NEXT DESTINATION? Migrating North
I got a few pictures of the compound that we stayed in overnight. There are a few of these around the country and for like 100 pesos you can stay there with a fence around you and security guards on duty all night long. This is mainly for truckers but they will let anyone who wants to spot them a few pesos, park there.
We went through a few neat tunnels today as well.
There are lots of overpasses along the route as well and when we came over one hill you could see them for miles in the distance. They are very pretty all painted white.
We had a funny thing happen today as we were travelling. If you remember we are travelling with our generator running to keep the battery charged and after a while you get used to the hum and don't notice it. We JoLynn radio's us that they are stopping for fuel so because we didn't need any, we chose to park in a gravel parking area next to the gas station. JoLynn happened to have her camera in hand just when we pulled in. Now the exhaust pipe for the generator faces down and the fan for the rad directs all the air down as well so you can imagine what happened. Well you don't really have to imagine because here are the pictures she took. I was sure she was going to pee herself laughing and I'm sure this will be a joke for a long time. I'm sure she will make sure it gets on the La Penita Facebook site and for sure it will be on the big screen next year at the park.
One of the things that has been quite expensive and slow you down a lot are all of the tolls. In our 2 days of travel we have stopped at 15 toll booths and paid 3733 pesos ($212.35 CND) in tolls. I think this was probably twice as expensive as our trip down last fall from Lukeville. Although the tolls are expensive the highways are super. All 4 lane and smooth. If you want to make time this is the way to travel. Most of the time the speed limit is 110 kms/hr. Most of today we travelled mainly on highway 101 which is a free road so most of the tolls were paid yesterday. Even the free road was pretty good. There were a few roughish spots but nothing you had to really slow down much for. We are totally impressed with the highways in Mexico but realize that some of the smaller free roads may not be so well maintained and if you are going to travel there, you have to take care. We hope to travel some of those roads less travelled next fall on our way back.
So anyone travelling in Mexico on a lot of two lane highways will notice that there are white dotted lines on the shoulder side of the road and there is a fairly wide shoulder. I love these because when someone is coming or someone wants to pass you just pull over and straddle the white line and the car can pass even if someone is coming the other way because they pull over as well making three lanes of travel. The Mexican driving is amazing because they all accommodate each other and watch out for each other while forging aggressively ahead. It is a whole different driving style but it works.
And for anyone who was wondering how my old pilot skills were working figuring out the fuel consumption, I think I did pretty good. I had to figure in an extra 40 liters for running the generator all day. The reason I did this was because the difference in fuel prices even with the exchange on the US dollar indicates that fuel is about 30 cents a liter cheaper in the US. On a 300 liter fill that is a $90.00 saving. Sue and I can push the motorhome a long way with the Jeep to save that kind of money. We have done it before!!! Before everyone starts to panic I have run it down this low before and there is approximately 80 liters left when the needle touches empty. I will let everyone know how much I put in it when we fill up when we leave. Hope everyone else takes a chance once in a while too. The adrenaline rush is good for your heart!!!
So we are all parked up with Brian and JoLynn for a while in Winter Haven RV Resort in Brownsville Texas. We have booked in for a week so we can do some repairs and just chill for a while and let the weather warm up in the north before slowly meandering that ways. Chillin is good, but not in your long johns type chillin!!! Stay warm everyone.