From: Saltillo to Pharr Crossing (near Reynosa)
Date: March 29, 2001
Logged By: Mike and Terri Church
Vehicle: 19-foot Class B Van
Note: This route goes east from Saltillo on a good four-lane freeway, bypasses Monterrey on a very expensive toll bypass road, and then continues eastward on another toll highway to Reynosa to cross into the U.S. at Pharr, one of the best crossings for large RVs. We should explain that we did not drive the entire Monterry bypass this time so we do not have the exact mileage, instead we had business in Monterrey and followed another route not suitable for RVs. Therefore there may be a small inaccuracy in this log, we were not able to log the exact mileage for the most western part of the bypass between the Saltillo-Monterrey highway and the Monterrey-Laredo highway.
000.0 Miles (000.0 Km) -- At intersection near Soriana supermarket north of Saltillo, this is the end of the previous log (Matejuela to Saltillo).
004.5 Miles (007.3 Km) -- Pemex #4795 on the right with Magna, Premium, and diesel. Itís medium-sized with good access for large rigs. Pemex #2260 is on the left, it has Magna and diesel and also has good access from the opposite direction.
004.9 Miles (007.9 Km) -- Km 11 marker.
005.4 Miles (008.7 Km) -- Pemex #4302 on the left on a lateral road.
006.5 Miles (010.5 Km) -- Aeropuerto access road to the right, we continue straight.
007.4 Miles (011.9 Km) -- Cutoff to the right for Matehuala at Km 15. At this point the highway begins a long descent into the Monterrey area.
010.5 Miles (016.9 Km) -- Cutoff right at Km 20 for the Mexico City/Matehuala highway. This is a toll route for the first few miles as the highway bypasses Saltillo.
011.3 Miles (018.2 Km) -- Pemex #5208 on the left with Magna, Premium, and diesel. This is a small station with good access and some truck parking.
014.0 Miles (022.6 Km) -- Pemex #3463 on the left with Magna, Premium and diesel. It is medium-sized with decent access.
018.6 Miles (030.0 Km) -- Entering the state of Nuevo Leon.
023.7 Miles (038.2 Km) -- Stands along the road selling garlic.
032.4 Miles (052.3 Km) -- Cutoff right for the toll Monterey bypass. Follow signs for the bypass. As mentioned in the introduction to this log we did not drive the first section of the bypass between this point and the point where the Monterrey-Laredo highway crosses it. There is one toll booth in this section, the tolls charged are the same as those charged on the eastern section of the bypass as follows: Autos-64 pesos, 2, 3, or 4 Axles-130 pesos, 5 Axles-320 pesos. Based upon kilometer markers we estimate that the distance between this point and the Laredo cutoff is 38 kilometers (or about 23.6 miles).
056.0 Miles (090.3 Km) -- Km 38 marker and exit for Nuevo Laredo/Laredo. This exit is for Mex 85, there are free and toll routes north to the crossing at Laredo.
062.7 Miles (101.1 Km) -- Toll booth. Rates: Autos-64 pesos, 2, 3, or 4 Axles-130 pesos, 5 Axles-320 pesos.
073.6 Miles (118.7 Km) -- Exit right for Monterrey and B. Juarez just before Km 66. We continue straight.
074.0 Miles (119.4 Km) -- Exit for Reynosa and Cadereyta. We take this exit. For the Libre (free) road to Reynosa continue straight.
