This 3500-mile car trip should take about six or seven days. From Arizona we are driving through Mexico and Guatemala and ultimately back to La Ceiba, Honduras.
Tuesday we drove 12 hours, crossed into Mexico and covered 400 miles. We spent the night in Monclova, Mexico.
Our day started with four uneventful hours through Texas. However, our border crossing into Mexico was a little too eventful. After searching our car the border guard sent us across town to the customs office. Following a 30-minute search we found the office, but this customs agent only dealt with passports. He processed our passports and sent us 50 miles away to another customs office to address our car. On the way there we got stopped, searched and interrogated by the police who felt that it was a little odd to see 10 plastic wrapped duffle bags in a Honduran truck driven by a white guy…who could blame them. After the police let us go it took as an hour to finally find the second customs office. We registered our car and had it searched for the third time. Almost four hours later the border was behind us.
Driving on Mexican roads can be a little slow going at times, but the toll roads are a great blessing. For a couple of dollars you can drive on a straight, flat road with few potholes or speed bumps with a faster speed limit. They are well worth the money and we take them whenever we find one.
On Tuesday Mike did all the driving and Erin was the master navigator. That was a good place for Mike to be as he seemed to get abnormally stressed by the lengthy border problems.
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