Friday, January 12, 2018

Courage

Day 44

Overcoming Fear

9:08am:
The year 2007 saw the Tioga and George RV Team heading into Mainland Mexico for the first time. We received warnings from our Readers about the dangers from crime in Mexico.

Those warnings got to us! We became double-minded. We began to doubt our decision about traveling in Mexico. We felt fear!

We had already turned around and had begun heading north back to the USA. Then, pulling over to the side of the road, we asked of our self, "What are we doing? Why are we turning tail?"

Fear is a strange thing. If we decide not to be afraid, will we then have courage? The answer to this question is, "Yes!" That is all there is to courage! Simply not being afraid.


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Readers send news stories
Over the past few days, Readers have sent us links to news stories about the warning from the United States Department of State.

Here is a [Link] to that story.

Here's the bottom line of these warnings. If we had listened to such warnings in the year 2007, we would not have visited all the Mayan ruins in Southern Mexico and traveled all the way to Guatemala.

We would not have lived seven exciting years filled with adventure in Mexico. We would not have met Weng in the Pueblo of Aticama.

We would have run away from our destiny. Because of fear. But we are not fearful! We are made of sterner stuff.



11:45am:
Map of Mexico
We always carry a paper map of places on our journey. Internet maps are OK. But for a real grasp of where we are, there is nothing like a paper map.

We found a really nice National Geographic paper map of Mexico at Barnes & Noble in La Mesa. It's waterproof and tear resistant.

We see by this map that we'll travel all the way to the Tropic of Cancer on this trip. That's 23°27' latitude!





12:42pm:
Evans Auto Service
We just dropped off Señor Tránsito at Evans Auto Service in La Mesa. He's going to get engine oil and transmission service. Lubrication too.

We want to make sure that Señor Tránsito lasts a long time! After all, he is our tow vehicle and workshop too!

It's going to take about two hours to complete the service. The transmission is going to get flushed. Takes time for that!


7:48pm:
Baby Boid
I've just returned to Scampy after leaving Baby Boid at John and Mimi's home. Boid will spend his days with Buddy and Ollie while I am off to Mexico.

I miss Boid already!

PS: Buddy and Ollie are John and Mimi's parakeets.



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21 comments:

  1. Fear not, George. You are an amazing person and I am so much looking forward to your Mexico travel posts.

    "The only thing we have to fear, is fear itself."

    May God bless you in your journey.

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  2. George, Keep in mind why you came back from Mexico. It wasn't safe. Be careful!

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    1. Sorry! I disagree about the reason that I returned to the USA from Mexico.

      My friends Panchito and his Dad Don Pancho got murdered in their sleep. I was wounded in my soul because of this tragedy.

      That is the reason that I returned to the USA.

      George

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  3. Courage is not the absence of fear, but the mastery of it.

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    1. Raymond,

      So, you agree with me about fear.

      George

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  4. Like you George we have spent a lot of time in recent years RVing in Mexico. In fact, over the period of a few years we have spent a total of about four years traveling virtually every state in Mexico without any unfortunate incident (that was not of our own making). We have boondocked in the middle of the Yucatan jungle and stayed in villages where no one spoke English. We loved our time there and felt very safe and welcome.

    Of all these "stories" we hear, 99.9% of them have a common denominator and that is drugs. Those of us who do not buy, sell, steal or use drugs will have no trouble in Mexico. Those who do are playing with fire and will probably get burned.

    Having said that, Mexico like virtually every other country has it's areas to avoid. We don't hang out in late night bars, we don't drive at night, we respect our hosts and we are always aware of what is going on around us. Exactly the same as we do when traveling in any other country including the USA.

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    1. Thank you Croft for your point of view and standing for Mexico! Mexico is as safe as any other part in the world. Nor the safest. Nor the most dangerous.

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  5. Good for you. Just remember common sense. See you soon.

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    1. Hi Carol and Bill,

      Yes! See you soon.

      George

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  6. Fear is not worth the time it took you to write it

    If you're going to change the transmission oil do not overlook the transmission filter if he told you he put a tube down the transmission dipstick and sucked the oil that way you wasted money. to change the filter he needs to drop the transmission pan to do it properly

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    1. Ed,

      A little bitter tonite?

      George

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    2. Ed,

      I just phoned the mechanic who performed Transito's transmission service.

      The pan was dropped in order to do that service.

      George

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  7. Looking forward to your further adventures south of the border George. Have fun!

    Bill

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  8. George, you'll be safe as you always were. Welcome to Mexico! Enjoy your stay! Safe travels, my friend!

    Advise for some of your readers: If it happened to you, we want to know. If it was to a friend or a friend of a friend...

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  9. I am sure you already know, however George please be aware of specific areas and roads to avoid. Travel.state.gov
    I will be back in MX soon and can't wait!

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  10. George, wishing you traveling mercies all the way to Mazatlan and back. Take care, stay safe and stay well.

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  11. Looking forward to seeing you when you get to Mazatlan.

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  12. Regarding cheap hearing aids:

    My eyes require eyeglasses for near work, like reading or seeing a computer monitor. I can buy cheap magnifiers at the Dollar Store for a buck, and they pretty much work okay. But they cannot compare with custom glasses with lenses ground to my prescription for each eye.

    Cheap hearing aids are mostly just amplifiers which make noise louder. But GOOD hearing aids are much more. They are matched to fill the particular losses in each ear, and can then be fine-tuned by the wearer.

    This story is told by a man who wore hearing aids for forty years, and then got top-quality ones designed and programmed for his personal needs. The improvement was spectacular.

    https://wattsupwiththat.com/2014/11/05/how-i-got-my-life-back-my-hearing-has-been-restored-to-near-normal/

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  13. Ride Safe George!..You have traveled so many roads that many of us never will..I've read most of your travels and am waiting to hear about your next adventures..
    Upriverdavid

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