First, we had to get out of the town of Guadalcazar. The plaza had been located very close to the entrance to town, but we didn't want to leave that way. We wanted to take the back way out because it looked by the map that it was a logical way to go.
Apparently not. With a maze of one way streets, many of which narrow to the point of not being motorhome friendly, we had a bit of a difficult time. But Sherman and his driver and co-pilot persevered and came out victorious.
After several very tight turns, we made it to the road out of town.
Not a very good road, and we had to be on it for 22 kms (14 miles). Much worse than the road leading into town on the other side. I'd bet money that we were the first motorhome ever on this road. Sure made a few of the locals stare. I'm sure they were thinking "yep, those gringos are lost!".
Towards the end, the road did get a little better.
Finally, we made it to the main highway. This is a toll road, and there was no access to get onto the highway in the direction we wanted to go. But there were no other cars in either direction and we managed to get on the access ramp in one direction and then u-turn back the other way. Yep, apparently we are toll road cheaters!
And, it was a beautiful new road.
The toll road to Rio Verde.
We made it past the town of Rio Verde and stopped a couple of times trying to find free internet. Not easy to do anymore. Now admittedly, this was a Sunday. We tried schools, hotels, restaurants, but couldn't find an unsecured signal. In hindsight, we should have activated our Telcel internet stick when we were in Monterrey. We just didn't think it would be this difficult to find free interent.
Got onto the MEX69 highway leading south into the mountains from Rio Verde. This is our first time ever in the state of Queretero! I think we've only got 2 Mexican states left that we've never visited and they're on the agenda for the new year.
MEX69 leading into the mountains.
This road leads into the Siera Gorda Biosphere Nature Reserve, a huge tract of protected land. I had read of a possible overnight spot where two rivers meet in the mountains. We got to that point at about 1:30pm and got out to check the place out.
Ruth, on the rickety suspension bridge.
You can clearly see where the two rivers meet.
What a neat spot. One river contains crystal clear spring water, and the other has muddy runoff water from recent rains.
When they meet, it looks like this.
For overnight RV parking, it wasn't ideal, with some low hanging branches. We would have had to go back up the entrance in order to leave, but it was doable. We decided to continue on because I had read of a Balneario (swimming pool) that had RV hoookups and a dump station. And Sherman was getting to the point where he needed to go!
So we carried on.
Love the mountains.
Starting to get a little foggy.
Except when we neared the top, we lost the scenery for about 45 minutes because we were driving in the fog! I'm sure we missed some beautiful vistas. I guess we'll have to return in the spring!
Wow. Yep, that's our road down there.
Gorgeous views, but not many places to get out and take pics.
That's where we're headed.
Beautiful mountain scenery, but as expected, very slow going.
We had a short section of road construction.
And bumpy cobblestones through one town.
It was almost 6:00pm when we pulled into the Oasis Balneario near Tequisquiapan. They were just getting closed up from a busy Sunday and I think I spoke to the boss. An older guy, who definitely looked in charge. Told him what I was looking for, and he asked how many people. "Just my wife and I", I said. He says "that'll be 300 pesos ($24.60 CA) for the night". Then, I found out that their dump station is no longer operational.
No thanks. I told him we had no interest in swimming, and didn't need any services. But he was non negotiable and wouldn't even let me park in their normal parking lot without paying the 300 pesos. See ya!
We had driven by another balneario a few kms back and so we headed there. The place was closed up, but they had a nice big empty parking lot and I pulled in to a spot far out of the way. We saw a security guard behind the gates so I went over to speak to him.
I asked if it would be okay to park for the night, and explained that we would be gone first thing in the morning. He hummed and hawed and then said in perfect English "I don't think I can let you do that". Ha. I said "oh, you speak English"...and he says "Only enough to get me in trouble". But his English was great...much better than our Spanish.
I can never figure out how a guy like this, smart enough to be pretty much bilingual, is satisfied with a job as a security guard at a waterpark. A little more education, and the guy would have it made.
Anyhow, he tried to call his boss but couldn't get through. When he came back to tell me, I convinced him that I would be better off behind a wall I had seen on the other side of the parking lot and he agreed to let me stay there. I gave him 50 pesos ($4.20 CAD) for his time, and thanked him. We were running out of options, and it was getting dark.
Sherman, with a wall separating us from the highway noise.
Turns out we had done 371 kms (230 miles), much of it on twisty mountain roads. It took us 7.5 hours actually behind the wheel, with another 3 hours of stopping, resting, and exploring. Long day for us, but when things don't go your way, you just carry on and figure a way around it.