Trip Start Jan 02, 2010
17Trip End Mar 17, 2010
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1/6/2010 - We entered Mexico about 9:00 am crossing over the bridge leading from Hidalgo Texas to Reynosa, MX. It took about two hours for our group to process paperwork for entry to Mexico. All clerks spoke a little English and were friendly and helpful. As we returned to our vehicles we discovered that one of Matilda's new tires was flat. Thankfully Richard had a strong hydraulic jack and it took the guys no time at all to crawl under the motor home and get it changed. Border guards armed with assault weapons were stationed right beside us and perhaps we should have felt nervous but actually it was just the opposite as they smiled in sympathy at our plight. One very young guard that appeared to have been assigned to watch over us grinned widely as he reached out to accept the coke we offered.
Traffic was hectic going through town but not bad in the countryside. We traveled along a two-lane road with broad shoulders heading to Ciudad Victoria.
We passed large ranches with fields waiting to be planted with next year's crops and small farms dotted with goats, cows and sheep along our route down highways 97 and 180. We saw a farmer herding goats down the roadside and then three caballeros on horseback riding through a field - very old fashion and so perfect in this setting. People smiled and waved as we passed by and we felt very welcome. Outside the city, the highways were cleaner than many we’d traveled in the US. Two vehicle inspection stations manned by federales carrying assault rifles waved us through with only a passing glance. They didn’t appear much different than the drug check points we have in Arizona except for the type of guns they held.
It was late in the afternoon when we reached the Victoria RV Park in Cuidad Victoria.
1/7/2010 - Guided by Rosie, we caught a small public bus right in front of the RV Park, which careened at breakneck speed through the heavily traveled, narrow streets toward town.
Beyond the market we visited the Basilica de Nuestra - Seniora Refugio (Catholic Church), then spent the remainder of the afternoon at Casa de Arte, a government-sponsored school dedicated to the preservation of Mexican art and music.