Said nobody. Ever.
That is, until we arrived here.
We were in the mood for a hike, and we saw a mountain in the distance, in the direction of the city of Guanajuato. I don't think we originally planned to walk all the way to the city, but somewhere along the line, Ruth said "Instead of returning the way we came, we could hike all the way to the city, and then take the bus home".
And this is exactly what we did...but it wasn't one of our better ideas.
Walking to the city along the highway would have been about 13 kms (8 miles). So I figured going cross country would be about the same.
How wrong I was!
It turns out that we did 25 kms (15 miles) and it took us over 7 hours to get back home!
Kevin, on the trail.
There were a lot of trails through these hills, and it wasn't really that easy to be sure you were on the right trail to get in the direction that we wanted to go. We made several wrong turns where we had to backtrack a bit to try a different trail.
Looking back at where we came from.
Some nice scenery.
Starting to get a view as we climbed higher.
We came to one area where there had been an obvious settlement at some point in time. We think there was a mine in this area, but none of the buildings are left standing. Quite a few foundations and leftovers, but it had to have been at least fifty years ago...probably more.
Remnants of a community.
An old statue in a cactus.
That's the mountain we're going to climb!
A pretty little cactus with a flower.
Some suburbs of the city.
You can clearly see the trail in this photo.
Yes, we could see the trail. But do you think we could find a way to get to it? We had to find a way down into the gulley and get crossed over. So we had to go down before we could go back up, and it was fairly steep so we had to criss cross our way down. After that, it was easy to follow the trail, but it was now quite steep going up!
We had left Sherman at about 11:00am. About 3/4 of the way up the mountain, we stopped and had lunch. By that point, it was already almost 1:30pm and we had done about 8 kms (4.8 miles).
Ruth...nearing the top!
And, here we are at the top...I took a little video for you...
It took us 3 hours and 22 minutes to get to the top.
We were now at 2,380 meters (7,800 ft) altitude and it was now 2:30pm. And the battery in the iPhone is down to 29%. I didn't think it was going to take that long, so I hadn't brought the spare battery pack. Fortunately, we had sufficient water and food. But now we were getting worried about getting back before dark. The choice was, do we return the way we came, or do we carry on to Guanajuato?
But we still took some time to enjoy the view!
We decided to carry on to Guanajuato. We thought that it was just on the other side of that next mountain, and the path you see heading right went around the mountain instead of over it.
Looking back at where we had been.
Again, there was no easy way. There were several ravines that you couldn't go through so the trail wound around them. Again, we could see where we wanted to go, but we couldn't get there!
Eventually, the battery wore down so we couldn't even use the mapping system. By the time it shut off (Note to self: the iPhone shuts right down at 15% battery!), we had done just over 17 kms (10.5 miles).
Eventually, we came to Guanajuto. Or at least, we came to overlook the city itself. But we couldnt find a path down the mountain! It was so frustrating...but at least we had a beautiful view of the city that very few people get to see.
The central part of Guanajuato.
From our view point, I spotted an RV boondocking. What a great spot he had overlooking the city. This is zoomed in 42x! He was just a speck from where we were located. Looks like a European rig. I zoomed in digitally, and we think there is a New Zealand flag on the side.
We figured out that we were going to have to walk to the village of Calderones, which I guessed was probaby another 3 kms (1.8 miles). We arrived there, and asked about taking a bus from there to Guanajuato...but they said there wasn't another bus until 5:45pm. So what did we do? We walked. After all, it was only another 5 kms (3 miles) or so!
Ruth, in the village of Calderones.
Now we're getting closer!
We made it to the center and headed straight for the bus. We were never so happy to sit down! We had done the hike from the top of the mountain without taking a break! And good thing we didn't take a break, because it was 6:20pm and the sun was starting to set when we made it back to the motorhome.
We had done 25 kms (15.5 miles) and it took us about 7 hours. Until we made it to the village, we had only seen one other person along the way...a guy in the distance with his goats!
Wow...what an adventure. Today will be a day of rest as we wait for the caravan to arrive this afternoon. There's a group dinner this evening, and we're looking forward to meeting everyone.
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