carrotquinnSitting in the dirt sunburnt all to heck cooking my small dinner as the sun goes down and other underrated pleasures of human embodiment 🌅🌵Poll: should I bike south across Mexico to Guatemala in June, June being the hottest month in the Sonoran desert of northern Mexico with average daily high of 110°F, y/n
- choochkartonYes yes
- julieahotzBiking thru Mexico to Guatemala sounds wonderful (or biking all the way down to Chile sounds nice too), but doing it in June sounds awful...I've biked in 100+ degree heat and it's not the most pleasant, and going uphill in that kind of heat is a total sufferfest in my opinion (I feel like it's way hotter biking uphill than it is hiking uphill). Also it's so hard to stay hydrated (and I'm saying that as someone who tends to not need as much water as some people). I think you have a higher tolerance for heat than I do though. Sidenote: have you heard of the Baja Divide bike route?
- queerveganadventureswith another animal depending on you for its needs....no! he'll no! on your own is a whole other story. different season = different decision.
- over_that_wayBike to Cancun, boat to Cuba and the other small islands till you get to Guatemala.
- snotrocketeer99801Baja Divide sounds so cool!!! I think you should consider that route. Also have you read Everett Ruess? I have been reading Finding Everett Ruess and I keep thinking of you. I live in Alaska and have no experience with hot weather biking so cannot answer your poll.
- ksar25You might have to bike overnight/early morning to try and stay out of the heat. I biked across the US last summer and had some awfully hot days in June. It was a lot harder to do the miles in that heat! We tried to finish by 11am or noon to avoid the hottest time. Either way You def have the mental fortitude!
- 101hikesThe question isn't yes or no. It's why. If because that's when you can get free time, and because that is the specific trip you yearn to do, then yes: make it be. Ride at night. Leave the pupper home. Whatever it takes. But if the motivation is more 'because it's badass' and/or would make a full on story, then to me it slips into the 'around Ireland with a fridge' territory -- invented difficulty and attention-grabbing stunt for its own sake -- how privileged we are to have to invent travel difficulty (as folks flee Syria...). My criterion for all travel is this: if I had to do this with no camera/no-one was allowed to know about the trip at all -- would I do it?
- chris_jackson73Y. You know you can do it
- werner_alThat sounds too painful. October?
- bikechris23ew June sounds terrible. What about New Mexico? Head north from Santa Fe through the Jemez forest; stop in los Alamos, Farmington, Durango. Go up into Telluride if you havent been there yet. Hot spring resort across the mountain in Rigdway.
- bikechris23I agree with some of the others that water procurement would be an issue. I recently rode Baja divide and then to Mexico city, and we ran out of water twice. Mostly because we got stuck in mud, but drinking water is hard to get out there. Some communities receive more Coca Cola than H2O
- wfrizzellDO IT!!!!
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