Gadsden is a census-designated place (CDP) in Yuma County, Arizona, United States. The population was 953 at the 2000 census. It is part of the Yuma Metropolitan Statistical Area. As of the census of 2000, there were 953 people, 236 households, and 206 families residing in the CDP.(Wikipedia)
When the border protection wall was in view, I chose to turn off US-95 and ride the 1/2 block to the fence to take photos. Well, well, well, surprise, surprise surprise.....there was a US border guard in his car...and I firmly believe I startled him. I thought it best to simply turn around and ride further south to capture the photos below. We did just that....but I am certain he noted my motorcycle license number. LOL
US Customs and Border Protection spent $2.4 billion between 2006 and 2009 to complete 670 miles of border fence, and the vast majority of that was single-layer — one line of fencing designed to keep either pedestrians or vehicles from crossing into the United States, according to a Government Accountability Office report. (By Tracy Connor, Staff Writer, NBC News)
The payoff of all this infrastructure is unclear. Illegal entries to the United States fell 69 percent between 2006 and 2011, while drug and contraband seizures nearly doubled, the GAO said in a March report. At the same time, the report said, Customs could not account for the impact of the fence. ( By Tracy Connor, Staff Writer, NBC News)
There is talk to build more of this fencing along the US/Mexico border.
The new plan calls for a double-layer fence — two parallel barriers on either side of a corridor manned by Border Patrol — that would require more land acquisition, more supplies and more labor to build. There is no firm cost for the fence outlined in the "border surge" agreement announced Thursday, and the price of previous fence construction has varied wildly. A 2009 analysis by the GAO found that the cost of pedestrian fencing ranged between $400,000 and $15 million per mile with an average of $3.9 million a mile. The price of less expensive vehicle fencing ran anywhere from $200,000 to $1.8 million a mile, for an average of $1 million a mile.
( By Tracy Connor, Staff Writer, NBC News)
From Gadsden, we rode further south into the small city of San Luis (the border entry point into Mexico - due south from Yuma, AZ.
|One would believe that San Luis was in Mexico. The signage is mainly in Spanish and the make up of the stores and those who work in them - customers too - is more prevalent Mexican.|
We did ride around the downtown core but there was not much of an appeal for us to stop so we toured some of the outskirts before we headed east and north on US-195 toward Yuma and I-8. We took one small detour to the fairly new truck border station just east from San Luis. It is a first class facility. We did not stop to take photos.
|US-195 east and south towards Yuma and I-8|
|Offering a few more computer tips.....|
The day before, we stayed closer to home. We did take advantage to walk some of the local paths in our area though. Some of the groomed trails offered the opportunity to watch the elusive road runners.
|Although most often difficult to take photos of the road runner, above, stood tall for a few seconds to afford Jeanette a decent photo.|
|Our very nice and private RV site in the Yuma Foothills.|
|Catching up on some reading while gazing at the sky, on occasion, to see the new F-35 jets being checked out by the pilots from the air field here in Yuma. Sleek and ominous looking jet the F-35 is.|
Golf beckons again today.....so it's off to the links for a mid-afteroon round.
Thanks for dropping by.