I left Guatemala on Tuesday the 2nd of April, and am now in Oaxaca. Crossing the border was somewhat frustrating because I first went to Tecun Uman, the same place I had entered Guatemala. After having arranged almost all of my documents, and after having had the vehicle fumigated, the final step was to bring the motorhome through the customs and then have my passport stamped to enter Mexico.
Well, it turns out that the Mexicans have some sort of scale embedded in the concrete that wieghs the cars entering the country. I have no idea what the reason is for this. But they told me that my motorhome was too heavy and they were afraid it would damage the scales. And apparently there is no way to detour around the scales. And they would not let me enter at the other place where the trailer trucks cross the border.
So I had to turn around and go back into Guatemala and go up the road about 30 kilometers to a different border crossing. This caused some confusion among the Guatemalans because they had to give me back my vehicle permit and write a note on it that it was not cancelled after all. And then when I got to the second place (El Carmen), the guy who was supposed to stamp my passport so that I could exit Guatemala took a look at the passport and said "well, you've already been stamped out of Guatemala, at Tecun Uman! How did that happen?" So I had to try to explain everything to him about the Mexicans and their stupid modern technology. He finally just gave up and did not stamp my passport or charge me the ten quetzales ($1.30) to exit Guatemala, since it had already been paid. But I did have to pay again to get fumigated a second time.
Anyway, I lost so much time that I had to spend the night much closer to the border than I had planned. But, no matter, I was able to reach Oaxaca about mid-afternoon on Wednesday. My plan is to leave on Saturday morning and try to make it as far as Cuernavaca, which is only about 55 miles south of Mexico City and is where a lot of people from the capital like to spend their weekends and where many of them have vacation homes. It is supposed to be nice. I have never been there before, so I will take a look around and see what I think of the place.
Then after that I will probably go to Guanajuato and spend two or three days there, then on to Aguascalientes, Zacatecas, and home to Michigan. Here are some pictures of German motorhomes. They seem very preoccupied with
Salí de Guatemala el martes 2 de abril y ahora estoy en Oaxaca. Cruzar la frontera fue un poco frustrante porque fui por primera vez a Tecún Umán, el mismo lugar entré a Guatemala. Después de haber dispuesto casi todos mis documentos y después de haber tenido el vehículo fumigado, el paso final fue llevar la autocaravana a través de las costumbres y luego tener mi pasaporte sellado para entrar a México.