High Road JM Morelos National Park
Trip Start Jul 04, 2010
163Trip End May 10, 2011
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Where I stayed
Juancho Restaurant at KM Post 220
Trip alt 373m/ trip dist 25.44 km/ Max climb 15%/ Avg climb 3%/ 16C
The day started on a sad note, our travel companion, the frog, who has been with us during many of our travels, had been cut off Michelle's bike. It had been secured on with a tie wrap that was still hanging on the bike but now had a clean cut. The frog had been guarding the bikes that were parked in hallway on the first floor of the hotel.
We rolled out of El Carmen hotel at 9:15. The streets of Morelia were quiet on this sleepy Sunday morning as we made our way east down the main boulevard toward the aqueduct. We followed the aqueduct to its end and then continued toward the mountain on Mex Highway 15. But first we needed some breakfast. Nothing seemed to be open this morning. Near the zoo we found a restaurant open and scarffed down Torascan soup and quesadillas. We needed something on this chilly morning and this did the trick. The eastern outskirts of Morelia lack the hodgepodge of muffler, tire shop, and junk yards that clutter the west side. It seems more upscale…. At the foot of the mountains, the road splits, north toward the airport and straight ahead and up to the country club and highway 15 to Ciudad Hildalgo.
Our quick pace ended as we hit the incline. For awhile, we had a shoulder and fairly wide road. But soon the road narrowed and we were sharing the tight space with a sporadic rush of cars, buses and trucks. We noticed the big commercial trucks did not use this road. But the big buses were scary enough We knew we had plenty of climbing ahead so took plenty of breaks. We took a long one just before noon and lounged in the sun. A friendly older guy in a bright red Jeep pulled over and asked if we needed help. No, we were just resting. He was 70ish and dressed in good quality casual clothes. He said his name was Jose and he has a great little restaurant just inside the park three or four kilometers ahead. And it is on a lake. Just look for KM Post 220 and we are right there, he said.We accepted his invitation and said we would see him there.
It did not take us long to get there and when we did, we learned the guy is a retired vascular surgeon but had to quit when his arthritis got too bad. He has owned the property for 20 years but decided to help his son start a weekend business there for people who need a quick getaway from Morelia. They have plans for expansion. But now, they cook good food on an outdoor stove, have four tents with table underneath (all filled with customers), and a dock on a small pond. The grandsons help with the restaurant. The fish was recommended and was indeed tasty. Dave had his first (and last) Michelada in Mexico. A Michelada is a beer mixed with clamotto juice poured over ice with spices thrown on top. It was drinkable but seems like they go through lot of trouble to ruin a good beer. We lounged on the lake for a few hours chatting with the doctor before pitching our tent near their bungalows close to the road.