Along the Mexican Border

Trip Start Sep 07, 2013
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Trip End Oct 30, 2013


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Where I stayed
Oasis RV at Aztec Hills
What I did
A lot of border patrol

Flag of United States  , Arizona
Friday, October 11, 2013

We went to the Tucson Mall, still trying to get my phone fixed, but no go.  Is everyone in Tucson as snotty as the mall vendors?  Maybe throwing a skunk in there and slamming their door might lighted them up a bit.

Got the scare of our lives this morning, leaving the mall and headed for Route 86, a very remote, two-lane highway along the Mexican border; I was supposed to swing left, according to the Tufie, but, in a lapse moment, went straight, which swing down under an underpass.  But once in there the huge warning signs of 10' 6" clearance was too late - there was a whole line of traffic behind me.  On impulse I almost slammed on the brakes, but there was no backing up with all those cars behind me, and we thought we were going to lose the air conditioner, and the highly valued high-def satellite dish, a combined total of about $7,000, not to mention the repair of the roof, which might have totaled the RV. Well, we proceeded, slowly, and I'll bet there wasn't an inch to spare.  Our hearts were pounding like the Texas A & M band's bass drum section.

Anyway, the very remote route took us out in the desert, which looked exactly like our trip down the Baja, so it seems we got a practice run at it.  But, man, talk about Border Patrol.  Everywhere along this highway, and hundreds of cars and facilities along the way.  I guess I remember Jan Brewer lecturing Obama on the lack of federal support for border security, so I'm not sure how effective they are on keeping the thousands of illegals from coming across this remote border.  You gotta feel remorseful for these people desperate enough to risk their lives to get to freedom; AND it reinforces how fortunate we are to live in this great country.

We also realized that the closure of the Federal Government, which I complained bitterly about yesterday, screwed up our schedule. We're now several days ahead of our plan, since we didn't get to spend the time visiting some of the landmark stuff we had planned to see.  So, we're unsure when to hit the border and head down the penninsula
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