Leaving December 19th, 2010. Stopping off in Tucson, AZ; Deming, NM; Laredo, TX (POE); Matehuala, SLP.
Traveling with two dogs in a toyota pick up short bed. I'm not sure how much room there will be for your luggage, but I advise you to pack light but bring a sleeping bag in case we have to boondock.
I will be staying in a rural area outside of San Miguel de Allende long term on property without running water, gas or electricity. There is a house, though! It's about 15 - 20 minutes to town. If you wanted to stay on the property with me short term (up to a week) in conditions akin to camping, we might be able to work it out if we get along on the road.
First night will be in Demming. Motel room is already booked. Second night is Laredo, where we cross the border. 3rd night will probably be Matehuala in San Luis Potosí State. I'm already scouting alternative overnight stopping places in case this itinerary is too ambitious. I hope to get to SMA by the 23rd, but the 24th would be OK to. I just don't want to be traveling on Christmas Day.
Absolutely no 420. I don't have anything against it, but the both sides of the border area are being heavily patrolled. In regards to the cartels, I'm hoping to drive through the Zona in one day, as quickly as possible. Also, in this regard, you'll be walking across the border while I go through inspection in the truck. This is for both our safety in regards to Mexican customs.