Out for a hike in Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah, USA. Photo taken April 19, 2016.
Where are Kevin and Ruth right now? Osgoode, Ontario, Canada. Just south of Ottawa.

And where are they going next? We leave November 1st for a six week trip to Romania and Moldova.

Friday, November 26, 2010

San Miguel de Allende

Slept okay, but it turned out there was a fair bit of truck noise, even though we were parked well off the road. Temperature in Sherman when we got up at around 7am was 8C (46F) which was a little chilly.

Got started right away. For a skinny two lane road, there were a lot of trucks. At first, the road was very narrow, and some of the transports were pulling double long trailers. It would take a lot of confidence to be a Mexican truck driver! Then, the road became wide enough that there was actually a shoulder. But that just means you should drive on the shoulder if you’re going slower than anybody else, so that they can pass you! Driving in Mexico is definitely part of the adventure.

Don't forget to watch for the cows at the side of the highway!

It was only 138 kms (85 miles) to our destination of San Miguel de Allende. Many people have told us what a great place San Miguel is, so I hope we don’t have our expectations set too high. There are two RV campgrounds in town, but the one closest to town is only for rigs less that 25 feet. We are about 28 feet, so we decided we are staying at the “La Siesta Hotel and Trailer Park”. We found the place without a problem, and stopped at the sign for the reception desk. I went in to try to negotiate a price. I was told it was 240 pesos ($20.50) and that there was no discount if we didn’t want electric. Hmm. Okay, I signed us up for one night.

Would you plug into this electricity? I measured it at 130v AC. Glad we have self contained electric!

It’s not a great spot, with the exception that it’s only a 20 minute walk to downtown. We both agree that it’s overpriced, but we think we’re going to stay here 2 or 3 days just to relax and explore. And we have been given some ideas of places around town where we can safely park for free, so maybe we’ll explore those possibilities on Saturday. But, we have hot showers, dump station on site, and wi-fi internet, so it’s not all bad.

Only two other RV's here...a fifth wheel from Quebec, and another older class A who is an American expat living in Mexico for the last fifteen years.

Did some shopping at the Mega Soriana that is walking distance. Bought a 1.75 litre bottle of rum for $10.90, and a 750 ml bottle of scotch for $9.05. Gotta like that!

Here’s todays drive…

138 kms (85 miles)

On a personal note, my (Kevin’s) Dad passed away this morning. He would have been 82 in January. He had not been well the last two months, and I pretty much figured that I might not see him again in the spring. Our children are very fortunate to have known all four of their grandparents into their early twenties. We’ll miss you Dad.


  1. Our condolences on the passing of your father. The last two months must have been difficult.

  2. I'm so sorry to hear about your Dad.

  3. Sorry to hear about Kevin's Dad, You guys are in our prayers, Good the kid's had a Grandpa when they were little, That's important. Be safe out there. Sam & Donna. Give Whiskey a pet too.

  4. Sorry to hear about your Dad, kevin. I didn't know my grandparents past 10 years old so your children are quite fortunate.

    Nice place, awesome electricity! wow. Looks like you are parked under a massive tree, is that going to hinder your solar panel juice?

    Just curious?

  5. Sorry about your father's death. I live in San Miguel, and to me 240 pesos daily sounds like a decent price for parking your RV. Heck, you pay almost that much to park a car in town. You certainly wouldn't expect to pay the same price, for example, in Chicago as in rural Illinois. San Miguel is an expensive town, but generally about a third less costly than the US. And the location is good - close to Mega, a good grocery store, some good restaurants (Kuni Dona and others). For about 6 pesos, you can take a bus downtown.

  6. Dear Kevin and Ruth
    We are so sorry to hear about your Dads' passing. You sure were fortunate to have him until his 80's.
    Take care, and please know that we are thinking of you at this time.
    Sincerely, Trent and Teresa

  7. WBY...we have strong sunlight hitting the solar panels until about 3pm, and then we get some afternoon shade. That's enough to charge the batteries for the day.

    Anonymous...in Mexico, RV parking is generally between 100 and 150 pesos. And certainly closer to 100 if you're doing it sin electricidad because as you know, electricity prices are comparativly high in Mexico. So while we realize that San Miguel is an expensive city, we still consider this particular park to be a little overpriced.

    Trent and Teresa...nice to hear from you!

    Everybody...thanks for your comments regarding my Dad. It means a lot to us.

  8. Sorry to hear that your Dad has died, hope your mum is coping alright.
    Love Tony and Helen

  9. Tony and Helen...Thank you very much. Kevin's Mum seems to be coping well. Both his sister's are there for her so she is not alone and we have talked to her several times over the last couple of days as well.

    Kevin and Ruth


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