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7 MAR - Teotihuacan, MX

From: Peter Birch (
Date: Tue Mar 07 2000, 07:51 PM PST

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    This morning I went to Teotihuacan, vast ancient ruins near Mexico City. It
    is very impressive. They have two huge pyramids that you can hike up, along
    with remnants of a lot more. The weather was hot in the AM, then became
    overcast, then a thunderstorm hit in the PM.

    Today is my last day in Mexico City. Tomorrow morning I head to Toluca, to
    begin biking to Oaxaca. Yes, believe it or not, I am actually planning on
    *riding* my bike, rather than just carrying it. It should take me about a
    week to get there, if the hills don't kill me first. I have to climb up the
    Sierras to get there.

    I decided to go on a diet. I realized that I had too much stuff, so I sent
    about 15 lbs. worth of stuff via bus (hiking shoes, who needs 'em.) I finally
    weighed my bike and all my stuff, and the total weight came out to somewhere
    around 95 lbs (including bike). That equals about 60ish lbs of gear! With
    the removal of things, I should be closer to 50 lbs. of stuff, which is still
    a pain to haul up a mountain.

    I won't be going near any cities of any size for a while, so I don't know what
    my net access will be like. I will keep on writing stories, and enter them
    into the computer next chance I get.


                 Peter Birch,

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