5 November 2010
We read from those who crossed before us that “just after you get the “Green or Red” lights at the Mexican border, you had better watch the “angled” topes that await the unexpected… Well we saw them and rendered ourselves to SLOW. Now I must say that even getting that report AND going as slow as we could (with foot on the brake the whole way) the coach swayed back and forth so much that the cabinet doors burst open and through dishes and boxes all over the place. If we hadn’t had the pantry door so securely strapped shut, the whole thing would be on top of the dishes…DAMN !!! If it weren’t for that damn angle we would have had no problem. I know that some have had broken dishes from one end of the coach to the other because of those topes, we were one of the luckier ones. OK, now let’s get the heck out of sight of this border and get down the road 20km to get our visa’s and import papers taken care of… This NORMALLY isn’t a big deal but this time… well it seems that Sol has his truck and 5th wheel licensed in Montana through an LLC. Now that in its self isn’t a big deal, in fact it is a big deal savings for those that want to take advantage of the tax benefits that are available by licensing your vehicles in Montana. We soon found out that you must have a signed and dated letter on company stationery stating that you have permission to take the vehicles across the borders and into Mexico. NO EXCEPTIONS !!! Even if Sol is the president and CEO or this LLC, the letter has to have been written PRIOR to entering into Mexico. Welllll, I got out the computer and printer and started taking dictation from Sol, we get this taken care of… The first draft didn’t work because we didn’t get that damn “date” on, so we started another. Just about the time that I got it done Carol found a paper she didn’t know existed…a signed and dated letter on letterhead that they had for the last time they crossed. That was just a 2 ½ hour delay… Hell, we’re in no hurry anyway. About 2 hours later we were pulling into Santa Ana and our campground that is run by Ana and Edgar. We also met George and Lis and two of their rv’n buddies that we’re going to travel with to Mazatlan.