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Heading north

MEXICO | Friday, 26 August 2011 | Views [343]

After all the surfing we had done in El Salvador, we definitely felt surfed out. Whilst we were there we met a great Aussie couple, James and Alicia from the Sunshine coast. They were heading north to Mexico because their visas were running out so they joined us on the start of our long journey north. We had a small hiccup at the Guatemalan border as their entire system was down (so Central America). However, the girls went to work and managed to cut through the paperwork, and the line of truckies to get us through the border in about an hour. We continued on through torrential rain and the usual intense driving conditions and got to the Mexican border on dusk. This border was easier and we got through then continued on to Tapachula where after much searching we found a cheap hotel for the night.  We continued on the next day to Juchitan, where again we found a cheap hotel. We cruised around the town to many stares as I don’t think they get many gringo tourists around these parts. We felt safe though, ate some street food for dinner and spent a hot, sweaty night in the hotel.  The next day we bid farewell to James and Alicia and continued on to a place called Tecolutla on the Gulf of Mexico. It was good to check out this side of Mexico as it was nice and a lot less crowded than some parts. The next day we made a dash for the border at Matamoras. It was a long day but we found a good road in the north that made the trip faster than expected so we got to the U.S. border before dark. That was the main thing we wanted to avoid as being in a Mexican border town at night isn’t the best idea. Once we crossed the border there was definitely a sense of relief, we just felt safer, and the roads were sooooo much better!! 

I know it’s a boring post, but so was all the driving!!

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