In the winter of '78-'79 Nancy and Phil Zito rode their own bike Mexico tour from Tijuana to the Yucutan peninsula and back up to Matamoros, spending an average of only $5.00 a day.
TOP: You can keep your food bills low when you buy fruits and vegetables from colorful markets like this one in Oaxaca. BOTTOM RIGHT: This jungle farm north of Puerto Vallarta is in sharp contrast to the deserts of northern Mexico. BOTTOM LEFT: Roads vary from excellent to unpaved. Here is one of the better stretches of the Baja highway.
Map of the route the Zitos followed on their bike Mexico tour.
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TOP LEFT: You can camp most any place where an embankment or vegetation offers some privacy. RIGHT: The highway from Tepic to Guadalajara cuts through an awesome old lava flow from a nearby volcano. BOTTOM LEFT: It's easy to hitch rides on produce trucks, such as this vehicle that's about to be loaded with agave, the tequila cactus