My girlfriend and I left Maine on Jan 1st, bikes in a Uhaul till Jersey, then rode down the east coast, along the gulf to Texas and into Mexico. With zero itinerary, we planned on spending the winter in the Yucatan, but had a slightly unnerving 3 days in Mexico. Neither of the Mexican checkpoints in Nuevo Laredo stopped us, just waved us through. We showed absolutely no I.D. to anyone, no proof of bike ownership, nada. We traveled to Monterrey and Montemorelos. We met great people, very helpful, but many of them said we are crazy for taking this trip. Naturally skeptical and not prone to worry, I began second guessing the overall safety of Mexico. The night before we stayed in Montemorelos there was a 20 minute gunfight, "like in the movies" the locals told us, tres muertos. We went back to the border town of Reynosa in the morning to get our paperwork straightened out and, albeit towns and signs are a bit confusing in Mexico, found ourselves somehow completely bypassing Mexico immigration and clearly in a wrong lane, the century lane which is for pass holders who travel across the border regularly. The U.S. officials looked at our passports, told us not to use that lane anymore, and that was it. We accidentally find ourselves in Texas again. Now were camping and getting intermittent rooms in the Brownsville and South Padre Island area, with a general plan of trying again, this time heading down the gulf coast to the Yucatan instead of a meandering route inland. I still don't think it's super dangerous, but my girlfriend is much less confident. I've traveled in Mexico twice before and had a great experience, just wondering if things have changed that much. What do y'all think?