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First generation Mayan American Mario Ordoñez Calderon used two wheels and everything he could load on them to travel back in time.
“You are the strength of your ancestors and the wisdom of antiquity.” The gentle voice of a woman tells and teases the adventure to unfold in the short film “Cycle of Ancestry”.
Through surfing, trekking and biking, Mario Ordoñez Calderon breaks away from the world’s daily distractions to, as he says, find clues in the elements. These clues pointed him on a path – a pilgrimage – on which the Los Angeles-born Mayan-American could find his roots.
As he pedaled to the roots of his legacy more than 1,000 miles away on Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, Ordoñez Calderon gradually left behind the idiosyncrasies of modern American life and discovered the people, traditions and environments of his distant family again.
Read more about his epic hike Bikepacking.com.
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By Adam Ruggiero
Adam Ruggiero is a junkie for all sports – from biking, running and (not enough) surfing to ball sports, camping and ranching. If it’s outside, it’s worth it. Adam graduated from the University of Minnesota with a BA in Journalism. Likes: unique beer, dogs, stories. Like nots: ties, escalators, well-tended lawns.