14 km of hell on hw 55
Trip Start Jul 04, 2010
163Trip End May 10, 2011
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36km/ Trip Alt 400m/ Max alt 2533m/Avg climb 4%/ Max climb 13%
Fabulous route not on any map we checked, except for extremely busy HW 55 for first 14km; Tenango-->Joquicingo HW 4 -->Piaxtla--> Ocuilan.
On our way out of town we stopped at restaurant for a delicious bowl of Aztec soup. An odd choice for breakfast but satisfied just the same. A creamy tomato base with soft cheese, tortillas, avocado and chicharones (deep-fried pork skin). Served with fresh bread.
Soon we found ourselves fighting for space on the narrow shoulder-less HW 55 with a steady stream of stinking trucks, buses, and cars. It was our most nerve-wrecking 16 km's of our entire trip. Trying to stick to that measly white line is a chore in the best of circumstances but while strugling to make it up those hills and being missed by inches by black smoke spewing monster trucks is enough to give the jitters.
It was a steep 5km climb when we left highway 55 for highway 4. But the orange juice guy was right about the traffic, it was much lighter and the best part was the lack of big trucks. So we all had room to ride. Beautiful patchwork of fields spread in all directions on the hilly terrain. Lavender was added to the sprinkling of wildflowers along the road. Just before the pass, we passed through pine and oak forests on both sides of the road. We made it over the 1st big pass then dropped into the town of Joquicingo.
Good enough. We showered at went for dinner. The hostel owner said there was no place to eat nearby, we would have to go to the carretera (highway). We could not find much, so Ramen noodles began to look like a possibility. We settled on buying the only remaining chicken at the rotisserie chicken place and took it back to our room. We were surprised that we almost demolished the whole bird.