I went into Mexico at Laredo. I would not suggest it. I came out at Brownsville. Totally different experience. I would recomend Brownsville. I didn't like Laredo because of the atmosphere of violence. You'll probably be fine- the violence doesn't usually include tourists or adventure riders- but it's not a nice vibe. If you're curious about tough towns, gangsters, shoot-outs with police- then Laredo is for you. I stayed two nights at a cheapish ($90/night) hotel in Laredo while I was trying to get my bike running. It wasn't fun at all. Good tacos, though. The toll road from Laredo to Monterey is fast but the semis there were HOMICIDAL. Also the dogs along the road seemed worst. Not that you'll get bitten- I just wouldn't want to hit one. Some of them are pretty big. 40-75 pounds. The dogs seem pretty smart about cars, but they're not- proof lying on the side of the road, bloated, covered in flies and maggots and smelling BAD. Not just one dead dog- lots of dead dogs. Sometimes I'd wonder if the homicidal semis were hitting them on purpose. The bike shops in Laredo seem to cater to wealthy Mexicans and bored Border Patrol. If you need random work done, try this guy. He mainly fixes old cars but he's also had a few old bikes that he was working on. I needed a clip for my fuel injector, and he gave me one- no charge.