Feeling better, Bill took me around the town and introduced me to people whilst filling me in on background information. An important part of this trip, has been getting to know people and finding out the stories behind the places I am cycling through, rather than just blasting past and ticking it off from a list.
A strong hurricane had hit Mulege only a few months before, and many houses and businesses were destroyed by the ensuing floods. Although the government responded quickly in getting the main road in and out of the town cleared, the towns infrastructure is still suffering, as there has really been no co-ordinated effort to help clean things up. Insurance companies have not paid out, and people are left to their own devices to repair their homes and businesses. Trees are still left ripped from the ground and roads are ungraded. Apparantly a hurricane hits every year, and so by the time the people have cleared up from the last one, the next one strikes. When cycling past towns like this, I can obviously see that it is a bit shabby, but now I know why!