A Few Gray Federales

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.

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3 response to "A Few Gray Federales"

  1. By: Scooter Posted: March 3, 2019

    Another very interesting post, and a totally brilliant sunset photo.

  2. By: The Navigator Posted: March 6, 2019

    On a hot day, it would be so tempting to just pop over to the store for a cold drink… in Mexico.

    I have very strong views about the ‘wall’, the ‘crisis’ and the treatment of asylum seekers, as one of my good friends in college came to America from El Salvador in the early ’80s as an asylum seeker. She was just a child crossing the border with her younger brother and mother. She now has a Masters degree, works for the state of CA and is the most giving person you could ever meet. Her younger brother is a RN who regularly does mission trips back to Mexico. Her lovely mom took me out to dinner a couple times when I was in San Diego for Americorps. All the crap about keeping out drugs and criminals and demonizing people like my friend who is such an upstanding US citizen makes my blood boil!

    • By: Bill Stone Posted: March 8, 2019

      I agree with you, Em. I also had a long, agreeable conversation at Quitobaquito with a woman from Minnesota who was part of a Catholic group assisting families as they crossed the border. But for my bicycling report I decided to try to keep the overall tone as factual, neutral, and calm as possible in order to avoid turning a pleasant ride into one of my frequent political rants.

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