Convoy from Border Crossing

rossmac

New member
We're not making the rally but are planning on crossing December 8 in Laredo.



We crossed at Bridge II in Laredo Dec 18 last year and it took 8 hours to get through. Lots of paisanos were heading south for Christmas. Might not be as bad ten days earlier, but you might plan accordingly. There's a Holiday Inn across the border in Nuevo Laredo with good security and right off the highway if its too late in the day to travel south.

We'll probably try the Columbia Bridge crossing this time.
http://apps.cbp.gov/bwt/

EDIT: From reading this, looks like December 18 was during the peak of paisano travel:
http://inamerica.blogs.cnn.com/2011/12/16/border-town-rest-stop-a-sanctuary-for-mexican-travelers-heading-home-for-holidays/
Thanks for the "wait times" website. Looks like you chose the precise wrong time to cross last year!
 

Rocketman

New member
PANAM13 can either mosey from Houston to Laredo in convoy with your 40, or meet you when you arrive at our to be determined overnight location in Laredo. Once in Mexico, your limited cruising speed won't be an issue for us. We will want to travel at a more leisurely pace once South of the border.
Either works for me. I might even leave early and wait for you guys to catch up (hopefully not sitting on the side of the road). We'll figure it out as it gets closer to the end of the world. Just let me know where and I'll be there before you leave in the morning.

So, what type of route are you shooting for once the rally starts - mild, moderate, challenging, or mexican goat trails? I'm assuming there will be hidden items in easy places as well as off the beaten path, but in addition to the scavenger hunt, I'm planning on hitting the Palenque, Bonampak, and Calakmul ruins at the very least. I really don't know what there is to see in the mountains except scenery, so I haven't really planned anything besides the ruins.
 

SFROMAN

Adventurer
I havent registered for the event yet and im in the early planning phase but i might be intrested in convoying from the border crossing. my initial plan was to cross in brownsville and drive down the coast but i am up to for changing my route. My starting point is Pensacola Florida.
 

Rocketman

New member
Looks like TEXMEX Overland is going to be stuck in TX for the end of the world. I'll watch for the explosion from across the Gulf. My kid's school calendar came out and his last day before Christmas break is the 21st. I'm a single parent and there is no way I can take him out 2 weeks beforehand. One week, maybe, but not two. I'm out. :(
 

Rocketman

New member
But it would be a good cultural learning trip for him. Surely the school could agree.
That's the excuse I used last year when we went to Mt. Rushmore for Labor Day. It cost him 3 days of school. Then his mother had him for an extra 3 days after Christmas break for a total of 6 missed days. He did not receive credit for his classes on the final report card due to excessive absences and we have to appeal when school starts back up. I suppose when we appeal, I could ask them about the ramifications if I take him out for a week this year.
 

aka rover

Adventurer
Team Ralph will be bar-hopping their way down the coast of Mexico eating fish tacos until they stumble upon Guanajuato, all are welcome to join.

12V blenders and ample tequila are required.
Nice

I will tag along so we can share spares to make sure one of the old Rovers makes the END!!
 

WorldRallyTeam

The Minority Racer
Our plan is to drive out of Laredo on Dec 10th if we end up going...So pm me for contact info.

FYI fastest way to get to Guanajuato is after crossing the San Luis Potosi Toll Booth is to head towards Queretaro and take Villa de Reyes route to San Felipe - Silao or if you want a bad *** off road trail run cut thru Ortega to Santa Rosa then down thru Valenciana, that is what we raced in WRC (do it only be day), you can have breakfast at la cabana de lolita before hitting the old road from Dolores Hidalgo to GTO.
 

technichen

Observer
I plan on crossing in the same place on the 10th, what time are you going to try to cross? Maybe we could meet up & cross together and stay together.
 

WorldRallyTeam

The Minority Racer
Talked to Enrique, and left a voicemail on Ross's phone. our plan still remains to depart Laredo before noon


to arrive in GTO around 10pm.
 

rossmac

New member
The Panam13 2012 Maya Rally Team#16 currently plans to convoy from Laredo to Guanajuato on Monday, December 10 with minority racer, technichen, Enrique Vega and anyone else in their company.

The group apparently intends a late morning Laredo departure, very long day's drive, and an after dark Guanajuato arrival. Panam13 would prefer a first light departure, two day drive, and daylight Guanajuato arrival.

Is anyone else up for a convoy departing Laredo at first light on Sunday, December 9, overnighting at Las Palmas Motel in Matehuala, and continuing to Guanajuato on Monday, December 10?

If so, email me at ross@rosswmcintosh.com, or call my cell 239-450-0977. The Panam13 Team leaves Naples, Florida Wednesday, December 5, for Laredo (the long way).
 

WorldRallyTeam

The Minority Racer
We can leave on saturday or sunday, but rather wait for the green light on Monday:) dont worry we will guide to gto even under thick fog and get some cabrito in matehuala at el hotel las palmas, get ready for the Bongo!
 
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WorldRallyTeam

The Minority Racer
We can leave early on Monday morning to arrive before the sun goes down in GTO. We still need to get our vehicle permits, plan is to get it on Friday or Saturday, we can just walk across the bridge, no need to take the vehicles. Or if you want to get a head start, I can guide you to the vehicle permit office and tell you where to go from there. I can just walk back and catch up with your team on Monday in Matehuala.

Good info here http://centraloverland.com/2011/12/running-the-gauntlet/

 
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