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Day 35

Last day in Mexico

Day 35

Last day in Mexico

It is really fascinating how unpredictable every new day is. We started at the military station this morning. Soon enough, the next police patrol caught up with us and accompanied us throughout the day. The first few kilometers were very exhausting due to the heat and the physical endeavour of the last days. Soon, I had a strong sunburn on my back and was so tired that my eyes nearly closed while I was on the bike. To avoid an accident, Kerstin and Christian, who accompanied me in the Race Car, hauled me down from the bike. A short, early nap and a strong coffee brought me back to my feet and we drove on quickly. The tropical landscape was very lush and really impressive. However, the good mood did not last long.

After we got the information that the border will close at 6:00 PM, I gave it another go. While I tried to reach the border crossing in time, suddenly an incredible storm broke loose. The sky was completely black, the trees were bending in the storm and the dripping raindrops felt like hailstones.

 

 

In the meantime, the campervan drove to the border to ask for a short delay. There they learned, however, that they could not wait between the borders. Otherwise, in the worst case, even the campervan could be confiscated. So they waited just outside the Mexican border, saw me coming and at that moment, five minutes before the announced closing time, they closed the border. However, since they were closing the borders of Guatemala at the same time, we would certainly have got stuck in the transit area. Our police patrol tried to negotiate an earlier opening of the border with the border officials, but unfortunately unsuccessfully. This means we have an incredibly long night ahead of us because the border only opens again at 9:00 AM.

The speedometer, therefore, indicated only about 180 km for today, which would be very bitter, in principle. But with the outlook on the first long, restful night, guarded on the military grounds rather than in the uncertain frontier area of Guatemala, the small number is not quite so grueling. Because without police protection, we have to be more careful in Guatemala again.

Tomorrow we will continue in all freshness! This means: good night.