From the gas station, we had missed the confusing entrace to the toll road, but our gas station attendant gave us good direction to get back to it. We had to make a goofy u-turn, but other than that, our driving day was very smooth.
Smooth, because we had treated Sherman to a day on the autopista! This is the modern 4 lane expressway that goes from Mexico City to Acapulco. It’s a toll road, and toll roads in Mexico are known to be expensive. But after yesterday, Sherman (and Kevin) deserved a break!
We drove about 300 kms (185 miles) in total today, and about 260 kms (160 miles) of that was on the autopista. The toll charges for Sherman came to 691 pesos ($58.00). And it was money well spent! We had the road pretty much to ourselves. Oh, and good thing we had bought gas when we did, because gas stations along this freeway were few and far between. We were very surprised that there was no major fuel station along this route.
We arrived at the Diamante Trailer Park near the Acapulco airport at around 12:30pm. We were hesitant about coming here because it’s a little pricey and is well known to be filled with Quebecers. But it’s only 5 kms (3 miles) from the airport and our son Alex is coming in from New York City on Monday to visit with us for 3 weeks. Plus, it’s almost walking distance to Walmart and other large stores for stocking up for our time south of here.
But those are the only positives. Our thinking was that we would be able to stay here for 150 pesos per night because we don’t need electric. But the french speaking woman in the office said she had no price option for non electric, there was just one price and it was 250 pesos per night. This alone was a bit unexpected because the new Mexico camping book gave a price listing of “between $15 and $20 US”.
The place is fairly busy, and many people are constructing metal “palapas” over their lot the same way they were doing it in Cabo San Lucas. Because there are some under construction, there is also quite a bit of construction noise!
Not happy, so went to the french speaking woman again and asked for a discount because of the noise. She just shrugged her shoulders and mumbled something in french. Then I asked about the internet (the Mexico camping book says they have free internet) but she says “tomorrow telmex is coming to fix it”. We have the cellular stick, so it’s not a big concern but that’s not the point. So I ask for a discount because there’s no internet. I even point to their flyer where it says “internet” under services offered. She just shrugs her shoulders.
Today's drive. About 300 kms (185 miles)
Had to share the weather forecast for the next five days. Sorry.
31C (88F) during the day, and 19C (66F) at night.