To La Paz or Guaymas
I set my alarm early because I had 340 miles ahead of me to ride to La Paz. Before I left I checked my email and saw a message from the person I was going to be Couchsurfing with in Guaymas. She said there was a port of entry over there and I could easily get my Temp Vehicle Import Permit there! So back to my original plan of crossing on the Santa Rosalia ferry.
I went back to bed cause the ferry didn’t start boarding till 7:30 (or does it?) I packed up my stuff and grabbed a bite to eat at the hotel. The owner came over and said the ferry had not arrived yet and that usually means it’s broken down. I took my time finishing breakfast and rode down to the port.
I paid for my ferry ticket which I thought was a bit pricey (2,224 pesos for me and my moto) I asked what time the ferry would depart, about 1 hour they said. That was 8am. The ferry arrived around 10am and they began to unload. By noon I was still waiting outside. A group of Mexican marines searched all the vehicles and bags, and the dogs went sniffing for drugs. They check every nook of the vehicles. After 2+ hours of inspections they were ready. The customs official confirmed I can get the TVIP in Guaymas and they let me board.
I was the fist one on the ferry. They tied it down so it wouldn’t fall over during the crossing. It’s a small ferry compared to others I’ve been on . it can maybe hold 10 cars. There’s 3 areas for passengers to sit. A lower deck with reclining chairs and two TVs playing dubbed movies from Hollywood and Japan. Also on the lower deck is a small snack bar.
The upper deck has a place for seating or you can stand along the railing. There’s a first class cabin on the main level but the door was closed.
I spent the day writing blog updates. There was no Wifi onboard so I just typed them in notepad. The trip ended up taking just about 9 hours.
They had military at the port to inspect us once again and after a 30 minute inspection I was off. In Guaymas I’m staying with a Couchsurfer host who is letting me stay at her house on short notice.