We knew it might be a long day, because we were going to try to get to Hermosillo. It was going to be a 433 km (268 miles) drive, and part of it was through the mountains. What we didn't realize was how slow going that would be!
We actually got on the road at 8:10am. A nice early start. I figured that we would be there by 3:00pm.
On the bright side, we had a clear blue sky all day!
And beautiful scenery!
After almost two hours of driving, we arrived at the Sonora border. We had only driven 75 kms (47 miles)!!
It was really slow going. I don't mind doing a couple of hours of slow twisty windy uphill and downhill driving. But this never seemed to stop.We stopped for lunch at 1:00pm, and after driving non-stop for almost five hours, we had completed exactly 200 kms (125 miles).
The road surface was okay. But you had to watch for the odd rock slide.
And the cattle on the road.
We've driven the famed "Devil's Backbone" highway twice. Well it's nothing compared to this road!
Again, the scenery was beautiful.
But we had to keep our eyes on the road!
By this point, the GPS was giving an indication that we might arrive around 5:00pm. It doesn't get dark until close to 6:00pm, so that would be okay. In hindsight, there were a couple of places that we could have probably overnighted, but they weren't ideal.
It turns out that the Sonora RV Park just north of Hermosillo is far from ideal as well. We drove around the city of Hermosillo (pop 700,000) at just after 5:00pm. Made it to the RV Park, which it turns out is just a gravel parking lot for a landscaping business which has installed a row of RV hookups.
They asked for $20 USD. Huh? "This is Mexico", I say..."we use pesos here"!
The guy just shrugged his shoulders and says "$20 USD or 300 pesos". Nope, no discount for not needing their electricity. Pretty expensive parking spot.
If it hadn't been getting dark, I would have driven away.
To make matters worse, they didn't even supply a place to have a shower! "RV park" was a pretty lose term for this place. "Parking lot for RV's" would be more accurate.
And, right beside a busy highway. Never again.
But, we slept okay, and we're now only 287 kms (178 miles) from the Arizona border. We'll cross either today or tomorrow. There's another RV park I want to check out along the way.
Yesterday's drive, 433 kms (268 miles).