The beach near Monastery of Saint Nahum, North Macedonia.
Where are Kevin and Ruth now? Pogradec, Albania .

Where are Kevin and Ruth going next? Gjyrokaster, Albania on October 6th.

Saturday, December 13, 2008


Saturday December 13…11:00pm

As we were getting ready to hit the road this morning, at about 8am, a bunch of RV’s went by. Most were motorhomes pulling cars, and then one pickup truck with a 5th wheel trailer.

As we got to the town of Champoton, we needed gas, and there was a Pemex station. Lined up getting fuel, were all the RV’s that had passed us earlier. They all had Quebec license plates, except for one from Ontario, so we are assuming these are all the ones who had been staying at the expensive RV Park in Isla Aguada when we checked it out yesterday. When it was my turn to get fuel, one of them was at the pump opposite me. His English was not bad, and he was from Trois Riviere, Quebec. They are headed the same route we are, but staying at RV parks the whole way, so it is unlikely we will see them again. The one from Ontario was apparently from Ottawa, but that guy had left already so didn’t get a chance to say hello.

From Champoton, you have a choice of taking a fast 4 lane toll road to Campeche, or a slow scenic free road that follows the coast. We chose the free road, because we were still looking for somewhere half decent to spend a couple of days before entering Campeche. Just before Seybaplaya, we came across a fancy hotel. We pulled into their parking lot hoping they had wireless internet, and they did! The place wasn’t busy, and we kind of stood out in their parking lot, so Steve went in and asked if it was okay for us to use their internet. The manager spoke not bad English and jokingly asked for $5…he then said “no problem”. So we sat there for an hour and a bit finally getting caught up on email and things.

Sherman parked in front of the Tucan Siho-Playa Hotel where we got on the internet

As we were getting ready to leave, Steve saw a gate leading to a grass area overlooking the water at the hotel. It was a little close to the road, but would have been an ideal spot for the motorhomes if we could use the hotel facilities. Steve went and asked, but the guy at the front desk said that only the manager could make that decision and he had left and wouldn’t be back for a couple of hours. We would have paid up to 200 pesos each in order to stay the night. We went for a walk around the hotel, and it was really nice. They had a beautiful swimming pool, and a couple of nice pool tables. It would have been like staying at a resort for $20 a night!

Here is the hotel website…

Fishing village of Seibaplaya

We decided to explore a few km’s further and go back to chat with the manager if we didn’t find anything. We went through the town of Seybaplaya and saw a sign leading to a playa. The road went to a shipping port, and then turned into a one lane road that lead to many palapas (beach huts) that had been built years ago and had been pretty much abandoned. At the end of the road there was basketball court that hadn’t been used as such for many, many, years. We decided to park on the basketball court overlooking the water. Once we were parked up, we realized that it’s actually a really nice spot, and we decided not to go back to the nice hotel.

Parked up on the unused basketball courts

On the basketball courts

We spent the rest of the afternoon enjoying the sun. It was a beautiful day, temperature about 28C (83F). The shipping port is interesting to watch with the binoculars, and there was some kind of dredging machine we watched them towing out to sea.

A platform being towed otut to sea

Amazingly enough, I get a very weak internet signal from the shipping port. It may be strong enough to get this journal posted in the morning, and check emails again if we’re lucky. If not, probably no more internet until we get into Campeche on Tuesday after lunch.

End of a beautiful day

Nice sunset

Total nights sleeping in a motorhome…416

December Fuel $275.50 CAN

December Grocery $ 100.05 CAN

December Overnight costs $ 49.80 CAN

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