The Arco Norte highway is a toll road that was built in sections over the years and was only completely finished a couple of years ago. It is the only fast efficient way to bypass the congestion of Mexico City. It's a little bit expensive, but it's well worth it!
Not a busy highway.
Had the road to ourselves at times!
The complete section of the Arco Norte is about 225 kms (140 miles) and cost us 367 pesos ($30.83). Then at the end of it, it connects to another toll highway that brought us close to Guadalajara. It was an expensive day for tolls at a total of 823 pesos ($69.13), but it allowed us to do the 650 km (403 mile) drive in one day which is virtually unheard of in Mexico!
Our 650 km (403 mile) drive.
More highway scenery.
We had the cruise control set at around 100 km/h (62 mph) for most of the journey and we pulled into Sahuayo around 3:30pm to do a big grocery shop. From there, it was only 45 minutes to Hacienda Contreras and we arrived a few minutes before 5:00pm.
It was a long drive but it seemed to go by quite fast. The little blue car performed flawlessly. What an adventure he's had the last couple of months! He's been such a good little car.
A nice welcome when we pulled up to Sherman!
Sherman and the little blue car.
Slept great last night in our own bed. Today, we'll get the little blue car unpacked and things in Sherman sorted out.
We had a great trip, but we're happy to be back with Sherman and our friends at Hacienda Contreras even if it's only for three weeks.