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Old 02-13-2012, 06:43 PM   #6601
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Forfeited our Mexico visas but held our TVIPs when entering Guat. Got new FMM's re-entering Mexico at La Ceiba.
El Ceibo a.k.a. Puerto Fronterizo El Ceibo

Beware this crossing on Mondays. Banjercito is closed on Mondays here. Sjoerd has posted on this also, as have others.

Schizz, Bob C., and I got our tourist cards reestablished at El Ceibo, but could not pay for them since the bank was closed. We rode all the way back through Mexico with stamped-but-not-paid-for tourist cards. Schizz and I simply solved this by paying for them at exit at the Colombia Bridge, thus establishing them with fresh 180 validity periods each. Bob C. exited separately so I don 't know what he did with his.

The potential Catch-22 here is what was expected of us heading south at La Mesilla. There, we had to turn in our tourist cards to get the Mexico exit stamp that the Guatemala immigration officials expected to see before issuing an entry stamp for Guatemala. The catch is, on the Mexican side, no tourist card payment receipt along with the tourist card, no exit stamp. Bob C. proved this by appearing before the Mexican official with his tourist card, but his payment receipt was detached and sitting in his bags. The official would not issue the exit stamp without the corresponding payment receipt. He had to go back to his bike and get it. Then back in line. Good thing he had it with him, or he would have had to pay again for the tourist card (thus getting the payment receipt) and then immediately surrender it to get the exit stamp. There are probably very few circumstances where US travelers are headed south without valid (paid for) tourist cards. Just be sure to keep the tourist card and its receipt pages stapled together. No biggie.

Not sure about Belize, but for Guatemala, be sure to have both parts of the tourist card (actual short form and long form receipt) when seeking a Mexico exit stamp that the Guatemalans expect to see. This is not an issue when exiting into the US. Both Schizzman and I simply wanted to have fresh, valid tourist cards as we exited north.

Plus, it didn't hurt that the woman working Immigration at the Colombia Bridge was smokin' hot. And I mean hot

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Old 02-13-2012, 06:48 PM   #6602
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Was going for vagueness over accuracy.
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Old 02-13-2012, 06:59 PM   #6603
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With each passing day the women got a little hotter.

Hmmm, wonder what that's all about.

I've heard rumors of a Banjercito Babes In Bikinis calendar.
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Old 02-13-2012, 10:34 PM   #6604
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No complaints on my two days in Sayulita but my next pass through that area will be something less known for sure!!

Gotta go to know!!!!

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We must have been looking at the same arco iris.
Spending four days with some friends in Ayala just up the cost.
Ayala for those of you who don't know is a small beach town,
with few gringos and friendly locals.

Leaving Tuesday for Comala to check out some local crafts and a hike on the volcano, then to the Monarch's and working East
to do some of mikemike's rides.

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Old 02-13-2012, 10:53 PM   #6605
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El Ceibo a.k.a. Puerto Fronterizo El Ceibo

Beware this crossing on Mondays. Banjercito is closed on Mondays here. Sjoerd has posted on this also, as have others.

Schizz, Bob C., and I got our tourist cards reestablished at El Ceibo, but could not pay for them since the bank was closed. We rode all the way back through Mexico with stamped-but-not-paid-for tourist cards. Schizz and I simply solved this by paying for them at exit at the Colombia Bridge, thus establishing them with fresh 180 validity periods each. Bob C. exited separately so I don 't know what he did with his.

The potential Catch-22 here is what was expected of us heading south at La Mesilla. There, we had to turn in our tourist cards to get the Mexico exit stamp that the Guatemala immigration officials expected to see before issuing an entry stamp for Guatemala. The catch is, on the Mexican side, no tourist card payment receipt along with the tourist card, no exit stamp. Bob C. proved this by appearing before the Mexican official with his tourist card, but his payment receipt was detached and sitting in his bags. The official would not issue the exit stamp without the corresponding payment receipt. He had to go back to his bike and get it. Then back in line. Good thing he had it with him, or he would have had to pay again for the tourist card (thus getting the payment receipt) and then immediately surrender it to get the exit stamp. There are probably very few circumstances where US travelers are headed south without valid (paid for) tourist cards. Just be sure to keep the tourist card and its receipt pages stapled together. No biggie.

Not sure about Belize, but for Guatemala, be sure to have both parts of the tourist card (actual short form and long form receipt) when seeking a Mexico exit stamp that the Guatemalans expect to see. This is not an issue when exiting into the US. Both Schizzman and I simply wanted to have fresh, valid tourist cards as we exited north.