074.0 Miles (119.4 Km) -- Km 22 marker.
079.9 Miles (128.9 Km) -- Toll booth. Rates: Auto-27 pesos, 2,3, or 4 axles-75 pesos, 5 axles-108 pesos.
080.0 Miles (129.0 Km) -- Exit for Cadereyta. We continue straight.
081.3 Miles (131.1 Km) -- Pemex #4947 on the right with Magna, Premium, and diesel. Itís medium-sized with good access.
081.6 Miles (131.6 Km) -- Pemex #4075 on the left with magna, Premium, and diesel.
082.4 Miles (132.9 Km) -- Road splits. Free (Libre) road goes right, toll road (Cuota) goes left. We go left.
082.5 Miles (133.1 Km) -- Km 35 marker.
104.1 Miles (167.9 Km) -- Los Ramones cutoff to right, we continue straight.
121.9 Miles (196.6 Km) -- China exit just past Km 98, we continue straight.
134.9 Miles (217.6 Km) -- Dr. Cross and Gral. Bravo exit, we continue straight.
135.3 Miles (218.2 Km) -- Toll booth. Rates: Autos-160 pesos, 2,3, 0r 4 axles-202 pesos, 5 or 6 axles-296 pesos.
135.9 Miles (219.2 Km) -- Km 121 marker.
164.3 Miles (265.0 Km) -- Gral. Bravo to right. The free road that has been paralleling us merges with us here.
172.6 Miles (278.4 Km) -- Km 180 marker.
173.2 Miles (279.4 Km) -- Pemex #3730 on the left with Magna, Premium and diesel. It is medium-sized with good access.
173.5 Miles (279.8 Km) -- Cross border into the state of Tamaulipas.
186.3 Miles (300.5 Km) -- Km 202 marker.
187.1 Miles (301.8 Km) -- Pemex #2109 on the left with Magna, Premium, and diesel. Itís medium with good access from either direction.
187.7 Miles (302.7 Km) -- Pemex #5850 on the left with Magna and Premium. Only access is from the other direction.
188.0 Miles (303.2 Km) -- Exit right for Reynosa and Pharr. We take this exit to bypass Reynosa to reach the Pharr crossing to the east. The road is two lanes but two more are under construction.
190.8 Miles (307.7 Km) -- Pemex #4579 on the left with Magna, Premium, and diesel. Itís medium sized with decent access.
191.1 Miles (308.2 Km) -- Km 5 marker.
191.7 Miles (309.2 Km) -- Pemex #4337 on the left with Magna, Premium, and diesel. Medium-sized with good access. Pemex with no number on the left, it is small with poor access.
192.4 Miles (310.3 Km) -- Km 7 marker, road becomes 4 lanes.
193.4 Miles (311.9 Km) -- Km 9 marker.
193.6 Miles (312.3 Km) -- We merge onto another highway at Km 89 marker. This is the end of the Reynosa bypass.
193.8 Miles (312.6 Km) -- Pemex #3860 on the right with Magna and diesel. It is medium-sized with good access. In the median between the two directions of this four-lane highway is a returno (u-turn). Traffic from the east (including many folks who have crossed into Mexico at Pharr) must turn here to reach the Mex 97 route south to Ciudad Victoria. It is usually poorly marked and many of them miss it and end up driving into Reynosa. Hopefully this problem with be corrected when construction work on the Reynosa bypass is finished.
194.2 Miles (313.2 Km) -- Exit right at Km 88 for Mex 97 to San Fernando and Ciudad Victoria. We continue straight.
195.1 Miles (314.7 Km) -- Pemex #5950 on the right with Magna and Premium. It is small and has poor access.
196.1 Miles (316.3 Km) -- Km 85 marker.
196.7 Miles (317.3 Km) -- Pemex #5313 on the left with Magna and Premium. It is medium-sized with good access from the east, none from this direction.
197.5 Miles (318.5 Km) -- Pemex #3320 on the left with Magna and Diesel. It is medium-sized with OK access.
198.0 Miles (319.4 Km) -- Km 82 marker.
198.4 Miles (320.0 Km) -- Pemex #4560 on the right with Magna, Premium, and diesel. It is medium-sized with good access.
198.6 Miles (320.3 Km) -- Km 81 marker. Sign says Carril Derecho exclusive Carga (right lane just for trucks). This is probably here to help non-cargo traffic (like us) avoid the sometimes long lines of trucks at the border. Donít wait behind a long line of parked trucks if there happens to be one, weíve never seen one at this crossing.
198.7 Miles (320.5 Km) -- Cutoff right for Puente Reynosa/Pharr. We exit here. Road takes us to the north.
200.6 Miles (323.5 Km) -- Approaching border crossing. At the Y go left following sign for autos, you are not supposed to take an RV through the truck lanes, they are very slow and not prepared for you. You need to find a place to park here to turn in your hologram (window sticker). Although this crossing is better than most it is often hard to find a place to park a big rig to have the sticker removed, the crossings werenít designed for this procedure which wasnít in effect when they were built. You may have to reverse direction at one of the available U-turns to park and then reverse again to cross the border. A tip: if you are blocking traffic an official is bound to tell you where to park! Donít forget, you must turn in that sticker so donít just blow it off and cross without taking care of business.
201.2 Miles (324.5 Km) -- Toll bridge across the border. Rates: Autos-18 pesos, 2, 3, 0r 4 axles-38 pesos, 5 axles-83 pesos. U.S. customs on the far side.
See Travelerís Guide to Mexican Camping for information about camping in this area.
Copyright © 2001 Mike and Terri Church