I checked out the road on Google Streetview, and the paved section looked quite nice...but there was a 7 km (4 mile) stretch of unpaved road. That particular section doesn't even show up in our Guia Roji Mexico Map Book, but it is there on Google maps.
So, how bad could it be, right?
The paved section leading up to it was in good shape, and with no traffic at all.
Once the pavement ended, it was like this.
For a while. Then it got worse. Washboard really bad, lots of potholes and rocks. But hey, it was only 7 kms (4 miles) right? And even though we were just crawling along, we were enjoying the scenery and the distance closed fairly quickly.
Not that bad. Nothing Sherman couldn't handle!
Hmm. This was a rough section.
Soon, we came over a ridge and we could see the village of Jalpa down below.
The road at this downhill section was cobblestone. And only wide enough for one vehicle in most sections. The ocassional person that we passed sure did stare at us. Definitely the first RV they've ever seen on this road. They were probably thinking "Man, those gringos are totally lost!".
Near the bottom, we came to a gulley. There had been a little pickup truck in front of us, and we had watched as he slowly made his way across. It was really rough, and I thought Sherman's back end might drag.
We made it across. I stopped and got out and took some photos.
Definitely a rough section! Good boy Sherman! The things we put you through...
So now we're almost at the town of Jalpa, and that's where the paved road starts again. The worst has to be over, right?
Well maybe not. We came to a rickety old concrete bridge. Just barely wide enough for a car, let alone Sherman. And the concrete was crumbling in places. Guaranteed there has been no engineer who ever tested the weight limits of this structure!
But there was no turning back now. And nowhere to turn around even if we wanted to. I have to admit, I was a little nervous going across this bridge!
Ruth took a video for you...turn your volume up...
Did you notice how I sped up as soon as we were on the bridge? Not sure that would have helped if the thing had collapsed, but it made me feel better!
Almost there. Only came to one more rough section, and then we were in the village.
The last rough section.
Coming into the village of Jalpa.
This little village has a huge old church. The town is only about 500 people, and there is no cell service. Stuck in the middle of nowhere, and yet only 15 miles from San Miguel de Allende or maybe 25 miles from the big city of Queretaro. There's not much of anything really! Just a sleepy little village with a fascinating church that we can't find any information about.
It's located on a little dammed lake and we were hoping to find somewhere to overnight. But other than the church and some ruins, there wasn't much else to offer.
The front of the old church.
Unfortunately, it was locked up which is very strange. Most churches are open during the daytime.
On the far side of the church are some ruins.
Nothing to explain anything about them. Strange.
And why does a little village of 500 people have a church this huge?
It's a mystery. I can't find anything online that describes the history of the church or ruins.
From there, we decided to carry on to the Botanical Gardens in San Miguel de Allende. We've stayed here with Sherman before and we know it's a nice quiet free spot to overnight. It was only another 20 kms (13 miles) or so, and on a paved road. We're sure we heard Sherman heave a sigh of relief!
Sherman, happily parked up outside the botanical garden.
Lot of space, even though they've built themselves a parking lot since the last time we were here.
Now, you see all that dried grass on the right beside where Sherman is parked?
Very dry grass.
We spent rest of the afternoon inside the motorhome just relaxing. It was a nice sunny day and we had the windows open. At one point, I heard a funny noise...sounded like the crackling of fire.
I opened the door, and this is what I saw...
Yikes! The flames were eight feet high.
We watched it for 30 seconds or so. There was a bit of a breeze and the flames were moving quickly. It didn't take long before we decided that we had better move quickly as well! Wow...I was a little nervous that Sherman had been parked right next to the dry grass. Even with the motorhome moved to the other side of the street, the heat was unreal.
This photo was taken exactly six minutes later! Sherman had been parked over there!
We were located right at a corner, and because of the direction of the wind the fire had nowhere to go. So 15 minutes later it had pretty much died out. By that time, a couple of young guys carrying water packs had arrived and were dousing the leftover hot spots.
We waited a couple of hours and then moved back to where we were.
This is the exact same spot we had been parked. You can see how much is burnt.
Can't imagine what would have happened had we not been there. Poor Sherman might not be around any more, and if he was there would certainly have been some damage. Scary stuff.
Yesterday's drive. Trust me, it took longer than 57 minutes!
So, we had an exciting day. How was your day?
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