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Old 12-29-2012, 09:37 AM   #59
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The Monarchs at last worth the extra 2000km

On the first day of our team ride we woke to poor weather.


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We headed to the Monarch Bioreserve about an hour away.


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The altitude and a 45 minute hike up the mountain from 3200 to 3700 feet put us out of breath. We did see thousands of mariposa , but they were all clinging to the tree branches shivering in th cold.


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Needless to say we were all a bit depressed. the riding however was great thru the mountains to Angangaro. It was cold here! Thanks Garry for making us hot chocolate in the hotel.


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Awaking the next morning the sun was shining and the air was warmed. Ivonne suggested we try another Monarch reserve.


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We had another 50 min hike, but over easier terrain and were treated to the amazing sight of millions of butterflies on the wing and fluttering on the tree branches. Some of the team went on horseback.


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Female Monarch.


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Male Monarch.


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The view from the mirador over the valley was stunning.


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On returning to the parking lot we were treated to coffee made on Garry's camp stove.


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Cliff had left his keys in his bike and the local kids had been playing with them, killing the battery. Luckily Daniel has jumper cables.


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The ride back to Mexico City was only just over 200 km, but with the trip to the butterflies and a few other diversions on gravel road, thru towns crowded with huge parades for the Guadaloupe, and a meeting with the BMW club we ended up arriving chez Dymond after 8 pm.


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Let me tell you driving to and in Mexico city at night is a real challenge that I will not want to repeat.


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This did allow us to spend two more days with the Dymonds. They had invited us to join their family's first Posada. You travel "afar" and sing at the doors of the houses asking for shelter and Mary and Joseph did. We also had ponche (warm fruit punch0 and Pinatas.


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