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“I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move.” – Robert Louis Stevenson

 

WEEK 9 | Mexico a Caballo

 

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Chahuites to Ventosa | 110km

 

DAY 63 | La Ventosa, Oaxaca.#longhike #roxy #morgan #barefoot #madbarn #easyboot…

Posted by 5000 Miles of Hope on Thursday, July 4, 2019

 

DAY 65 | La Ventosa, Oaxaca.#horsetravel #gratitude #onedayatatime#horseculture #5000milesofhope…

Posted by 5000 Miles of Hope on Sunday, July 7, 2019

 

 

 

Week 9 was all about making it through the heat.

 

I started on Saturday in Chahuites, about 10km from the Pacific Ocean, and the mango capital of the world, and it was hot!
My friend from a nearby town invited me to her towns fiesta so I made an early day and partied a bit in the afternoon. Nice party.
The next morning, while the whole town was hungover, except for me, as I stopped drinking at 6pm, I went to find that my horse was locked in the corral and no one could be found to unlock her. So, after deliberations and approval from family members, I cut the fence to Set Roxy Free!

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Mango groves

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Random

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Fiesta

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Mescal

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Beautiful

I made my way to the next town and my stomach wasn’t feeling that good, something that lasted for the next few days. My body starts to breakdown if I don’t get cool nights to recover from the heat. I don’t have the energy to answer a lot of the same questions again and again, when it’s always hot all the time. Roxy also got some sort of infection that showed up as boils. It lasted about 3 days.

I made my way to La Ventosa, the local cops set me up with an awesome spot with lots of pasture. Then I gathered my other Eastboot Fury Sling hofboots from nearby Juchitan. I finally had all 4!!!! I rested up a day in La Ventosa and had a great day off, before starting to make my way thru the Isthmus and into Ventosa…

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Ramos family

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Mule delivering fresh feed

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Mescal

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Horses tied out Mexico style

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Old Jeep

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Taco Hunter

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Wind of La Ventosa

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Oaxaca Isthmus

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Posing

This marks the area where I veer off from my route from last year, where I rode from Puebla down thru the mountains of Oaxaca.

My hosts this week were friendly and respectful of my need for space to properly recover from riding long hot days in busy traffic. Thank You!