Still...we were on the road before 10:00am. With a bit of a long drive ahead us...
We weren't sure exactly where we planned to spend the night last night. There are no "RV parks" in this area, so if we couldn't find somewhere suitable along the way, then we figured a worse case scenario would have us reaching the city of Parral, about 400 kms (245 miles) to the north.
The highway as we set out north.
Check out the guy having a snooze!
We were on a nice brand new section of highway for a few miles.
But it soon turned to a simple two lane road.
A huge monolith off in the distance.
But we did have some passes to get through. I had thought that this route would be fairly flat and straight, and some of it is. But there are also some areas that are slow going, with lots of twists and curves. And scenery!
View from the highway.
This looks like it should have been taken from an airplane, not out the motorhome window!
The road ahead.
The valley had some trees with fall colors!
Just before the town of Rodeo, we hit some road construction. Man, it was slow going. It lasted for about 10 kms (6 miles) and I bet it took us close to an hour to get through it. Shake, rattle, and roll! Well, we didn't quite roll, but we sure did shake and rattle!
The detour section is a lot rougher than it looks!
Most of the heavy equipment we saw looked brand new! Maybe the company got paid in advance. Who knows. It was funny though, that while all of the big equipment was brand new, we still saw one guy building concrete forms and using a hand saw to cut the wood!
We finally made it to the town of Rodeo where we pulled in for gas. I asked the attendant if I could pay with my Visa card, and he said sure...no problem. So I asked him to fill it up! I had quite the conversation with him and the couple of guys selling bootleg CD's and DVD's. We even got to talking about maple syrup, and the next thing you know I'm pouring from our maple syrup jug onto a spoon so that they could see what it tastes like. At the gas pumps! Ha! Only in Mexico!
We had been at about 1/4 tank and it took 2,400 pesos ($195 CDN) and 177 litres to fill it up. Yikes. It wasn't that long ago that gasoline was quite a bit cheaper than Canada or the U.S., but now it's the other way around.
The town of Rodeo. So is this Rodeo Drive?
As we drove through this town in the middle of nowhere, we thought what a nice little place it was. We should have stopped and had a wander around, but with the road construction we were a little behind schedule.
Besides, it was about to get worse!
As we left Rodeo, we were on a brand new section of highway. But it only lasted half a mile or so!
And then we were back into construction. It was really slow going!
And we saw one sign that said they were constructing 28 kms (17 miles) of new highway! We did another 15 kms of terrible detours and rutted dirt road. We figure the 28 kms included the section that we had previously done before Rodeo. It was rough going. Sure will be nice when they're done, but it'll probably be another year.
Then it was over, and this was the road for the last part of drive. Nice surface, and straight as an arrow. I actually sat back and put the cruise control on at 80 km/h (50 mph) and relaxed!
We pulled in to Pancho Villa's hacienda in the town of Canutillo at 4:00pm.
This is the last home that was occupied by Francisco (Pancho) Villa before he was murdered in the city of Parral in 1923. He lived here for 3 years. It's now a museum with lots of photos and relics. We asked the caretaker if we could stay overnight, and he said no problem.
This mask was made from a cast that was done on Pancho Villa's face the day that he died!
A photo of the revolutionaries.
And a peaceful night that it was in the little farming town of Canutillo. Today, we head north to the city of Parral, about 80 kms (50 miles) away. Should be an easy drive compared to yesterday.
Yesterday's drive was a bit of a long one by our standards! 335 kms (208 miles).