On Sunday we packed up the Kia and picked up a friend to go down to Mexico for a women’s only mountain bike event. Jen was invited by the Director of the Chupacabras Organization. It was a fund raiser for a girls’ orphanage so Jen was more than happy to pay the $15 registration fee. That’s right. $15. No license required. There seemed to be around 100 women at the start line. It may have been closer to 80 or so, but that’s a hell of a lot more women than we get at MOST races in the US. The Puzzler had 4 women contest the 50 miler and maybe 10 in the other categories.
After getting off course twice and putting in some 2+ miles of bonus single track, Jen finally finished with a flat and another win. It was very windy and pretty cold out so Connor and I hung out in the car most of the time. The ladies looked to be having a blast. All sizes and ages. When I say all sizes, I mean it. There were some bikes out that were put to their limit. That was great to see as those women need mountain biking more than anything.
After Jen finished, I kitted up and rode Fargazmo back across the border. I rode the descent to the now white Jesus statue (it used to be black) and then took the new’ish road to Anapra then west to the Santa Theresa crossing. Anapra is the poorest area of Juarez. Since they recently got pavement, the weekend street mercado was NUTS!
I continued along the highway and was passed by only 4 vehicles. After crossing and having a pleasant conversation with a very cocky DHS officer, I waited inside the gate for Jen so I could give her my hoodie. I had no room for a XL cotton hoodie in my bike bags. I was there for about 5 minutes and then some DHS guys got out of the truck that was about 30 feet from me and asked if I needed any help. I told them I was waiting for someone who drove and he told me I couldn’t be there and had to leave the fenced area. Seriously? It took him over 5 minutes to figure that out?
After Jen got through, I handed off my hoodie and proceeded to put in about 55 more miles. I hopped on the Rio levee and rode up to Berino and then over 404 back to the house. I put my new dyno to use and took my phone from about 35% to almost 100%. I also had an Ayup battery plugged in with it, but it didn’t seem to take a charge. I’m not sure I can charge two things at once. The electronics class at my high school built the unit for me, but didn’t really listen or read what spec’s I provided them. I ended up reworking it and installing a USB female connection and the Ayup port myself.
I ended up spending most of the afternoon building the tank bag for Fargazmo. It turned out okay. I had an idea what I wanted and sketched out the dimensions and just kind of winged it from there.
It is on straight. Remember that I had Walt put water bottle bolts on top so I could mount this on there. I’m pretty stoked that it works. Now I need to widen up the frame bag a bit as I built it too narrow. I didn’t use velcro partitions either and my customers seem to be digging the ability to widen or narrow the bag with a velcro partition. Plus, it’s much easier to make a multi-compartment frame bag with velcro for the partition.