Well, I am from Texas.
I got an ex in Texas.
Plus a wife who died and is buried in Texas.
And I own:
I drove through Texas a few time. Will that count? LOL :D
The bus ride was a $59 or less deal from Laredo Mexico to New York and the bus stopped in Houston as well. So definitely worth the $59.
The problem is that you have no control on whether they route you on a local or express bus. They just keep you moving with no consideration on how long it will take.
From the bus terminal, I took a bicycle taxi to the border and then another across the 1km bridge from the Guatemalan to Mexican immigration post.
I was able to catch a Mercedes Taxi for $40 to take me Tapachula on the Mexican side about 20 minutes away. I crossed the border at 11:00 PM and was able to catch a bus from Tapachula to the capital city of Chiapas, Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Then I caught another bus a few hours later to Oaxaca and spent a few days there just walking around. I got to see the Monte Alban ruins which are a 20 minute bus ride away and took a day trip to a Mixtec Indian village to buy a serape.
Then 16 hours on the bus to Mexico City where I changed buses to the border. This is where it go crazy. The pass to get to Monterrey was snowed in and I was on the bus a day waiting to get over the pass. So, two days to the US border.
Then 2 days from Laredo, Texas to New York. Let me say that was one looooooooooooooong bus ride :wall::airplane::airplane::airplane:
I miss those chicken busses. Especially since they allow you to smoke and drink as long as you hold the cigarette a little bit out of the window. Beats those transatlantic flights. ;)