Another great day of riding!

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

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Flag of Mexico  , Michoacán,
Monday, October 18, 2010

Cojita de La Paz to Los Reyes de Salgado.
Elevation Drop: 1600 m to 1340 m .
Cycling Distance 42 kilometers / 26 miles

At around 9:30 am, we pulled out of Cojita on a cool overcast day. Before we got out of town, Gerardo pulled up besides us on his scooter to bid us goodbye and wish us a great trip.

After 24km of enjoyable cycling past verdant farms and pasture land, we got near Tocumbo town. We stopped at the fork for the bypass road and Tocumbo center. Hermano Espinoza pulled up in his pick-up truck and asked if we needed directions. We said, thanks, but we were okay and merely deciding whether to go into town or not. He strongly recommended going into town to see the spectacular church designed by the same architect who designed Azteca Football Stadium in Mexico City. Who could refuse this proud ambassador for Tocumba?

We rolled over to the church to take a look and were surprised to see this modern concrete structure. Hermano walked up, carrying his work gloves, and started giving advice on the best way to the next town, Los Reyes. I think he was suppose to be working instead of talking to us because he said something to the guys there working on the public fountain. He also mentioned that he was a cyclist and the assistant to the town mayor. Anyway, he gave us some great insight into the road ahead and guided us to the best restaurant in town for lunch. Thanks Hermano!

3 more km up and out of Tocumbo, we got on a bigger road which led past avocado orchards and a 5 km down hill run into Los Reyes de Salgado. This time, we had a broad clean shoulder to ride safely into the sprawled out city. We made our way to town center.

Here in Los Reyes, the vibe was different. We got some curious stares, like 'where did they come from?' Few nodded or said hello. Michelle waited while Dave checked out some hotel options. The best bet was the Plaza Hotel, an old bunker a half block off the town plaza. The lady on the desk was not friendly at all and seemed more interested in getting back to her soap operas. The cleaning lady was helpful though and got us up and running on the wifi. We later talked to a young guy working there who said it was a family run hotel owned by his mother-in-law. We didn't say it, but we thought the mother-in-law must have been the witch on the front desk. We were looking forward to moving on from Los Reyes.
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