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Posted October 7th, 2012 - 4:57 pm from San Cristobal de las Casas, Mexico
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Posted October 8th, 2012 - 4:08 pm by from Mexico City, Mexico (Permalink)
Hi Elif,

Welcome to the country, hope you enjoy the ride! I am *completely* unfamiliar with the area, but a thing to keep in mind is how easy the chosen route will be — or how much effort do you want to make. The more coastal areas of Tamaulipas (the state through which you will be crossing) are much flatter; they are hilly, but roads are mostly straight and not very steep. As you move West, you will get to the "Sierra Madre Oriental", a very hard/steep mountain ridge. Of course, going by the low, flat lands means you will have hot, humid weather. We are still in the rainy season, and you will surely get soaked at some point.

As a word of warning: Tamaulipas state, and mostly its Northern half, is one of our sadly famous areas as being extremely druglord-ridden. The road you will be taking if you cross through either of those border crossings goes through San Fernando, where terrible things have happened in the past few months. On the other hand, Tamaulipas is the densest(?) populated state among the Northern ones, and that means it's at least a *little* bit safer (as you are more visible if there is more population). The weather is also an important issue: Were you to cross farther to the West, instead of a humid weather that borders on the junglesque (the real jungle is much farther to the South), you would cross through the desert... Which is way more dangerous.

I cannot suggest you much on the topic of safety. It *is* an important concern. It would be great to arrange with people to host you or go with you for parts of the road. I don't want to buy in too much into the security paranoia the government is pushing on us... But every time it's harder to ignore it. Many people cross the country by bike, anyway, and I have heard no reports of them being subject to violence. But... I want to keep not hearing them :)