Heading South into the “wild”

On Saturday we broke camp to leave Crow’s Nest and headed into Marfa and then south toward Presidio.  We were heading due south towards the Texas/Mexico border which could be scary due to current border conditions.  But the presence of Border Patrol made it seem safer and they are everywhere.  As we traveled through Presidio we wondered why it is here!!  Small community, mostly dirt streets, and no real services, mainly a “pass through place” for two highways on the way to the Big Bend of Texas or over the border into Mexico.  It has a big compound surrounded by high fences with razor wire where the Border Patrol lives in nice pre-fabricated houses with their families.  Amazing enough we could not find diesel unless we crossed into Mexico.  Made us wonder what the economy is based on for this out of the way gateway to Mexico.  Giving up on the diesel search, we picked up the two lane Hwy 170 in Presidio and headed south east paralleling the Rio Grande River into some of the most beautiful scenery you can imagine.  It was rugged, mountainous, and steep.  We actually went down a 15% grade (steep) and the truck with 5th wheel did great.  When we got to the bottom we took a picture back up the hill to show the view. Click on the image to see it larger!

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