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Mexico 15 goes from the US border all the way down to Mexico City and so is a heavily travelled road. When we got on in the morning, there were a lot of trucks flying along, and it was easily the busiest road I’d been on since the US. Having said that, it had a large shoulder, with less debris, than similar shoulders would have had in the US. I was grateful when the road quietened down an hour or so later.

The road went through a few small settlements and, being a Saturday morning, kids were out and about playing football. The passion for the sport is obvious and when I tell people I’m from Manchester, I’m often asked if I know Chicharito, a Mexican who plays for Manchester United. It reminds me of being back in Korea when I got a similar reaction except about Park Ji Sung. I assume when I get down to Ecuador, I’ll get asked about Antonio Valence assuming he’s still at Old Trafford. It makes an instant connection with people. The joy of sport!

I stopped at one town and got the usual question from a local ¿a dónde va?, where are you going, my response of el baño got a giggle from the nearby children. A man who spoke decent English waved me down and started talking to me. He was the manager at a local restaurant called Chicken Pollo and said I could use the toilet there. His family joined in the conversation and we had a lovely conversation for about 10-15 minutes, another reminder of one of the wonderful benefits of travelling by bike.

We turned off Mexico-15 and saw the main street on the way into Guasave which was lined with buses for about 1 km. A presidential candidate had been in town in the morning and they must have bussed people in to watch him speak. The election is on the 1st of July, and you see posters for the candidates everywhere. I wish I spoke more Spanish to be able to talk with the locals about the election and learn about the candidates.

As we were looking for a hotel, Pedro asked a 17-year-old riding a scooter with his younger brother on the back. His name was Braulio and the question lead to him being our chaperone for the rest of the day. He showed us over to a hotel, helped us check in, and then showed us to a great taco place. After lunch, he showed us back to the hotel and gave us his number and name on Facebook. Siesta time was followed by some messaging on Facebook and Braulio met us outside, in his family’s car, and took us to a restaurant for dinner. Then it was back to his family’s place where we got to meet the family and were given dessert. An amazing experience that all came from asking someone for directions.

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