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The multi-purpose trucks of Mexico…

A glimpse of the varied trucks encountered last week on our drive to Oaxaca City…

#1) Crazy-piled green onion transporter. This truck was traveling at 60+ mph on the toll road between Mexico City & Puebla. I have no idea how you stack green onions 6-feet high in a way that prevents them from being blown off on the highway, but I was totally impressed. As we drove up to pass this truck, the scent of green onion slowly wafted into our car. It felt like we were driving though the veggie aisle in the supermarket… only these green onions were about 2x the size of any green onion I’ve seen in the US.

Some far-away mercado is going to have a lot of lucky green onion clients in a few hours...

Some far-away mercado is going to have a lot of lucky green onion clients in a few hours...

 #2) Father down the toll road, between Puebla and Oaxaca, we observed these three folks traveling via this improvised seating method. I particularly liked the cushy-looking seat backs, turning this from a common truck bed into perhaps a “Pimp My Ride” contender…?

I am unclear how effective the gentleman on the right's hoodie was in protecting him against the multiple rainstorms we drove through that afternoon...

I am unclear how effective the gentleman on the right's hoodie was in protecting him against the multiple rainstorms we drove through that afternoon...

#3) And finally, we passed this semi truck, whose rear-end signage echoed the thoughts I have on a daily basis when I have managed to drive somewhere in Mexico without incident.

Gracias a Dios (aka Thanks to God) is a phrase that often runs through our mind after narrowly avoiding landslides/erratic drivers/sheep-sized potholes on the roads of Mexico.

Gracias a Dios (aka Thanks to God) is a phrase that often runs through our mind after narrowly avoiding landslides/erratic drivers/sheep-sized potholes on the roads of Mexico.

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6 Comments on “The multi-purpose trucks of Mexico…”

  1. #1 Michael Hemenway
    on Jul 13th, 2009 at 5:58 pm

    Classic…yes, I have see the ‘Onion Truck’, good stuff. I enjoy driving the highway in the evening when the ‘Doble Remolque’ trailers take to the streets. Double stacked propane trucks and hazardous materials transported down the sides of mountains.

  2. #2 American Mommy in Mexico
    on Jul 14th, 2009 at 9:19 pm

    I am quite impressed with the Onion Truck too!

  3. #3 Joan
    on Jul 21st, 2009 at 7:22 pm

    I love yiour blog because I dream of spending half the year in mexico some day. I am very impressed with your photos, all of them, but those on this post are really really good. Would you be able to tell me what kind of camera was used? I am sure you have special photography training to get photos like these but I am curious. Thank you so much! Joan

  4. #4 Heidi Lee
    on Jul 22nd, 2009 at 3:06 pm

    Reading your blog is cutting into my afternoon nap time!

  5. #5 Julie
    on Jul 24th, 2009 at 2:18 pm

    Hi Joan! Thanks for the compliments! And an extra thanks because I actually have no photography training whatsoever– just a good, point-and-shoot camera. :) I have a 10 Megapixel Canon PowerShot SD890 IS Digital Elph. I’m a fan because it is small enough to put in my pocket, which is key for wandering around Mexico. Also, it has both nighttime and indoor modes, which I have found to be very useful.

    Anyway, I am sure it is nothing special in the grand world of photography options, but it works great for my needs! Hope that helps! :)

  6. #6 Joan
    on Jul 25th, 2009 at 3:14 pm

    Julie–thanks for the info on your camera. The Powershot has come up before when I see beautiful photos so it makes me think that I should check it out. Thanks!

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