|had it been mid March, this spot would have been jumping|
|instead of drinking tequila from bikini clad navel's, I ate a pomegranate on the beach|
|I get my first bean tacos of the trip at this roadside stand|
I'd really enjoyed my tacos and driving through the rural countryside of NE Mexico. The 1st major town I had to negotiate was Tampico. I got a little turned around, but felt like I was on the right route through town. Traffic slows down and all of a sudden what appears to be a cop is waving my vehicle to the side of the road. My Spanish is decent, and this cop starts speaking rapidly at me. The best I can understand is that oversized vehicles such as mine aren't allowed to take this road directly through town. He is talking about a 8000 peso fine that I'll have to pay tomorrow. I was semi prepared for this sort of crooked BS and start asking if I can pay something now. He's pestering me about how many US dollars I have with me. In the end after going back and forth, he took about 1100 pesos off me, returning 50 so I could pay the bridge toll on my way out of town. People had forewarned me about these sort of bribes. Everybody said it would only cost $5-20 USD. I'll admit I'm not the best negotiator, but I think the prices have gone up. I dreaded having to deal with this sort of thing in every half way large town.
|the bridge out of Tampico - where the crooked cop gave me back 50 pesos of the bribe to pay the bridge toll|