Leaving Kansas for Panama, first time south of the border. Advice?

Discussion in 'Latin America' started by paul.miner, Sep 13, 2014.

  1. bananaman

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    Abandoning a bike can get you banned from ever bringing a vehicle into that country, and it can make it hard for you in other ways, so I've heard.

    There have been quite a few "oh no! I didn't cancel my TVIP!" threads and they always involve lawyers, consulates, and sanctimonious I-Told-You-So comments from Colomtnbkr.
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  2. paul.miner

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  3. bananaman

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    Leave the camping gear. 1) you won't need it. 2) the extra weight is going to break your bike at the first hard tope.

    Have fun.

    PS: stop every 15 minutes for a photo. Take way too many photos. When you're back you'll wish you had more.
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  4. coors

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    Have fun and drive safe on the road.

    +1 bananaman :clap
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  5. paul.miner

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    Queretaro, MX. Yesterday was very confusing. Getting my TVIP was at a place a long ways from the border since I crossed at Piedras Negras. Nice to have wifi for the moment.
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  6. John2

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    This could potentially be really interesting if we could bet on the distance travelled.
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    b4thenite Been here awhile

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  8. coors

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    :clap big day ,
    drive safe and watch the roadsides once you leave the quotas
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  9. bananaman

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    Going so close to Mexico City is whack.

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    Jajaja. I like that. I guess after queretaro, since I only made it to Puebla the next day......he should be in oaxaca...or who knows... With this nut he could be in Tapachula

    Years ago I met nick sanders (www.nicksanders.com) in granada, nicaragua when he was on one of his distance trips. He said he woke up in panama that morning. We were out till 1am drinking and he left us saying he needed 5 hours of sleep and would be in Guatemala the next day, at the Mexico border.
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  11. coors

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    my guess is oaxaca too after the hell of a morning in D.F
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  12. paul.miner

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    It was. I got so fucking lost for hours (literally, 3-4 hours), especially since it turns out my GPS doesn't have the MX maps like I thought. I made it to Tehuacan that night though. Tonight I'm in Frontera. The ride to and from Huautla de Jiminez was the highlight of the day, beautiful twisty roads up in the mountains.
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    Day 3, Sept 22, Frontera? I don't know where Frontera is.

    In my mind, one of our biggest days in Mexico was the 650 miles from Veracruz to San Cristobal de las Casas. But I just double checked it, and the 650 miles is actually 650 km. (In Latin America I think in Spanish and KMs, but when I'm in the States I forget to convert KMs to Miles.)

    For me, 360 miles was an ironman effort.
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  15. bananaman

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    I don understand this route. Why go through Mexico City and then go to the Gulf east of Veracruz? The fast way was through San Cristobal de las Casas Then directly to Huehuetenango and Guat City.
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  16. coors

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    Gave me the feeling he is going for a belize-guaté loop. :norton

    If you do so Paul (as a suggestion) You could plan 2 night in Flores Guatemala and take 1 day off to visit Tikal (nice break after both border crossing)

    @ bananaman even 650 km I see it as a huge day.
    My biggest riding day in central america in 3 years is around 350km . I've never liked highways .
    (and I rode up to 1200km in one day in canada)
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  17. paul.miner

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    I wanted to see Belize. Not too impressed though. I'm in Belmopan, Belize tonight. As luck would have it, I ran into crazycruiser on my way to Belize (outside of Xpujil?) so we crossed the border together. He stopped in Belize City and I went further down the road, but may see him on the ferry tomorrow.

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    (I have more pictures but they're on my good camera)
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  18. coors

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    great paul, I hope you are having a great time.

    Are you taking a ferry with the bike from belize?
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  19. paul.miner

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    I hope so. According to the info guy at the border crossing, they take bikes. If not, I'd have to backtrack to where I am now and take a longer route.
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  20. coors

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    I only heard of passenger boat before(havent been there in a long time)

    They can probably fit your bike on it i guess or there might have a bigger boat i dont know off. picture please :-)

    Tie your bike down you could have good waves :rofl



    I would try not to sleep in tegucigalpa. Just going through daytime is better in my opnion .

    San pedro sula is good for the night, if not farther In comayagua (just before tegucigalpa) nice hotel (25-30$) just before burger king on your left ;-)

    Drive safe
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