Heading to Mexico - Follow The Money - CycleBlaze

January 21, 2020

Heading to Mexico

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Right after that OrangeTheory workout class in Pasadena, I walked to the closest LA metro station and made tracks for Downtown LA.  As an aside, without a bicycle, walking was replacing this means of transport and adding up the miles quick.  2 miles here, 3 miles there, and so on, it adds up.  

The metro was quick and once downtown I got a supply of cash at the ATM from my Hong Kong account that would have to last over two weeks.  The other source of cash could be from my credit card.  But that card was lost a long time ago.  It could still be used for online transactions such as Uber and so on, but I decided now to officially put a stop to it after the resort in Mexico tried unsuccessfully to withdraw a second attempt of over $600 on the card for deposits.  More on this to come.  

I knew that once I called the credit card company and put the stop on it, that would put me in cash flow limbo, thus relying on the stash I would be forced to make last.  The credit card agreed to send the replacement to an upcoming address in Vegas where I'd also be meeting my girlfriend.  But for now, I'd have to manage on just a few hundred dollars.

After a long walk to the Greyhound bus station, I was missing my bicycle more and more.  A folding bike could be taken along I'll admit but the main reason I didn't was because of all the airline fees and how much that would add up.  So I decided for the first two weeks of this trip I'd have to abandon the bicycle and it was driving me crazy.  At the bus station, I found out it was delayed by over an hour.  Finally the bus arrived and I got on to San Ysidro which is the last stop.  Due to how late it was, I basically decided I wasn't going to cross into Mexico that night even though my reservation started that night.  It would just be too dangerous to venture in Tijuana that late, and so it was decided to forfeit a night at the resort and just stay in some hotel near the border on the US side.

That turned out to be an excellent decision because I had one of the best sleeps on this entire trip, and felt very peaceful while recovering from some pretty tough jet lag.

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