Monday, February 15, 2010

Preparing for a "Run for the Border"

There have been a few times in this "new life" of ours when we've wondered just what we were thinking as we've found ourselves facing unfamiliar territory without a clue as to how we'd gotten this idea in the first place.  It was now time to check in for the pre-Mexico rally at Pima County Fairgrounds in Tucson.  The option of turning back was quickly fading from our list of things to do. 
Despite all of the preparations we'd made for this trip in the previous month, we were both wondering if we were really ready for such an adventure.  It wasn't so much the Mexico part.  It was more about bringing everything that we owned along with us.  RV life isn't like trying to figure out just what to put or not to put in your suitcase.  All that we have goes everywhere we go.  That can be a little more complicated when crossing international borders with all their strange rules and regulations.  Add to that the complications of running a business from your "home" and it can be a little more stressful than we'd thought it would be for us.  

Joining up with the Escapee's Chapter 8 -  Mexican Connection for a rally/road trip to Mexico seemed like a good way to learn about caravaning and going to Mexico at the same time.  Lots of RV'ers winter in Mexico and with the warm weather being a little scarce here in the U.S., the idea of a warm, sunny beach seemed like fun.  The Mexican Connection isn't just about beaches, however.  They put a lot of effort into supporting local charities that put money and resources right into the hands of people doing things to help other people - not into charities that exist primarily to collect money.  This is real "hands-on/face-to-face" people helping people and you can see real results. 

We'd been provided with tons of pre-trip checklists for our truck, RV, insurance, road conditions, travel advisories in Mexico and so on to the point of being overwhelmed.  We'd had the "Nest" serviced, and checked, the wheels, brakes, axles gone over and the tires rotated on the truck.  We bought Mexican insurance and a surge protector device and stocked up with lots of bottled water and our favorite foods.  

When we finally got to the point where there was nothing left to do but go, we found ourselves still wondering if this was a good idea or not.  The "fear factor" was fully at work in trying to convince us otherwise.  The 16th of February was scheduled for our little group to run down to the border to get our visas and exchange our dollars for pesos.  The next day we would be heading south in small groups of 6 to 8 rigs.  There was a total of 69 rigs that had come together for this event.  We headed to bed for a restless night of non-sleep.

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