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tmccall55

Jun 27, 2015, 7:50 PM

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Peaceful Journey

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Just returned from our second trip through Tamulipas and SLP this year. I wanted to share our experieces of rolling down Mexico 101 and 85. We felt so very safe and protected. Military and State Police were visible everywhere and it's clear their presence made for safe passage through the border area. As we traveled further in the direction of Mante, Victoria and Valles; the health of the regions looked better and better. We began to see thriving businesses and communities that were eerily missing nearer the border. Each visit we stayed two weeks and life was as we knew it in years past. No threat of violence. Gracious, hospitable people in one of the most beautiful places we know. Our rules for travel in Mexico are not difficult.
1. Stay Sober
2. Treat people with respect
3. Don't flash cash or trappings of affluence
4. Drive a modest vehicle
5. Stay out of Bars, Casinos, Racetracks and adult only entertainment venues
6. Know where you are when the sun goes down.
7. Avoid secluded areas unless you know the neighborhood.
Do these sound familiar? Same rules your mama gave you when you went to any large city, right? Not anything too shocking.

My message is this. Mexico is a wonderful country that we can all enjoy if we use common sense and behave ourselves. Adios Amigos



jreboll

Jun 28, 2015, 8:06 AM

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Mm, you just registered to post this?
I passed through 101 last year. It was lonely and desolate. There were few flickering lights from the ranchitos as we used to see in years past. We used to see people on bikes, horses, tractors. There would be tienditas all along the route. Last year there was little of that. I think it will be a while before things are back to the way it was.


tmccall55

Jun 28, 2015, 9:00 PM

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Yes, we just joined the forum. We wanted to share our very positive experience of our return to Mexico after a five year absence. When we began thinking about returning, there was little to read in the way of experiences from folks like us. We've always loved it there and were eager to return. Yes, it will take time for things to return to the way they were, but perhaps as more positive experiences appear, people will regain their confidence. It's clear the government is trying hard to reclaim these travel corridors and to some extent are being successful (at least along this route). We were treated with the utmost courtesy and hospitality by all military and police we encountered.


tonyburton


Jun 29, 2015, 8:04 AM

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and your up-to-date assessment is appreciated.


cbviajero

Jun 29, 2015, 9:21 AM

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We were treated with the utmost courtesy and hospitality by all military and police we encountered.

That has been my experience as well.


(This post was edited by cbviajero on Jun 29, 2015, 9:22 AM)


jreboll

Jun 29, 2015, 10:54 AM

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For years that was our favorite route. We would cross at the Free Trade Bridge then go to Cd Victoria-SLP-Guadalajara. When the situation started deteriorating we started going by bus, still by the same route. This year there have been several gun battles in Matamoros and Reynosa. We are still cautious about using that route


jreboll

Jul 17, 2015, 8:22 PM

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Just heard on the local news that a police car driving on the Matamoros-Cd.Victoria road was rammed from behind by a large SUV. One officer was shot to death and the other was critically wounded. SUV was abandoned and the gunmen left in another car.
 
 
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