Saturday March 31, 2012
We left Mazatlan on Thursday morning about 8:45 am on our way to our first stop in Los Mochis. Good-byes to all left in the park. Dick, Mary, Glen, Hal and Helene…bye bye…see you in the fall. Sam/Rita and Judy were leaving about an hour after us and we planned to meet up over night. We took the Libre from Mazatlan to Culiacan and it was a pretty good road. The good news is that even though there were areas of bad pavement we didn’t have to pay tolls. We found our way from the Libre to the Cuota or toll road in Culiacan even though there was no sign under the overpass where you have to turn left. Eric had looked at in on Google Earth so he knew where to turn and I had the Tom-tom running and it also knew where to turn. A quick stop for lunch at the toll booth just south of Culiacan and on our way. The only bad thing that happened was a nice big rock chip in the windshield. An open pick-up box carrying gravel with the tail gate down hit a bump at high speed and you guessed it…gravel in the air and a rock chip. Thought we were done with that when we left the ice and snow with gravel on the roads at home. Guess not! Good thing it didn’t go through the radiator.
We made an easy retourno just south of Los Mochis and headed south to our favorite gated Pemex. Surprisingly the Tom-tom knew where the retourno actually was. Pretty detailed mapping and it has been working correctly lately after all it’s earlier failures. In and parked by 3:30 pm. Sam and Rita in their rig and Judy in her rig rolled in about an hour after us. We had a parking lot happy hour and then into the restaurant for dinner. Good for Gas Station food. I had Chile Relleno’s and Eric had Machaca Burritos and both meals were very good. Not too noisy over night but there was a horrible smell in the air so I had to keep the windows closed. Hot, hot! Maybe the chemical plant or the processing plant….who knows!
Lined up in the morning in the Pemex. Most of the trucks have already hit the road.
Sam walks Chico around the razor wire fence. Keep out you banditos!
On the road just before 8am on our way to Guaymas. The highway wasn’t bad until we hit Navojoa and then it was horrible from there to Obregon. They are still working on the highway laying down concrete instead of asphalt so it was all still under construction or old pavement. Pounding and banging and for that we got to pay two tolls!! Eric says it is just robbery! Unbelievable and Eric wore out the word F…k while he drove. Crazy through Obregon and then things settled down a bit. We took the newly opened bypass through San Jose from the north end of Empalme (first right after the bridge) that goes to the east of Guaymas towards the airport where you make a left turn and head back to the north end of Guaymas. Much better because you eliminate the drive through the downtown Guaymas area. Much better!
We were into the Playa de Cortes RV park and set up by 4:30. Sam/Rita and Judy had left Los Mochis ahead of us so they were already parked. Quiet, breezy, hot and lovely. However, it is the start of Semana Santa or Easter Holy week so it will probably get noisy. Oh well…that’s what wax ear plugs are for. Happy hour with Sam/Rita & Judy and then dinner and bed. Tired, tired, tired!
Today we made a quick trip into San Carlos for lunch at the Marina Cantina, a jug of water, a few groceries and some beer. Back in the park a few more rigs have pulled in for the night and it is busy in the hotel. Eric says they are set up for about 250 in the courtyard on the ocean side of the hotel along with a big band and now the big froofy dresses are starting to arrive. One was bright orange and looked like it was from Gone with the Wind! Colorful here in Mexico.
I’ll let you know how much sleep we get tonight on tomorrow’s Muppet News Update!