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A fitting description for your whole post! It is so refreshing to find a time and place where there are few motorized vehicles (or none) and a relaxing, energizing ride. I always smile when I see someone riding their cycles, even when I am confined to my car.

Thank you once more for sharing your observations and photos. You have truly become a blogging ambassador for CDMX!

Willie
Thanks Willie. I'm just writing what I see - this place is inspiring in lots of ways.

I keep thinking about your comment about taking your family to México for a couple of years.
I understand that it was a while ago and things may not be the same, but it would have been a very interesting experience.

I find the kids here to be very open, very smiley and chatty. No evidence of a fear of "stranger danger". If I spent as much time hanging out in parks in NL as I do here, I'd probably be arrested! ^_^ Here, kids (and their parents) aren't spooked by this stranger.

The parks are full of kids and like the dogs, they all get along with no problems. And amused with such simple things!
A ship must have arrived from China because the last couple of weeks there has been an explosion of "bubble guns" that shoot out millions of bubbles. The fun such a fundamentally simple thing generates is infectious!

I pulled up at a skateboard area recently to watch. Teenagers flying around on skateboards and bmx bikes and not an ounce of any anti-social behaviour. Just kids having fun. Out of about 80 kids, only one, a girl, had any kind of safety gear. In other places they'd need padding from head to toe to take part.

Just tonight, in my local park, after dark, two little sisters, I reckon maybe 6/8 years old, are rollerblading up and down a ramp right beside a basketball/soccer space. A group of teenagers, guys, are having a hectic game of football right beside them. There's no swearing (that I can tell), no negativity, just two very different groups side by side without a problem. Oh, anyone walking up or down the ramp are careful to avoid the girls - no complaints like "you shouldn't be here".

It's different. Good different.

Of course, the flip side is that there are a lot of kids working or selling things. There's a cabin/shop on a lake in the Bosque de Chapultepec with a delightfully friendly woman. Her son, probably about 12, spends his weekend working with her.

If comfortably off, I think there are a lot of positive things that kids could pick up here.
 

cwskas

Well-Known Member
Location
Central Texas
I sometimes wonder about myself, if I'm descending into some cavern of madness or dementia. . . . I don't think anything in here is going to disprove that thought.^_^
Does cyclechat have a survey option? :laugh:

400 days of preparation & Tabare
Definitely preparation. I suspect we all knew you were at the starting line, waiting for the starter to fire his pistol for the next race! stage of the adventure! Tabare seems to have been the starter!

There's a romance to his story that is just so hard to resist. He loves riding his bike . . . His attitude is infectious . . . One of the greatest joys of travelling on a bike is the ability to live in the moment, to savour the present, the here and now. I reckon Tabaré has become the master of that!
:okay: . . . sounds familiar!

México! It's feckin' great (and Uruguay must be worth a visit too!)
The crescendo is building, the conductor lifts his baton . . .

I'm hitting the road again!
And there it is . . . the audience goes wild!

Willie
who is now off for a ride!
 

IaninSheffield

Veteran
Location
Sheffield, UK
I'm back on the road and there's no going back!!
Cor blimey! So you are off then?
Can't imagine what it's like spending such a long stretch on a motorway without being yelled at ... or arrested! And the thought of a driver 'having your back' rather than screaming blue murder at you being in his way ... well, that's plainly another universe entirely!
Are you sure you didn't post this whilst still in a dream?

Wonderful to see you (although no travelling companions?) back on the road. It'll be interesting to see what difference your newly acquiired linguistic skills bring to your experiences in the boondocks. Wishing you tailwinds and downhills whenever they're needed.
 

netman

Über Member
Lovely to see you back in the saddle @HobbesOnTour ! Wishing you happy travels...

"Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans. That the moment one definitely commits oneself, then providence moves, too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred." William H Murray
 
Cor blimey! So you are off then?
Probably more of a linguistic device. I've no idea how things will turn out and a return to CDMX is not off the table.
It was just emphasis that this phase is on^_^


Can't imagine what it's like spending such a long stretch on a motorway without being yelled at ... or arrested! And the thought of a driver 'having your back' rather than screaming blue murder at you being in his way ... well, that's plainly another universe entirely!
Are you sure you didn't post this whilst still in a dream?
Ah now! I thought you were following along!^_^ Riding a bike in México is nothing like riding a bike anywhere else!^_^

And Sí, a little Spanish is already enriching these little escapades!^_^

And here's a pic of one travelling companion, outside the Azteca stadium in CDMX
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Lovely to see you back in the saddle @HobbesOnTour ! Wishing you happy travels...

"Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans. That the moment one definitely commits oneself, then providence moves, too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred." William H Murray
Thanks @netman
I firmly believe the head is the most important "piece of kit" for a bike tour.
Sometimes, it's just like a starter motor in a car, just needed to get us going.
The sentiment is 100% correct. We can't possibly know what to expect until we get out there.And when we do, things have a way of working out.
Thanks!
 
I may be out of Internet coverage for some days. No panicking please^_^
 
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