So everyone here calls me gringo now. I am not sure if that is derogatory or not. Today we raced 170k to a little beach village called Barahona. We had our first taste of climbing today and our first taste of riding in the desert. It was very hot and miserable. Alex Hagman was a stud today and got off the front with 100k to go. That move stuck and he ended up 5th on the day. I made the front split on the climb and ended up finishing in that group which was about 5 minutes down on the front. We dont have the results yet but things got mixed up a bit today. It is sweet that alex made that group because he is a true climber and the mountains are coming. So far this has been an awesome experience and i have been trying to take it all in. Tonight we are staying at an awesome hotel right on the beach so i have to go swimming now... I have been posting these with my phone so i apologize for typos and such as i cannot edit them.