We took the toll road that runs from Monterrey, and then near Laredo we did the extra drive to the Columbia bridge crossing which is quiet. It’s about an extra 50 kms (30 miles) but we feel it’s worth it because it’s not very busy, and there’s lots of parking. We stopped on the Mexican side to turn in our visitor permits and then headed across the bridge. The American border guards asked a few questions, but was mostly concerned with our food supply and made us pull over for a closer inspection. It only took a few minutes and they walked off with the sandwhich meat, the sausage, and the pork chops.
50 miles into Texas, we had to stop again at a border patrol inspection station. The two guys who interviewed us were more curious about our three and a half months in Mexico, and the fact that we didn’t see anything dangerous. Once again, we feel that Mexico is only dangerous if you are in the military or the police or the drug business itself. Mexico is not dangerous for tourists, providing you use some common sense.
We ended up stopping at the Beeville, Texas Walmart. It was around 4:30pm and we had driven 511 kms (317 miles) which is definitely a long driving day for us. There is not a lot of scenery on this whole route, so haven't really got any worthwhile pictures to share.
Today's drive, 511 kms (317 miles)
We did this whole trip to Mexico without a barbeque. We had meant to buy one on the way down last November, and we even looked at a few in Walmart and Lowes but couldn’t see what we wanted. Stupidly, we didn’t buy anything…we should have at least bought a $29.95 cheapy, but before we knew it we were in Mexico and a portable gas BBQ is difficult to find down there. So now we’re in the Walmart here in Beeville, and we decide to check out their BBQ selection here. We had been looking at the Weber Q120 last fall, but it’s a little too big and we wanted the Q100 which we couldn’t find. This Walmart actually had one left but it was in an opened box. So I found the assistant manager and asked if he would give us a discount on the opened box item. It was regular $149, which was a pretty good price to begin with because they are $179 in Canada. We checked the parts and everything looked good, it was just the box had been opened for someone to see what it looked like. He said he would discount it to $125, which was a better deal than I was expecting. When we got it to the cash, the girl put it through at $120! An even better deal!
This Walmart has signs all around the perimeter of the parking lot saying “No Overnight Parking”, but we asked anyhow. She said sure, they just have the signs to discourage it because they don’t want too many. I asked where to park and she said, “oh, right at the back near the signs that say you can’t!” and we both laughed.
Tired, and hoping for a good sleep tonight. Beeville is only 13,000 people, so it should be pretty quiet.