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Old 12-10-2012, 05:49 AM   #11326
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That is a delicate subject that we shall not get into here
I agree.
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Old 12-10-2012, 06:03 AM   #11327
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When living in Costa Rica I could buy a sim card for my cell phone to get local service and rates. Are sim cards available in Mexico now and where can they be bought?

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Old 12-10-2012, 06:04 AM   #11328
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This photo is probably within 10 miles of where air traffic control lost track of her plane. As you can see the mountains rise dramatically.

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Old 12-10-2012, 06:09 AM   #11329
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That is a delicate subject that we shall not get into here


Now, now. Those stories about the stewardess luring me into the plane with a martini are not totally true.

I did, however, get on an airliner once to find that not only had my date upgraded us to First Class, but there were two (2) drinks waiting at my seat when I got there. Yes, I am slightly afraid of flying.
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Old 12-10-2012, 06:16 AM   #11330
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This photo is probably within 10 miles of where air traffic control lost track of her plane. As you can see the mountains rise dramatically.

That looks like MX 85 close to the road to Rayones. Big Sierra.
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Old 12-10-2012, 06:19 AM   #11331
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The plane was built in 1969 and the pilot was 78 years old. Trice ... honestly ... what are your thoughts? Accident waiting to happen or just a coincidence? Lears don't seem to have a particularly bad history considering how many are in the air.

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Old 12-10-2012, 06:26 AM   #11332
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That looks like MX 85 close to the road to Rayones. Big Sierra.
Bingo.

It's somewhere north of Linares; air traffic control lost track of the plane due west of Linares somewhere over the mountains.

I think Linares is the town where I couldn't find a room and wound up riding into the night and stayed at a no-tell slightly to the north of town:

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Old 12-10-2012, 06:32 AM   #11333
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The plane was built in 1969 and the pilot was 78 years old. Trice ... honestly ... what are your thoughts? Accident waiting to happen or just a coincidence? Lears don't seem to have a particularly bad history considering how many are in the air.
Like motorcycle crashes, airplane crashes are usually a combination of factors.

I think I read they took off something like 3:30 am.

"Nothing good happens on a motorcycle after midnight", is an old saying. Well, at least it is with me.

If they took off at that hour, nothing would surprise me about the condition of the pilot.
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Old 12-10-2012, 06:44 AM   #11334
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For the SIM card question, try a Tel- Cel customer service centre, they are in most bigger towns throughout Mexico.
They should be able to set you up and they have the best coverage but not always the best rates.
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Old 12-10-2012, 06:44 AM   #11335
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When living in Costa Rica I could buy a sim card for my cell phone to get local service and rates. Are sim cards available in Mexico now and where can they be bought?

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Just drop into a Telcel dealer, wave your arms about and keep saying "amigo" (their pay-as-you-go scheme) They have special deals in data but you need to text a code to them to activate it. The code depends on how much data you plan to use but I put in 500mxn a month, text BAT30 and get 3 gigs.
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Old 12-10-2012, 06:48 AM   #11336
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If you yell "amiga" you might get a shot at a happy ending!
Or at least want one. Even if you are a 78 year old pilot.
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Old 12-10-2012, 07:05 AM   #11337
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If you yell "amiga" you might get a shot at a happy ending!
Or at least want one. Even if you are a 78 year old pilot.
I was thinking along those lines too. If the clerk's eyes light up and he puts his arm around you and suggests that you and he need to go out for drinks, then beware.
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Old 12-10-2012, 07:08 AM   #11338
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I probably wouldn't. I am horribly afraid of heights.

With that said I love aircraft and hit the museums whenever possible. Which reminds me - has anyone ever noticed the Mexicana 727 that is in a park on the south of Monterrey not too amazingly far from where this poor gal's Lear went down? One has to wonder how they dragged this thing through the streets because it sure didn't land in the driveway.



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This is a common misconception.

I know a lot of pilots who are afraid of heights
I'll attest to that. Being an acrophobic pilot, that is. Also means that no rider in the group is getting as much thrill-factor in the mountains than I am. Fear is one of the greatest sources of energy known to man. You just gotta learn to manage it.
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Old 12-10-2012, 08:03 AM   #11339
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Fear?
Fear?
There is no "fear". There is only a failure to accept that, like the Buddhist monks say, "Shit happens, so deal with it"!
In fact, a locale here has commissioned and placed a statue to the "The valiant, the brave, the ADV Rider".

Negotiations for the action figure, cartoon, illustrated novel, and guest appearance on Mexican Sunday morning television are now feverishly underway.

This statue marks the start point of one of the more fun mountain routes in Mexico.



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Old 12-10-2012, 08:07 AM   #11340
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