We wanted to take Sherman for a drive and see if everything was okay. And, we needed to do a big grocery shop. And, I had left Sherman's gas tank empty, so we needed to stop for gas and top up the air in the tires.
Everything was going smoothly until we didn't see a tope (speed bump)!
I had been driving slowly anyhow, but I had to hit the brakes hard to avoid hitting the tope. Something went funny in the brakes. I did manage to slow down enough that we didn't do any damage going over the bump, but now the pedal drops too close to the floor and stopping power is substantially reduced. Still, we were able to carry on, but something is not right and will require some inspection.
Stopped at the Pemex gas station just south of Bucerias heading towards Puerto Vallarta.
Sherman's tank is rated to hold 228 liters (60 gallons) and I asked the pump attendant to fill it up. It took 192 litres (51 gallons), so it was definitely getting close to empty. While the tank was filling, he checked the air in all the tires and topped them up to 60 psi. Every gas pump in Mexico has air available right at the pump, and it's a very high tech system. The guy sets a digital gauge at 60, and the pump dings and stops automatically. No overfilling. I double checked with my own digital gauge, and it was bang on. Very neat!
The price of gas continues to rise here in Mexico. It's now at 13.22 pesos per liter. (It was 7 pesos per litre when we first came here six years ago!) At current exchange rates, that's $1.15 CAN per liter, or about $3.75 USD per gallon. The recent drop in the world price of oil has made gasoline cheaper in Canada and the U.S., but hasn't affected the government set price of fuel here.
Anyhow, the bill was 2,541 pesos, or about $221 CAN. Yikes.
Then it was off to the grocery store. It's a huge MEGA superstore and caters to the gringos and expats living in Bucerias. But it has pretty much everything, and Sherman's cupboards were bare!
We bought a few extras too. Such as an electric orange juicer! Only 138 pesos ($12.00)!
Oranges are cheap in Mexico.
Making fresh squeezed OJ!
And, we had to stock up on booze. Rum, wine, and beer. A big 1.75 liter bottle of rum, 8 liters of wine, and 24 bottles of beer. Total price of 720 pesos ($63 CAN). I love Mexico. The bottle of rum alone would have been $50 in Canada!
And then it was food. 1,700 pesos ($147 CAN ) for food. Our cart was full!
And, a few other miscellaneous items. Our total bill was 2,785 pesos ($242 CAN). Yikes...again.
But, we're all stocked up for a few days.
Another motorhome has pulled in and we met with Patty and Rick from Washington during happy hour yesterday. They're moving down to a ranch south of here and have all of their worldly belongings with them. And four dogs! Two little tiny ones, and two six month old large ones. Yikes...yet again!
We had a moment of panic yesterday afternoon. I had a box of empty beer bottles sitting up against the wall beside where Ruth's feet would go when she's in passenger mode. I moved the box away from the wall, and there were hundreds of ants living there. I disturbed their home, and they started to scatter! I can't believe it didn't disturb them when we drove in to get the groceries, but it didn't. Now though, they were not happy. And the were fairly big ones...red and black.
I grabbed the dustbuster vacuum and started sucking them up. It took a while, but we got most of them. A few went up under the dash, and we spent yesterday evening killing the stragglers who appeared. I'm sure there will be a few more that will show their faces today.
Patty and Rick had a few of those "ant hotel" bait traps and gave us one. Won't hurt, so we'll leave it there for a week or so just to be sure.
Nice sky at 7:00am this morning.
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