"El Gringo Jalapeño"
Sep 19, 2005, 10:47 PM
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This last Sunday was a beautiful, sunny day when I went on one of my best mountain biking excursions ever with a young Canadian from Toronto and Manolo from Coatepec. We left at 11 AM, a bit late, the Canadian and I, from Xalapa on the old, very scenic road to Coatepec, where we meet Manolo for the first time at the bike shop there. He kindly volunteered to guide us on a back road to Xico, mostly dirt or cobble stone, and very steep in many places. Arriving at Xico, a group of "payaso"(clown) dancers were doing a tradicional dance to a flute and violin, while they were waiting for the procession bringing special flowers("cucharilla") for the adornment of the large church facade arch to celebrate San Miguel Archangel(September 29th). After lunch the Canadian and I headed down to the Texolo falls where we took the "vereda"(path) through coffee plantations to the village of Teocelo(we had several glasses of the local sassparilla to quench our thirst). By now it was 6 PM, so we took a local bus back on the sharp curved and very dangerous road to Xalapa. All in all, quite a day!
So, if you are looking for adventure, Xalapa and the surrounding area is where to come!
Roy B. Dudley "El Gringo Jalapeño" See more about Xalapa at www.xalaparoy.com