Trip Start Jul 04, 2010
163Trip End May 10, 2011
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Camped at Restaurant Playita San Rafael
We were sent off from Los Crotos after a 5 course breakfast. Arturo waved us goodbye in his robe and slippers. It was a beautiful day, cool but sunny. The ups and downs in the road along the lake warmed up our legs for what was to come. After 12km, at Tuxcueca, where the road turned inland and up, we took a fruit and juice break. A nice treat.
The newly completed highway #405 had wide shoulder. Traffic up the big hill was light. We slowly made our way up and up and up for 10 mi/15 km. We took frequent rests and pushed our bikes a fair amount of time. But there never was any urge for Michelle to go "horizontal" on the asphalt. We enjoyed the hazy views of Lake Chapala until we reached one of 4 false summits after 13 km of steady steep climbing. The mountain sides were covered with cattle, corn and wild flowers and an occasional field of agave or onions. Alas, after a good 3 hours, we finally enjoyed an all too brief downhill followed by another stiff climb. Our legs were feeling it by now. Another exhilarating down hill stretch gave them some relief.