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Old 01-26-2013, 07:40 AM   #16
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Hmmm....Time for an update

Well, after a week of waiting, I received my new credit card yesterday.

Now, I have already delayed one week, so I think I'm gonna delay one more week and leave the morning of Feb. 2nd, next Saturday and here is why...I have had two "problem" files at work. When I say problem files, I do not mean my clients, but the banks that we are negotiating with on the short sale. The issues with each file worked themselves out this week. One will close next week, the other in 3 weeks. I also have an additional closing this coming week.

By delaying the additional week a I can leave with the secure knowledge that I will not have to hand hold each transaction any further and anything extra that needs done can be done via the internet.....

With that, I apologize for the delay, but in one week my trip begins!! And with far less work on the road than I anticipated. This delay does not cut my trip short, my idea is to add two weeks onto the backside of the trip...

For what it's worth...it's pouring rain here in Scottsdale this morning.
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Old 01-26-2013, 07:49 AM   #17
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Departure day

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Have a good trip Bullshatter. My buddy ADV Fool and I will be heading to Panama on the 2nd of Feb. At the rate you are going, we just may beat you out of town We'll keep an eye on your RR and look for you on the road. Have a safe trip! BTW, you mention a tourist card, why don't you just get a visa at the border. As for border crossings, seeing as you are headed down to La Paz, the easiest crossing we have found is Tecate. Quick and easy.

Goin Postal...
I'll be leaving the morning of Feb. 2nd and crossing near Yuma, AZ and spending the night in San Felipe, then working my way thru Baja to La Paz. Are you two going to be crossing on the 2nd as well?
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Old 01-26-2013, 08:49 AM   #18
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Thats up in the air right now. Most likely on the 4th. Gotta watch the 49ers in the Super Bowl on Sunday.
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Old 01-26-2013, 09:40 AM   #19
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What he said!!!!!

Hey there,

Who knows, maybe our paths will cross at some point.

Safe ride, ADV Fool.
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Old 01-26-2013, 10:59 AM   #20
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Good Luck on your trip BS. Bullshatter = B.S. (lol), I like that!

Did the same trip 2 years ago from San Diego.

Had a great time even with a ONE MONTH break down in San Jose waiting for new rotor / stator, Vstrom.

I took Free Dive fins and snorkel and was in the water to explore every chance I had.

Baja and Sea of Cortez was beautiful. The pacific coast of mexico awesome, Puerto Escondido SURF's UP!
Guatemala, really beautiful. I love the small neat and tidy farms, Lake Atikal, Antigua, TIKAL, TIKAL, TIKAL !!
Honduras, Tegucigalpa YIKES, great dirt road on return Juticalpa, San Esteban to Truijilo "north coast."
Nic, running fast both out and back. Managua nice colonial town.
C.R., really beautiful, stuck in S.J. for a month waiting on parts.Arenal was awesome camping at night.
Pan, Bocas del Toro, Salt Creek, amazing snorkeling, Panama city amazing.
Belize, Best snorkling ever Placencia, Laughing Bird Caye. Laid back caribe style, ENGLISH, yee ha!
Ran fst back through Mex. Autopista = $$$$$ ouch!

ATM fees get tiresome ($$$). Citi has NO fee foreign transaction fees if 100k + bal. Know your currency exchange rates before you cross borders. Used "helper" crossing into Guat and got taken. Negoiate all fees up front if you use. $10. + visa/vehicle.

I had no problems but I think I was a target on the dirt road in Honduras. I was stopped at a large mud hole water crossing on the road but my lack of spanish and friendly Hola, buenus tarde might have averted a robbery.

I'm excited for you. SUBSCRIBED!!
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Old 01-26-2013, 11:11 AM   #21
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Ha....I was going for the Falcons, so no need to hang out for the game!!
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Old 01-28-2013, 12:10 PM   #22
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Zepfan,

Thanks for the hot tip on snorkeling spot in Belize....most of places you mentioned are on my list of "must-see" spots. Looking forward to the whole trip!

After two unexpected delays I'll finally be getting out of here on Feb 2nd.....Let's be honest, I don't even want to be in the office right now!

