We arrived in Laredo expecting to cross the border in the morning. That evening the local news covered a major shoot out which happened that afternoon just across the border in Nuevo Laredo between the police and a caravan of “soldiers” from the drug cartel. Until now, the “trouble” had been contained to one city near El Paso, TX. On Wednesday the “drug war” took a new turn. In every border town there were shootings between the military and the cartel. The US Government has warned people to not cross into Mexico unless they have to.
We decided to take a few days to see how things progress. We traveled to Corpus Christi and continued to monitor the news (which is extremely limited due to the cartels habit of killing journalists who report on the shootings).
March 5th – Additional events and a chance meeting with a sailor (owner of a restaurant) who has been traveling to Mexico regularly, and who now has stopped, left us settled that our decision to cancel our trip to Mexico was the right thing to do.
We’re now driving I-10 across lower Texas and Louisiana (enjoying the Texas BBQ and Cajun food) on our way to Florida. We will update as the story unfolds.