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I'm a fairly active 70-year old man, and my doctors are trying to classify me as Type 2 Diabetes. I walk fast and bike a lot, and I like to drink beer. My main form of exercise is riding a road bike; I ride every other day in good months, but some months I ride only about 8 times. My normal route is 20 miles at 16+ MPH.

Last winter, 2015, was tough in New Hampshire. We got a lot of snow and I did not ride for months. Soooo, my idea for 2016 is to fight the Diabetes by riding 10 days each month. I hate riding on the stand in front of the TV, so I am going to travel to places where I can ride outside. This is the story of my first 10 day trip, Jan 13-23 to Cancun Mexico.

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This is the only known existent picture of me on an actual ride. No, I am not the handsome young dude taking the selfie. I am the geezer in the background. There is a good story around how I came into possession of this photo. I rented my road bike from Elite Cyclery in Cancun. I dealt through email with one of their representatives, Jonatan Bonilla. He was not at the shop when I picked up my bike on Thursday 1/14 or when I came in to buy flashers on 1/16, but he was there when I returned the bike on 1/22. Better than that, he was not in the shop but sitting on the bench outside, waiting for a co-worker to unlock it. When I rode up, he said, you must be Tom and of course I knew he must be Jonatan. Anyway, a couple hours later he emailed me and said, "I think I have seen you on a ride" and sent me this selfie that his friend had sent him!

I took two other pictures of people I rode with. These are from my last day, 1/22.
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Now for the actual story.

When I picked up my bike at Elite Cyclery, they warned me that the roads in Cancun were potholed, there were too many traffic lights and the traffic was confusing, non-stop and not rider friendly. The only nearby good road was the 28K stretch out to the hotels. I was told that a group goes at 6am most days from a park at the beginning of the Hotel Road. In the posts below, I'll tell the story of my daily rides and other adventures in Cancun.

I want to especially thank the 6am riders on the Hotel Road. They always made me feel welcome and not a burden. They are all such gentleman, and ladies! I have found that riders all over the world are wonderfully helpful. If I stop at the roadside, even to rest, most cyclers ask if I need assistance. With the Hotel Road group I never pulled my weight against the wind. I spoke like 3 words of Spanish. I had an obnoxious bright blinking gringo strobe light. No one ever made a comment. They let me ride my own pace at the back. I have told everyone that after this first 10-day winter riding trip, I'm afraid it will all be downhill disappointing from here!

Posted by tompears 05:37 Archived in Mexico Tagged cancun bicycle roadbike

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