But we woke up to blue skies and sunshine.
Had a great stay at Parque Ecologico El Tecuan. GPS 23.90856 -105.03184
Keep in mind that it would be tough to get in there and get turned around with anything bigger than 30', but larger rigs are welcome to park at the entrance gate and overnight there as well.
We continued on the free road, highway 40, in to the city of Durango. It was only about 65 kms (40 miles). Here are some photos of the drive...
The road was still a bit wet in spots from the rain overnight.
That's our road down there.
A few twists and turns. Just gotta take it slow.
That's where we came from.
We took a break at this highway overlook.
There's the city of Durango. Population around half a million.
Some kind of new military monument near the entrance of the city.
So, coming into the city we had our GPS which only listed the major routes, and we had a very poor city map that also only listed the major routes. This is okay, provided you don't stray off a major route! But as we came into the city, there was heavy road construction and a detour. Dammit.
But, nothing we could do but follow the traffic.
We were going pretty slow and eventually there was no traffic to follow.
We took a wrong turn somewhere and ended up pretty close to the central area. We know from past experience that you don't want to be near the center of town with an RV. Too many narrow streets in Mexican cities and towns that were built for horses and buggies....not RVs.
So we pulled over where we could park and check the internet to plan a route to get us back on track.
Fortunately, I had pulled off on a side street that actually led us back to the main drag.
Back on the main drag.
Traffic circle and lights. But we couldn't find a way to turn left onto the street we wanted!
After a few more wrong turns, and one that actually had us on a short section of "bus only" lane, we got back on track.
There are no RV parks or campgrounds in or around the city of Durango. But, we want to explore the downtown (el centro) area, so we needed to find somewhere safe enough to park for two nights and be able to leave the motorhome alone while we went downtown.
I use google streetview to try an scope out possible parking spots. I had found a Holiday Inn across from the Walmart. I know, most of you are thinking that the Walmart would typically make an okay place to park. But Walmarts in Mexico are a little different. First of all, the parking lots are more designed for cars, not RVs.
I did manage to find a place to park and we went and did a big grocery shop. But we didn't think it was a very good spot to overnight. We don't even like overnighting at Walmarts in Canada or the U.S.because there's almost always a better option if you look for it.
I walked over the the Holiday Inn. It would have been perfect. A large parking lot beside a convention center, and 24 hour gated security. I asked the guard, and he thought it would be okay but he had to confirm with the manager. She came out to talk to me, and said no! Corporate policy, she said. Hmph. The place wasn't even close to busy and they could have fit 10 RV's in there. I even offered to pay for parking. Nope, she wouldn't go for it. Said that I would have to rent a room.
Down the road a half a km was a City Express Hotel. I walked down and spoke to them, and the three people behind the counter were nice and friendly. I explained what I was looking for, and they looked at each other and said "sure, you can park here"!
And so, we had a nice quiet night here. No problem, and we're confident that Sherman will be fine as we go into town later this morning.
Sherman, parked up at the City Express Hotel in Durango. GPS 24.053014 -104.61730
So, we'll leave Sherman here and take the bus in to the city center. It was cold last night! Temperature outside was -2C (29F), but they're calling for sunshine and a high of 19C (66F) so that's not bad.
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