Terlingua Dreams

Thursday, March 5, 2015

March 2015 trip to Ciudad Acuña, Coahuila, Mexico - Part II

After I completed my shopping, I got a wild hair and decided I wanted to return to the US via the Amistad Dam Border Station crossing since I was already in the northwest part of the city.  The last time I was there was back on March 13, 2013.  Here is the link if you care to read it http://terlinguadreams.blogspot.com/2013/03/who-says-nobody-goes-to-mexico-anymore.html

I had previously mentioned that the main road to mother's sub-division was closed for a month so I had to head north of the city in order to access the only other entrance and then head back south.  By using the dam crossing I could avoid all that and as an added bonus not have to pay a toll.  Crossing is free.


This side of town is where all the new growth is taking place.  So much so that they moved the city hall from the downtown area to the suburbs.  I have featured the Palacio Municipal on many prior blogs.  It is a huge complex that has other city entities such as the DIF the equivalent of our CPS (Child Protective Services).


They even have a municipal gym free of charge to Ciudad Acuña residents.


It is about 14 miles to the Dam crossing.


Not much traffic and though a little out of the way beats being in line.  In case you have not noticed...I hate long lines and I hate traffic.  Left over issues from an adulthood spent in Houston.



All right clear sailing or so I thought when I came to the barricades.  Stopped and got off when another car heading to Playa Tlaloc came to a stop and the two guys said the bridge was closed for maintenance.


Oh well, at least I was burning the $1.99 per gallon tank that I filled up back in February.

Speaking of gasoline prices I took a picture of a Pemex gasoline station.  It caught my attention as they rarely post prices.  They will also take your dollar at a good exchange rate.


Though I personally would never gas up in Mexico.  Most Mexican citizens with US Visas gas up their vehicles in the United States where it is cheaper and much better quality.


Actually it worked out for the best because I was finally able to take pictures of an iconic place almost everyone has at one time or another heard about, though most do not know it. I will do a special post on it in the near future.


Crossing to the American side was quick as all the traffic was headed to Mexico.


The two cars in front of me took a long time to clear Customs...oh great I thought...probably a woman agent, but no, it was a nice guy who quickly sent me on my way.  While I was waiting I saw an RV being searched in the main inspection area.  It brought to mind a blog entry I had read some time ago about how thoroughly a retired couple had been searched on the way back from Mexico.


Caught up to them at a light and I believe they had Canadian plates but could not tell as their spare tire was blocking my view.

Good night.  May you all have Terlingua Dreams.


10 comments:

  1. I really enjoy your Mexican trips, about as close to 'international' travel as I've been in a long time!
    Do you recall the blog with the search?

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    1. No, Rob I do not recall the blog. I read it about two years ago.

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  2. Hmm. I can't stand to wait for the future blog post, you've piqued my curiosity. Does the iconic place have a high- powered radio broadcast transmitter (XERF)?

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    1. Ah Yes, that would be Wolf Man Jack!

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    2. That's who I was thinking of, Ed, since the station played a big part in the history of Rock&Roll. I just now read up on the history of the station, and the man who started it John R Brinkley was quite an unusual character. (I'd give a link to his Wiki entry, but for some reason the reply box here won't accept it tonight.) The mansion he built in Del Rio evidently still stands. The town also has a memorial to Wolfman Jack.

      But maybe the iconic place Ms. B took pics of for us was Boystown? Wish she'd come back and tell us! ;-)

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    3. I have very smart readers!

      Had to laugh when you mentioned Boystown...yep, I know more than a few men that lost their "virginity" there...jajajaja!

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  3. OUR SPURS on a 4 game winstreak!

    Wednesday's game was a disappointment. Floor seats - yeah, right. 20th row. Lyin' sob. Would rather watch on the telly instead of going thru the hassle not to mention $9 beer. They featured the De Hoyas from Del Rio - 26 yrs as season ticketholders. That's a long drive to see a game.

    GSG ! Starting to gel !

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    1. Numero seis, Ss! Hope all is well. I'm getting worried......

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    2. 20th row seats are still pretty good but yikes on that $9.00 beer!

      I am very happy with the wins we have had and despite the loss to King James it was a very good game.

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