Yesterday, we did 95 kms (59 miles) and driving non-stop it took us almost two and a half hours.
Oh, but before we get to yesterday's drive, we have to back up to Friday.
My job for the morning was to dismantle and clean our Weber grill. The burner was becoming a little corroded and it wasn't working properly. So I took it all apart and cleaned each one of the hundred or so little holes that the flame comes out of. Much better than buying a new burner, and now it seems to work perfectly!
We had a note through facebook that long time readers Mark and Sheri from Idaho were going to be at the park next door to us and they wanted to say hello. So we got together with them for the afternoon. They've also traveled a lot of Mexico, so we had lots to talk about. We enjoyed our talk...happy travels guys!
Mark and Sheri and their VW Eurovan.
Mark is actually a very talented woodcarving artist. You can see some of his stuff here... https://www.facebook.com/pages/Mark-Dettmer-Fine-Art-Woodcarving/156598224376160
Okay, so we pulled out of La Parota yesterday (Saturday) at around 10:30 am. But there is a time zone change only a few minutes north of Lo de Marcos, so we gained an hour right away. We're now in Mountain standard time zone.
Sitting at the lights in La Penita. On this section of highway 200 you have to be in the far right lateral lanes in order to make a left turn.
Municipal police in Las Varas.
The route takes you through several small towns. After you make your way through Zacualpan, the road is in really bad shape. I mean, we were crawling. Nothing that would damage anything, you just have to take your time. And then as you make your way closer to Aticama, there are a lot of low hanging branches, and growth on the side of the road that makes it difficult to stay in your own lane without it scratching up against the side of your rig. And we're only 11' 3". Again, the slower you go the better off you are!
We made it to Aticama and Matenchen Bay. There are 3 RV Parks in the area. One is called "El Chaco" and we stopped in there to see if we could dry camp for a night or two. The lady wanted 220 pesos ($18.00) per night, with no hookups. And she wouldn't negotiate. Sorry...too rich for us!
Carrying on towards San Blas, we saw a sign that said "RV Park Camping" and so we pulled over.
The young man who was apparently the caretaker said that it was 200 pesos ($16.40) for full hookups. Not bad. So I offered him 100 pesos for dry camping. He came back to me with 150. I said I would give him 200 for two nights, and he agreed. Good deal.
The only problem is that this entire stretch of beach from Aticama to San Blas is well known for the hordes of little biting noseeums and sand fleas. They are seriously bad. And they fly right through your screen if you have your windows open in your RV. In all seriousness, we will never come here again.
The alternative to this route is the inland road to Tepic. Many eople don't like that road, and they use the coastal route. But now that we've done both, we'll stick to the Tepic road, thanks! Not because of the road itself...it's the bugs here. No ambition to ever be here again.
GPS co-ordinates 21.52042 -105.22243
Yesterday's drive, 95 kms (59 miles).