|Orchard with furled netting and heaters|
We passed through very good farmland with crops, cattle, and extensive apple orchards. It was good to see water in just about every water course. There were many starlings and most of the orchards were set up with nets to cover every tree when the apples are developing. We could also see what we though were heaters for dealing with frost. Then the terrain became more interesting with the train skirting water courses, passing over bridges, and through several tunnels, one of which must have been at least 2 km long. The terrain became mountainous, covered with pine trees and dotted with log cabins here and there. In the fresh air at the viewing platform the scent of pine trees reminded me of my boyhood in Alabama.
We had read about the occasional armed holdups of this train in the past, but we felt very secure because on board were two guards in the familiar special forces uniforms and armed with a pistol and a submachine gun. We've become accustomed to seeing these security personnel all over Mexico, riding in Humvees, manning traffic checkpoints, and guarding public buildings.