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Old 12-01-2012, 06:03 PM   #35
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Location: AK
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Tuxtlan G to Huehue Tenango

Julio and I were both beat so we had a couple of beers in the lobby of our hotel and crashed. My room had 4 beds so I was nervous I might get a late night check in but the front desk said it was private for me that night. I think it was about 400 pesos. Didn't matter much to me I was so tired I could have slept on the couch in the lobby and I was trying to use up my pesos.

Julio and had a great time riding together and he kept paying for my tolls. Damn nice even though I kept saying no necessito. He had a sweet glove box on the ST that made it fast instead of me stumbling through my pocket like an idiot.

My two days of tolls - missing about 4 receipts that Julio picked up.

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Total of somewhere around 100 bucks US!!! Ouch and the $75 flight change. I still come out $225 ahead once I get my deposit back and most of all no hassle at border!!! I made the right call to push hard and get it done.

Getting close to Guat


Julio is all thumbs up!


The mountains of Guatemala


LOOK WHO MADE THEIR BIG DEADLINE!!
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Paperwork done!!
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Now to the Guat border and then back to the Mexico one and then back to Guat. I was so happy to get my TVIP done that I missed the INM office right next to the Aduana. It was just to process my tourist card so I was just going to say the hell with it. Then the Guat Immigration guys was "where is your stamp" I said see you in a little while Julio. Back-track 4 KM get it handled then back to Guat. No problem for me coming in but the bike took about an hour because the lady was at lunch. Its all good I am just making borders part of the journey. I gear down as much as I can and lock everything to my bike and hang out. Julio is even better at just hanging out at the border than I am.

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As others have said. You know that you are in another country entering Guat immediately. It took me a day or so to adjust.

Some go Pro shots at the border.
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Just a few kilos into Guat




Ok time to get a little sentimental. Its really cool to me that I can meet a random dude on a moto in the middle of Mexico and even with a language barrier, an instant friendship is formed. Julio and laughed a lot talked about all the things we could and rode hard. I didn't realize how easy my past 2 days had been until I was on my own again. Even when I didn't understand what was going on I knew that Julio had my best interest in mind. He is one good hombre any where in the world. I don't know if I will ever see him again but I know his generosity and love of of riding made an impact on me. I will be in touch with him and told him if he can ever make it to Alaska I will promise him a great moto ride and try to match his generosity!! I also told him we have no toll roads:

Big Teaser for the next post: THERE ARE ONLY TWO KINDS OF BIKES...

Not going to make it to the Tikal Ruins
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