Oct 4, 2011, 1:04 PM
Post #4 of 24
Kim, at best all one can do is research information and then 'listen to their heart'. What you will get, from me and others, is just an opinion. I've said before that, statistically speaking, the chance of your 'running into a cartel problem' crossing anywhere is extremely slim... extremely. But one might not want to pick a crossing that has a higher potential, although it might still be a low potential overall.
Basically that is what has been going on with crossings that has one driving more in the state of Tamaulipas, especially if one then drives more-or-less parallel to the border on Hiway 2 westward or down into the countryside of Tamaulipas in the areas around Valle Hermoso or San Fernando. A person who posts on this forum (he just posted above!), and who lives and does business in this general area on a daily basis, recommends that one think twice about driving in this area. Others say he is being overly pessimistic about it. For my money, I'll listen to him and have decided that, for myself, I'll not drive in that area for a while. But again, statistically I could and probably not get into a dangerous situation.
If it were me (and it will be in a couple of months), I'd pick either Laredo or Piedras Negras as a route down towards Puebla. Laredo will give you more freeways and probably more folks traveling the road. Hiway 57 down from Piedras Negras is a very good highway (even the 2-lane portion below Monclova is straight and wide) but one will encounter few travelers that route. I've used that road twice in the last 2 years. For me, it's more proximity to where I'm going or coming from.
As to another of your points..... traveling with others..... I am of the opinion that, from a potential drug cartel problem, it would be of absolutely no value to travel with others vs doing it 'alone'. What's a friend going to do if you both come up against a zeta roadblock.... help you bust through?!? To me, that thought is just a psychological thing, but if that gives one a better feeling about making the trip, then by all means.... but don't plan on it helping much IMO.
That was the long-winded version. The short version would be to cross at either Laredo or Piedras and take the freeways, skirting Monterrey, Saltillo, San Luis Potosi. Then, south of Queretaro a bit, take the new Arco Norte cuota bypass of DF which will drop you off onto a freeway just west of Puebla.
Which ever route you choose, just remember.... statistically speaking you'll probably be just fine.
(This post was edited by RickS on Oct 4, 2011, 7:04 PM)