Re: Driving to LaManz
Posted by Don Binkley on October 30, 2009, 3:39 pm, in reply to "Re: Driving to LaManz"
Hey R&J great to hear from you guys...it has been snowing here and was 16F last nite. House is pretty cold because we haven't turned on our boiler as yet, not as bad as people up in Colorado but early winter is a bummer. |
Quite right, no shortcut if travelling east from Ca. but to answer your question...it's a beautiful drive and the road through the mountains is really nice about this time of year. The scenery is like the front range around Boulder and the road splits into 3 lanes for uphill passing. There's a capilla and a large Guad. about 40-50 feet painted on one of the stone cliffs that's pretty neat. You meet up with the road from Nogales at Imuris and from Douglas it is about an hour and a half of time saved than driving to Tucson and taking the interstate south to Nogales.
If you are really taking your time, I would head southeast from Tucson and stay in the motel at Bisbee that is comprised of early Airstreams and Spartan trailers with the interiors all furnished in 1950's antiques...stuff from my childhood is now considered antique..no?
I think that the road thru the mountains back from the split at Imuris takes more time that the straight flat road to Nogales...so it is a little longer to get back into the states but the drive is worth it. There is still one town before the border town of Agua Prieta and that is the copper mining town of Cananea..not worth much to see but has Pemex stations, there's nothing between Cananea and Imuris on the road thru the mountains. Also on that stretch of road is the aduana checkpoint, not much as they just glance at your car....that's it. All that is worth it to avoid Nogales.
I don't advise anymore my favorite notell in Culiacan because I heard that the La Familia cartel pulled off a hit at the place and killed one of the Beltran Levya sub commanders with his mistress. Now these 2 cartels are fighting over the control of the shipping port of Manzanillo...getting closer to home...no? Seems they want control of where the cocaine is coming...we're talking 5-20 ton shipments. Don
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