These days one of the big topics of discussion in the US of A is to build, or not to build, a wall, fence, or other barrier along the border with Mexico. A contentious topic to say the least.
The southern edge of Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument abuts the international border, and one of the park’s rough dirt roads runs immediately adjacent to the borderline for about ten miles. I wanted to see the border for myself, so that road seemed like a good place to pedal the Ogre. I checked with a couple of park rangers to be sure Border Patrol agents wouldn’t throw me and the Ogre into the hoosegow. The rangers assured me it would be no problem to ride along the border on South Puerto Blanco Drive, but to keep in mind I would probably be under surveillance much of the time, especially if I actually walked right up to the border itself. I had already seen plenty of BP pickups, SUVs, and quad ATVs along Highway 85. The rangers spoke vaguely of cameras, sensors, drones, etc.