Save A Smile For Me
Trip Start Mar 20, 2010
48Trip End Sep 14, 2010
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The drive to Monterrey was beautiful. Our initial plan was to stop in Matehuala for the night before pushing on to the state of Nuevo Leon, but once we got to San Luis Potosi, we decided, 'Eh, fuck it, let's drive to Monterrey tonight to shave a day off the trip.' Despite the initial frustration of arriving at 1am and having the hotel say they don't accept dogs even though I had previously made sure they did, we are now comfortably in our room with big well-deserved cushy beds - especially for pops as he's been traveling double the time we did together today just for him to get to Mexico. The only option for Brody (and we literally searched every other hotel/open-late vet) was to leave him tied up by the car in the supervised and secure parking lot which is outdoors but shaded and fully equipped with food and water. Still, hate, hate, leaving him there even though I know he's fine.
So happy to be doing this with my father.
Monterrey is a cool city from what little we saw of it. Felt a bit European. Coming to Brody in the morning was great - all night I felt like a mother whose child hadn't come home from a party yet - whatever that must really feel like.
The drive to San Antonio was great. The border process was fine - they wanted to look in only my bags but other than that, they didn't check any papers for Brody or anything beyond my father and I's passports. I swear, it must be my hair and those fucking army pants I always wear, but 9 out of 10 times I have to cross a border, I get these ridiculous questions, all my bags picked apart, and threatened to be fingered in the back…room
Father and I have gotten all excited about all the possibilities of this road trip. Despite removing a day by skipping the overnight stop in Matehuala, we are now monkey-ing around, scheming a really rad trip full of seeing people we care about and visiting places like Roswell, New Mexico (I was a real alien-junkie as a kid) and The Grand Canyon which neither of us have seen. It's a 11 day trip all in all. Day 2 and we've already conquered Mexico and Southern Texas.
I warned my father yesterday, to brace for my breakdown on leaving Mexico. Aside from crying once when I said my first goodbye to someone (and a day later decided to stay in Mexico), I haven't really cried about leaving. I've welled up, but no crying - shit's been too mad to be sad. It's not unlikely that I will return by the new year, but we will see. I already really miss a handful of people and when the view from my Jeep is the least inspiring, my mind wanders on things, especially when certain music is playing. But eh, I have to remind myself that this is life. Got some things I need to do for my career.
I left a bag of shit for you in the studio because, baby.