We left Diamante Trailer Park at around 9:00am. We had managed to get our propane tank filled while at the park, and of course we were able to empty our holding tanks and fill our fresh water tank. So Sherman is a happy camper!
Hopped directly onto the toll road heading to Mex 200, which is the main highway that runs along the Pacific coast of Mexico. We only had to be on the toll road for about 5 kms (3 miles) and it cost 25 pesos ($2.10).
Mex 200 is mostly a two lane highway that runs right through most of the little towns along it’s path. So there are a lot of topes ( pronounced “toe-pays”) which are Mexican speed bumps. There are over 300 topes between Acapulco and Puerto Escondido, a distance of about 400 kms (250 miles) . There are no stop signs or traffic lights, because topes work perfectly….they force you to slow down. Every town has a tope at the beginning of the town, and another one at the end….and usually a few in between.
It makes for slow going, besides which it’s a bit of a curvy road to begin with. So it took us three hours to do 127 kms (80 miles).
We arrived at Playa Ventura around noon…just in time to spend the afternoon relaxing on the beach. Finally got to take Whiskey for a walk on the beach….she loves it. Then, we sat and Ruth read her book while Alex and I played a few rounds of backgammon.
Had the binoculars handy in case we saw any whales or dolphins go by in the distance, but didn’t see any today. We have our own private swimming pool, and although we haven’t confirmed the price now, the last time we were here (in Feb of 2009) we paid around 60 pesos ($5.00) per night. It’s a beautiful spot and the young couple who own it have six children….all girls!
No internet signal here though, so this won’t get posted until Thursday when we get to Puerto Escondido.