We almost didn't drive yesterday. It was really foggy in Parral when we woke up, and part of the reason we are taking the route that we are is because we had heard about the fantastic scenery. Which you can't see if it's foggy.
But we waited out the earlier part of the morning and it looked like there were going to be some breaks in the cloud, so we set off at around 11:00am. A bit of a late start for us, but we figured it would be better to put even a few miles on. And if we made it to our destination around Guachochi, then all the better.
Where we had been parked at the Hotel Hacienda del Villa in Parral.
One last shot of the city of Parral as we were driving out of town.
After we got out of the city, the fog returned.
It was pretty foggy and slow going for the first 45 minutes or so after we left Parral. But the road was in pretty good shape, and there wasn't much traffic. But things cleared up a bit by the time we started getting into some elevation. We drive slowly anyhow, so it wasn't a problem.
Some really beautiful roads through the hills.
We turn right here towards the Copper Canyon!
After we turned right, we didn't see a single other vehicle for over 50 kms (30 miles)!
But we did see lots of nice scenery.
Yep, that's our road.
Nobody around for miles.
Yep, there's the road we just came in on.
Another beautiful view.
The altitude ranged from 6,500 feet up to 8,400 feet. We don't have altitude reading from our cheap Tom-Tom GPS, so I just looked at various points on some mapping software online. The road surface wasn't great, but it was overall good. Especially not a problem because there was so little traffic that it was easy to drive slowly and miss the odd pothole.
We went through one little rainstorm for about 15 minutes.
And then we were actually above most of the low lying clouds.
I like the sky in this pic.
It was close to 4:00pm when we arrived on the outskirts of the town of Guachochi. We saw a sign advertising cabins for rent, and saw that it was a dirt road leading up to it. The problem was, we didn't know how far along the dirt road, and we didn't know if we would be able to turn around once we got there!
The dirt road leading to Cabañas el Tepehuan.
But it was less than 1 km down the road, when we came to a big set of gates and Sherman passed through with no problem. I parked at the side of a field and wandered over to where I saw some guys working chopping and splitting wood. Two of them looked to be in charge and I explained that we had a motorhome and were looking for somewhere to park for the night. They said "sure, you can park here" and pointed over to a spot in the pine trees. They even asked if we needed water.
Sherman, parked up for the night in the pine trees.
This is actually some kind of resort, with cabins for rent and a restaurant and a lake. It's called Cabañas el Tepehuan, and they even have a website at http://www.cabanaseltepehuan.com/inicio/. GPS co-ordinates are 26.849995 -107.079559. Any size rig would fit in here. A great spot for an overnight, or even longer. The building beside us even has an electrical outlet and I'm sure if you paid them you could hook up.
Yesterday's drive from Parral to Guachochi, 191 kms (118 miles).
Slept great last night, although we did have a big storm that went through and even had some hail beating down us. Not that cold though, because it was still 8C (46F) inside the motorhome when we woke up. Put the furnace on to take the chill off, and now there's bacon cooking on the stove while I'm writing this. Yum!
Today, we plan to arrive at Creel and the Copper Canyon! Very excited about that, plus our drive today will take us through part of the National Park itself. And, there is some blue sky, so we should have some great photos.
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