Jan 6, 2008
Well, we left Austin yesterday at about 1pm and made it to Brownsville by 8 (we took some scenic routes to view the Texas hill country). Our verdict on south east Texas is FLAT. It's flat, like really, really flat.
This morning we got up early and crossed the border. We had to wait a little while for the temporary car importation office to open, but once it opened we were outta there in about 20 minutes. Luckily, we got a green light right at the first customs check point so we didn't have to pull over and let them inspect our truck. 25 miles down the road we also got a green light so we proceeded as normal.
Let me take this opportunity to say that north east Mexico is gorgeous! There are rolling hills with beautiful, expansive views of the Sierra Madres to the right. The whole thing reminded me of being out west in the US- something like Sedona, but no red rock.
The roads between Matamoros (the Mexico side of the border) and Tampico were excellent except for a couple spots where the highway became a dirt road because they're paving the new 180 South.
We pulled into Tampico and drove around getting our bearings and looking for a hotel. We ended up getting a Guia Roji- a Mexican atlas. Then Hans decided that we should drive out of Tampico on the other side to see what hotels are on the other side. I was and am a steadfast believer of taking other people's advice when they've been there before, and they had said to stop in Tampico. Of course, it was a little early when we got there, but people said stop in Tampico, so that's what I wanted to do.
After we crossed the Tampico Bridge and paid the toll, we discovered that it was approximately 200 KM to the next large town. Hans conceded to turn around and go back to Tampico for the night. So we paid the toll for the bridge and returned.
I am exhausted. Perhaps I'll write more later about how we went into the hotel that is rented hourly for lovers and asked for a room, but right now I think I'll take a shower and go to bed.
Tomorrow we're heading for Veracruz.