After finishing the second Boca Chica Beach run came a trip to Matamoros.
Near downtown Brownsville, the Gateway International Bridge crosses the Rio Grande with pedestrian bridges on each side. Here is a view of the Rio Grande from the pedestrian bridge entering Mexico.
Here are the first traffic signs upon entering Mexico.
The Mexican Customs building with its welcome message
In Matamoros, about 3 blocks from the bridge, is Garcia's, a popular tourist location for shopping and dining. I purchased a guitar, a blanket, a hat and 3 shot glasses there.
Crossing back into the United States, this view of the Rio Grande
On the way back to the vehicle, near the UTB campus, is this historic marker. The place was originally built as Fort Texas for the Mexican War, and was renamed Fort Brown (from which Brownsville gets its name) after a battle in which fort commander MAJ Jacob Brown was killed while awaiting reinforcements from GEN Zachary Taylor.
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