Satuday! I command you to get here, STAT!
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Old 01-28-2013, 01:13 PM   #23
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, you go get 'em we'll be on our way a few days later. We will stop in Manzanillo for a couple of days max, then continue on south
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Old 02-03-2013, 07:43 AM   #24
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It's the 3rd.
Did you wake up in MX today?
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Old 02-05-2013, 09:13 AM   #25
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Say it Ain't So!!

I am finally packed and on the move....better late than never, right?
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I am finally packed and on the move....better late than never, right?


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Old 02-05-2013, 05:21 PM   #28
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We madw it to Guaymas today. Heading for either Los Mochis or Culican. Both are on the west coast

Have a safe trip. Hope to see you on the road
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Go 49ers!!!

Oh, I'm sorry, was that my inside voice!!! Lol

G' Postal...Hopefully we'll connect on the mainland, I am in San Felipe right now and should be in Mazatlan by Monday.
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Official Day 1...Sleeping in Mexico Tonight with a belly full of Tacos!

Well, 2 1/2 weeks after my proposed departure date I escaped from work, only to be nearly involved in an accident leaving Phoenix by a jackass driver merging through 4 lanes of traffic, intent on trying to occupy the same space I happened to be occupying in the HOV Lane. Phew!!! disaster averted and I'm in Mexico!!

My odometer began at 24,323 and ended at 24,701, but it took 9 hours to do it. This should be (I hope) my longest day in the saddle, only because I was so hell bent on beginning this trip...finally!

So these are the dirty details...I left Scottsdale, AZ this morning at 10:30 am and arrived in San Felipe, MX at 6:30 pm. I crossed the border at the east Calexico crossing. Unlike my usual border crossing at Lukeville, AZ when we travel to Rocky Point (Puerto Penasco), there was no friendly group of US Border Agents there to greet me. I simply drove out of the the US and into Mexico without saying hello or goodbye to anyone. At the Lukeville crossing, I've always been required to present my passport and answer a few friendly questions! So much for the warm and fuzzies...




I already had my TVIP so I only needed my Tourist Visa. Fortunately at this border crossing the Immigracion and the Banjercito Office is on the right, immediately after crossing into Mexico. 20 minutes after I'd arrived, I was walking out with my Visa. One note on getting my TVIP in Phoenix at the Mexican Consulate, It did confuse girl and her supervisor at the Banjercito Office in Calexcio as to how I got a TVIP. Apparently they didn't realize the Mexican Consulate issued them!

Here is the Banjercito Office and the Immigracion Office:



And the Immigracion Office...It's the Building behind the Palm Tree as seen from the Banjercito Office:




My next task was to work my way through the streets of Mexicali and find Hwy 5 South, to San Felipe. It is certainly not a direct route, but the route was marked by frequent signage to San Felipe. I took about 20-30 minutes to clear all of the traffic of Mexicali. It's funny and I don't know if any of you feel this way or have noticed. As soon as you cross the border things smell different, it smells like Mexico. It's a combination of exhaust fumes and meat being grilled. It's not a bad combination, it's just Mexico.

About 40 miles out of town I passed through my first Mexican Military Checkpoint. The soldiers did not know any english, I knew very little spanish, and after a few questions by them, a few perplexed looks by me, they just waved me through, hedging their bets that I was no threat to National Security.

Since I did leave late this morning I almost went against a basic truth of traveling in Mexico...don't drive at night...I rolled into San Felipe at 6:30, just as the sun went down. My backside was tired and I was starving so I was not in the mood to seek out budget accommodations, so I ended up at "El Capitan" Hotel for $36/night, but I do have secure parking and WiFi.

El Capitan, one block off the Malecon:



Parking...they were not being overrun by guests tonight:




And my parking spot and Room # 88:






And Dinner...after checking in the next order of business was Tacos...in Mexico the easiest way to find good tacos is go the the Taco shop that's busy. So guys no food pics tonight, but I did get 2 Asada Tacos, 2 Adobada Tacos, and a Coke Light...$5, and the Salsa was incredible!!




And say hello to Karmine...




Funny thing about Mexico, there's always a celebration, tonight was no different. While I was eating my tacos there was a police escorted parade supporting to local public schools. It was nice to see all of the participation, especially for a good cause.





That's all for tonight folks. Tomorrow I'll be headed for Guerrero Negro, to pet me some Gray Whales! I'm hoping to get some good video and photos...stay tuned...











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