San Antonio- Headed for Mexico!

Posted: July 19, 2012 by Central America Overland Expeditions in Expedition/Travel

We left Kendellville Texas headed toward San Antonio Texas around 2:30 pm after saying good-bye to the Urban Treasure Hunter and Camera girl. The trek was pretty uneventful. We saw some rural Texas landscape. As far as you could see, there was fields and scrub brush. Surprisingly, we did not see much in the way of cattle. Occasionally we would see the broad horns of a herd of Longhorns grazing peacefully in the sun. I was very impressed that the speed limit was 75 MPH! Too bad, I only saw that speed once, as we are taking it slow and enjoying the journey. The temperature was steadily holding near 100 degrees, and the humidity was up.

Scrub brush in Texas

Chaufer Scott

 

 

 

As we entered into San Antonio, the scenery changed dramatically. It was a mish mash of crisscrossed highways, clusters of traffic, and commercial businesses littering the highways. We later learned there are nearly 1.3 million people residing the San Antonio area!

 

We followed the GPS directly to the home that we had been invited to for the evening via www.couchsurfing.com We were greeted in the driveway by Russell, and invited to come into meet his wife Jan. They were an interesting couple. They have travelled a lot and were very knowledgeable about travelling in Mexico and South America.

As soon as we were settled in and shown our bedrooms, Bernard said that he needed to drop his vehicle off at the dealer to have a new radiator installed and a few other things. He had a friend in San Antonio that had lined him up with the local Toyota mechanic that did jobs at the shop on the side. Angela decided to stay and chat with our new-found friends and Bernard and I took off in both of our vehicles.

I entered the address we were given to the dealership into the GPS and followed along. After about 20 minutes of driving, Bernard called and said “I do not think it is this far”. We double checked the address and GPS, and determined that the address was correct, so off we went again. Long story short, after heading down 35 south for nearly 25 miles, we pulled into a truck stop. The GPS indicated we had arrived. There was no dealership in site.

After some phone calls, frustration, aggravation, and threatening to throw the GPS out of the window, we proceeded to the other side of San Antonio to where the dealership really was. By this time it was nearly 7:00 pm. We were supposed to be at the dealership at 6 pm. By the time we rolled into the dealership, the mechanic had given up on us and left. What a goose chase for nothing!

We made it back to our hosts’ home just in time to be offered smoked chicken breast made in the “Green Egg”. Boy was that good. I had always heard of the Green Egg, but never tried it. The meal was Russell’s specialty, and Jan made mashed potatoes and vegetables too. We settled back on the couch and talked about travelling and different customs, oddities and even a little politics. We learned that the couple’s three boys were getting their education abroad. They are currently in Shanghai, China! They shared their Facebook photos and such.

The next morning we were off. We were given the advice to adopt the thinking, “on or about”. So when they asked us when we would be crossing into Mexico, of course, we said “on or about Tuesday”.

Bernard has a couple of friends living in San Antonio, having been in the military for 20+ years. Ralph Plaza, was one of those such friends. Ralph’s wife, having just had surgery, decided it would be best to not have extra company. He planned for us to use two hotel rooms at Randolph Air Force base there in San Antonio. The accommodations were excellent, having a kitchenette, and free laundry facilities! We did a load of laundry and were set on that again for another week. Thanks Ralph!

 

We were able to briefly get down to the Alamo and the beautiful river walk in downtown San Antonio. It is well worth the visit, though the Alamo is much smaller than I envisioned. We hope to go back and experience all it has to offer on the way back.

River walk- San Antonio

Boat ride in downtown San Antonio

The Alamo!

Scott & Bernard causing a little trouble!- Alamo Ranger

 

 

 

 

 

 

We did a day of maintenance, finalizing some last-minute items on the vehicles. Arif Sealey, a friend of Bernard’s, was nice enough to allow us the use of his garage. We finished wiring Bernard’s lights, installed a new ARB tent cover, repaired the cb radio and topped off fluids. I installed my fender liners, topped off the antifreeze and oil and tightened the coolant hoses, where there was a small leak. Afterwards Bernard was finally able to drop his Landcruiser off at the shop for the radiator repair. He did not make it back to the hotel until nearly 1:30 am because the mechanic ran into rusty bolts and other issues. Bernard was warned “stop driving through water”!

Up early the next morning, at 6:00 am, we made last-minute stops and headed for Laredo Texas. We got to Laredo around 1:30 pm and decided to make a stop at Wal-Mart. This is when it began to hit me that we were very close to Mexico. All of the people seemed to be speaking Spanish, and the signs were predominately Spanish. That made me question, “Are we already in Mexico”? No, we are still in the USA. Border crossing on the next blog entry!

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Comments
  1. Chef Bourque says:

    Chef Bourque’ and Jean Pierre are missing you good folks. The Saxon Street Gang is having a cold one and watching your travels closely and wishing we were there. Glad ya’ll are treated good on the trail. Anxiously awaiting your next travel news. ..AIEEE!

  2. Brenda says:

    I am so excited for you guys! If you are stopping in Monterrey don’t forget to try cabrito at El Rey del Cabrito.
    Big Hug!

  3. Don and Eva Cooper says:

    Enjoyed reading your blog today. Yes, the San Antonio river walk is beautiful. Glad you got to see it. Happy Trails to you! Love ya’ Mom and Dad C.

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