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We are in Mexico

San Diego, California > San Vincente, Mexico – 298km

San Vicente

What a morning.  We rode out of USA without the slightest interest from any border authorities, then straight into Mexico, again without the slightest interest from anyone.  However, we knew we had to go through Immigration, though we didn’t see it, and also get Vehicle Permits.  We followed tips from previous travellers as to where to go, but we still found ourselves having quite the tour of Tijuana trying to find the right place.  People were so friendly and gave all sorts of directions, but none of them were right.  At one stage we found ourselves heading back into USA but we managed to pull off out of the queue and chat to a nice policeman!! 🙂   We parked our bikes and he arranged someone to take us through the rabbit warren to Immigration – we would never have found it by ourselves.  So… the officials then said that we didn’t need a permit for the bikes but we knew we did.  Long story short we eventually got an address and asked a Lucho, a taxi driver to take us there and we followed him driving Mexican style through the traffic.  Apparently the office we were trying to find had been closed down about a year ago.  A great way to start our Mexican leg, couldn’t help but laugh !!  We saw a lot of Tijuana.  My recommendation now would be to go to the newer border post near the Tijuana airport as the Banjercito is near there in Olay Mesa.

Being taken to Immigration – a very long queue of people trying to get into USA, they will probably be there all day.

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We saw a lot of Tijuana in order to find this little building to register our bikes.

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Thanks for your help Lucho, and your lesson in crazy Mexican driving 🙂

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Took the  beautiful coast road south – its a toll road but they take US $.   An area of extremes – very wealthy and very very poor.  Saw a number of hotels and apartments started but left to rust.

The toll road had been recently washed out so we had to take a detour over the mountains.  Great winding road but a bit of traffic. We were both surprised how mountainous it is since we crossed the border, and it is very dry and dusty.

The road south of Ensenada is a fabulous one for bikes, sweeping curves, great condition, great fun.  The side roads are all just sand.

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Stopped just on dusk at San Vicente and managed to find a motel where we could hide our bikes from view.  Not much to choose from in this very small town.

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Because we were sooo long in Tijuana and then needed to make some miles, we didn’t stop too often for photos.

Russels

3 Comments

  • Diana

    Well done on getting sorted with immigration and with the bike in Tijuana. It has saved you from delays later on in La Paz.
    Your unit San Vincente motel is the one we stayed in!
    Reading your blog brings back many happy memories for us.
    Hasta Luego, mis amigos.

    November 21, 2014 at 4:48 pm
    • Janet & Charlie Russel

      Hi Diana. Lovely to hear from you 🙂 We saw a lot more of Tijuana than we would have preferred to, they certainly dont make the process easy. Trust the planning for your next big adventure is going well.

      November 22, 2014 at 4:32 pm
  • Diana

    …ooops, I goofed with my URL. pearlson2wheels.blogspot.com

    November 21, 2014 at 5:01 pm
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