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.
The Independent travel offers: Discover a world of inspiring destinations
Sales of the tablet are set to fall again, say analysts
Follow the latest updates from the Monday night Premier League fixture
Met Police confirm there was a 'minor disturbance' and no-one was arrested
George Lucas criticises the major Hollywood film studios
Does Chris Grayling realise what a vague concept he is dealing with?
Trend which requires crisps, a fork and a strong stomach is sweeping Mexico's streets
Concerns raised phenomenon is threatening resort's image as a family destination
I Am Bread could actually be a challenging and nuanced title
Peter Biaksangzuala died from his injuries in hospital on Sunday
- 1 Indian footballer Peter Biaksangzuala dies after injuring spine doing somersault celebration
- 3 Drink alcohol and eat meat to improve male fertility - but cut down on coffee, studies suggest
- 5 Lynda Bellingham dead: Loose Women presenter dies after battle with colon cancer
Cameron is warned 'no possibility' of UK reducing immigration and that bid to bring in quota on migrant workers would be illegal
Sorry Judy Finnigan – Ched Evans is no less sickening than an alleyway rapist
Residents should throw a street party and mix with immigrant neighbours, councils told
Workers 'could be forced to pay £5 a week' to get benefits
Russell Brand threatened with arrest after filming outside Fox News headquarters
London bus driver allegedly kicks gay couple off for kissing
£30 - 50k (DOE) + Benefits: Guru Careers: We are seeking a SCRUM Master to joi...
£13,520: Recruitment Genius: As this role can be customer facing at times, the...
£50000 - £60000 per annum: Sauce Recruitment: A successful entertainment, even...
£25000 - £30000 per annum + benefits: Ashdown Group: A fantastic opportunity h...