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Old 11-12-2013, 07:43 PM   #18211
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Disaster!

Nurse apparently quit, and was replaced by nurse , with the nickname
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Old 11-12-2013, 09:13 PM   #18212
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TVIP question

I've always used a credit card when entering Mexico but I'm considering using cash.

Is the TVIP fee ($44?) the same if you use cash for the guarantee deposit instead of a card?

Are there disadvantages or advantages to using cash?

I'm going next week.
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Old 11-12-2013, 09:22 PM   #18213
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Hey Charlie,

Fees are all the same. You will have to stand in line after you turn in the TVIP to get your cash deposit refunded. Only real difference from using a credit card.

Have a great trip!

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Old 11-12-2013, 09:53 PM   #18214
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Disaster!

Nurse apparently quit, and was replaced by nurse , with the nickname
the Mexican procedure is worse

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Old 11-13-2013, 05:11 AM   #18215
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What a stock BMW seat feels like after 2 hours.
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Old 11-13-2013, 05:40 AM   #18216
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Just back from my first ride down into Mexico. Austin Texas to Oaxaca......Amazing country.

Cost me 100 pesos to pay for an "escort" out of San Luis Potosi by a bike cop......not supposed to be on the inner city highways with bikes....apparently this happens in places like Mexico City also so don't be surprised if they try to shake you down. I figured 8 bucks was an except able price to pay for a good story and it had been awhile since I had paid off a cop!

Plenty of places to stay although we were glad to have the tent and sleeping bags when I broke down outside of Durango.....it got pretty chilly.....otherwise unless you are hitting the beach or organized camp grounds they were not very useful.

All in all Mexico is rad and I will be back down on the bike soon!
Nice to meet you and Kevin in Creel and then find you guys again in Parral Sounds like you broke down the next day on the way into Durango.

Do tell more about the emergency camp out and what went wrong with the bike. It looked in top shape. And how did Kevin's front tire hold out?

Thanks for the heads up on SLP moto cops
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Old 11-13-2013, 05:49 AM   #18217
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the Mexican procedure is worse



Matadora Maripaz Vega, female bullfighter from Spain, entertains in México City:



She's also demonstrating the prototype BMW riding suit at the same time
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Old 11-13-2013, 06:15 AM   #18218
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Craneguy has a suit just like that!
But the only bull he fights is when he's listening to me at breakfast.
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Old 11-13-2013, 07:11 AM   #18219
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Hey Charlie,

Fees are all the same. You will have to stand in line after you turn in the TVIP to get your cash deposit refunded. Only real difference from using a credit card.

Have a great trip!

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OK thanks. Now all I have to do is pack for the not so fun trip to Presidio in the van.
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Old 11-13-2013, 07:37 AM   #18220
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We will be in the Leon area for most of Christmas break. (I'm a HS Spanish teacher and I still get Christmas break) We plan to take day trips to San Miguel de Allende, Zacatecas, San Luis Potosi, Celaya and possibly Patzcuaro. We have a hotel reservation in Real de Catorce on the way down. I can't wait. My whole family in Mexico. What a dream!

I've been meaning to ask the community... I feel pretty comfy riding my bike in Mexico. Any extra precautions as I drive a vehicle into mexico? My brother will be caravaning with me. His wife is from Leon. She and the kids will be there starting 12/8 and then he will drive them home with us first of January. Any input would be great.
Sounds like fun! The Holidays in Mexico are a great time of year. The border and N-S traffic is a zoo around the holidays. Lots of people heading down in December and lots heading back up in January. Right around Christmas and New years almost everyone is drunk, so drive defensively.

In terms of security, as long as you are not driving a brand new suburban, you will be fine. Like on a motorcycle, all the checkpoints go smoother with the family in the car. Just open up the back window so they can see you are with family and they will let you go through. This weekend we caught the red light at the Aduana in Laredo with a bunch of merchandise, and they just let us go. I think it was because we were a family and they were being nice by not holding us up.

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Old 11-13-2013, 07:45 AM   #18221
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Can anyone tell me if you can turn in your TVIP at the Laredo
World Trade Bridge crossing? Or would one of the other crossing in Laredo be better?

Also a side note, the mordida was alive and well last weekend between Los Mochis and Topolobampo. Looked like they were trying to earn their holiday money from the way they were lighting people up. I even got to make a contribution.
The World Trade Bridge is the commercial traffic only crossing. It's only Semi trucks. Best to cross at one of the two downtown bridges. It's been a while, but I think that the place to turn in the TVIP is right between the 2 downtown bridges. If you are planning on going on to San Antonio or NW, the Colombia bridge is a good option.

I considered going into a rant about not paying mordidas and taking the ticket to the station to pay thereby not contributing to the culture of corruption, which makes life better for everyone else on the road, but I'm too busy this morning.

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Old 11-13-2013, 09:01 AM   #18222
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OK thanks. Now all I have to do is pack for the not so fun trip to Presidio in the van.
No whining Charlie, you could always stay here and watch the temperature plummet like us working stiffs!

Travel safe and have fun.
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Old 11-13-2013, 04:54 PM   #18223
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From visitmexico.com

How about a little Tabasco to spice things up



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Old 11-13-2013, 05:39 PM   #18224
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The World Trade Bridge is the commercial traffic only crossing. It's only Semi trucks. Best to cross at one of the two downtown bridges. It's been a while, but I think that the place to turn in the TVIP is right between the 2 downtown bridges. If you are planning on going on to San Antonio or NW, the Colombia bridge is a good option.

I considered going into a rant about not paying mordidas and taking the ticket to the station to pay thereby not contributing to the culture of corruption, which makes life better for everyone else on the road, but I'm too busy this morning.
SR,

Thanks for the reply. I usually cross in downtown but was wondering if there might be a better way. I will have to check out the Colombia bridge.


It was late Sat afternoon. It was obvious what he was wanting to do. He kept saying "ticket" but was not making any effort to write one. I do not speak Spanish and did not want to delay the trip that much. I was speeding so it was a matter of who I paid. May have been the wrong decision but it was the path of least resistance.

Currently in Mazatlan and will be heading back home sometime next week.

Once again, thanks for the response.
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Old 11-13-2013, 06:13 PM   #18225
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