Travel: Beam me down
Sunday 16 August 1998
25 18' N 104 27' W
"Meep! Meep!" There goes Wile E Coyote on his eternal quest for the pesky Road Runner ...
COUNTRY AND REGION
You are in north eastern Mexico, some 300 miles south of the American border.
NATURE OF TERRAIN
With the Sierra Madre on the western horizon, this area is a combination of desert and mountain.
Rodeo, a farming town (wheat, corn, cotton) on the Nazas River, less than 25 miles south.
There is a genus of white Scorpion, unique to this area, which has a sting that is frequently fatal.
Most people will speak English, and Mexican Spanish is generally easier to understand than the European variety - with slower pronunciation and no lisp.
TAKE ME TO YOUR LEADER
Possibly a contender for the leader with the longest name, President Ernesto Zedillo Ponce de Len.
LIKELY WEATHER CONDITIONS
There is little rainfall in this area, except in the higher mountains where frost is a threat to farming. Temperatures currently average between 22C (74F) and 33C.
REASONS FOR HANGING AROUND
To star in a Spaghetti Western. This area is besieged by American film units which like to take advantage of the constantly clear, high altitude light and desert scenery - not to mention cheap Mexican labour. There is even a permanent film set at Tepehuanes, some 10 miles to the west.
GETTING THE HELL OUT OF THERE
Not that difficult really as you've landed on, or at least very near, a motorway - Highway 45 to be precise. There is an international airport in Monterrey, near the Mexican/ American border some 300 miles north.
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