What Good Is A Road (Part 2)

Well…I’m back and ready to give you a break from all the reading with some photos of what the roads in Mexico are sometimes like.

I suppose some of the surprises we receive when driving in Mexico are the “vehicles” which are being driven. Somewhere north of us, there is a truck plant that apparently only produces and/or assembles truck frames, motors and drive trains. These are then driven by daredevil stuntmen at 60 mph on wooden crates to somewhere south of us for the rest of the production. It is a sight that never ceases to amaze.

Just how many people can fit into a full-sized pickup is the eternal question in Mexico. No one knows the answer and I’m sure the record will continually be broken. We passed this truck a couple years ago and it was impossible to count the heads as we passed. I gave up after about a hundred. 🙂

Accidents probably shouldn’t be included in the odd category. They are common even in the U.S. I’m glad to say we don’t have a photo of any gruesome wrecks although we’ve passed a couple. This particular wreck apparently killed a couple people but by the time we creeped by the scene, nothing was left but picking up the loose cargo. On more than one occasion we’ve passed a vehicle on its roof in the roadway. Sometimes this was a single car accident that left us incredulous that the accident was even possible. But…as with God…all things are possible when it comes to Mexican driving. (OK…maybe not EVERYTHING…but certainly the unexpected!)

And it’s not just what they drive but the way they drive. It’s a bit hard to see in this photo but one big slow truck is passing another big and slower truck on a mountain incline as we approached on a 2-lane highway. Of course, that’s not a fair interpretation because in reality, this stretch of highway was actually made to be used in this way. You’ll notice I was over on the shoulder as was the truck being passed. That is the way the road was designed to be driven. This particular pass was very comfortable and I even was able to take the photo while the mass of metal was approaching. I can’t say that has been the case on every such pass I’ve witnessed or been a part of, but so far…all mirrors on my vehicle are still intact. I’ve seen others lose them. (no, I’m not joking)

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