Bicycling from #OregontoPatagonia with @jedidiahjenkins and @phillipcrosby
In the 1970s, Jedidiah Jenkins’s parents walked across America in search of themselves and the spirit of the country they called home. Now, Jedidiah (@jedidiahjenkins) and his friend Phillip Crosby (@phillipcrosby) are doing the same. Rather than just traversing the country, though, they’re headed all the way down to the bottom of the world and they’re sharing their journey on Instagram.
Jedidiah and Phillip started their trip in Florence, Oregon, where Jedidiah’s parents ended their cross-country walk several decades ago. From Oregon, they plan to bicycle to the southern tip of South America. They have already biked through Oregon and California and just crossed the border into Mexico.
Join in on the journey by following @jedidiahjenkins and @phillipcrosby on Instagram. To see more photos and videos from the trip so far, browse the #oregontopatagonia hashtag and check out their website oregontopatagonia.com.
Cenotes are natural pits or sinkholes resulting from the collapse of limestone bedrock that exposes groundwater underneath. Especially associated with the Yucatán Peninsula of Mexico, cenotes were used by the ancient Maya for sacrificial offerings. The term derives from a word used by the low-land Yucatec Maya, “Ts’onot” to refer to any location with accessible groundwater. There are an estimated 7,000 cenotes in the Yucatán Peninsula.
Cenote water is often very clear, as the water comes from rain water filtering slowly through the ground, and therefore contains very little suspended particulate matter. The groundwater flow rate within a cenote may be very slow. In many cases, cenotes are areas where sections of cave roof have collapsed revealing an underlying cave system, and the water flow rates may be much faster: up to 6 miles (10 km) per day. Cenotes around the world attract cave divers who have documented extensive flooded cave systems through them, some of which have been explored for lengths of 62 miles (100 km) or more.
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