Kingsville, TX: Spring Vacation begins here
"MEETING UP WITH TRAVEL BUDDIES"
Kingsville is the central gathering site for twenty-one (give or take) travelers to begin a driving trip into the interior of Mexico. We rendevouz at our leader's home (a retired professor of sociology and anthropology) affectionately nicknamed Dr. B. At the Friday morning meeting on March 9, 2007 we will load up and be on our way by 8 am. All travelers by now have individually obtained their temporary vehicle permits, their tourist cards, and have changed dollars into pesos (well, maybe not ALL, but nearly all).
I am taking my 1996 Mercury Sable Stationwagon and will have three passengers who will share the cost of gas, tolls on the highways, and Mexico insurance. Our trip is expected to be 1900 miles. The Sable will probably average 20 mpg what with the mountains and back roads we will be on; gas costs approximately $2.50 per gallon (USM) (though it is dispensed in liters). It is figured to cost approximately $100 (USM) for each rider in my vehicle. We'll pool our money and pay gas and tolls from those funds. Every other vehicle will do the same.
Each vehicle will carry a CB radio; Dr. B has a self-designed "chuckwagon" which he will tow behind his van which lets us prepare group meals (we've each sent Dr. B $20 and he and various helpers plan, shop, and purchase the food). Everyone pitches in at meal time. Most meals are eaten this way; however, some evening meals will be eaten in local restaurants. Our group is too large for small village restaurants to handle.