17 December, 2010
Panasonic LX5 @ ISO 80
I am now in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico and will be living at our new home here until spring returns to Toronto – or at least until the snow has gone.
Many people have written asking how my drive from Toronto to Mexico went. Just fine thanks. It took six days for Chris Sanderson and me to cover the 4,200km; roughly seven hours on the road each day.
Our second day on the road we hit a bad snow storm in Ohio and Missouri, but other than that things were uneventful. Our dog Lula was a champ, and seemed to even enjoy the drive more than we did.
We stayed at La Quinta motels along the way, almost all of which allow dogs in the room without charge or hassle. These were adequate and reasonably priced.
The border crossings between Canada and the US, and the US and Mexico were simple. The US immigration agent at Buffalo, NY was so fascinated by the fact that we were heading to Mexico that he shook his head and waved us through.
Riverwalk. San Antonio, Texas. December, 2010
Panasonic GH2 with 14-140mm G lens @ ISO 160
The Mexican immigration agent at Nuevo Loredo looked in the rear hatch at Lula, and also just waved us through, not asking for her papers or even the insurance forms for the car.
As for the drive south from the Texas border to San Miguel, we split it into two days and found a great hotel that takes dogs near Saltillo.
We were on highways the whole way down through Mexico (mostly toll roads). These were as good as most US Interstates, and the rest stops were usually better than any in the US in terms of friendliness and available services.
As for safety on the road – the fears that many people expressed about driving to Mexico weren't borne out by our experience. We stayed on main roads, didn't drive at night, and had no problems at all, other than being passed by most traffic doing about 160 km/h (100 mph) while we were doing 130 km/h, even in 80km/h zones. Mexican maximum speed postings appear to be more honoured in the breach than the observance.