Inspiring and depressing?

Old cars that have little resale value in the United States are being towed in caravans that begin in California, Arizona and Texas and end up in Guatemala. 

The cars are also loaded up with old bicycles, recycled car batteries and clothing that have been jettisoned in the United States.

The vehicles are fixed up in Guatemala and sold across Central America.

The process represents a small but sustainable economy in one particularly impoverished section of Guatemala on that country’s northern border with Mexico.

But the risks travelers face on the week-long trip are severe.

Gulf Cartel. Zetas. Organized crime. Mexican police.

Unwanted U.S. Junk Cars Sustain A Microeconomy In Guatemala by  Lorne Matalon at Fronteras.