Highway 2 & La Rumorosa

I entered through the Tecate border crossing. Suddenly, I was in Mexico!

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From Tecate, I headed east along the south side of the border, on Highway 2D (a toll road). East of the town of La Rumorosa, this highway winds its way down from the Sierra Juarez mountains into the basin of Laguna Salada, dropping over 3000 ft in 10 miles. See in Google Maps See on a USGS topographic map See in Google Earth 32.5704, -116.0259 

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Despite all the warning signs, quite a few road disasters seem to occur, with vehicles flying off the ledge. Those aren't colored rocks on the slope below the road, but wrecked cars left to slowly rust away. I lost count at 25 cars — and this road isn't much more than 10 years old! I also spotted a memorial to José Quintero, who apparently lost his life on the highway — which curiously includes a beer can embedded in cement.

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Looking east towards Laguna Salada...

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