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TECATE – A beer? No, a border town!

Wednesday, April 11th, 2007

We have been to several border towns in Mexico across from Texas.  As you go down the main street of any border town all the shopkeepers are trying to get the tourists to come in and buy their stuff.  You can not walk down the street without being bombarded with pleas from the owners. 


 Yesterday we drove to Tecate, MX.  There is not a large CA population near the border town.  Tecate, CA is a very small town.  Usually we park on the US side and walk across the border.  Normally, there is a large paved organized parking lot.  Not in Tecate, CA.  The parking lot was not organized and it was not paved, but dirt.  We walked across the border and not one shopkeeper bothered us.  In fact most of them were in their shop.  Tecate, MX is not a tourist town.  It reminded us of a regular Mexican interior town.  We had a great lunch and then headed home.


There was a square with lots of people enjoying the day. 


Mexican men meeting in the square playing dominoes.


Mixed in with the local businesses were a few truly American sights, McDonalds and Domino’s Pizza.


On our way back we came across an interesting sight.  In Texas we see wind generators on hillsides from a distance, such as in Big Spring.  In California, there are some that are fairly close to the freeway.  They look big, but their size, even close up is quite deceiving.   Each blade is 136 feet long.  This one is on Interstate 8 at the Tecate Divide, 50 miles east of San Diego.  You can find more information at  


The size of the  generator portion of the windmills are also deceiving.  Here’s one that is in transit on a huge semi-trailer

 a-widmill-on-truck.jpg Today we are getting our 5th wheel ready so that we can move on down the road tomorrow.  We are heading to Buellton, CA. which is 40 miles above Santa Barbara, CA.  It will take us 2 days to get there.  We are trying to only travel 200 miles at the most in any one day.