Heat + Hills + Headwind = Excruciating (Xpujil, Campeche, Mexico)

Old Zofuenizer just won’t let up.  Yesterday I was sure he was blowing with the full force of his mighty lungs, but today proved me wrong.

We battled the fierce headwind all day long with no relief whatsoever.  By early afternoon the wind, heat, and hills had beaten me down – I was fried.  Toast  Done in.

No matter how slight the incline, I began walking my bike – I just didn’t have anything left.  We began to wonder if I could made it the remaining 23 km to the village.

I dug a package of coconut cookies out my pannier and starting munching – hoping beyond hope that the sugar would somehow give me the boost I needed.  It didn’t.

The hills, however, let up a bit at the end.  Battling only the wind and heat I could forge ahead – and we finally made it.

All four of us are wiped out.  This jaunt across the Yucatan peninsula has been one of the most difficult stretches yet.  We never would have dreamed the Yucatan would be this tough.

For anyone considering cycling the Yucatan – do yourself a favor and cycle this road east to west!

Kilometers today:  72
Kilometers to date:  11827

Going down one of our thousand hills

Going down one of our thousand hills

Too bad I couldn't capture the headwind in this picture.  It wasn't nearly as ideal as it looks.

Too bad I couldn’t capture the headwind in this picture.  It wasn’t nearly as ideal as it looks.

In addition to the heat, hills, and headwinds, they were widening the road.  It wasn't a problem except for the copious amounts of dust that blew our way...

In addition to the heat, hills, and headwinds, they were widening the road.  It wasn’t a problem except for the copious amounts of dust that blew our way..

We could see these Mayan ruins at Xpujil rising above the trees way before we got there.

We could see these Mayan ruins at Xpujil rising above the trees way before we got there.

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About Nancy Sathre-Vogel

After 21 years as a classroom teacher, Nancy Sathre-Vogel finally woke up and realized that life was too short to spend it all with other people's kids. She and her husband quit their jobs and, together with their twin sons, climbed aboard bicycles to see the world. They enjoyed four years cycling as a family - three of them riding from Alaska to Argentina and one exploring the USA and Mexico. Now they are back in Idaho, putting down roots, enjoying life at home, and living a different type of adventure. It's a fairly sure bet that you'll find her either writing on her computer or creating fantastical pieces with the beads she's collected all over the world.

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