Central America by Motorcycle
Replies: 16 - Last Post: Jun 14, 2012 7:59 PM Last Post By: airdale74451
Jun 12, 2012 10:25 PM
15Airdale--I've just looked at your website. The projected route drawn on your map surprises me. If your goal is simply to cover lots of miles very quickly in order to establish bragging rights with your buddies, then taking the "route of least resistance", would make sense. Such a route would proceed to Panama as you've planned, but would leave out the detour to Mexico City and Acapulco. A quick route would instead cross Mexico from east to west a bit further south, down where Mexico narrows into the low lying Isthmus of Tehuantepec.
Besides being faster, an additional "advantage" that you would reap by crossing the continent using the Isthmus of Tehuantepec is that such a route would keep all of the terrain that you'll cover between Paradise, Oklahoma and the Darien Gap very consistent, which is to say all extremely hot and flat. (I'm just kidding of course about that heat being an "advantage".)
Actually, you could have a much more pleasant trip if you maximize how much time you'll ride southward through mountains, valleys, and high plains. I suggest that you alter your route to keep it up high whenever possible in both Mexico and Central America. Limit how much time you spend riding in the searing heat of lowland coastal plains.
Jun 14, 2012 7:59 PM
16I didn't expect October and November to be THAT warm. I appreciate the advise of seasoned travelers...this is my first venture out of the US. The route was choosen because of the reviews of Tampico's seafood industry, Mexico City because...well, it's Mexico City and Acupolco has always been a disired destination for me.
The rest of the journey (to Panama City) is simply following the advise posted in a recent blog named onemantwowheelsthreeamericas. This man Connor Malloney did an excellent job of describing his adventure and I plan make some of the same stops that he made.
From there I plan to catch the Trans-Darien Monorail into Columbia....or maybe not!
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