Driving Back To Honduras – Trip Log

Driving from Phoenix, Arizona to La Ceiba, Honduras – April 4, 2011 to April 9, 2011

Day 1 – 14 hours – 662 miles
Phoenix, Arizona to Ft. Stockton, Texas
This was our longest day of travel. Mostly through the repetitive deserts of Arizona, New Mexico and Texas.

Day 2 – 11 hours 30 minutes – 397 miles
Ft. Stockton, Texas to Monclova, Mexico
Four hours in Texas followed by a border crossing at Eagle’s Pass/Piedras Negras. Our bags got searched three times including when the police pulled us over. Lost several hours getting lost in two cities.

Day 3 – 11 hours – 503 miles
Monclova, Mexico to Queretaro, Mexico
Started the day badly by realizing Mike’s wallet was lost. Traveled along the high deserts of Mexico. Very fast travels. Stopped for an hour at a great rest stop in San Luis Potosi.

Day 4 – 12 hours 45 minutes – 606 miles
Queretaro, Mexico to Matius Romero, Mexico
Traveled on toll roads almost all day. Bypassed Mexico City with a major toll road. Only time driving into the night through Mexico. Ate yummy fish tacos from a little vendor. Spent the night in a dumpy hotel in the middle of nowhere.

Day 5 – 13 hours – 464 miles
Matius Romero, Mexico to Guatemala City, Guatemala
On the road by 6:30am. Fast roads through Mexico. Only 40-minute border crossing into Guatemala. Slow driving through Guatemala. More yummy tacos from a little restaurant.

Day 6 – 12 hours – 377 miles
Guatemala City, Guatemala to La Ceiba, Honduras
Found our way out of Guatemala City with no problems. Only a 35-minute border crossing into Honduras because the customs people really helped us out. Great baleadas from a little vendor. Last hour of driving after sunset.

TOTALS – 74 hours 15 minutes behind the wheel – 3011 miles – averaged 501 miles per day.

About Mike

Mike, 49, grew up in California and spent 38 years of his life there. He received an undergraduate degree in Political Science, graduated from Reformed Theological Seminary and is pursuing a doctorate from Fuller Theological Seminary. Before accepting God’s call to fulltime missions, Mike worked in the California State Senate for 12 years. He became a Christian at the age of 20. Mike was a Ruling Elder at Soaring Oaks Presbyterian Church(PCA) for seven years. While at Soaring Oaks, Mike served as the Director of the High School Youth Group, Sunday school teacher, and instructor of evangelism. His cross-cultural missions experience includes five short term trips to Mexico, Belize, Guatemala and Peru (Lima and Cusco) through Mission to the World (MTW). He has volunteered with World Relief by teaching and counseling international refugees. Mike has also attended cross-cultural church planting conferences in New York and Orlando and completed the Perspectives course on the World Christian Movement. He attended Bible Study Fellowship for two years. He is a certified instructor through Evangelism Explosion and is a certified trainer of the Darkness to Light child sexual abuse prevention program. He completed MTW‘s Disaster Response Training. Mike is an experienced speaker and author. Over 70 of Mike's articles on missions have been published and he has written three books. He is a trained and experienced mentor, discipler, leader and a passionate teacher of small groups and Bible studies. Mike received an undergraduate degree in Political Science, graduated from Reformed Theological Seminary and is currently pursuing a doctorate from Fuller Theological Seminary. Before accepting God’s call to fulltime missions, Mike was a Ruling Elder, Youth Group Leader, adult Sunday school teacher and evangelism instructor at Soaring Oaks Presbyterian Church in Elk Grove, CA. Mike is an experienced speaker and author. Over 70 of Mike's articles on missions have been published and he has written three books. He is a trained and experienced mentor, discipler, leader and a passionate teacher of small groups and Bible studies. From 2007 to 2017 Mike served as a fulltime missionary for MTW. Mike served as Team Leader, Church Planter, and Seminary Professor. Mike and his wife Erin served in Honduras in Central America and Equatorial Guinea in Central Africa. Mike currently serves as the Director of the MTW West Coast Hub where he trains and mentors new missionaries from CA, AZ, & NV. Mike is also busy writing his next book.

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