We didn’t really want to leave Delia’s Trailer Park in Etzatlan. But
wanted to test out his new engine battery, so eventually we got things packed
up and said goodbye to Bonnie.
fired right up, and it was just after 10:00am when we pulled out.
The first part of the drive brought us through a mountain pass. We had done this part of the route two and a half years ago, (but in the opposite direction) so we knew that it was a bit slow going.
Somebody's not having a great day.
Fields of sugar cane.
Heading towards these hills!
Trucks loaded with sugar cane!
At the other end is the town of
Ameca. We were looking for a grocery store,
but only if we didn’t have to detour into town to find it. Sure enough, there
was a Bodega Aurerra (owned by Walmart) right beside the highway, so we pulled
in to stock up on a few things.
Deal of the day? A bottle of Mexican made rum. A 1 litre bottle, for 39 pesos ($3.43). We’ve never seen this brand before, but we’re in sugar cane country and thought maybe it’s local. But the label says made in
Mexico City, so who knows.
For that price, we figured that if it’s no good (how bad can it be?) it’s worth
The road was like this pretty much the whole way.
A big tree with purple flowers.
View of the town of Mascota.
The highway from Ameca goes all the way to
Puerto Vallarta. It’s a twisty windy two lane
road with no shoulders, and fortunately it’s not very busy. Overall, the road
surface is in pretty good shape too. But it’s still slow going. Pretty tough to
go much faster than 60 to 70 km/h (37 to 42 mph). Good thing we were in no
Entering the town of Mascota.
Bumpy cobblestone streets.
We made it into the town of
Mascota at 2:30pm. We had stopped for
groceries and a lunch break, but that was it. And we still had to figure out a
place to park for the night.
I had checked it all out ahead of time, and there was a dam and lake about 4 kms (2.5 miles) outside of town. The route wasn’t well marked, but I asked a guy at a shop and he said we should be okay to make it there in the motorhome and he pointed us in the right direction.
Heading for the dam.
Really slow going on a narrow dirt road, but eventually we made it to the lake. I pulled over at a convenient spot and walked around trying to find somewhere suitable to stay for the night. One restaurant had a nice looking spot, and I went and spoke to the owner. He said no problem, but the cost would be 100 pesos ($8.80) per night.
Sherman, parked up overlooking the lake.
Ruth, reading her book and enjoying the view from our patio.
View out our front window.
View from our patio.
It took a little bit of work to get
Sherman level, but once he was set up it was
all worth it. A great view, and our own big shaded patio!
We had a great night’s sleep, peaceful and quiet as can be. We’ll stay at least one more night, maybe two.
Only problem is lack of internet. We have a very weak cell signal that drops out more often than not. Been able to access basic gmail, but that’s about it!
The drive was 170 kms (105 miles).