This is part of the road log for the Nuevo Laredo border crossing via the downtown brigde. Mostly today, I recommend the Columbia Bridge, 20 miles away, since it avoids all the city traffic, but this roadlog will give you an idea of what to expect from all my roadlogs.
Downtown Laredo (Bridge 2 Details)
Take Bridge 2 whether you need to get your tourist and car papers or just go directly to the route out of town. Old-timers remember taking Bridge 1, but that is now congested and the route from Bridge 2 is now clearly marked. Things change. Either way, as you drive through the entry lanes, a stoplight automatically will flash red or green. If you get red, you pull over for inspection. No big deal, as long as you are not carrying guns, ammunition or a lot of new merchandise, especially clothes. Zigzag around past La Oficina bar. Pass Casa de Cambio (money exchange). Go left. Then straight. Merge with big multilane city street.
For papers, follow CITEV signs. After you go a couple of blocks on city streets, join multilane highway. Turn right. Get into LEFT lane. There will be a left turn lane with a light and a sign that says MODULO CITEV with a U-turn sign.
That is not technically correct as you turn left, CROSS the traffic lanes and drive down to a feeder road. It is simple, as long as you do not take a U-turn. Curve around to Blvd. internacionál. Go UNDER bridge you came across. Enter parking lot on left and go into buildings to get your papers. [This is where you return papers when leaving Mexico. Do not forget!] Migración (for your tourist permit) first and then Banjercito for your car
Continue ahead on this nice multi-lane city expressway for about 6 miles. You will pass a Holiday Inn Express where you should stay if it is later than about 3 PM. Down the road a little bit are a Ford Dealer and a Motel.
Most tourists do not stay at Motels. A Motel rents rooms in 4 hour increments, if that gives you any ideas. They are not whorehouse, but places for those who want to have a romantic liaison (mostly regular people who may not have a room of their own at home, couples who are married but not to each other). But there is also some “pay to play” trade. I have stayed in them and found them a great bargain, very quiet, very safe. You pull your car into a garage next to the room. They now have room service (the good ones). If you decide to check one out (they are all over Mexico, usually on the highway and the outskirts of town), don’t expect to get CNN on the cable TV. There is only one bed, usually very large, and no privacy. They often have real Jacuzzis and sometimes whirlpool baths. Price is usually around $20-$40 USD for the whole night. But specify that if you want to stay, otherwise someone will roust you in 4 hours. Oh there are no keys to the rooms, but you are not expected to leave them either. I feel they are safe.
Soon thereafter you will come to a well-marked turn for Monterrey just before your first overpass. The kids and young adults on the corner there washing windshields are just trying to make a living. If you let them wash, the equivalent of fifty cents USA is sufficient. If you don’t want them to, simply wag your index finger back and forth in a “No” fashion. It works better if you are not agitated when you do it. And it does not always work for Mexicans or gringos, so if they wash anyway, let your conscience be your guide.