Thursday, March 26, 2009

The Pickup Artist

This is something you see all the time here. Dangerously overloaded pickup trucks crammed with Mexicans - could be laborers, could be a family of eight, or some combination of hitchhikers and livestock - rambling down the road on bald tires, the back gate held shut with rope, and nothing to protect the passengers from the wind and the sun and the elements. For a bunch of dirt-poor gringos hitching their way down the Sierra, though, it's the best way to travel.

7 comments:

Joy said...

This is shocking!

(But totally remember doing this as a child in South Texas. My dad's advice for how to stay warm? Sit against the cab, right in the middle, where the wind cain't getcha.)

Burro Hall said...

I'll bet you my controlling interest in Burro Hall Industries LLC that Obama does not travel in the back of an open pickup truck next month. Which is a huge disappointment, I must say...

mexfiles.net said...

Riding in the back of a police truck looks like the aftermath of a good bar fight.

If you want to be classy, you put a bulletproof glass cage around the truck bed. As a matter of fact, that's how the Mexicans invented the Popemobile.

Anonymous said...

I agree with you, BH, it would be great to see a photo of Obama in the back of pickup being shown around DF or Queretaro!

Once in Oaxaca I saw a pickup full of police pull up along a dusty street, everyone in back jumped out and ran in, came out with a several-tiered wedding cake (uncovered!)and got back into the back with the cake and take off in a cloud of dust.
Wished I had my camera...

Have also seen the bomberos arrive all in the back of pickup, with hand-held fire extinguishers, good thing it wasn't a big fire

Burro Hall said...

Oh god, not Querétaro! We got a nice, quiet little town here.

KeylimeSteve said...

On a recent drive through the countryside of Chiapas, there was a girl maybe 16-years old sitting on the back of the tailgate (in the upright position, sitting on the edge). In one hand she held a papaya, in the other a knife with a blade maybe 10-inches in length, peeling and cutting the fruit for her other bedside travelers. It was impressive enough, her just sitting on the gate with no hands.

Enjoying your entries, from the BKLYN Waterfront.

Burro Hall said...

Dude, I wanna ride in the back of your truck next time I'm in 11201. And I'm showing up hungry.