We were gone almost four hours!
The main reason we were headed into town was to buy a map. The best highway map book in Mexico is made by Guia Roji and is a spiral bound book with very detailed maps.
We had one, but it was well used and it was the 2008 version. It went with us in the little blue car last time we drove back to Canada. So we needed a new one, and we were having a hard time finding one. We had checked the Walmart and the Mega stores here, but no luck. This time, we stopped at a Pemex gas station where there was an Oxxo store. They had one left! It was 220 pesos ($18.26), which is not bad. You really do want to have one of these with you for any driving in Mexico. You can buy one at Amazon before you cross the border, but it's a little more money.
The other thing we were looking for was some kind of gluten free cereal.
We went in to both Sam's Club and Costco with Rick. He has a membership to both, so we could buy a few items there if we saw anything worthwhile. We know our prices pretty good though, and we didn't see very much that we considered a "deal". We did pick up a few things. An oversized bag of my favorite peanuts for only 47 pesos ($3.90). A 1.2 kg (2.7 lb) block of cheese for 111 pesos ($9.21). And a 24 pack of my favorite beer for 232 pesos ($19.25). Not a huge savings, but a dollar or two makes it worth it.
But the real deal came when we stopped at the big Chedraui store. They had their entire selection of wine on sale at 20% off. So we stocked up on the kind that we like. It was a great price to begin with, but with another 20% we would never see it any cheaper. So we bought 12 litres! At 31 pesos ($2.54) per litre. Good deal.
Oh, and a bottle of cheap tequila for 65 pesos ($5.33) and a bottle of scotch for 89 pesos ($7.39). If nothing else, at least the booze cabinet is stocked for the rest of the month!
Not a great deal on the gluten free cereal though. We did find a bag of gluten free oats, and we bit the bullet at 129 pesos ($10.58). Yikes. You can buy a four pack on Amazon for $17!
While we were gone, the propane truck came to the park. I had asked Garry to get it filled for us, and sure enough that was accomplished. Propane has gone up in price though, unless this guy was just extra expensive. Last time we had it filled up in Jalisco, it was 6.18 pesos (51 cents) per litre, this time it was 7.78 pesos (64 cents) per litre. Still cheaper than what it is in Canada though.
Oh, some of you asked about seeing the interior layout of the 19 ft Class C motorhome that Rick and Patty own. They are also traveling with a full size pickup truck and trailer, so they have lots of room for their four dogs!
It's a 2012 model, on a 2011 chassis.
With one dining room slideout.
The shower stall is bigger than Sherman's!
Good use of space.
It's actually a tall unit. I'm just over 6 feet and there's a good four inches between my head and the ceiling.
The smaller fridge would be a challenge. And we would want an actual gas oven Ruth uses ours a lot.
The kitchen table.
But the trade off of course, is the size of the unit. It's only 19 feet long. And with an 8 cylinder Ford chassis it gets 17 mpg on the highway which is pretty darn good. And it has only single rear wheels, so the weight is such that you don't need the added expense of dual tires on the back.
As with any RV of any size, there are drawbacks and benefits. You just have to know what's the most important to you.
This little motorhome is for sale by the way. Somewhere around $35,000 which I thought was not too bad for a 2012 rig with 21,000 miles on it.
The scouts are still here. They've had all kinds of activities on the go!
The obstacle course!
Looks like fun.
Huge bonfire last night!
Today is our last full day here at the ranch. As much as we like it here, we're getting antsy to get on the road "searching for adventure" as our old friend Tioga George used to say!