Roma, Texas – Day 3

Mary remains at home in California tending to medical and personal business issues. She has made her airline reservations to join me at Harlingen, Texas on January 3, 2013.

The motorhome is parked at VFW Post #9175 in Roma, Texas. I expected to depart yesterday but the windshield glass chip repair service said the repair man couldn’t make it until yesterday. Now I’m expecting to depart here tomorrow.

Yesterday the first event of the day was the windshield rock chip repairman showing up to accomplish the job…

As always you may left click upon an image to see an enlarged view and then click once again to see an even larger view…


In yesterday’s Blog entry I discussed meeting my new friend Horatio. He introduced me to his dentist Dr. Alma Lidia Cantu de Graza. She lives in Roma, but her office is across the border in Ciudad Miguel Aleman, Tamaulipas, Mexico, population about 27,000. She met me in a nearby parking lot in Roma and we crossed the bridge over the Rio Grande. Pick-up trucks pay $3 for a one way passage. Pedestrians pay $.25 to walk across the bridge…


The Rio Grande River looking west-northwest as seen from the bridge…


And into the city…


Her office is about one mile from the bridge and looks more like a house on the outside rather than an office…


It has a large waiting area…


With three dental rooms…


She cleaned my teeth and repaired a damaged tooth. Here’s a banner for her services…


I shot this next photo through the glass window in her front door looking towards the outside…


She had one other patient which took about an hour. Then she went with me to the pharmacy and help me buy my sinus medication for which she had to write a prescription. The 40 tablets I purchased cost me $22.40…in the United States they would cost $275.00! Then we went to a small local eatery for lunch and then back to the bridge to return to the United States…


The Rio Grande River looking east-southeast…


I have crossed back into the United States from Mexico many times over the years. I have never seen tighter security than yesterday. You can read of drug-related shootings in 2011 in Miguel Aleman by clicking this link…


Fortunately we had no problems yesterday in Miguel Aleman.

Enjoying getting dental work done and buying medications in Mexico is another joy of the full-time RVing lifestyle!

The red dot on the below map shows my approximate location in the State of Texas. You may double left-click the map to make it larger…


Enjoying 65-75 degree temperatures most of the year is a primary joy in the RVing lifestyle!

“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving”…Albert Einstein


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2 thoughts on “Roma, Texas – Day 3

  1. Wow after reading that article I think I would have been too nervous to go over there. Also, wonder if Ashley Judd knows about this ad 😉 Your prescription costs just make me more sure of my feelings that we need a universal health care system in this country. For profit healthcare is not the way it should be. An American crossing the Rio Grande for a teeth cleaning and a filling is crazy!!
    Also one more question, how exactly do they fix that chip without replacing the windshield??

    • ramblinmanjimj

      HI Sue,
      Yeah, the difference in medication costs clearly identifies how the drug companies take advantage of people in the United States. I do not know the technical details of the windshield chip repair. They fill it with some kind of clean resin-like product. Whole repair took less than 30 minutes. Insurance company paid for the repair.

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