Pine and Eucalyptus Covered Mountains
Trip Start Jul 04, 2010
163Trip End May 10, 2011
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Quiroga is near the Patzcuaro lake and according to Google Earth we had one 300 meter climb through a pass before dropping into Morelia 27 miles to the east. Quiroga was quiet when started around 9 am. The steady climb began immediately in town and in about a mile we reached the OXXO convenience store which was as good as any for a big cup of coffee and a breakfast sandwich. Mmmm
The two lane hwy 15 was in great shape but had no shoulder. Fortunately, we only had to worry about tourist traffic and local buses. Commercial traffic takes the less scenic and more direct road. It still was pretty hairy at times as we crawled around blind curves especially. All in all it was a 7 mile/11km climb and we were able to ride most of it with frequent short breaks. Slow and steady is our motto. The sky was overcast which made it cool enough to be great cycle weather. Before we knew it, we had climbed over 300 meters to 2300 m at El Tigre. El Tigre appeared to be more like a bus stop with a few restaurants than a real town. From there, it was all smooth sailing down.
Our road merged with others as we reached the outskirts of Morelia. Smoke belching truck traffic increased and buses and combies cut in front of us. The riding became nerve wrecking. We reached a road construction detour and asked a traffic cop for directions to El Centro. He pointed for us to ride through the barriers and against traffic on the other side of the road construction.... no problemo. The on-coming traffic did not seem to mind either. It did spare us from riding into bowl we'd have to climb back out of. We finally made it to the center of town with its beautiful colonial buildings, the Cathedral and plazas.