a go and see what happened. There were a few vehicles coming from that direction, so we figured the road must go somewhere, despite the GPS insisting it dead ended at a church.
T – We followed this track along for a while and soon we were crawling and bumping our little overworked bikes up a narrow, very high, rock strewn goat track. It was quite a struggle to get up this part even in first gear. Finally though we did it! Sweating buckets on our over heated bikes we had a little cheer and carried on. For about 30 meters. Where the road just ended. Well it did continue on but we would have had to pass through a barbed wired fence and onto what we could only assume was private property. So we turned the bikes around.
C – I quite enjoy challenging myself to get up these steep, rocky climbs. What I do not enjoy as much, is coming back down them. I find it much more difficult to keep up the momentum whilst sliding down steep rocky hills, despite the fact that some momentum is important for keeping the bike upright. Of course I got down without any trouble, but, maybe one day these steep rocky descents wont scare the crap out of me!
T – It took us two hours to reach this point and the only way back was to go all the way back to Guanajuato and then take a highway road out. This wasn’t a bad thing though. We had both been missing our offroading and so we were absolutely relishing this ride. So instead of setting our sights on Colon, we instead headed for San Miguel De Allende which was about 60 km’s or so from Guanajuato.
C – We picked San Miguel as a destination because we were being too lazy to get out the map and pick another one.. and we both knew this town was close. We also knew that San Miguel has a large expat community and would be an expensive destination for the evening. But, laziness prevailed!
T – After a fairly quick ride back to the city we were soon racing down the highway. It was quite a nice ride and the air was refreshing cool for both us and the bikes.
We made it to SM De Allende and soon we found a hotel that was slightly expensive but still the cheapest we could be bothered finding. It seems that something we have eaten or drunk in the past day or so wants to make us unhappy again. We might go to a pharmacy and get some doxy we think. Good for malaria and helps to keep stomach bugs at bay.
Tomorrow we are heading due east and have found some more dirt winding roads that lead us through some spectacular looking country. I’ve checked them on Google maps and assume, a very dangerous thing, that the roads go through because there is Google street view of them!