Trip Start Apr 11, 2010
Trip End May 20, 2010

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Flag of Mexico  , Northern Mexico,
Tuesday, May 18, 2010

The road out from Creel was a paved and quite good and ran for about an hour through beautiful open woodland that could as well have been almost any forested high country in the American West. From then on I had an Autopista (expressway) for almost 300 miles to the border to the border at Juarez, some of it on "cuota", the name for toll roads in Mexico.  While many things in Mexico are cheap by American standards, toll roads are not one of them and these make driving on the New Jersey Turnpike look like a bargain.

The highway first went through an apple growing region to Cuauhtemoc, the center of a Mennonite farming region and then skirting the city of Chihuahua on a beltway/ ring road.  I was eager to cross the border that day so didn't stop in the city's historic center.  Chihuahua's outskirts, though, look like a rather prosperous place with all the ugly roadside restaurant, fast food, and retail chains that dominate American roadside suburbia from Blockbuster to Applebee's to Office Max.  The landscape surrounding the city is full of newish suburban developments of little houses, office parks, and technical schools.

The Chihuahuan Desert from the city of the same name north for 200 miles to Juarez in the landscape of Mexico of lore - the Rio Bravo, shimmering blue skies, swirling dust devils, barren ranges, occasional pecan groves, and every man wearing a cowboy hat whether riding a horse or diving a camioneta (pickup truck).
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