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Old 09-23-2013, 10:36 AM
 
Location: Montreal
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Why does the US not have any routes called the Pan American Highway to the same extent as those in Latin American countries, despite the US being a leader in inter-American affairs and having the headquarters of the Organization of American States? Is it because Latin American countries have been more forthcoming than the United States in terms of pan-American unity and what not? (I know that the interstate system is "officially" part of the Pan Am Highway system, but even so.)
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Old 09-23-2013, 02:38 PM
 
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That's because all Interstates in the United States are considered to be Pan-American Highways.
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Old 09-23-2013, 04:12 PM
 
Location: Montreal
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That's because all Interstates in the United States are considered to be Pan-American Highways.
But there are no signs on the interstates I've been on saying "Pan American Highway" next to the signs for each interstate. And certainly the American public doesn't think of the interstates as Pan American Highways. I'm sure quite other is the case in many Latin American countries.
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Old 09-23-2013, 07:41 PM
 
Location: West Michigan
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But there are no signs on the interstates I've been on saying "Pan American Highway" next to the signs for each interstate. And certainly the American public doesn't think of the interstates as Pan American Highways. I'm sure quite other is the case in many Latin American countries.
For one, who really gives a rats arse, and secondly what sense would it make labeling 46,700+ miles of Interstate with the same name, just different numbers? It isn't like it would ever be used in giving directions... I can hear it now: Take Pan American Highway I-95 to Pan American Highway I-495 to Pan American Highway I-90 to Pan American Highway I-84 to Pan American Highway I-380... and so on.
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Old 09-24-2013, 09:17 AM
 
Location: M I N N E S O T A
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Do many people even dare to drive the full pan American highway?

How do they get from Panama to Columbia?
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Old 09-24-2013, 09:51 AM
 
Location: Englewood, Near Eastside Indy
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And certainly the American public doesn't think of the interstates as Pan American Highways.
Probably not, as we have more important things to worry about.
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Old 09-24-2013, 10:01 AM
 
Location: Ottawa, IL ➜ Tucson, AZ ➜ Laramie, WY
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Do many people even dare to drive the full pan American highway?

How do they get from Panama to Columbia?
Darién Gap - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

There was a website that had a whole list of...blogs..I guess you would call them, documenting overland expeditions, including people traversing the pan-American highway. I can't seem to find it know, must be sleep deprivation. I have it bookmarked on my home computer, I can post the link later if anyone is interested.

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Old 09-24-2013, 09:35 PM
 
Location: Bishkek
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Do many people even dare to drive the full pan American highway?

How do they get from Panama to Columbia?
Panama to Colombia via boat is suggested.
But who would want to travel thru Mexico these days?
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Old 09-25-2013, 02:28 AM
 
Location: MD's Eastern Shore
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Panama to Colombia via boat is suggested.
But who would want to travel thru Mexico these days?
I'd just assume take the whole route by boat. Or plane of course. I wouldn't even think of driving the length. Have driven a bunch in Costa Rica and the road truly sucks. I couldn't imagine it being any better in some of the other country's, though Panama it's in pretty good shape.
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Old 09-25-2013, 05:54 AM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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But who would want to travel thru Mexico these days?
Why don't you leave that for other people to decide, according to their needs and interests? Strangely, there are a lot of cars on the roads in Mexico, which even has a very extensive network of toll ways connecting nearly all major cities and state capitals. So one is left with the impression that quite a lot of people want to travel through Mexico these days.
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