Last 12 km downhill, what a thrill!!

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

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Hotel Parque

Flag of Mexico  , Michoacán,
Thursday, October 21, 2010

Angahuan to Uruapan
Elevation Drop: 2400 m to 1720 meters (7845ft to 5643ft)
Cycling Distance: 34 kilometers / 21 miles

We knew we had an easy day with that big downhill at the end. We leisurely got our things together and said goodbye to the hotel owner.

Outside, we found a crowd of Purépecha women at a door of a business. We moved in and saw they were waiting in line for machine kneaded tortilla dough. They each carried little pail that would be filled. With that, it would be easy to pat the dough into tortillas as needed during the day. Nearby was a stand with bread, fruit, carrots, eggs, and a creamy gruel. Michelle had some of the gruel and discovered it was oatmeal. We rolled down the cobblestone and dirt streets past wooden and brick buildings of Angahuan onto the main highway. The highway is in great condition here and riding was good with easy ups and downs, the volcano and forest in the distance. We came to our first big grade and worked up a sweat. But soon we arrived in the town of San Lorenzo and stopped at a roadside stand for a fruit drink. We talked with the people there a bit. It was too early for lunch so we could not give them more business. In the end, they seemed to enjoy our stop as much as we did.

The road was steep out of San Lorenzo and we paced ourselves. Sooner than expected we reached the intersection where the long downhill begins without end until Uruapan. We rode the brakes to keep our speed under 30 miles per hour. Now this is our kind of cycling!

A big mural marks the entrance of Uruapan with the word "UTOPIA" prominently featured ( Keep dreaming. )

We quickly found Hotel Parque which we had picked out of the Lonely Planet, It wasn't as nice as we expected but it has a good location, is clean, and the price is reasonable. We tossed our things in our room and went to find some lunch. Cocina Mary was busy, a sure sign that a place is good. They had a half dozen set menus priced at 40 pesos ($3.33). Both of our choices were astonishingly good. The menu changed daily. We ended up eating one meal here each day! At another place we found al Tamal Zotodichay

Exploring town, we stumbled upon a performance by traditional dancers in the market. We were told that the Governor, President, or other high official had been in town and they had some entertainment for the occasion.

We spent another 2 nights in Uruapan relaxing. We both felt we needed an extra day off.
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