Frosty the Snowman, The Wicked Witch of the West, and I share one thing in common — we’re melting. My brain is boiling in my head. The heat, humidity, cloudless sky along with the fact that I can’t get enough water into my system to replace what is leaking out makes me a bit wonky throughout the day. I’ve started to consider the feasibility of riding with an intravenous drip.
We are re-learning the lessons about riding in the heat. We take breaks more often. We add salt to our lunches and snack on bananas and other fresh fruits. We mix electrolyte replacement powder (sold in pharmacies everywhere) with our water. These all help to replace water and salts like potassium, sodium and magnesium. We’ve tried carbonated and non-carbonated drinks like colas, slurm and fruit punches but these leave us feeling a bit queasy and subject to a sugar crash. These all help but we’ve found something better.
The magic elixir for us has been coconut water. Coconuts are ubiquitous and cheap along the coast. Coconut water’s rejuvenating effects have been remarkable for me. Late in the day, after a coconut water or two, I’ve gone from completely drained and borderline cramping to being able to knock out another hour or two on the bike. I am coo-coo for cocos.
Today we were close to seventy miles (~113 km) in an attempt to make San Miguel with the hope of getting a cheap, air conditioned room in an auto-hotel. All that changed when a monkey stopped us in our tracks.
We passed a water park, La Aventura del Mono (The Monkey Adventure) and did u-turn. After a brief conversation with the manager and a call to “el Jefe” (the boss), we talked ourselves into a camping spot for the night and a swim in the pool —a cool ending to a blistering hot day.
Enjoying the Monkey