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wolfe10

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Posted: 03/09/21 01:45pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

If you are scared, you will not have a good time. True anywhere for anyone.

But, before thinking that Big Bend is on the "fast immigrant road north into the U.S.", look at the map, particularly of the area south of Big Bend.

Been many years since I have driven that area of Mexico (old VW bus), but there were ZERO paved roads for many, many miles going south from Big Bend. For example, the route we drove, from Piedras Negras/Eagle Pass) to Boquillas del Carmen/Big Bend is 242 miles. I just pulled up Google Map and today it shows a 6 hour 49 minute drive. So even today an average speed of 34 mph including the paved section out of Piedras Negras. I recall one mountain pass over a mile high on a narrow dirt road. Again, NOT a traveled/paved route.

That area of Mexico is even more rugged than Big Bend.

* This post was edited 03/09/21 03:36pm by wolfe10 *


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2oldman wrote:

navigator2346 wrote:

Those that come illegally want to get in and disappear as soon as possible and not hang around in the area.
I never was afraid of anyone crossing the border as I figure they came for a better life, not to start out by committing crimes.

I'm not sure what 'all the problems' are.


well, drug dealing/trafficking and human trafficking would be some of the potential problems. criminals generally want to be unobserved when they cross so rural, sparsely populated and patrolled areas would be magnets. while most of the illegals crossing the border are just looking for a better life that cannot be said for all of them. use your common sense, be aware of your surroundings and keep your eyes open like you would anywhere else you travel and you'll be fine.


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You are in greater danger traveling thru any major city in the US than you are in remote Big Bend.
I too am planning a trip to Big Bend area later this year. Planning to avoid all major cities.

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Bumpyroad wrote:

2oldman wrote:

navigator2346 wrote:

Those that come illegally want to get in and disappear as soon as possible and not hang around in the area.
I never was afraid of anyone crossing the border as I figure they came for a better life, not to start out by committing crimes.

I'm not sure what 'all the problems' are.


problems include drug and human trafficking , check the news.
bumpy


Well, that falls under committing crimes.


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Posted: 03/09/21 02:01pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I wouldn't chance those "famous last words".

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pigfarmer wrote:

This mornings FOX 13 news said "Tens of thousands" are coming across the opened borders. They are not ALL good people looking for a better life. I'm concerned that a 40' diesel pusher could be inviting to one having motives in being driven somewhere comfortably instead of walking...


it would be more comfortable than having 25 people in a van.
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I would avoid Odessa.


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pigfarmer wrote:

This mornings FOX 13 news said "Tens of thousands" are coming across the opened borders. They are not ALL good people looking for a better life. I'm concerned that a 40' diesel pusher could be inviting to one having motives in being driven somewhere comfortably instead of walking...


If you read biographies of the founders, Fox "news", from the beginning was more based on profit than truth.

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I guess if there were kidnappings, murders, or robberies against visitors to Big Bend, it would make the news in southern TX at least and might even cause the park service to issue an advisory or something. I haven't researched to see if there are any such signs of problems and significant danger, but I haven't heard any stories so I'm going to go out on a limb and assume that it's probably pretty safe.

That said, if I were to visit Big Bend personally I would remain alert, lock my RV when not around it, and carry my usual self-defense tool.


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rexlion wrote:

but I haven't heard any stories so I'm going to go out on a limb and assume that it's probably pretty safe.
That, plus what Wolfe10 said should be comforting.

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