Stopped at Cruz Grande to buy some bananas and street vendors start asking me a bunch of questions but I can only understand a few of them and answer as best as possible. Another lady a few booths down starts interpreting for me in perfect English, it turns out she was raised in Chico, California (which Diana and I visited a few years ago while returning from Palm Springs). She tells me that she was sent back to Mexico because she didn’t have papers to stay in the US. This is a story we have heard a number of times this past week where people will get a tourist visa to visit the US and once there they work at whatever job they can find, quite often working in the restaurant business or any type of manual labor. One person said it costs $5000 USD to get smuggled across the border which for most people here isn’t an option.
|Diana and Taylor|
(Sorry about the lack of pictures today but we didn't want to loose our camera to the demonstrators today.)
We pull into Rio Grande at 9:15 and look for the Hotel Gloria as recommended by Roma. We soon find it but the gates are closed. There is some type of meeting happening next door and we now have an audience of men and teenage boys asking the usual opening questions which I now refer to as W5. I just want to go to sleep but keep them entertained for 5 minutes and park the bike in the locked compound for the night. We pay 350 pesos for a room with air conditioning, have a handful of peanuts for supper and call it a day, a memorable one for sure.