|Leaving Isla Mujeres - to drive to Progresso|
And as you know it's all in the details.
We live on the oceanfront where clouds of airborne sea salt roll over the island and we are constantly battling rust and corrosion on anything made of metal. I had to wash the car daily to stop the rust. Plus ours was probably the only Nissan Hybrid in Mexico, so future repairs could be a problem. And finally, with four people in the car, we were barely able to drive over the, topes, speed bumps that are very common on roads in Mexico. The car just didn't have enough ground clearance.
|Linea Peninsula Shipping|
|Banjercito - paperwork|
Angie suggested we have a nice leisurely lunch at one of the beach restaurants, and return at 1:30 in the afternoon. We did. She was late getting back to the office, but hustled and had our paperwork completed in twenty minutes.
Step three was to drive the car back to Linea Peninsular and continue the checking-in process, eventually driving the car out along the seven kilometre pier in the port of Progresso to leave it at the container ship. Linea Peninsular services were about five hundred ($500.00) US dollars. I would use them again, in a heartbeat.
|Port Authority in Progresso|
For the next part of the journey from Panama City to Blaine Washington, near the Canadian border, I used Montway Shipping. I found this company though a website called "U-Ship" where I requested on-line bids from several trucking companies before setting on Montway. They picked up our car from the docks and in short order it was in Blaine Washington. The total cost for trucking was one thousand and four hundred ($1400.00) US dollars.
Well considering the shortest route via Goggle Maps is 3940 miles it would take us a minimum of ten days to drive back to British Columbia. We like to stop frequently. Plus we would have to pay for gas, food, lodging, a few cocktails, and return airfare to Mexico - we think the cost was a bargain!