?Mexican boarder?

Trip Start Dec 22, 2008
Trip End Ongoing

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Flag of Mexico  , Arizona,
Friday, January 2, 2009

    After leaving Phoenix we had about a 3 hr drive through Tuscan, to the Mexican boarder town of Nogales.  The Mexican boarder was a very weird situation.  We approached what we thought was the boarder, but were not  stopped or anything, we just drove right on through.  We soon realized however that the cityscape had totally changed and we were no longer in the states, there were dilapidated concrete buildings, half pavement half dirt roads with huge pot holes, stray dogs,  clearly all signs led us to believe that we were indeed in Mexico.  So we had to stop turn around and go back to the immigration office to get our passports stamped.
    We also had alot of other paper work to do with getting our Mexican insurance, and whatnot. turns out our van is registered to be in Mexico for the next ten years.  That was a bit of a headache, a delay, and an expense.  By this time we only had an hour or so of daylight left, and we wanted to take the much appreciated advice from everyone back home and not drive at night, so we pulled into a r.v. park in Santa Ana. (a good stop and only $10)   It was run by an interesting old couple, Ana was American, and her husband was Mexican, we chatted with them, and they gave us the lowdown on driving in the area.  Turns out most people we've talked to have said the roads are safe and there's nothing to worry about, but we will see.....  
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