Thursday, October 27, 2011

Making my way to Nicaragua

Left the hotel early in the morning and good thing that I did that as the roads were terrible so the progress was very slow, I've recorded a few videos along the way so maybe when I have some time on my hands I will post them. The weather did a number on this country and on top of (pre-exisiting) bad conditions there was many spots where the pavement was totally gone, and some areas had some people pretending that they are trying to fix or at least fill the potholes with dirt. The trick was that they were asking for money as you trying to get by, at first I fell for it and gave the kid a dollar but later on got bad and you can tell that it was a pure scam. I got to the first check point before the border and along with official were the helpers. and o boy those guys are just pure fun. One of them was trying to jump on my bike to go with me and do everything! but I didn't allow it so the followed me on bicycle, I was trying to shake them but they caught up very quick yelling and pointing to their some king of badges. I was getting hopeless as I noticed a couple on GS1200 parked near by, so I pulled over by them as they were getting hustled as well so that way at least we could join forces.
Leaving Honduras is not bad at all and you can do it yourself so don't get scared by those guys, the only bad part was that we had to wait for to officials to finish they lunch. But we got everything we needed and said good bye to the helper as one of them never left our side and took of for Nicaragua border,  that was a total breeze to get through and in no time we were on our full of potholes way.
Staying in Leon tonight where we join up with big group of people traveling from allover the world and its cool as cool could get, I had them all sign my flag and after few beers my name memory bank just went dead so tomorrow I will post them as I'll ask again :)

Border crossing info.
Honduras: they will take the registration paper and stamp the passport, immigration just another stamp and all its free.
Nicaragua: Immigration first, 12 US dollars total to get the passport stamp and one form, than off to bike registration where you provide title, registration, DL, that form, and passport and that's it, I also bough insurance for another 12 US dollars (not sure if its needed) No copies were needed in any of the places

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