Big loop to Mexico City

 

One of my friend drop me an email regarding the last blog post, he can’t believe that there is a country which simply refused to let me in. His advice is; ‘through away your passport get in the countries and keep on and on’.  He is a cyclist and still he has his passport so I just ask him to start and I’ll follow, I’m not sure what others think?

Brazil it big, the state of Amazon it has the same size of Congo, n Manaus when I study maps to see my alternative I saw myself small just like a bug.  I was stuck; the only means to get out was by air. I realize how remote I was when I saw the flight ticket, it coast more than the flight from Africa to South America.

Thanks to Howard Fredrick for tireless effort to get me out there. Everything was ready but probably some time you will never be ready. With everything parked I tax to airport at 01 am at the airport the air line attendant refused to let me fly for only one reason which also isn’t strong ‘on ward ticket’. Yes, I have bike ‘No we need ticket’. The requirement for me to get Mexican visa is to have USA visa, I talked with consulate and I show them the official government page but northing made change. Only ticket or latter with stump. Now I have to tax back to the city, It was long day without a sleep. Next morning I went to the consulate again, he was surprise to see me again. The case become complicated even for himself, we didn’t reached the conclusion. So to let me go he said he will do the best and he will call me, he called in the evening and information was the same so I need to get ticket that was only alternative remain. Howard manages to get one Nogales-Tucson, just a border cross. I wasn’t sure it could work as no one wanted to insure me till last minutes; it was like waiting important judgment in you are life. Thanks to everyone who writes, those words were so important, thanks to Lucy Heines for being around.

Sunday morning we tax to the airport with Lucy, the ticket works but again I had to pay for the size of bike box and overweight language. I should I admit I hate flying, seem like it is not for person like me!

I went through check in that was only one success federal police was another one waiting me. I overstayed for 14 days and I was prepared to pay fine but not till I was told my valid visa was only 6 days which I got from consul.  The consulate in La Paz said it can be extended by federal police and that is what happened federal police extend it the day I inter the country, now I’m told that is wrong and I have to pay for all those days. They refused to listen to me said that I’m arguing with them, I was total confused. I have flight within one hour, to solve this will require me to stay again may be longer than I can think. It seem like now I have also to study the law and regulation of countries beforehand!

I arrived in Mexico City at 01 pm, tax to the city coast $30 and still they don’t wanna carry my bike and language instead they give me suggestion. I thought I had good suggestion ‘assemble my bike and cycle’. The city is huge and busy but now I’m daring enough to fight my way with traffic. Probably Mexican are worse with direction than any county I visited so far , it took me 3hrs to wonder around at last find the hotel I was recommended is out of service.

So far I find out Mexican love food and eating, they have got the variety. Got food and map but can’t find  Kerosene/benzene for stove yet but any ways tomorrow morning I’m back on the road heading north through west coast.     

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5 Comments

  1. Posted June 12, 2012 at 2:35 am by Nicholas | Permalink

    Wow!!! And think about it: Brazil wasn’t even in your original plans…
    Boy, you’ve been to Guajará-Mirim, Porto Velho, Manaus and Tabatinga. Those four cities are not representative to everything Brazil really is. I’m a bit disappointed that you’ve had a bad experience with Brazilian authorities. I hope that in the future, you can overcome this and get back here to spend some time in the Northeast, Southeast or Southern Brazil, which are as different from here as other countries are.
    Keep on… may good winds push you further.
    Nicholas

  2. Posted June 12, 2012 at 7:24 am by Garth Anton | Permalink

    Stay strong Elvis ! My experiences with officials were to offer money for a ( gift ,,) if the official could assist in helping you get visa faster than usual . Mauritania I put $200.00 inside passport after waiting for a month of officials saying no visa . When he gets my money I have visa next morning . In congo i buy man a beer and he lets me pass road block , another time it was a carton of smokes . Motorcycle guys that ride the world use website : horizons unlimited you can find good up to date information on most subjects . Find out what they want, and maybe it helps you get what you want . Remember Elvis : have fun 🙂 enjoy the smiles and waves from so many people you ride by.

  3. Posted June 12, 2012 at 10:36 am by Nigel Francis | Permalink

    Elvis,

    If it was easy everyone would be doing it, but that sounds like a bloody nightmare.

    Keep trucking buddy.

  4. Posted June 13, 2012 at 11:37 pm by Pat Frederick | Permalink

    We look forward to welcoming you in Tucson.
    You are really writing a book which might be worth publishing. These are adventures, although not fun! I hope you have more fun out of Mexico City.

  5. Posted June 18, 2012 at 7:41 pm by Howard L | Permalink

    I love the fact that the ‘onward ticket’ that we got for you was simply a ticket to cross the border between Nogales, Sonora (Mex) and Nogales, Arizona (USA). $5! Never mind that you would have to cycle 2,000km to GET to Nogales from Mexico City!

    When I talked to the Copa Airlines people to protest their treatment of you, I explained that you would be cycling out of Mexico … and he asked “how can he prove that?” … “He has a bicycle WITH HIM” wasn’t proof enough, apparently.

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