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Posted: 08/12/21 07:20am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Navigator wrote:

How many of you Mexico travelers were traversing the road between Monterrey and Nuevo Laredo sixty plus years ago?


Holy moly! 60 years ago ? The last time I used that exact stretch was ~26 years ago LOL

....hmmm? Being a spatial analyst (now retired), what about an online map highlighting proven recent bad experiences feeding specific point-to-point polylines (depicting roads) ? Stretches can blink on, then off, as the situation changes for the better (or worse) ?

Have to check the liability (risk) of doing this.....


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A belated thanks to Chris for raising this issue. As every long-time follower of this forum knows, Chris is not an alarmist and strongly supports RVing in Mexico.

So when he raises a red flag about a specific area to avoid (whether in an RV or a passenger car), I give his opinion a lot of weight.


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Only 71? More shootings than that on Chicago expressways.

https://chicago.cbslocal.com/2021/04/08/interstate-57-shooting-halsted-street/


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Mike134 wrote:

Only 71? More shootings than that on Chicago expressways.

https://chicago.cbslocal.com/2021/04/08/interstate-57-shooting-halsted-street/


Actually, in this administration, there have been a total of 89,000 homicides to date (Dec 2018 to date).

As for the 71, that number was corrected today. In a stretch of 26 km, a total of 157 people have disappeared including their cars and cell phone signals. This is since the beginning of the year.

Not sure what is to follow. The past (2008 to 2012) is rearing its ugly head here where I live. I won't give the details but if you've heard of it, it's happening again.

Abrazos, no balazos (hugs not bullets).

We did take a car trip up to the mountains from the house. 45 minutes to 6500 feet hoping the road was good enough to take the rv. Still not recovered since the last hurricane. It's so frickin' hot now, 40C today, we just have to wait. But we're ready to get back on the road here in Mexico, although I would love to do Hwy 90 through west Texas in the winter.

We just bought a second home in San Miguel de Allende. That will make for a great summer escape in the future.

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Congratulations on the new home!!! We know you two have been wanting a place there.

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" As every long-time follower of this forum knows, _____ is not an alarmist and strongly supports RVing in Mexico."

I've been in this forum since 2005 and could not disagree more. On issues of violence, the President, Covid there have been numerous occasions of alarmist comments from this individual. Reading comments like his tends to discourage rather than encourage visitors to Mexico. If I didn't know better I'd never dare return to Mexico.
I'm not attacking the individual but strongly arguing about themes to discourage travel in Mexico - which this forum has sadly become. I can't recall the last discussion on a campground, town, or beach - it's become a very pessimistic forum.
Many folks that used to participate in this forum have left. It's a shame.
My Mexico background: Travel Trailer trips from N.Laredo to Teacapan Sinaloa 1999-2009 (approximately 10 months in Mexico combined) 2013-2020 Motorcycle trips the length and breadth of Mexico. On a motorcycle we are very exposed rather than living in the gated community environment many Mexico RV parks offer. On these motorcycle trips my wife and I travel alone. My career featured lots of public contact and law enforcement and three academies. I'm no fool and can detect most dangerous conditions when those conditions arise. While on the motorcycle we are extremely vulnerable - there is no protection whatsoever. We have ridden tens of thousands of miles in Mexico on a motorcycle without incident. The biggest threat we face is traffic - it moves quickly.
All but one time we have always crossed at N.Laredo and driven/ridden the highway in question during the day and very early in the morning. All without incident.
Like most others I was initially scared of Mexico. We started taking baby steps across the border in the mid 1980's before the new peso. Even back then Mexico was considered to be very dangerous and it took progressively longer trips across the border before we realized that Mexico was nothing at all as it was said to be. Some people who enjoyed Mexico wanted to keep it for themselves and perpetuated the "Mexico is very dangerous, don't go" legend to keep the crowds away. The same thing is happening in this forum.
Life is not safe. In the United States it's no longer safe to drive a nice car in some cities. Mobs can pull a driver out, stomp the driver and steal the car. People are attacked, shot, and robbed so often these incidents don't even make the news.The same crimes happen in Europe - often knives, bombs, rocks, vehicles are used rather than guns. An elderly man in a wheelchair (Leon Klinghoffer) was shot and pushed off a cruise ship... in 1985.
Again, I repeat I am not in any way attacking the individual but am very much opposed to the mindset that has taken over this forum. We are going back on another motorcycle trip in Mexico in January 2022. And I hate to see Mexico's tourist capabilities continually portrayed as it is in this forum.

* This post was edited 08/19/21 05:02am by Wm.Elliot *





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Posted: 08/19/21 07:53am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I agree with you entirely.

Our history of traveling in Mexico is just like yours, same time frames too, except that we started in a tent in the early 80's and graduated to an RV in 1990. No motorcycle, sigh.

Let's try again to make this forum about RVing in Mexico. Moderator

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