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RE: They are comming to take me away

I'm seeing some people in the webcam streams I've been checking. Not a lot, but some. A few people back on the beach in Mazatlan - no para sails or vendors, but a few people out and about. Something must have changed on July 1st. Bumping around on our large lot in Maine has been bad enough - but for people living in tiny apartments in the cities these last few months must have been brutal. Let's hope there's no new normal and life returns as it has been.
Wm.Elliot 07/01/20 02:33pm RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: They are comming to take me away

It stinks. I retired January 1st, February 15th we started a motorcycle trip from Laredo to Cancun. Sometime in the middle of March we bugged out from Morelia. Been holed up in Maine ever since. Thankfully we have a large lot that I can work on. This was to be the time we would start being carefree. Instead, we are under a fairly strict lock down. We're healthy and our income is not at risk since we are retired on a pension. I'm glad we lived our lives not expecting to live to retirement. We traveled around since the 1980's not knowing how long we might be able to do so. Just the same it's sad that a way of life I always was thankful for is now at risk. I feel bad for others who didn't have the opportunity to travel as we did.
Wm.Elliot 06/13/20 03:31pm RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: Covid-19 in Guerrero

We are back in Maine after cutting our visit to Mexico short. Maine has the oldest population in the US - older than Florida's population. Covid19 has had a very small impact here - killing less than 100 people - mostly people that were very old or not healthy previously.More than 50% of those killed were already in nursing homes. The virus was initially predicted to have a 4-5% mortality rate - thus far in the US I believe the mortality rate is .4% I suspect many more people have either had the virus and not even known it or had the virus with very slight symptoms which I take to mean that the virus is much less fatal than it was said to be. Some states (a very few, really)have been hit harder than the others.People (including me) are getting restless and angry with the responses which vary from state to state. Trustworthy news is hard to find. I have seen images of the crematorium in CDMX belching black smoke and running at capacity. I've seen webcams of deserted beaches and city squares. It's not like that here in the US. Other than obesity - and the US has plenty of that as well, I'm not sure why the contrast between the US (which many feel did not respond adequately) is so stark. US states that have reopened have not had the calamity that was predicted. Just my observations.....
Wm.Elliot 06/07/20 04:44am RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: Anyone cross the border from US to Mexico lately?

It's interesting that you stayed in Mexico- sounds like you made a very good choice. We were in Morelia when we decided to bug out in mid March. Since we were on a motorcycle and very reliant on hotels and restaurants leaving was a good choice... But back home in Maine it's been tough living under lock down. You staying behind in an RV, now with a lot of 20/20 hindsight was a very good decision in my opinion. Thanks for sharing!
Wm.Elliot 06/05/20 05:13am RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: Anyone cross the border from US to Mexico lately?

I left Mexico mid March and have been watching the border crossing we always use via webcam ever since. https://www.cityoflaredo.com/bridgesys/Cameras/bridge4cam.html Traffic on Bridge #2 northbound dropped substantially but has been returning to pre-Covid19 levels lately. Texas reopening was the time traffic rebounded. The webcam view is a little misleading because northbound traffic goes through a very slow and tight bottleneck with customs while southbound traffic has much less restrictions due to an easier entry. However another webcam site of locations in Mexico tell a different story. http://webcamsdemexico.com/streams All the webcams in Mexico reveal virtually deserted streets and beaches. City squares once teeming with people now reveal just a few people. Bottom line is yes, one can probably cross the border into Mexico - but given the present conditions what would one do once there? Hotels and restaurants are probably very limited. There have been stories of townspeople and officials trying to limit entry out of fear of travelers bringing in the virus - these stories have dropped off lately. These are just my observations - I might be all wet, but the webcams reveal the conditions.
Wm.Elliot 06/04/20 02:27am RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: Toll Roads

Does anyone have any information on these transponders, available at OXXO, recharged online or at OXXO for use on toll roads? https://advrider.com/f/attachments/20200434-jpg.2279532/ On edit... I found this https://televia.com.mx/tag-televia On a motorcycle paying cash for tolls is not easy. Need to stop, hope that where I place my feet isn't covered with grease, get the wallet out, pay, put the wallet back... It takes a couple of minutes. Put on a rain suit and it takes 4 minutes easy. Mexico's toll roads charge motorcycles about half the car rate - this transponder needs to continue the motorcycle fare for me to use it....
Wm.Elliot 05/28/20 04:14am RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: The Reality

Thanks for the report - it's good hearing from you. I can see, via webcams deserted beaches and very lightly peopled city streets. We cut our motorcycle trip in Mexico short - bugging out from Morelia in the middle of March. We had planned on staying in Mexico for another month. I can also see, via webcams - Laredo border crossings which have picked up noticeably since Texas started to lift restrictions. Southbound border crossings seem light, but it's hard to tell how light because southbound traffic always has crossed much faster than northbound.
Wm.Elliot 05/12/20 03:41am RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: Floor paint

"Unusual travel map you have for this forum.".. I have RV'd in Sinaloa Mexico a lot years ago back when diesel cost much less. The US and Canada maps have disappeared - I'll have to try to update. Thanks for the suggestions - I'm still leaning towards the epoxy. Deck paint isn't what it used to be (VOC restrictions) . Tiles might be doable but the epoxy is much faster.
Wm.Elliot 05/01/20 06:52pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
Floor paint

We have a '97 Alumascape travel trailer with cracked vinyl floor covering in the kitchen and bathroom. I'm no good at laying down vinyl and thought that epoxy floor paint - the kind used for garage floors might seal and protect the solid plywood flooring under the vinyl. It's all solid - no rot. I'm just looking for an easy fix. Resale value for a trailer this old is not a concern. Any suggestions?
Wm.Elliot 05/01/20 05:18am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Don't believe everything you read

