Cycling to Argentina EP14: Northern Mexico (Video)
In the 14th episode of the “Cycling to Argentina” video series, Greg McCahon and Ana Victoria Cedillo pedal their way through Northern Mexico en route to Ana Victoria’s hometown in Chihuahua for a reunion with friends and family. Watch it and catch up on any episodes you’ve missed here…
Words, photos, and video by Greg McCahon
In this episode, we ride 513 miles from Agua Prieta, Sonora, towards Victoria’s home in Chihuahua. After riding the Baja Divide and Trans Mexico last year, I was keen to experience a different side of the country and visit some lesser-traveled places, and Victoria was keen to cycle into her hometown to reunite with her friends, family, and a newborn nephew she was eager to meet.
But Northern Mexico is often cited as being one of the riskier regions, and with that comes a new set of challenges. Following an established route like the Trans-Mexico, you can make a general assumption that the places you are riding through are relatively safe, as there are usually a number of cyclists ahead of you that you’re able to get intel from. But when making your own way, you have to take this intel gathering into your own hands and be proactive about investigating the situation for yourself. Luckily, we had a secret weapon on our team, as Victoria grew up not far from our route and has the remarkable ability to win strangers’ trust in seconds.
With that, we were able to gather detailed and nuanced information from people along the way to make informed decisions about our route, adapting it as we went to make sure we were being as safe as possible (which in one case led us to backtrack and undo three entire days of riding). To see how we got on and watch Victorias emotional homecoming into Chihuahua, check out the full episode above!
If you missed them, you can catch up a handful of previous installments of Greg and Victoria’s video series in the Further Reading grid just below. And stay tuned for more as they continue making their way south!
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