Entering Leon, a city of 1.6 million, it is raining extremely. The streets are flooded. An escort of 8 police motorbikes and additional cars secures my way into town and even stops traffic at the intersections and traffic lights so that I can walk across safely. There is a little traffic chaos. A group of cyclists accompanies me to the Arc de Triomphe, where I have a few interviews. CNN and the Mexican TV stations report.
In the morning I leave the city on the motorway with extremely heavy traffic, but also with escorts. After 30 kilometres I turn off into the mountains to Guanajuato, where it gets quieter again. I spend the night in Guanajuato and the next morning take a small mountain road where I spend a night in a tent for the first time in a long time. In San Miguel de Allende, I am invited by Susi and Jose from Mexico City, who have a holiday home there. We spend a wonderful evening with a pool and good food. Shortly before the town sign I have reached the halfway mark of 2500 kilometres run, or 60 marathons. A reason to celebrate.
The traffic increases more and more until I reach the next big city, Santiago de Queretaro. I run through the centre and now the traffic becomes hell. The 6-lane motorway with a wide shoulder is the only safe option. Here too, despite the infernal noise, there are fellow runners who do this to themselves.