In most years we haven't started riding until January because it's usually too hot inland. Not this year! Eric suggested a short ride to El Quelite for lunch.
First off we had to take an alternate route because the El Quelite bridge was washed out in August of 2021 by hurricane Nora. The small town of El Quelite also sustained damage. The new bridge is under construction and supposedly about 3/4 finished. It is part of an important north south route commonly called the free road in contrast to the toll road.
We had to take the grey route which Google maps show as taking only 6 minutes longer. Just above where it says 49 minutes we left the toll road on the detour which took us back to Marmol and then the free road and on to El Quelite. The detour road is not meant for the heavy traffic that has occurred over the last year and except for a few related areas is in terrible condition. Many, many potholes. Needless to say it was more than 6 minutes longer!!