Solution: Ruta Recreativa!
What is the Ruta Recreativa? About two years ago, the mayor blocked off some of the major streets of Saltillo on Sundays between 8am and 1pm. Saltillenses can take their bikes and ride up though town, fear-free. Or, of course, we can walk our dogs, skateboard, train for the half-marathon (which also took place yesterday) or just walk down the middle of the city's major streets, traffic-free.
When he introduced this idea, I didn't think it was going to last. Or take off. But it has!
Now, Clara and I did go downtown between the hours of 11 and 1 . . . not my best idea on a June day in Saltillo. But it wasn't too bad.
And much to Clara's delight, the city provided free brincolines at both the Alameda and the Plaza de Tres Culturas (on the other end of Guadalupe Victoria). Ever since Children's Day (April 30th) when our chuch rented bounce houses, she's been asking almost incessantly to find more brincolines. I'm thrilled that we now have a weekly outlet to enhance her need to jump.
And if that's not enough, DIF had some face-painting stations and a few Twister games set up for people to play.
It was quieter than I expected, but we had a good time. We'll be back.
|At 10:30 on Sundays there's a Zumba class right in front of the library in the Alameda!|
|They close off Venustiano Carranza all the way to the Plaza de Armas (and the street is then named Allende). Guadalupe Victoria is also closed off). So one could bike from Liverpool to the Alameda every Sunday morning without fighting traffic!|
|Guadalupe Victoria, looking towards the Alameda.|