Now, I admit that when we got in the little blue car I did notice that the gasoline was a little low. A hair below the 1/4 mark on the gauge. But hey, the little blue car and I have a long history together and I'm pretty confident about how far we can go on a certain amount of fuel in the tank. Also, the gas station near us is one of the busiest I've ever seen and so better to avoid it and just fill up somewhere along the way. After all, Donato Guerra is well over 1,000 people, so they'll have a gas station...right?
Beautiful views coming down into the valley where Donato Guerra is located.
Here's the town we're headed for. Sure looks big enough to have a gas station to me.
So we get into town and find a parking spot near the central plaza. The church looks interesting, so we headed over that way. Lots of police around, and then we notice some military as well. Kind of strange for a small town, so something must have happened. The police looked happy though and some of them laughing and joking, so who knows. We wandered around for half an hour and that was it.
The church in Donato Guerra.
The central plaza in Donato Guerra.
There was no gas station on the way into town, so there must be one one the way out of the other side of the town, right?
Now, keep in mind that these little roads are very up, down, and curvy. Lucky to ever get the little blue car out of second or third gear, so not the best conditions for optimum fuel mileage! That's okay, we figured we would do a circular route to Colorines, and we knew for a fact that there was a gas station there. Besides, the route would also take us through Ixtapan del Oro and it's got to be big enough to have a gas station, right?
A little bit of road repairs along the way.
We had left Donato Guerra around 11:00am and by 11:45 we still hadn't made it to Ixtapan del Oro.
Hmmm. At least the low fuel light hadn't come on yet!
Finally made it to Ixtapan del Oro.
Ixtapan del Oro seems like a nice little town. Turns out there's a municipal balneario (swimming pool and thermal baths) and a big waterfall. No gas station though. We noticed a pick up truck in the next village selling gasoline out of the back of his truck. He was probably headed for Ixtapan del Oro!
As we were leaving town, we stopped and asked a girl if we were on the right road to Colorines. She said yes, but that it was an hour away. Huh? Are there any gas stations along the way? Nope, not until you get to Colorines.
We hadn't brought the GPS with us, only our map book. It didn't look that far! No choice, so we set off.
It didn't take long to realize why it was an hour away. I've never been on such a twisty windy road in my life. No guard rails, and one wrong move would put you over the side. Not to mention the animals on the road. It was pretty slow going, but on the other hand it was fantastic scenery. At least it was paved, and in relatively good condition.
Watch out for the burros on the road.
And the goats!
Bet this village doesn't get many visitors!
The little blue car enjoying the drive.
Here's part of the road we were just on.
Is that our road? Fortunately not. It was gated off.
But this is our road!
By the time we made it to Colorines, and the gas station, the low fuel light was just coming on. So we still would have been able to go for a few more miles. Still, don't like getting that low on gas! Ultimately, we would have probably been able to buy a can of fuel from some farmer along the way and I'm sure things would have worked out. (Note to self: bring GPS next time, and put some gas in the car!)
Our circular route...only 90 kms (55 miles), but pretty slow going. Fantastic scenery though!
Closer view of the section between Ixtapan del Oro and Colorines. Never been on such a curvy road!
Relaxed for the afternoon, and then as Ruth was getting supper ready, Chago came by to say that it was daughter Mariel's birthday yesterday and did we want to come to the house for some cake. Sure, when? Oh, about ten minutes. Okay! So we put the fixings for supper aside until we got back.
Well by the time we had pozole soup and tostados and cake and watermelon...we didn't have room for supper anymore! We had had enough supper! Oh well, put everything in the fridge and we'll have it tonight.
The birthday girl, Mariel, arriving home from school. Following the path of flowers on the floor towards her cake!
Carmen, Chago, and Mariel.
Happy 11th birthday Mariel!
Proud papa Chago with new daughter Fatima.