Driving Across Mexico

Estado de San Luis Potosi Travel Blog

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These Bull Billboards are very common in Mexico. Not sure what they advertise (says "Magno") but are similar to the bull billboards you see in Spain. I love that they are anatomically correct!

After crossing at Laredo, Maria drove on to Monterrey, Mexico and then I took over and kept on driving until we arrived at San Luis de Potosi the next morning.  We went through the Mexican States of Tamaulipas, Nuevo Leon, San Luis Potosi, and finally into Guanajuato, our destination.  The highways were great all the way.  It's a straight shot from Austin to Laredo on Interstate 35, and once you cross the border into Mexico, we took the toll roads until we had to turn off for the Dolores Hidalgo exit.

I kidded with Isak that they had moved Texas over night to the middle of Mexico!
  The toll roads are large, smooth and very efficient -- very similar to US Interstates.  For the most part, they are well marked and easy to navigate (only issue was in a construction zone near Saltillo, Mexico where signage was noticably absent!).   The traffic moved quickly and was not overly crowded.  There were a lot of trucks hauling freight throughout the night, and it was interesting passing those pulling double trailers through the mountain passes near Monterrey and Saltillo.   In all, I found the drive to be quite manageable.

Foo and Isak slept most of the time after crossing the border until the sun came up near Matehuala.  Isak started rubbing the shoulders of his mother and me after he woke up -- told us he was giving us a shoulder massage so we could keep on driving!  He also was very happy to discover that he was in Mexico when he awoke.

Isak reaching up to rub his Mom's shoulders
  He announced to us that he knew we were in Mexico because the road signs were in Spanish, the radio annnouncer spoke in Spanish and the homes were made of brick.   He's very smart and is a real charmer.

The gas prices were lower in Mexico than in the US -- it was averaging around $4.00 USD in Texas, and was around the equivalent of $2.66 USD in Mexico.  A couple of things that US drivers should be aware of with gasoline in Mexico: 1st, the fuel contains more sulphur and in the US, so is a little 'dirtier'; 2nd, the stations are owned by Pemex and do not take credit cards -- you need pesos, although they will accept dollars at a 10-1 ratio while we were there; and 3rd, there is no such thing as self serve -- a Pemex attendant pumps the fuel for you. 

We stopped for fuel at a little place near Matehuala around 7am -- and to get some coffee.  At precisely 7:10am, we sang Happy Birthday to Maria, as she had told me that was the time of her birth on that day.  She would have to get her cake later!  We never really stopped to eat anything substantial on the trip.  Foo had brought us several Thai dishes from her restaurant for our dinner -- and we ate those before crossing the border -- but ate them in the car as we drove.  I would have gone for a breakfast taco, but the station did not have any when we were there.  I had to settle for some cookies with my coffee.

We arrived in Dolores Hidalgo around 11am on Saturday.

Africancrab says:
Very informative blog Tim, now am fired up about this place. I must add it to my travels for next year. This year I'm done.
Posted on: Aug 25, 2008
yadilitta says:
Thanks for the useful info, Tim!
Posted on: Aug 20, 2008
geerbox says:
Good info Tim!
Posted on: Aug 20, 2008
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