End of the Epic Bike Trip - Cycling South

Trip Start Jul 04, 2010
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Trip End May 10, 2011


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Tuesday, May 10, 2011

The hotel called a taxi to take us to the airport. The first driver knew we had bikes but came by anyway. He gave up when he realized he could not fit our stuff in his taxi cab. The next taxi had a roof rack and we tied the bikes on top. We half expected to see our bikes fall on the freeway through the rear view mirror. But the ties held and our high speed drive to the airport went smooth.

We were met on the curb by a guy who handled our luggage, helped us with our forms and got us in the right lines quickly. We usually decline such 'help'. But this guy was really good and made our lives a bit easier. He earned his tip.

AeroMexico charges $60 to take bike on the flight. But we ended up paying $200 for each bike with Delta because they had a great fair. It seems a more bike friendly policy would promote a more green image for Delta. But Delta gave us great service and got us to Los Angeles comfortably. TSA was another story. They felt compelled to open our bike boxes spilling some of the contents; spare bike parts, panniers and other stuff we stashed with our bikes in the box. (Our loaded bike boxes weighed almost 30kg by the time we were done.) Dave's box was taped up adequately. But TSA did a half hearted job resealing Michelle's box and the luggage handlers tossed the box on the belt and the contents began to leak out. We were upset with the unapologetic luggage handlers but it was really the TSA that failed to reseal the box properly.
 


Final Statistics:

Traveled 310 days since we departed on our bikes on July 4, 2010;

257 Hotel nights (83%)
25 Nights in the home-stay in Xela (8%)
5 Campground nights (2%)
10 Stealth campings (3%)
12 Nights with 'warmshower'. hosts (4%)

Longest riding distance in a day 81 kilometers (50.3 miles)
Max temp while riding 45C (114F) - Baja
Maximum altitude: 2570 meters (8431 feet) at km marker 200 between Morelos and Ciudad Hidalgo
Min Alt: Sea level

Distance as a crow flies between between Oxnard (start) and San Jose (finish) 2791miles (4492km)

==================== A FINAL TIP OF THE HAT =====================
We're looking back at an unforgettable journey. The amazing scenery we encountered along the way stands out; the cactus gardens in Baja's deserts, Morelos National  Park, Purépecha village of Angahuan, charming small mountain villages and beautiful beaches at San Agustenillo in Mexico and the black sand beach of Monterrico in Guatemala, to name just a few.

Will raise a glass and toast those who teach and inspire, encourage and support, and amuse. People make adventures like this forever memorable: 
 
To the many who showed us love and kindness, the man who stopped his car on top of the hill to hand us water, the countless thumbs-up and yelps from passerby's, the people who stopped to chat and told us about their hopes dreams to do something unconventional. They expressed that we inspired them. 

To the cyclist who inspire us. Ray who we met on a cycling trip around lake Michigan in 2004. He was doing the Trans-Continental to celebrate his 60th Birthday. Juan from Spain who had his bike and belongings washed away by the Chilean tsunami and still continues on to Alaska. Megan and Jules, two incredibly buff and determined gals from Australia doing the entire PanAm who have big hearts and big smiles. Then the charming Matt and his surf board carrying fellow Canadian, Finn, who are doing it "their" way. Meaning on a extremely tight budget while squeezing the fun and juice out of every mango they find along the way. And of course there is Jason (bikingit.com) who at 25, is too old to adopt, but we still call him our son. And last but not least, Sonja and Aaldrick, creators of tour.tk who's detailed records, routes, country info and fantastic stories from their 6 year around-the-world cycling trip inspired us. Their encouragement and great advice from our trip planning stages and throughout our trip were invaluable. We never met in person but we feel like good friends. 

To our warmshower and hosts; Margeritte (Ocean Side), Duffy (Rosario), Chick (Rosarita), Bill (Mulege), Gerardo (aka Gerry) and Delia  (Casa de Ciclista, Ensenada), Frankie, Mercedes and their lovely daughters (Izucar de Matamoros,Mexico), Geraldo (Cotija de La Paz.),and the warmest shower of all, li'l sis and bro, Yolanda and Laron (Mandalay Shores). 

To our serial blog posters who are always fun and encouraging, Yolanda, Peter (our most frequent blog commentators), Susan, Hugo, Anai, Tante Ria, Hans & Jodean, Jason, Nathalie, Sharon J, Mitch and Ayesha, Bonnie, Sonya & Aaldrik, Sally, Marcos, Bianca, Gwen, Ray, plus the people who post who we have never met.

MUCHOS SALUDOS!
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Comments

Bonnie on

Well..you did it. It's a testament to your perseverence in planning and your passion for biking and adventure. I loved reading every well-documented post, seeing the pix and videos and will miss learning more about the route south of Costa Rica. I was the vicarious beneficiary of a journey described by two inspiring friends. Thanks for doing this and I look forward to the same from China.

Ray on

Michelle & Dave, what a pleasure it has been to follow along on your year long adventure. Your posts and photos were awesome. May your next adventure be as fulfilling. I look forward to reading and seeing the world through your posts. Love ya!

Jodean & Hans on

An amazing accomplishment. It has been fun to vicariously travel the highways and byways of the Americas through your posts.

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