Please, no politics. There's just too much division, anger and stupidity revealed when politics are discussed. As if things weren't bad enough already....
Wm.Elliot 04/22/20 06:01pm RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: Extraterrestrials

To be serious for a moment - live webcams of Mexican beaches (Mazatlan, for example) are deserted during Holy week. I check the cams a few times daily since I now have little else to do. It's nothing short of amazing how everything has shut down.
Wm.Elliot 04/11/20 09:58am RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: No Corona

Corona has always had a skunky taste to it for me. I love Mexican beer - first Tecate, then Pacifico, now I've graduated to Dos Equis when it is available. In southern Mexico Victoria or Indio. It's all very good - but I've never liked Corona. Most of you probably already have this link webcamshttps://www.webcamgalore.com/Mexico/m-1.html I look at Mazatlan's beaches - now all but deserted... It's astounding.
Wm.Elliot 04/03/20 01:00pm RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: No Corona

My Daughter is an emergency room nurse - I worry about her health a lot... That said, I'm sure health care folks are engaging in gallows humor right along with the rest of us. During my lifetime I've tried to lighten most topics up with humor - or my attempt at humor - never with the intent of diminishing the seriousness or hurting others. I think it's a human response that attacks frightening issues in an attempt to make the issue less ominous.
Wm.Elliot 04/03/20 01:57am RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: cell phone in Mexico

An update.... I bought a GSM Samsung A-20. T Mobile offers free use in the US, Mexico and Canada. There is a limit on data (5 GB in Mexico & Canada) but I never exceeded that cap while I was in Mexico. Phone calls and texting was free and the voice quality was very good 90% of the time. We traveled from Laredo to Cancun and back during February and March. This is a phone I use in the US mostly. Since I'm over 55 it costs about $45 a month including taxes.
Wm.Elliot 03/28/20 05:24am RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: Mexico /US border

We bugged out over a week ago. Reached N. Laredo Saturday around 11am, waited in line about an hour for customs. Steaming north our vehicle broke down in Tennessee - delayed us 4 days. Back on the road Thursday around 1PM, drove with just a few hours of fitful sleep at truck stops and off ramps. Traffic fairly moderate, lots of truck traffic. Saw a lot of Canadians from Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia towing trailers back before the Canadian border closes. Plenty of gasoline and diesel. Most sit down restaurants were either closed or take out only. It's doable and not at all like hurricane evacuations. A lot of people are off the road already.
Wm.Elliot 03/20/20 06:05pm RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: Guys waving red flags from overpasses???

that's possible but these overpasses are way out in the boonies, all the traffic is down below with not very much overhead.
Wm.Elliot 03/11/20 06:57am RVing in Mexico and South America
Guys waving red flags from overpasses???

This is not the first time I've seen it... Between Puebla and Cordoba on the toll roll some overpasses in rural areas have guys watching the traffic and waving red flags... What's it about?
Wm.Elliot 03/10/20 06:31pm RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: CoronaVirus and Mexico

We are currently in Cordoba... I've seen one breathing mask - but that might have been restaurant related. The news I read from US media outlets is concerning and borders on criminal. I don't trust the US media for much of anything anymore... Trying to hype what probably is a routine flu outbreak and getting people all hysterical should land some "journalists" in prison. Note that the media does not detail the mortality rate (4%) or comparisons to other flu outbreaks. The media does not disclose these important facts because of politics. I'm concerned about not getting back into the US when we're done visiting Mexico, but otherwise I'm pretty much at ease.
Wm.Elliot 03/09/20 04:43pm RVing with Disabilities and General Health Issues
RE: Scams at gas stations

Maybe some clarification is in order... I've traveled in Mexico for at least one month for 15 out of the last 21 years. I've bought hundreds if not thousands of gallons of gas and diesel while here. These past two weeks - 2,000 miles I have been cheated (attempted) twice at gas stations. Prior to that - the last 14 trips I was cheated once. I'm no statistician, but this year's experience was in my opinion noteworthy. I never forget that I am a visitor here. I tip gas station attendants, wait staff, bus boys fairly but not excessively - to do so I have heard lectures calls attention to my wealth. On a motorcycle I tip the gas station attendants 5 pesos. Wait staff 20% Bus boys 80-100 pesos for bringing our luggage to the room. Personally I trust everyone I come in contact with until there is a reason not to. I endure Mexican motorists who show little regard for my safety as they see how close they can get to my legs on the motorcycle. That's taken some work, but I am able to take it in stride... so to speak. I'm not sure who the post a few posts back was directed at - just in case it was my comment, here's something to put in your pipe and smoke.
Wm.Elliot 03/07/20 05:27am RVing in Mexico and South America
Scams at gas stations

We've been in Mexico for two weeks had two and have two attempts made by attendants to short change us. A Shell station on 57 way south of SLP took the 500 peso note, hid it and held up a 100 peso note. I dug in my heels and adamantly refused to give the guy more having been suckered 5 years ago outside of Acapulco. Now I make it a point to snap the bill, show it to the wife, and am sure of what I gave. He finally relented and gave me the proper change. Then, just west of Cancun I had another attempt - which may have been partially successful - which involved giving me a really old 100 peso note as change. Like I said they might have gotten something over on me - but I insisted on speaking with the boss - of course by that time the old 100 peso note changed into a good one before we got to the manager.... In both cases two attendants were involved. I think that in the future I'll try to run the second guy off before the scam gets too confusing. I've driven/ridden in Mexico 20 years or 30,000 miles and this is unusual.
Wm.Elliot 03/05/20 04:59pm RVing in Mexico and South America
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