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DAY 75: LAREDO, TX TO INGLESIDE, TX

Day seventy-five commenced with a fully charged ID. 4. We would like to thank Ancira VW of Laredo, TX for allowing us to charge overnight at their dealership. The Texas sun began to rise and we headed further south. Along the border, we saw many of these blimp-like balloons soaring high surveilling the area. Making it to the edge of the U.S.-Mexican border we parked the ID. 4 atop a towering cliff and received a phenomenal view of the Rio Grande river.  The 1,896 mi river looks much deeper than it is, although it is is only a few meters deep and serves as a natural border for the two countries. As we continued through southern Texas, we stopped in Roma, TX. There lies the Roma–Ciudad Miguel Alemán International Bridge that works as a customs gateway between Roma, Texas, and Ciudad Miguel Alemán, Tamaulipas, Mexico. The architecture near the border very much resembled the bordering country and had a vibrant red building with blue doors. E.F.B. Country Store in Rio Grande City, TX is a convenience store that shows a mural of a silhouetted scene of a man walking with a small child through a Texas scene of oil rigs and cacti in front of a vivid yellow to red gradient of a sunset. We travelled east along the border and in Mission, TX we met a man working at his workshop. His workspace was mostly outdoors and adjacent to the working conditions of Mexico. Payne VW in Brownsville, TX welcomed us whole-heartedly. They even had posters displayed with information about our visit and the ID. 4 tour itself. We met the nice crew including the mascot, which was a fun cowboy with the lone star on his hat and spoke to them about our journey and the ID. 4. The Payne mascot even helped us charge the car before we continued on. East of Brownsville, we made it to Corpus Christi. In Boca Chica the SpaceX facility is an abundant compound filled with science and technology. The 24 acres hosts 2 large rockets in one area and another 2 currently being constructed on another site. We continued driving near the Corpus Christi Bay and a saw the name of the man behind SpaceX, Elon Musk, was painted on a boulder. Along the Gulf of Mexico, our day came to conclusion at Padre Island National Seashore, a popular beach area.

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