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    I clicked on the link out of curiosity. The trip...

    I clicked on the link out of curiosity. The trip sounds nice, but I was shocked at the price, $1,495 for an organized camping trip that's 6 nights long! It makes the credit card tour a friend and I...
  2. Thread: Cycling Mexico

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    The OP is well aware of which states of Mexico...

    The OP is well aware of which states of Mexico have serious problems and which do not. He is not going to either Michoacan or Guerrero, the states cited in the links posted by the 2 previous...
  3. Thread: Cycling Mexico

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    Merida isn't that small. It has over 800,000...

    Merida isn't that small. It has over 800,000 people. Having said that, I didn't have any problems at all when I was biking there.
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    "The only hope we have"? That's an absurd...

    "The only hope we have"? That's an absurd statement.

    Read this Reuter's article from Feb., 2012:
    Insight: Komen charity under microscope for funding, science | Reuters

    In absolute terms,...
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    I think you're way out of line alleging bullying,...

    I think you're way out of line alleging bullying, and your response to Machka's post was inappropriate.
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    Sounds to me like you're trying to censor people....

    Sounds to me like you're trying to censor people. Machka's questions were completely reasonable. Your response was not.
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    I disagree with nearly everything you wrote. The...

    I disagree with nearly everything you wrote. The OP started a thread with statements I found wholly without credibility. I've been touring longer than he claims to have been alive and haven't...
  8. You're welcome. Glad I could help.

    You're welcome. Glad I could help.
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    choumichou, can you be considered a productive...

    choumichou, can you be considered a productive member of bikeforums?
  10. I don't understand why you are so dismissive of...

    I don't understand why you are so dismissive of guidebooks or advanced planning. Guidebooks can be very useful for planning purposes, getting the big picture, and learning about must-see (or...
  11. I biked to Hana in February and in October. What...

    I biked to Hana in February and in October. What time of day did you start, and where did you start from?

    The Kona coast of the Big Island (where they hold the Ironman) is full of fancy resorts...
  12. There is absolutely no obligation to use the...

    There is absolutely no obligation to use the brokerage account. I never have. Schwab simply sets one up which is linked to the checking account. There's no minimum deposit required to open the...
  13. I opened an online account with Charles Schwab...

    I opened an online account with Charles Schwab Bank specifically to avoid ATM fees while traveling. So far, it has worked exactly as promised. I have successfully used ATMs in the US and overseas...
  14. I've biked to Hana twice but never driven it. It...

    I've biked to Hana twice but never driven it. It was wonderful. The traffic level wasn't that bad, though I got a reasonably early start both times. But it was hardly bumper-to-bumper traffic, and...
  15. Can you please provide evidence for your...

    Can you please provide evidence for your assertion about salaries?

    Can you also please provide data and sources backing up your statement about government funding, and while you're at it, please...
  16. First of all, I have not seen evidence that more...

    First of all, I have not seen evidence that more and more people are cycling across America.

    The 2nd part of the OP's post is a different issue, namely how do people who go on long tours anywhere...
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    My overall suggestion would be to start somewhere...

    My overall suggestion would be to start somewhere further north and end somewhere further north, from both a scenery and climate standpoint. Or do a north-south, or south-north route. (My own...
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    You neglected to mention the last sentence that I...

    You neglected to mention the last sentence that I quoted from saddlesores, and that sentence is important because it reinforces saddlesore's question about the point of what the OP is proposing.
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    Those are reasonable questions to ask. After...

    Those are reasonable questions to ask. After all, the OP asked us "What do you guys think of this route?" It appears to me that if the OP had attempted to find the least interesting route possible...
  20. This post gives the false impression that by...

    This post gives the false impression that by crossing the Canadian border (or Mexican border, or a trip to a Caribbean country), that that would automatically reset the clock and you can stay for...
  21. Thread: Cycling Mexico

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    I agree with Chris Pringle about reconsidering...

    I agree with Chris Pringle about reconsidering Oaxaca & Chiapas. I have biked in Chiapas. The highlands are indeed challenging and the roads there aren't always great, but it's an interesting...
  22. Thread: Cycling Mexico

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    I presume that you've never toured in Mexico, and...

    I presume that you've never toured in Mexico, and that would explain your utterly erroneous image of the country, its people, and what touring in Mexico is actually like.

    Anytime somebody posts...
  23. Thread: Cycling Mexico

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    Mexico is a big country made up of 31 states plus...

    Mexico is a big country made up of 31 states plus the federal district, and the security situation varies enormously from state to state. I've biked in the Yucatan peninsula and Chiapas, and they...
  24. I suspect that you're already aware of the...

    I suspect that you're already aware of the relentless westerly winds you'll encounter in Patagonia. There was audible wind 24 hours a day when I was in and around Punta Arenas, Chile, and along the...
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    As you know, El Paso is across the Rio Grande...

    As you know, El Paso is across the Rio Grande from Juarez, one of the most dangerous cities in Mexico. El Paso, however, has one of the lowest crime rates of any city in the USA. So yes, you are...
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