Our travels through Mexico have been unmistakeably hot.Â Â Some sections have been defined by a dry desert sun cracking the earth and melting the tar on the road, where my sweat evaporates before it has a chance to cool me off and once I remove my gloves assume a statuesque pose, as if my hand was still there.Â More recently, it has been a humid heat, where sweat pools up on my arms and saturates all my clothes.Â In either situation,Â after multiple hours of riding,Â mere water does not suffice.Â You need the salts thatÂ you have just sweatedÂ out in the hours of riding.
Â Â WhileÂ inexpensive and accessible anywhere in Canada andÂ the United States, electrolyte powders such as Gatorade are impossible to find in Mexico (unless, weÂ´ve been told, you go to Wal-Mart).Â Â Some people may find the Wal-Mart or have some shipped to them en route.Â Â
Â The dirtbag solution is to go to any of the local community health centers or hospitals and getÂ “Vida Suero” with a picture of a chubby babyÂ in a diaper with one tooth and red cheeks.Â It has all the salts you will need andÂ it is given awayÂ FREE.Â It is just the salts and somewhat unpalatable during a ride.
So weÂ´ve been mixing it with a tiny portion of Zuko.Â AÂ fruit juice powderÂ that does not require sugar,Â because there isÂ aÂ disgusting amount already.Â Â
The better blends have included a half packageÂ ofÂ Suero mixed with 1/5thÂ of a Zuko package.Â Â And theÂ dirtbag has their own sports bevergage powderÂ at the cost of a few dimes.Â Â
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We will post more Dirtbag Tips periodically.Â WeÂ´ve got a bunch!!