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Old 09-04-2013, 04:08 PM   #17461
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I haven't cross in Texas since 1997 and then it took 8 hours.
This is because in 1997 the Rio Grande actually had water in it
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Old 09-04-2013, 05:45 PM   #17462
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Crossing times here. I haven't cross in Texas since 1997 and then it took 8 hours. Long story - before Mexico had computers and it was one guy on the Mexico side with a typewriter.

In AZ, I always preferred a smaller town, late afternoon like Naco to obtain the paperwork, spend the night in Douglas and cross the next morning.

The border patrol always asked why I only spend 30-45 minutes on the other side though. An explanation worked and I always reached back and opened the panniers with an invitation to search further if they wanted. Never had an issue.
Thanks for the link. Nice to have. Too bad there's not a way to get the
same info from the Mexican government on wait times crossing into
Mexico. Or maybe there is. That's where I've been delayed the
longest and why I direct riders to the crossings I do.
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Old 09-04-2013, 06:10 PM   #17463
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Schizz,
If the Mexican government hosted a site with crossing wait times, it would never be current.
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Old 09-04-2013, 08:21 PM   #17464
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In AZ, I always preferred a smaller town, late afternoon like Naco to obtain the paperwork, spend the night in Douglas and cross the next morning.
The Banjercito in Naco is only open Thursday at 4 pm through Sunday. Usually quick. The Banjercito in Cananea is open every day. See http://www.losarcossonora.com/images...ito%20cana.pdf
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Old 09-04-2013, 09:03 PM   #17465
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Let me know if you want a route to Oaxaca that will leave you breathless, literally and figuratively speaking. A little change in your plan and you will take in some excellent high altitude paved riding.
Expect rain, lots of rain at times, it is that time of year and watch for landslides in Oaxaca, especially.
I am interested in your route.
I will be heading to Qaxaca in November and am looking at options coming from the North.
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Old 09-04-2013, 09:11 PM   #17466
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Schizz,
If the Mexican government hosted a site with crossing wait times, it would never be current.
Heh heh. Yeah, the subtext to my post is that I recommend crossings to other riders based upon routing and time considerations. Spending a night on the border to expedite crossing the next morning is no time savings over a lower volume crossing that enables you to quickly cross any time and overnight somewhere downrange. Even if it's not the most direct route. Colombia and Anzalduas have served me well in this regard. Also great for not having to ride hard to make the return crossing within a certain window of time to avoid lines. Any time a rider expresses having a limited amount of travel time I make my recommendations accordingly.
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Old 09-05-2013, 01:23 PM   #17467
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Yes , Schizz
Bit think of the time saving to be had if you ride long and hard in
the USA and make the border town in early evening and then immediately
cross with no traffic delay AND get processed AND find a nice
Mexican room for the night . Next day you can be two or three times farther
down range in Mexico, if that is so important . This is not a waste but an EARLY start.
I keep reading ride stories where gringos ride to the
Border time and waste a good part of the day specifically to have a
" last night " in the US. Are they expecting not to survive?
For somebody who needs to ride 3 or 4 days just to get to the
Mexican border such a website to save a few minutes at the border is pointless.
I am not likely to divert from Matamoros to Laredo or Nogales just because they
supposedly are a few minutes faster( and the listings on the site are sorely incomplete- where is Lewiston NY or Baudette MN ?)
The density of border traffic has a relatively predictable ebb and flow of
counter traffic, weekend and holiday rushes. Work with that knowledge and some patience, one might have some delays deep in Mexico, get over it.
Aim for the slacker times and relax, forget about clockwork JIT office schedules.
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Old 09-05-2013, 03:02 PM   #17468
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I envy you.

For those of us who have a few days here and there to go and explore
a particular area of interest before returning to our jobs my trip
profile works very well. Once retired I'll be able to relax and take my time.
Until then I'll be riding hard to get to the areas I want to see, then riding
hard to get home. Otherwise I won't get to see it at all until I retire.

Different travel modes for different needs.
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Old 09-05-2013, 06:56 PM   #17469
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I hear ya Schizz, more now than ever with my new work schedule... The Beach boys said it best about Kokomo,
get there fast and take it slow.... I should arrive home (Maz) from the floating jail house October something....

see you all then....
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Old 09-05-2013, 07:00 PM   #17470
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Why is there a picture of my future ex-wife on ADVrider????
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Old 09-05-2013, 07:25 PM   #17471
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She just left my house.
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Old 09-05-2013, 10:29 PM   #17472
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Looks like she left in a hurry.
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Old 09-06-2013, 05:45 AM   #17473
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Looks like she left in a hurry.
No way, Schizz, she's sporting the new "Empress" model Roadcrafter from Aerosolitch. See through one piece suit. I took the liberty of sending you the "Emperor" model with corresponding knitted modesty codpiece. Aerosolitch is a new line of protective gear that comes from the Research and Development department at the Seal Club. We thought you might like to wear it while charming the border crossing lady.
There's one on the way to Trice, too, but it has the updated and uprated "Dermus of Rhino" kevlar codpiece for Baja.
The package we sent to San Angelo was marked "Return to Sender", but the codpiece was missing...we found that odd but thought we should warn you and Trice about that.
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Old 09-06-2013, 07:41 AM   #17474
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I envy you.

.......... until I retire. ........

Different travel modes for different needs.
I only " retired" this last year but have been using
this modus operandi for ever
Never had an " important " job I guess .
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Old 09-06-2013, 10:38 AM   #17475
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Need route advice please

Hey guys, I'm sitting Cabo waiting out Lorena and have a ferry crossing to Maz booked for Sunday. I hoping for some advice from the collective.

I'm trying to figure out a route for the mainland. I need to be in Chetumal by Sept 29. I think I am going to need a tire so Guadalajara is probably in the cards. Should I go to Durango and then inland to Guadalajara (what's the current safety of this route)
Perhaps direct to Guadalajara then back to the coast to Puerto Escondido, to Oaxaca, and from there need some ideas.

Having an awesome trip so far, hoping the storm doesn't cancel the ferry!

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