Yesterday, he got a change of scenery. Except it's only a kilometer (less than a mile) down the road!
The four other rigs at Hacienda Contreras were all leaving. Starting the trek north, but with a few stops along the way. We decided since they were heading out that we would too.
Heading out, caravan style!
The last of the regulars at Hacienda Contreras. From left...
Pete and Madeline, Sal and Brab, Jerry and Paula, Heinz and Uli, Ruth and Kevin.
We said our goodbyes, although confident that we will see all of these people again at some point. Pretty certain that we'll all come back to this area at some point, but it won't likely be at Hacienda Contreras. Even though the park is expected to be open next fall , when the gas station and truck stop open up next door, we don't expect that the noise and lights will make for an enjoyable RV'ing experience.
Hence why Sal's cousin Chema took the initiative to open his own RV Park one kilometer closer to town!
Sherman fired right up! I bet it didn't even crank over twice and he was raring to go. The engine battery is weak and I expect he needs a new one. It's the original battery that was in him when we bought the motorhome in August of 2007, so it's done well. But we have a booster pack with us, so we're not stuck if the engine battery should fail.
We were very low on propane so we drove about 9 kms (5 miles) to the propane fill station. Like everything else, propane gas has also gone up in price. Still far cheaper than Canada though. We paid 7.17 pesos per litre. We put in 59 litres (15.6 gallons) for a total of 423 pesos ($37.00).
The malecon at Valle de Juarez. Can you see Sherman?
Next, we drove into town and parked at the malecon. We walked to the plaza and went to the carneceria (butcher shop).
Ruth at the butcher shop.
Meat for the week.
We bought 1 kg (2.2 lbs) of fresh ground beef, 1/2 kg (1.1 lbs) of pork loin, 1/2 of a large whole chicken, and a strip of chirizo sausage. Total was 179 pesos ($15.75). Not bad.
We stopped in to see Chema (he runs a restaurant in town) and pick up the keys for the new RV Park. Yes, we'll be the only ones there!
And then it was off to the Saturday market. Our regular readers know that we love getting our fruits and veggies from Martin, the guy with the best produce and best prices in Mexico! Sure enough he remembered us!
Martin's fruit and veggie stand.
Our haul for the day!
As always, we need to gloat about this.
Large bag carrots, 5 onions, 3 green peppers, 1 bunch broccoli, 1 bunch cilantro, 1 small watermelon, 1 pineapple, 2 mangoes, small bag green beans, 3 zucchini, bag of potatoes, 4 tomatoes, small bag mushrooms, 4 small cucumbers, 1 head lettuce.
All of this for 120 pesos ($10.50). We love Mexico!
Then, we went and got set up at Chema's RV Park. That's what we'll call it for now, although that may not end up being the official name. He's put in 10 RV sites with full hookups. They're located behind his son's restaurant just on the outskirts of town. GPS coordinates are 19.940483,-102.95867
Sherman, parked up at Chema's RV Park.
Looking back at the restaurant.
The sites are totally finished and ready to use. Sherman is only the second RV ever to stay here! The washrooms and showers are not yet ready, but they're pretty close and will certainly be fully operational within a couple of weeks. There's still some tidying up to be done, but I spoke to Chema yesterday and he's going to have it totally finished by the time anyone wants to be here in the fall. He's planted some trees, and it will take some time for it to be really nice, but it's a start.
I think he's planning on charging 150 pesos ($13) a night for full hookups including electricity.
We'll stay for two or three days and give you an update on our experience.
We relaxed for the afternoon.
Ruth made some kebabs and I grilled them up.
Overall, a good day and we're so happy to be back touring Mexico in the motorhome again!