Finally! It took us 9 days to film this video and then another 6 months or so to edit it, and it’s finally done! Watch it to find out where we ate best quesadillas in whole Mexico and were we bitten by bed bugs or not. The video shows us climbing from Tehuantepec to Mitla in Mexico. We tried several perspectives within the video. Also included: some of our daily tasks and errands we run. Enjoy our new video from old days!
Week 141. Extreme weather. This was supposed to be a weekly update about how much we loved Mexico and how happy we are to enter USA, but destiny had other plans for us. We were cycling a lot this week and it was a hot week, with daytime temperatures averaging at +36C and nighttime temperatures at +30C. We were coping okay, until yesterday. Yesterday we were sleeping in the middle of the desert, when the Mother of all Thunderstorms had struck. The thunderstorm was fierce, but far away. It was moving from West to East right in front of us. There were four houses next to the crossroad in the desert. We pitched our tent behind one of them and joined the locals in storm watching. It was amazing: multiple lightnings striking non-stop so hard, that the sky was constantly bright. You could read a book, if you wished. Instead, we were mesmerized by the power of nature. It was quite far, and we couldn’t hear any thunder. At one point, the storm got a bit closer to us, and the wind started howling. We had to evacuate our tent in the middle of the night. Luckily, the home-owner offered his kitchen for us to stay. It was dark, the electricity was out and we were running back and forth in the wind, carrying our stuff to the house with the lightnings in the background. Our tent has survived a lot of strong winds, Patagonian included, but this was too much. The storm has passed without hitting us directly and after 6 hours the desert was calm again. And yet only next morning we realized the true severity of the storm. We woke up, sat on our bikes and started cycling. At first, we noticed that road signs were ripped out. Later, we saw that the desert was flooded. Cacti standing half in the water, grass completely submerged. And then we reached the town. At first it looked okay, but then we noticed huge road signs lying on the street, street lamps bended left and right, church towers broken off, roofs with huge holes, businesses without signs… It was surreal. We checked the weather forecast and there are active warnings for the next two days. Another major storm is expected as well as tornadoes, which are unusual in Mexico, but not impossible. We decided to wait out this extreme weather here in town. If you know a reliable online weather service, please let us know!
Quiz Friday! Here is a funny creature that we met in the Mexican desert. It looks like a mixture of 3 different animals: it’s body looks like a frog, it moves like a lizard and it’s head looks like a dragon.
Question: What is this animal?
The winner will get a personal kilometer as well as a place in our Hall of Fame (http://on.fb.me/1JAdFTC). The quiz ends on Monday (00:00 GMT). The winner will be announced on Tuesday(ish). The winner will be drawn at random from all the correct entries.
Week 140. On the road again. After a month-long marathon of sickness we are back on the road since Monday! A lot has changed during last month: we got out of shape and the outside temperatures became much higher, which is not a good thing when you’re standing in the beginning of a huge desert. Our start was rough: we got caught in a huge storm with no shelter, with heavy rain, thunder and lighting strikes oh-so-close to us. We’re still struggling to adapt to the new cycling conditions and try to re-establish our daily routine with a siesta under a lone tree in the middle of nowhere, that we used to practice in Argentinian deserts. Up next: #arewethereyet
Came back from the vet: Tulku is reacting to the treatment better than expected! We got the green light to continue cycling again!
Week 139. Tulku is sick. Tulku was diagnosed with anaplasmosis and it is a serious condition. The treatment is very long and slow and takes 3 to 4 weeks. So we are facing a dilemma: to continue traveling and possibly kill Tulku in the process, or to wait it out and possibly don’t reach Alaska before snowfall, and thus forever. While the choice is obvious, it still hurts. The thing is, we caught Tulku’s disease at super early stage, so she never felt bad or weak and prognosis is good. And yet her blood results are dangerously low with a chance of internal bleeding anytime. She’s getting treatment and we all are grounded until her blood results are back to normal. It is expected that her blood will be back to normal in 2 – 3 weeks and we are waiting for a miracle that it would be sooner. Which is much better situation than waiting for a miracle that your dog would survive, we admit that.
Week 138. Cycling through Sierra Madre. This week we have crossed Nuevo Leon state and entered Coahuila state. It will be the last state in Mexico for us. We made a pit stop in Saltillo where we researched which route to take through mainland USA. The decision has been made and it was one of the biggest decisions we made during this trip. We also ran some errands in the city and made a vlog about it. Please take a look at what do we do when we’re not cycling here:
Live from the road: morning theater of shadows.
We have met an Olympic athlete Erick Osornio Nuñez from Mexico today!
Week 137. Sick, part II. Last week Kira caught a nasty cold, this week was Sven’s turn to be sick. It got us worse than we first anticipated and it took much more time to get well than we thought it will. Multiple doctor visits and 5 boxes of tissues later we are both feeling much better and preparing to hit the road on Thursday. Tulku on the other hand used her off cycling time wisely and made us play with her ALL THE TIME.