On the Road to Mexico and the American West

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by BMW Kurt, Mar 16, 2012.

  1. SKINNY

    SKINNY Been here awhile

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    Banjercito recently changed the policy to allow you to cancel your TVIP at any border crossing... we just did it last week...
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  2. BMW Kurt

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    I am writing this about 4 or 5 days after the events happened. I now know that the Mexican gave me wrong information. He did not do it intentionally, I honestly think he was trying to help me. Oh, well! This is still going to be a hell of a trip!

    I left Piste and starting riding back north. On the way back I stopped in Champoton for a couple of photos.

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    I spent the first night in Villahermosa and then rode for Mexico City. I spent the next night in San Martin Texmelucan.

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    I woke up early the next morning hoping to avoid Mexico City morning rush hour traffic. On the way I saw this and I had to take some photos.

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    I hit Mexico City at about 8:30AM. Traffic was interesting to say the least! I made it to Matehuala and the next day on to Eagle Pass, TX. I checked at the Aduana and they told me that I did NOT have to turn my TVIP in there. They were not sure if I could have done it in the Baja, though. I have since learned that you can. Oh, well! As I said I still have two months to ride. I'm just going to go with the flow.
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  3. holckster

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    I crossed 3/26 and found you CANNOT cancel your TVIP in Tecate, there are no government officials in that office.
    They advised I could go to any Mexican Consulate stateside and cancel or must go to either Mexicali or Tijuana.
    Opted for Tijuana and finding the place was a nightmare, luckly stopped at an auto importers office and he had me follow him several miles to the office/yard that ultimately was close to the crossing.
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  4. sloj0

    sloj0 uber n00b

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    Nice RR Kurt! Thanks :)

    Just getting a bit off topic here, so does anyone know if you can cancel the TVIP at any border crossing where there's a Banjercito office? or only the major crossings?

    I'm in Mexico at the moment and looking at crossing at one of the smaller crossings into AZ, but obviously don't want to go all the way to Sonoyta if I can only get it cancelled in Nogales...
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  5. SKINNY

    SKINNY Been here awhile

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    You can cancel the TVIP at any border crossing with a Banjercito permit office...it does not have to be the same as your entry point.
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  6. jorrie

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  7. BMW Kurt

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    I really needed to change the oil in my bike. That bike was so good to me in Mexico! Mexico threw heat, dust, topes, and stop and go traffic at it. The last time I changed oil on the road was at Alaska Leather in Anchorage, AK. I had never changed it on the road since and was not really sure if anyone would let me change it in their parking lot. I went to a Walmart in Carlsbad, NM and they were very nice about it and let me change my oil in their parking lot and recycled it for me.

    After changing oil I rode to Roswell, NM where I am avoiding being abducted by aliens. Tomorrow I will visit the UFO museum here.

    Seems like I am not the only one that likes Walmart here!

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  8. sloj0

    sloj0 uber n00b

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    thanks skinny, perhaps I should rephrase, what I meant to ask was, are there banjercito offices at ALL border crossings?
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  9. BMW Kurt

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    I spent the day in Roswell visiting the UFO Museum. Purportedly a UFO crashed in Roswell in July 1947. Now the event is the major cause of tourism in this small New Mexican town.

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    That afternoon there was a sandstorm in Roswell.

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    Tomorrow I will begin heading for Moab, UT and spend a week there resting up planning the rest of the trip.

    Edit: I have just checked the weather and snow is predicted for NW New Mexico and SE Utah. Headed somewhere else tomorrow!
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  10. SKINNY

    SKINNY Been here awhile

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    Some of the smaller crossings don't have a Banjercito office...do a web search...sites like Mexpro and Bajabound usually have a list of all TVIP crossings...
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  11. jbeem

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    Kurt,
    Do not miss Utah while you're out there. You can't go wrong in any part of the state unless you get homesick for a tree.
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  12. BMW Kurt

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    I'm in Moab now!
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    pictures for my bucket list
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  14. holckster

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    Except Tecate.

    Office open but no officials that can complete the cancelation paperwork on duty.
    Staff apologized and blamed Gov't cutbacks.
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  15. BMW Kurt

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    Not really much to report today. I rode from Moriarty, NM to Moab, UT crossing the extreme southwestern tip of Colorado.

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    I am staying at a hostel called The Lazy Lizard. It is only $26 a night for a private room and the people are really neat to listen to, a bunch of old hippies and social misfits (my kind of people!). The beer here is 3.2%, so there is a lot of drinking with no effect. The folks here call it the 3.2 flu, a lot of peeing and a headache.

    Tomorrow I am off to explore Arches National Park or ride Highway 128 along the river.
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  16. BMW Kurt

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    I think that is the key phrase. Not all Banjercitos can issue or cancel a TVIP. I found this out in Piedras Negras. I went through migracion at Piedras Negras and paid the fee for it at a Banjercito there. I asked about the TVIP and they said I must go to the Banjercito at the aduana (customs). That was 53 or kilometers inland. I did not know it at the time but there was a migracion office there too and I could have done both at the same place. OH well, live and learn. I'm smarter now than I was before! :lol3


    Note: The migracion officer in Piedras Negras was beautiful! I would probably still do migracion there just so I could see her again! :evil
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  17. BMW Kurt

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    Today I spent in Arches National Park, a photographer's dream. The weathering process has shaped the red sandstone in the area into magnificent sculptures and arches. The park is relatively small and I was able to ride all of it in about three hours. To photograph this park would take years!

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    The above arch is the Delicate Arch, the symbol for Utah that can be seen on many of their license plates.

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    More riding tomorrow and on Friday I will be heading for Mexican Hat, UT. If you read Neil Peart's book Ghost Rider or have seen Alton Brown's Feasting on Asphalt on the Food Network you know about the Mexican Hat Lodge.
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  18. jbeem

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    Kurt,
    You will be close to Moki Dugway. It will be worth the trip to ride up it and over to Muley Point. From Muley Point, you can look down onto Goosenecks and see all the way to Monument Valley. Have fun, sounds like a great trip.
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  19. BMW Kurt

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    Today I rode Utah State Highway 128. I leaves Moab and follows the Colorado River to I-70. Nice ride!

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    Tomorrow I am just going to take care of a few things such as laundry and then Friday I will be off for Mexican Hat, UT.
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  20. mundobravo

    mundobravo Long timer

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    Great photos ! great part of the world , great ride ... 'here's a little experimental video I put together shot along them roads.
    https://vimeo.com/4104046
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