For hundreds of miles the Rio Grande defines that tense border between Mexico and the U.S. At Big Bend, that stretch of harsh desert region, however, the two neighbors historically have had to rely on each other to survive. The border in Big Bend has often been a permeable boundary—easily and casually crossed to the benefit of both sides. […]
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There’s racing, and then there’s suicide. I began to suspect that the mountain bike race at Tyler State Park just southeast of Dallas was in the suicide category when I returned to my campsite one afternoon to find a young man lying in the road, his bike beside him. Shit, I thought, envisioning blood and broken bones. […]
“I called the cops on you.” The little man was encased in plastic raingear and was delighted to have caught me cheating the system…so he thought.