At the border, entering the "country" of Transnistria. Photo taken December 8, 2016.
Where are Kevin and Ruth right now? Tiraspol, Transnistria...the country that doesn't exist.

Where are they going next? Northern Moldova. Arrive December 11th.

Monday, March 11, 2013

Happy to be back at Hacienda Contreras RV Park!

We were up early yesterday morning with intentions on leaving Puebla at 7:30am. But it was 8:30am when we eventually hit the road and headed out of town for our long drive. We figured that traffic would be light on a Sunday morning, and we were right.

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.


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  1. And, it is VERY nice to have you guys back here as well!!

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    1. We are vrey hapy to be back and thanks for the welcome home sign. Looking forward to spending some time with you guys over the next couple of weeks.

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  2. You've and the little blue car have certainly had some adventures. Hope Sherman isn't jealous.

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    1. I don't think Sherman was jealous, he was probably pretty happy that we didn't put him through the wringer like we did with the little blue car.

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  3. Paying the tolls is a worthwhile investment. Sometimes you just want to "get there". AND, that's still cheaper than our retarded 407. What a joke that is.
    It's always nice to get back in your own bed.
    Now time to chill out a bit.

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    1. We will never travel on the 407 in Toronto again, the price they charge is "highway robbery". Last time we used it was about 10 years ago and I think it cost about $25 or more then and the highway is only 107.2 km (66.6 mi) long!

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  4. Welcome home! Just think how much more the tolls would have been in Sheman. Glad your big adventure ended safely.

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    1. We talked about that when we added up all the tolls. It would definitely have been expensive but again you would have to weigh the pros and cons and it would certainly be the fastest and most carefree way to take the motorhome around Mexico City.

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  5. It still amazes me to see the nice roads that Mexico now has and is making more of...back in the 1980's I was in Mexico a lot and I can tell you that is nothing like what you see now.

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    1. Mexico has come a long way with their roads and they are even working on making the surfaces on the free roads much better than they were.

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  6. You made good time with the help of the toll roads.
    Nice to be back in your own beds now for sure.

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  7. I've enjoyed your trip too!! Thanks for bringing us all along.
    Janis

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  8. Bet your were saying "There's no place like home!" and you weren't even wearing ruby slippers. :c)

    What a great trip you had, thanks for taking us "along".

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    1. Yep, we sure were. Only problem is that we are here for only a short time and then we will be leaving Sherman again.

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  9. Welcome home! We enjoyed your reports along the way, and we look forward to more!

    Cheers!

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    1. Won't be too long and we will be travelling into uncharted territory for us, so there will be a lot more adventures to be had.

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  10. It doesn't seem very long ago that you were debating whether to go on this trip. Now think of the adventures you've had!! Thanks for sharing.

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    1. The only part of the trip we were debating was the drive from Huatulco to Guatemala and yes, we are very glad that we decided to go for it.

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  11. Another thank you for taking us along on the ride - it was awesome and something we would never do on our own - so very much appreciated! Now time to relax and enjoy your last couple of weeks with your campground friends. We are off to Disney for ten days! Take care!
    Connie & Barry in PA

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    1. So glad you enjoyed our adventures Connie and Barry.

      Have a great time at Disney with the grandchildren!

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  12. Why don' t you give your car a name like "blue boy".....or somethin...

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    1. We tried that route back in November or December last year and it ended up being a waste of time (didn't like many of the suggestions, us or our readers) so we are happy to just stick with "little blue car".

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  13. Awww "there's no place like home" especially when it's your own bed, your own jammies and your own toilet! LOL

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    Karen and Steve
    The USA Is Our Big Backyard
    http://kareninthewoods-kareninthewoods.blogspot.com

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    1. More than anything it was just nice to be back in our own comfy bed!

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  14. Congratulations on smoothly and come back with Sherman. Greetings friends

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  15. Thanks for sharing your adventures. It provided some great entertainment over the past months. I am in awe of those hiking posts. I'm a hiker and at those altitudes and distances, you should be proud, heck I'm proud of you. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Happy that you have enjoyed our adventures. We are definitely proud of ourselves and are so thankful for all the great memories we have of those two hikes. Certainly a fantastic experiece!

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