I was so dehydrated from the day before that I woke up feeling hung over without benefit of a previous night’s bacchanalian hijinks. The night was not restful, rather it was punctuated by alternating cramps in the hamstrings, quadriceps, abdominals and hands. This occurred, despite having drank apple juice, a pedialyte-type drink and water. The day before was a long day with a bruising climb at the end. The alternative to pushing for Tepic was offering our bodies to the swarms of mosquitoes that would surely find the holes in our tent.
I am legendary for the ability to profusely sweat. While on the England to Singapore bicycle trip, I entertained my companions by making sweat angels (like snow angels) on the pavement. Rather than calling out shapes in the clouds, the guys would watch the sweat patterns commingle with the salt rings on my back and declare what they saw. I was able to learn a lot about them from this unique form of a Rorschach test.
I do not get dehydrated for lack of trying. My belly was swollen and sloshing from the water while we climbed to Tepic. My system intake of fluid could not keep up with outflow due to the heat, humidity and exertion. I was so soaked with sweat that my socks squished when I walked.
We left our motel early in the morning and sought out the items we needed to repair our ant eaten tent and relocated to another hotel in the city center.
Sarah cut small patches using 1, 2, 5 and 10 pesos coins as templates. With the glue gun and patches we covered the correspondingly sized holes. Tiny holes were filled in with glue only.
Large swaths of the tent mesh were so damaged that patching individual holes was futile. Additionally, the heavily damaged areas were close to the point where the mesh wall connected to tent poles. I was concerned that small patches would redistribute the tension on the mesh walls so that adjoining areas would rip or tear. Hopefully the large material patches will keep the structural integrity.
The resulting repair was ugly but functional. It will not repel a future attack by leaf cutter ants but now it will at least keep the mosquitoes, flies and gnats out.
Later, we went to the town square and made a meal of sampling corn on the cob, corn with cream and chili in a cup, fried platinos, fried cakes (gorditas) and a drink in a bag made out of chocolate and malted milk.
I am almost sure that we did not adhere to any published food guide pyramid.