Heading towards the mountains
The first section of washed away pavement
It was slow going. We think it took an hour to do about 20 kms (12 miles). There wasn’t much other traffic thankfully, because it was true, many sections of the road were passable by only one vehicle at a time. But it certainly made for an interesting drive. That 100 km (62 mile) roadway took us two and a half hours. There really wasn’t anywhere suitable to pull over for the night, in fact the only section where there had been a picnic area had been totally washed away.
We then turned onto Mex Highway 57, which is a major 4 lane route south. The highway is in overall great shape, and we made good time from that point on down to the city of Matehuala (pop 80,000). Stopped for gas. Usually, we pay for gas down here with cash, however we have heard that most Pemex stations do now take credit cards, although it is not advertised as such. We’re going to do a little test of each station that we buy fuel at to see if they will take a Visa card. This time, I asked for 500 pesos worth of fuel (all stations are full service) and when he was done, I pulled out the Visa card. No problem, they had a wireless card reader and I punched in my PIN…it was approved, and away we went with receipt in hand.
We had been in Matehuala in the spring of 2009 when we were on our way out of Mexico, so we were familiar with the drive. There are two hotels in town that accept RV’s for the night, but the Oasis Motel that we had stayed at then was listed in the new Mexico Camping book as being closed for renovations. We stopped there anyhow because it had been the cheaper of the two, and sure enough it was exactly as it had been when we were last here. No renovations, no changes, and it was open. We parked up in exactly the same spot for 150 pesos ($12.80) for the night.
We have wi-fi here, so we downloaded and watched the latest episodes of Survivor and Amazing Race. What did we do before the internet!?
Here’s yesterday’s drive…
276 kms (171 miles)
Happy Thankgiving to all of our American friends!