On My Way Home

Trip Start Jul 15, 2008
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Trip End Sep 15, 2008


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Flag of United States  , New Mexico
Thursday, August 28, 2008

This was a very long high distance day with a slow start.
After I checked out of the motel I headed to the US border crossing, but there were no signs, so it was a bit of hunting, but eventually I'm found the line and it went directly to the US border crossing. I know that I have to give back my Mexican visitor card and have the temporary car importation card cancelled before leaving Mexico, so I was helped by someone in line who said to park my bike on the edge of the roadway, and go through the gate towards some men in official looking uniforms. They then told me to go to an office for the tourist card, where they asked me if I had paid for the card. I said yes I had, that is why I have one that has the official stamp on it. That wasn't good enough, as they wanted a receipt for payment which I fortunately had, and all was declared alright. Then it was off to another office to take care of the temporary importation card, but the office didn't open until eight am and it was seven forty five. At eight fifteen the staff showed up and a very nice young lady walked to look very casually at the bike, then back to the office where she gave me a certificate that proves I left Mexico with the motorcycle.
At the border were some really good "topes" that are like speed bumps that do work very well, and can toss you off your motorcycle if you are not careful. Sometimes there is a small opening and if you see it in time you can squeeze through.
It was shocking to see the fence that separates Mexico from the USA. There is such a huge difference in the standard of living between the USA and Mexico that the fence appears necessary. It is hard to imagine such a thing ever being needed between Canada and the USA.
The US customs officer was very friendly and interested in my trip, but made me have a secondary inspection by another officer who looked in my trunk bag, rear seat bag, and one of my saddlebags. He was nice, but I was wary of his intentions. He said all was A OK and told me to have a great holiday.
I was now in Arizona and riding north for a short distance then east on highway 8 that joined highway 10 which crosses east into New Mexico to Deming where I am spending the night.
The ride through Arizona was a surprise to me as there was a lot of agriculture, something I don't think of when thinking of that state. There were extensive water distribution systems where it appears in some cases they just flow the water onto the fields and because the fields are so flat it spreads for acres at a time. I saw what looked like a laser system being used where a tractor pulling a device that looks like a plough changes heights while receiving a signal from a laser attached to a tripod in the middle of the field.
I started seeing cactus plants along side the highway. Their shapes are so interesting to see.
Once while stopped for a photograph there was a small memorial for someone who had died at the exact spot I was standing. It seemed so lonely in the middle of nowhere and all alone.
After many hours of high heat and It was shocking to see the fence that separates Mexico from the USA. There is such a huge difference in the standard of living between the USA and Mexico that the fence appears necessary. It is hard to imagine such a thing ever being needed between Canada and the USA.
a surprisingly short heavy downpour of rain and high winds, I made it to New Mexico.
As I am writing this it is flashing like a series of strobe lights as we seem to be having a late evening electrical storm. The locals say that this is monsoon season, which sounds very unusual as we are in the desert.

Distance Travelled: 484 Miles 775 Kms
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