Wandering the streets of Guanajuato I encountered several callejoneadas, or alley parties, of roaming minstrels. There was a bit of a logjam when three passed through the same street. I followed the one with the best pandero (Mexican tambourine).
In case there was any doubt why I want a sealable inner tent, here's a couple of recent arachnid encounters from my travels in Mexico. I haven't managed to film any of the several small yellow-brown scorpions I've found under my tent in the mornings, but they're out here with me too!
Torn between two loves! It's hard to say which of these two beauties has the stronger claim on my heart: my bike or my tent. I usually say that the bike gets me into trouble and the tent gets me out of it. Two nights ago the event I have been dreading for years finally happened: the remaining zipper on the mesh inner tent broke off (the first one went south in Australia two years back), making it impossible to close the door. The last line of defence against my insect and arachnid foes was breached. Shit!!!
By a huge stroke of luck, this happened the night I camped above Guanajuato city (photo 5). In the morning I descended into town for second breakfast in a café, where the staff directed me to a shoe repair shop a few blocks away. The lads there quickly installed two new zippers while I waited, repaired the mangled zip-track and sewed up an expanding hole in the mesh inner (photo 6). They would not accept payment - they just wanted to help me on my way! What absolute legends!! The inner is almost good as new (or near as dammit for a 12 year old tent). As I am now in the tropics heading toward the equator, you can imagine my relief to have a mosquito-proof tent.
The other photos are from the mostly dirt route I have been on for the last week between Zacatecas and Guanajuato - based on the new and occasionally great, but rather unfortunately christened, 'Trans-Mexico' bikepacking route (that hashtag is already well and truly taken; maybe I'll use it anyway just to confuse all concerned ).
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