. First thing
this morning we got up got dressed and headed across the street to our favorite
breakfast restaurant. The Torres hotel where the restaurant is right on the
ocean. As always good food and beautiful scenery. Mazatlan
Yesterday, Sunday, morning we left the campground at 8:30. Picked a good day to leave very little traffic. We were out of the city of
in ½ hour. Amazing – It took us
over an hour to travel the same road coming in on a week day afternoon. Stopped
to get diesel – 38 gallons, $142. About 3.74 a gallon. Then headed to Guadalajara . The road was
good 98% of the way. Which is good because it cost US $144 in tolls for 300 miles!
Only a couple of small bits of construction and only a few miles that need
repaving. Took us 7 hours. Bill says that is the last time he wants to drive
300 miles in a day. Of course he wasn’t feeling well. On Saturday he came down
with a terrible cold and we both spent most of Saturday night awake with his
coughing. Anyway we are here now for at least three or four weeks. Mazatlan
Just a picture of one of the agave fields.
The landscape is covered with them between
Guadalajara and the
down there nestled in the valley. We had a “déjà vu all over again” time in
Tequila this year. But that will be another post. Tequila
The drive from
Guadalajara to just past is mountainous – drop about 4500 feet
in elevation. And going north lots of steep downgrades. Tepic
And lots of curves.
This sign says. “Vehicles without brakes follow the red line. You can see it in the inside lane.
A better look at it.
If you don’t have brakes does this make you feel better or worse – “Runaway Ramp 1 KM.” Also another steep grade sign and a get out of their way sign.
And this sign I love – “Let the vehicle without brakes pass you.” Duh – no kidding.
Getting closer to the ramp the red line is crossing to the right lane.
Here is a look at the GPS – mainly I’m showing it because the orange route is the old or free road. That is the one we took in 1978 when we drove our motorhome to Argentina. And one of those curves is the one we stalled out on. It is continually up hill going south in this area.
You can read all about that trip in our book All The Way To Argentina available as an e-book.
we started passing
lots of sugar cane fields also tobacco and sorghum fields. I like the color of
sugar cane kind of a light yellowish green. Tepic
A cemetery out in the middle of nowhere – no towns in sight.
. This road is MUCH
improved – has been entirely repaved. Tepic
And they are sprucing up their overpasses too.
From there on it was pretty much a straight drive to
However right at the beginning of the new bypass around Mazatlan they are already repaving so
it was down to one narrow lane for a few miles. Got to the RV park and
discovered some one was already in OUR favorite spot – how dare they? Anyway
parked a few spaces over and all is well. There are four of us here in the back
of Las Jaibas. Usually it is only us. Mazatlan
Everyone probably knows that I’m an avid NASCAR fan and my favorite driver is Kyle Busch. On Saturday evening while driving in the Ixfinity [formerly Nationwide] series he crashed into the wall at 150 miles an hour and the part of the wall without safer barriers. So he has a compound fracture of his right leg and broke his left foot. Pretty well takes him out of the races for a good long while.
Last evening we went to WalMart and Bill saw the doctor and got some pills to help with his congestion and cough. They seem to be working, we both got a good nights sleep last night.
And the weather – well the weather is not to warm, only highs of 82/83 but high humidity. Can’t have it all I guess.We have a small leak in a water supply hose in the Alfa – so getting that fixed today. Otherwise all is well.