Plus, it didn't hurt that the woman working Immigration at the Colombia Bridge was smokin' hot. And I mean hot
Excellent info. Clutching out of Tucson Friday March 24 for a month in Mexico and GT
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Old 02-14-2012, 06:13 AM   #6606
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FWIW, I haven't ridden down in Mexico for about 10 years...but my buddy was killed and robbed 4 years ago in an intentional traffic accident outside of Veracruz. He was towing a boat to start a fly-fishing venture down in Xcalak and someone liked his boat and his packed to the gills Suburban with gringo plates. They drove him off the road, sent him to the hospital, he got out a week later to find everything had disappeared from the impound yard. He died of a blood clot breaking lose from his leg shortly after. Neither of us were ever considered very "risk averse".

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Hmmmm, interesting. Where exactly was that?
FWIW he wasn't exactly killed in the intentional traffic accident if he died from a blood clot a week afterwards.
If you haven't ridden here in 10 years, it has only gotten easier and it is as safe today as it ever was.
I am also curious as to why he would have a boat to start a fly fishing operation? Hip waders normally work well, but then again I ride a bike and don't fish all that much. Sorry to hear about the misfortune, it is the exception and not the rule.
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Old 02-14-2012, 07:17 AM   #6607
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Plus, it didn't hurt that the woman working Immigration at the Colombia Bridge was smokin' hot. And I mean hot
This post is worthless w/o pics. Although, Bob, I do trust your judgement.
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Old 02-14-2012, 07:52 AM   #6608
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This post is worthless w/o pics. Although, Bob, I do trust your judgement.
I'll back him on this, Mark. She was a hottie.
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Old 02-14-2012, 09:50 AM   #6609
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Old 02-14-2012, 10:10 AM   #6610
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Can anyone else make any sense out of this article?

Its the typical "US travel advisory to Mexico" stuff, and I know my Mexican states, but it still makes my head spin...

http://latino.foxnews.com/latino/new...est=latestnews

Trying to read this article makes you realize why some folks think all of Mexico is dangerous.

Granted, its Fox, so I'll probably just ignore it. Or read the US warning directly. And then ignore it.
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Old 02-14-2012, 06:10 PM   #6611
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John-

You're making quite the expedition. I'm sure Michigan had the same balmy conditions as us this weekend - teens maybe up to the 30s.

Make sure you enjoy the good weather all you can!

If you see SR, make sure you ask if he's got any leftover mole in the fridge. If he does, make sure you don't eat it, but bring samples back to me. I will make sure its safe for human consumption.
Too late. He just left us. We were all going to go to his favorite restaurant with him and his family for Valentines Day. But his little girl wasn't feeling well so the family went to Appleby's. Joe and I politely declined and are heading for the original venue and a sample of thier margaritas.
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Old 02-14-2012, 06:19 PM   #6612
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Too late. He just left us. We were all going to go to his favorite restaurant with him and his family for Valentines Day. But his little girl wasn't feeling well so the family went to Appleby's. Joe and I politely declined and are heading for the original venue and a sample of thier margaritas.
Chiles en Nogada.
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Old 02-14-2012, 06:32 PM   #6613
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Chiles en Nogada.
Si, senor.

But...can anyone tell me why they built a giant soundstage outside my hotel window here in Durango and have started blasting live music across the Plaza Mayor-- which has been fenced off for some sort of fiesta? Is Valentines Day such a big deal in Mexico? The hotel lady assures me the music won't run past midnight. Okay. Una Tecate mas, por favor.

Had a great day with SR here in DGO and taking his "special route" to the Pacific tomorrow. Worried about gas as my KLR with its funky carb seems to eat up fuel. One of the towns we pass through is Jesus Maria. I am hoping prayer will be of some help.

Adios!

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Old 02-14-2012, 09:35 PM   #6614
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Si, senor.

But...can anyone tell me why they built a giant soundstage outside my hotel window here in Durango and have started blasting live music across the Plaza Mayor-- which has been fenced off for some sort of fiesta? Is Valentines Day such a big deal in Mexico? The hotel lady assures me the music won't run past midnight. Okay. Una Tecate mas, por favor.

Had a great day with SR here in DGO and taking his "special route" to the Pacific tomorrow. Worried about gas as my KLR with its funky carb seems to eat up fuel. One of the towns we pass through is Jesus Maria. I am hoping prayer will be of some help.

Adios!

JohnD
Do you mean this Band???

it kept me awake for a while too the day I did pass by Durango





they were as well right in front on my room window!!



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Old 02-14-2012, 09:41 PM   #6615
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Hotel Catedral in Durango is a great place for the budget-minded rider. Park your bike in the lobby and set out on foot to enjoy El Centro. But you might not get to sleep very early if your room faces the Catedral.
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