PHOTO ESSAY

APRIL 2016

During the first week of April we were stuck in the gorgeous mountain town of Saltillo, this was because we were waiting for a set of new tires to be delivered from the UK. Twiddling our thumbs, marathon binge watching of Game of Thrones, and eating large amounts of gorditas is how we spent the majority of the week. Fun fact: Saltillo is also the heavy metal capital of Mexico, who knew!

As we left the city the roads steadily climbed from 5000ft to 7000ft and would remain hovering between 6500 and 7200 for the rest of the month.

We took a side-trip to the picture perfect town called Real de Catorce, a place which had been on my radar for years, and now I finally I get to see it with my own eyes, and hike the surrounding mountains for a couple of days.

With the northern deserts well behind us, the land slowly started to change from sandy yellows and browns to green fields, trees and agave plants (the plant which Mezcal and Tequila is produced from). The main highways were considerably busier the closer we approached Mexico City, so we took to the backroads which normally would end up turning into miles and miles of gravel roads. I don’t mind, these roads normally end in some kind of great adventure.

The final days of April were spent in the colorful town of Guanajuato where Julie went to Spanish school and I drank great coffee at last, gallons of the black stuff.

Next stop – Mexico City.

Total so far: 2974 miles Mexico – COAHUILA, SAN LUIS POTOSI, GUANAJUATO, ZACATECAS, QUERÉTARO.

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First night on the road after a week in Saltillo.

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Tarmac ended, 20 miles of gravel began.

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Backroads in the state of San Luis Potosi.

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On our way to Real De Catorce.

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Real De Catorce.

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Cowboys on the backroad to Real de Catorce.

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Town of Real De Catorce.

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Unknown highway in Zacatecas.

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After the rain the desert roads turn muddy.
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City of Guanajuato.

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Coca in Real De Catorce.

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Real de Catorce.

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Abandoned mine near Real De Catorce

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Real de Catorce.

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Abandoned town near Real de Catorce.

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