Apr 6, 2011, 4:58 PM
Post #5 of 16
Having lived on the border for several years,Harlingen Tx., I traveled that road, Hi Way 101, many times to Ciudad Victoria,at one time an excellent place to live. It was an easy and plesant trip, stopping in Nuevo Padilla to buy citrus bee honey,Lake Vicente Guerro to eat bass, fresh out of the lake, always treated very well by friendly and courteous people. But unfortunately this is now all history. The state of Tamulipas is almost totally under the control of the drug cartels. No where is safe. The last time we traveled that Hi Way( the costal route) from our present home in Cordaba Ver.,July 2010. We passed through two shotouts, balaceras. One had just ended and the army was cleaning up the debris,cars, bodies, etc. This was close to San Fernando, a once popular hunting destination for Texans. Within 45 minutes we came upon another, on the road to Valle Hermoso, the short route to the Los Indios border crossing. Shortly after turning onto this road we came upon a long line of trucks and buses parked on the side of the road.I parked behind the vehicles and asked some truckers what was going on. They told me that there was a balacera just up ahead, at that point I could hear shooting, some automatic weapons. We turned around and took Hi Way 101 into Matamoros,without more incidents but many army and police stops, and crossed at the Brownsville Veterans Int. Bridge. This was about the time when things were really getting out of hand in that sector and have gotten exponentially worse since then.
At that time I decided to stay away from that route and Northern Mexico in general until this so called narco war is over and things return to near normal. Which I believe some day will happen, in one manner or another. When we travel north we now take the longer, but safer HiWay 57 to Mission Tx., Anzalduas Bridge. No problems YET, but you can never take anything for granted while traveling in Mexico. It's important to keep in mind that things can change drastically from one minute to the next, and try to be ready to respond accordingly.