Bicycling Mexico by Ericka Weisbroth, Eric Ellman

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Heat and Sun Exposure Cyclists should be particularly alert for symptoms of overexertion. Prolonged exposure to hot temperatures and direct sunlight can lead to heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Both result from the body's inability to maintain an adequately cool internal temperature. Heightened physical activity, high relative humidity and hot weather are all contributing factors. If not acted upon promptly, heat exhaustion can escalate to heat stroke, a life-threatening situation. The initial symptoms of heat exhaustion are not always obvious but may include dizziness, nausea, head- Page 29 ache and a rapid, weak pulse.

1 29 05 Merida, Yuc. L. 46 06 50 Nuevo Laredo, Tamps. C. 86 10 01 United States Consular Agents (call Embassy if no phone number is listed) Acapulco, Gro. R. 4 16 38 Durango, Dgo. call consulate in Guadalajara Oaxaca, Oax. 6 06 54 Pto. P. Tampico, Tamps. Veracruz, Ver. 2Chetumal, Q. 8Cd. 51Cd. 5Sn. 5T = Temperature in °F·R = Rainfall in inches·Altitudes are in feet Page 23 WHEN YOU GET THERE Getting oriented in foreign surroundings is always a challenge and doing it with a bicycle hardly simplifies the task.

It's a great comfort to know that no matter how inconvenient a moment your axle chooses to crack, there's a 40-year-old school bus soon to come lumbering around the bend. It's hard to get so far afield that a bus can't bring you home again. With storage bays below, welded luggage racks overhead and the price of a ticket a pittance, they are Everyman's sagwagon. If public transportation is the safety net of Mexican bike travel, the climate makes it easier still. Loaded panniers will have never seemed so light.

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