Cosmos, Chamomile and Butterflies

Trip Start Jul 04, 2010
Trip End May 10, 2011

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Flag of Mexico  , Central Mexico and Gulf Coast,
Thursday, October 14, 2010

4 km before Manzanilla de la Paz to Mazamitla - 28 km, 17.2 miles - 350m alt gain to 2340 meters.

Maria Yolanda invited us into the restaurant for coffee and quesadillas. It was really nice to get something warm in our stomachs before pedaling off in the chilly morning.

We soon made it to the sleepy town of Manzanilla de la Paz. One small store/restaurant was open this early (9ish) where we bought water and sampled a local version of gorditas with mantequilla. We know mantequella as butter. But this mantequilla was more like a curd cheese with jalapeno and bell pepper and that was sandwiched between two tortillas. Well, they all cannot be winners.

We squished the pedals and made it up to a small summit. Nice downhill rides were followed by more climbs.The road was lined with hot pink cosmos, delicate chamomile and loads of other wildflowers (some towering over our heads). And butterflies galore!.... .

We came to another big climb when Oswaldo and his nephew stopped their truck and offered us a lift to for the final few km's to town. Michelle put her rubber legs in the truck. Dave pressed on on his bike. It was not just one last climb but two. Quads, hammies, abs, and obliques were all burning by the time he reached the town perched on the mountainside at 2240 meters (7,350 feet).

A chill was in the air at midday. Michelle was waiting at a picnic table in front of a small store and had checked out a few hotel possibilities. As Dave rested up there, a peanut delivery truck made his delivery to the store. On his way out, he tossed us a bag of peanuts. We all grinned. And they really hit the spot. They were the best peanuts we have had in Mexico.....

Mazamitla is another lovely mountain village with red tile roofs, white washed walls, and wooden balconies and accents. Teens were decorating the main plaza with wild flowers. The 5 day Flower Festival would start the next day with a parade... Lucky us!

We found a funky place to stay called Cabanas Colina De Los Ruisenores. We can stay in a normal hotel anytime so we chose funky ambiance with quirky shower and gaps in the doors. This place was an experience...

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