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Offline andre

Crossing Mexico North-South on Gulf Side
« on: May 29, 2014, 09:41:51 pm »
Hi everyone,

This is my first time posting here. Last year I biked the length of the Mississippi and then west to Texas. In a few months I plan to cross the border into Mexico and keep going all the way to South America.

I'd love any advice or help you can give. Specifically:

1) Anybody cycled Mexico recently? Drug war has heated up in last couple years, I'm very concerned about the northern area.

2) Has anybody gone down the Gulf side? All the Mexico cycling trips I read about are in Baja California or the Pacific Coast. I'll be on the opposite side.

And, of course, if anybody wants to join up for an epic adventure this summer or fall....

Offline jolobike

Re: Crossing Mexico North-South on Gulf Side
« Reply #1 on: June 02, 2014, 05:59:22 pm »
There are several recent accounts of biking into Mexico on crazyguyonabike.com

Have fun! We've traveled a fair amount in Mexico in our RV and love it down there!

Offline andre

Re: Crossing Mexico North-South on Gulf Side
« Reply #2 on: June 08, 2014, 07:57:04 pm »
Thanks Jolo. I have seen Crazygyonabike and there are a lot of Mexico accounts, although every single one of them seems to have gone down west coast, not gulf coast.

Still, I suppose many of them will have thoughts on security and safety. That's a biggr concern than route. I guess I'll need to start reaching out to each of the and asking questions.

You've RV'd in Mexico a lot, what are your thoughts on a north-south bike ride on the coast side? Thinking of heading down the center at first to San Luis Potosí, then head east to Tampico and follow the coast from there, will avoid a lot of cartel territory that way.

I've lived in several parts of Mexico before but never biked it. Any thoughts?

Offline jolobike

Re: Crossing Mexico North-South on Gulf Side
« Reply #3 on: June 09, 2014, 12:58:33 am »
You might find some useful info here:

https://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/page/?o=1&page_id=330373&v=Ab

We haven't traveled on the eastern side of Mexico but have done the central colonial cities (NW of Mexico City) and lots of the Pacific Coast.

I don't have any suggestions for biking as I've only recently gotten interested in touring so last time we were down there I wasn't looking at it from that angle. Is there a particular reason why you want to do the east coast?

It just occurred to me that you might find good road info from some of the Mexico RV forums. Some of them are full of cartel horror stories but these might offer info from a more reasoned source:

http://www.mexicorvforums.com
http://www.ontheroadin.com
http://www.rollinghomes.com

Good luck! I'd love to cycle mexico/central/south america!

Offline guginoman

Re: Crossing Mexico North-South on Gulf Side
« Reply #4 on: June 09, 2014, 07:44:40 pm »
Yo andre! I am thinking of doing Mexico during the fall & winter of 2015. I've also been looking for info on traveling along the eastern side as well but have not found any. I'm most interested in riding into small towns that have been less traveled than the commercial areas along the Baja routes. I would be very interested to know what you find out or what your experiences going down.

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