Staining Sinks

Warning: This post contains vivid imagery that may not be appropriate for younger audiences or those with a weak stomach.

This story is not pretty even if the day began as beautiful as ever.  I awoke on a hill along a road in the predawn light. I watched the constellation Orion set over the opposite mountain from the one I watched it rise over.  Throughout the night, I occasionally woke progressively tracking the mighty hunters progress across the star speckled sky. I slept without a tent.  It was chilly, but worth every moment. Nights like this are few and far between.

I was packed and riding as the sun was rising.  The morning was especially cold. I rode in a down jacket. Continue reading

Long Awaited Update

It has been quite some time since my last update. The last two weeks of my life have been spent in the Sierra Tarahumara mountains and the Barrancas Del Cobre. The region is remote and rugged. Modern amenities are few and far between; internet access, yea right.

The dirt track I followed out of Alamos is only accessible via four-wheel drive or via bicycle powered by a determined masochistic touring cyclist. The route to Alamos from Mazatlan is a toll road sporting a blissfully wide shoulder. The miles of tarmac passed quickly as I rushed to find the route less travelled.

I am currently in Creel and very short on time. I’ve been out of civilization for quite a while. As a result, my time here has consisted of chores long neglected and recuperating in the comfort of a dormitory complete with hot showers.

This post will provide a tiny glimpse into the blissful chaos of the last three or so weeks of this epic adventure. I am still trying to absorb all that has happened. The mountains here, and more so the people, have made this portion of my journey one I doubt will be topped. In the coming weeks, I hope to tell the individual stories in more detail. But, for now, this snapshot must suffice. Continue reading