We drove non stop for about three hours on all kinds of road conditions. Mex 200 is the only highway running along this part of the coast and it’s a two lane road all the way. Some of it is recently paved and in good condition, and I was even able to put the cruise control on at around 85 km/h (52 mph) in a couple of sections. But other parts are bumpy and with many sharp curves. And of course quite a few villages with their many topes.
We stopped at a Pemex (gas station) for lunch at around noon. Just for fun, I tried to get a wi-fi signal, but there was nothing. Then just for fun, I tried the internet stick, and there was a signal, and it connected! Our time was supposed to have run out on the 22nd but apparently there’s a glitch in the system. So that’s nice, but we will refill it anyhow when we get to Puerto Escondido.
And at 3:30pm we pulled into our spot beside the river in Barra de Colotopec, 7 kms past Puerto. We had spent eight enjoyable days here in late February 2009. Once we got parked up, I walked into the restaurant that Victor owned, but it turns out he sold it and is currently in the U.S., so I walked the short distance to the house where Mary lives with Alfredo’s mom Sylvia and his father Hermalindo. Said all of our hellos and we were all happy to see each other. But then Mary suggested that because Victor didn’t own the restaurant anymore that we should come and park in their driveway. It won’t be as scenic, but that’s fine for a few days.
Unfortunately, Mary’s husband Alfredo is still in the U.S. as well, and he won’t be here while we are here. Mary is the only one here who speaks English, so we are already getting a lot more practice with our Spanish. Their daughter Nataly is now 2 ½ years old and is a bundle of energy!
Mary, Alex, and Ruth
Immediately, we were invited to dinner and a party next door for a little boy who had been baptised. They made a spot for us, and we were brought food and drinks and everybody welcomed us.
Alfredo’s father Hermalindo is a higher up in the Ministerial Police, and works out of town quite a bit. But he has five days off for Christmas and apparently we have the use of his car during this period and Mary is looking forward to taking us to some different local beaches. Also, we have some errands to run and there is a new Bodega (owned by Walmart) store in Puerto so we’ll stock up on some groceries again. And, all three of us want to see a dentist here as well.
We were also invited to a festival this evening with traditional dance in a nearby village, but unfortunately we declined. It was a long day and we were all tired. We were in bed before 10:00pm!