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DAY 14, Oct 24, Back in LA. Temp 21 C
First of many Sunsets on the trip.
DAY 17, Oct 27, 2011 Nogales, AZ, USA Temp 23-28 C Sunny (270/3935km)
Leaving Harrah's around 9:30am I decided to start using my stamp and leaving my mark. Do to the late start and Dave going through vaccination shot flu like symptoms the border crossing was likely out.
Arriving at Nogales around 2:30pm we decided to hold up here. Greg exercised one of his complementary hotel vouchers and it was $10 for the night for the cot, that's it. Thanks Greg (Hannibal).
Shot of all our stuff on the hotel trolley.
DAY 18, Oct 28, 2011, Hermosillo, Mexico! Temp 25-29C Sunny (290/4225km)
The next morning as we packed up a news reporter and cameraman working for Belo Border Bureau asked to interview us with regards to the danger of travelling through Mexico. Just what we needed to put our minds at ease, haha.
So, where do we get our bike permit??? How about Kilometer Twenty One is what we were told. After 21 km you find this place where you get your Permiso. $444 USD with a refund upon leaving Mexico of $400 if you can find the office at the South end (apparently 57 km before the Guatemala border, worry about that later). Not only was it expensive, but we had purchased insurance ($90) the night before to cover us in Mexico and show the Permiso Office which they didn't care about at all! All you need is the Visa doc from the border, Passport, Bike Registration and Canadian Insurance. They don't even want to see your drivers license! You will need one copy of each (both sides) and that's it. Well that's it after about 1 hour.
Cool America dude driving down to the West Coast for some SCUBA action. He drives his bikes around Mexico all the time with no problems, and HE'S AMERICAN (Gringo).
Mexican roads are pretty good, Hwy 15. Nogales to Magdalena (C3/4,R5/6,T3,V4) and Magdalena to Hermosillo (C2,R7/8,T4,V4/5).
Unfortunately for Trucks going in to the US the line is a little longer.
On the way to Hermosillo we stopped for gas and such. Our first Mexican contact. $3pesos ($.25) for the use of the toilet, I didn't pay, but went anyway. Not sure what the price of gas was per liter, but I didn't pay any more than in the US or not by much. We could tell it was special gas being pink in colour. Oh those Mexicans and their festive colours.
Bad ass Carros de Policia. I feel safer already.
As the sunset we panicked a little and grabbed the nearest hotel after passing a "Zona de Hotel" not knowing where the next would be. $100 USD for the 3 of us for 2 rooms which was expense considering the road in front of the hotel was completely chewed up with construction. In my experience with travel it takes time to get in the groove and figure things out, so I'm expecting to figure it out a little better as we dig in to Mexico more and more.
Oh, last thoughts; 100 pesos deposit on the remote control for the TV, the server at our road side eatery ran two blocks to get us beer charging us the exact price he paid at the shop ($4.50 for dinner) and St. Louis won the World Series that night.