Distance travelled (by bike): 15,470
It was cold when i left Oaxaca, lots of fog, but no traffic. I decided to take the toll roads to speed up the journey, defiantly worth it as it only took 6 hours rather than 10.
I arrived just after lunch, having been told that i couldn't go to mexico and not see Teotihaucan. Its the biggest excavated archaeological site in Mexico (the site covers a total surface area of 83km2), home to the second largest pyramid in the new world. The spine of the city is the 'Avenue of the Dead' which stretches for 4km, flanked on both sides by ceremonial platforms and temples. At its peak they think the city housed roughly 250,000 people. There were lots of people, the busiest tourist attraction i have ben to so far on the journey.
Leaving the site behind i headed into town. As i arrived the main street was closed, i went to investigate and was told by the police that there was a big bike meeting, 'was this not why i was here?". Fantastic! The main street was been used as a drag racing strip, i had to have a go. I lined up (fully loaded) next to some Harley and predictably easily beat him. I ended up drinking beers with several different gangs or chapters of larger gangs, then as the evening drew in most people departed, i headed to the hostel.
sunrise over the mountains
riding through the valleys
Pyramid of the sun
view from pyramid of the moon to pyramid of the sun
the platforms down the side of avenue of the dead
pyramid of the sun
view down the avenue of the dead to the pyramid of the moon
getting in line to race
two people about to race
leader of the pack
one of the gangs