We left the Hogar Infantil orphanage at about 9:30am, and stopped for gas just outside of town. At the time, our plan was to stop somewhere before the town of “La Ventosa”.
Scenery at Rosendo Salazar, nice place to stop but it was too early for us
La Ventosa in Spanish, means “the wind”. This town is so consistently windy, that they have built Mexico’s premiere wind energy farm here. We were going to stop before La Ventosa in order to get an early start tomorrow morning to avoid the winds. These winds were said to be strong enough to topple a tractor-trailer.
But when we got there, it was nothing. Sure, there was a wind, but nothing like some of the stronger winds we have driven through before. So we just kept on driving.
The wind farm at La Ventosa
We were stopped at three different military checkpoints and twice they came on board and opened a few drawers and cupboards. At the third one the guy looked like he was going to come on board but Whiskey was barking and growling so much that it looked like he changed his mind. These guys don’t make any sense. The last guy, after checking some cupboards and stuff, says (in Spanish) “you don’t have any drugs?”…I mean what would ANYBODY answer to that?
We had to wait for this pig to cross the road...
We knew ahead of time that there were no really nice camping spots in the 400 kms between the orphanage and Huatulco. But we had thought we might stop at a Pemex station just for an overnight to break up the drive. But we didn’t. The two times we stopped for a break, we just looked at each other and made a decision to continue. As such, we pulled into Huatulco at about 5:30pm. So it took us eight hours to do 400 kms including breaks.
The trailer park is on a public beach parking area, and it costs 50 pesos per person per night. So essentially 100 pesos ($9.10 CAN, $7.30 US) per night, which is very reasonable, but it’s for parking only, no electrical. They do have a dump station and water fill up though. However, I had read that if you continue further to the tourist police office, they have a parking area where you can park for free overnight. I have no idea how long you can do this for, but when I asked the police about tonight, they said “no problema”, so that’s where we are for tonight for free. Whether or not we stay here remains to be seen.
After we had supper, we walked over to the campground to say hi to our friends Glen and Steve. They were sitting outside with some other RVers, and were surprised to see us a day earlier than I had told them we thought we might show up. We sat out and talked with them for a while and then walked back to Sherman. We’ll leave it until tomorrow to decide where we’re going to park and how long we’re going to stay. Not that anything is ever written in stone…
Total nights sleeping in a motorhome…475
February Fuel $ 91.00 CAN
February Grocery $ 55.16 CAN
February Overnight costs $ 20.00 CAN