Monday, January 11, 2010

Winter Bike Ride from Dolores Hidalgo to San Miguel de Allende

From left to right, our guide Daniel, Bob, Sang, Chris, Deb and Paul

Last December, we joined a few of our guests on a bike trip from Dolores Hidalgo to San Miguel de Allende. From Antigua Capilla Bed and Breakfast, we walked to Bici-Burro, a local bike outfitter, and hopped in their van for the 27 mile drive to Dolores Hidalgo.

Riding the Camino Real back to San Miguel de Allende

After a quick drive in and out of Dolores Hidalgo for the benefit of those who had never been there, we were dropped off at a gas station just outside of town to begin our ride back to San Miguel. We road on the Camino Real, the colonial era road that originally linked the two towns. We could still see some of the original cobblestones in certain sections.

The majority of the trip was through scenic farmland, and occasionally we came across an interesting chapel or colonial era building. We saw very few people. A couple of times, however, we had to move off the road to let pass a procession of catholic pilgrims on multi-day journeys.

Bicycles share this road with pilgrims!

About 7 miles before reaching San Miguel de Allende, we stopped at the UNESCO site of the Sanctuary of Atotoniclo for a quick rest. We refueled on liquids and gorditas, hand formed thick tortillas that are split open and stuffed with various meats and/or vegetables (like a pita). We never pass up an opportunity to munch on street food!

Deb and Paul in front of the Sanctuary of Atotonilco

Bob and Sang Enjoying a Gordita

What a great winter activity. There were a couple of ascents, but they were manageable. If you’re relatively active, you will definitely enjoy this trip.

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Blogger liv said...

It looks really great. It looks you guys had a great time there. Nice to see that you people are enjoying it.
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January 19, 2010 at 1:51 AM  

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