We did 320 kms (200 miles), part of it through the mountains where we climbed from 375 meters (1,230 ft) to 1,900 meters (6,200 ft). It was a bit slow going, but lots of nice mountain scenery.
Sherman performed flawlessy...we think he likes driving in the mountains.
No lines, and a few potholes.
Most of the time, the road was in not bad shape. But, you always have to be extra cautious in some sectiosn like in the pic above. Supposedly three lanes wide, but no lines and a lot of potholes. The key is to slow down and take it easy.
As I said it was overcast, and heading towards the mountains you wouldn't have even known they were there except for a break in the clouds. In the pic above you can just barely make out one of the mountains behind the clouds.
We made it to the top and a noticeably pleasant change in temperature. It had been really hot and muggy in Monterrey area and now we're in fresher feeling air. The temperature in the motorhome had dropped from 26C (79F) to 20C (68F). Nice!
Nice scenery near the top.
We made it to the intersection of highway 57. This is the main north south route that goes from Nogales at the U.S. border all the way down to Mexico City. It's a busy trucking route, but we had no choice but to drive some of it to get to our destination.
Vehicles backed up for miles!
When we got to the intersection there was some kind of police inspection going on. Fortunately, it was mostly affecting traffic going in the opposite direction and where we entered the highway we weren't stopped at all. But that line of crawling traffic going the other way lasted for about 10 kms (6 miles)!
Entering the state of San Luis Potosi.
Trucking accident along the way.
We pulled in to our destination at the town of Matehuala at just before 2:00pm. Our goal is always to have a plan to arrive at 2:00pm at the latest so that if you have any problems along the way you've got some daylight hours left to fix them.
This is our third time in Matehuala. We were here in March of 2009, and November of 2010.
There are two "official" possibilities for RV parking here. One of them is a nice hotel, the Las Palmas Midway Inn. The other is not so nice...the Oasis. We've stayed at the Oasis both times previously, and we stayed there again. Despite the fact that it's run down, we pay only 150 pesos ($12.30 CAD) for the night with no hookups. And, she gave us a passcode for the internet coming from the owners house.
Sherman, parked up at the Oasis hotel. GPS 23.671682, -100.631090
We checked our old blog posts and the price hasn't changed...it's been 150 pesos since we were here six years ago. Having said that, I wouldn't pay any more than that.
We decided to go for a walk and see if any other RV'ers were in town and staying at Las Palmas.
You can't miss the Las Palmas..it's a big place.
GPS 23.66081, -100.63556
The RV parking at the Las Palmas is simply a big gravel parking lot. We didn't ask this time, but last time we were there they wanted 280 pesos ($23.00 CAD) per night.
There was one motorhome towing a car, with Quebec plates. We didn't see anybody around though.
They had a small Walmart store here just down the road from the Las Palmas. Turns out it's been renovated and expanded and now it's a big Walmart.
Now it's a Walmart SuperCenter. Still with a very small parking lot though.
Back at the Oasis. It's really gone downhill with no maintenance or upkeep at all.
The entrance has some height restrictions, but Sherman fits no problem.
Turns out that this hurricane Patricia was a non event for us. We had a rainy night, but no different than any other rainstorm. It seems to be pretty much finshed now, and we're going to head further south to the town of Guadalcázar, where Chris and Juan have stayed before. They said it's a friendly little town and they let RV'ers park around the central plaza. It's less than two hours from here, so just a short drive today!
Yesterday's drive, 320 kms (200 miles).