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Thursday, November 25, 2010

Villa de Reyes, San Luis Potosi, Mexico

Had a hard time leaving at a decent hour this morning. We want to get on the road early, but it seems that we’re not getting a whole lot of actual “relax” time, so it was almost 10:00am when we left Matehuala. Plus, we’ve been writing the blog the morning after, so I think we’re going to change that. Now that we have an internet stick that so far works just about anywhere, we are going to write and post the blog of that days activities at night before we go to bed. So there you have it, our blog post will be waiting for you as soon as you wake up in the morning!

Not a very scenic drive today. The Mex57 south from Matehuala is a busy four lane highway with a lot of truck traffic. Nothing but scrub brush to look at, with the exception of the few businesses that spring up at the side of the road to try and take advantage of the truck traffic.

The only excitement of the drive was the number of Federal Police we saw. There were convoys of vehicles, and a lot of officers. We were glad to see them serving to protect the public.

We took the toll road (cuota) bypass around the city of San Luis Potosi. We had decided to avoid that city and head for a balneario (hot water springs) and hotel that was in our Mexican camping book. Stopped for lunch at the main Pemex gas station near the end of the toll section. We needed gas, but this station was not nicely designed, and it was very busy with both car and truck traffic. We decided we had enough gas to carry on. Paid the 93 pesos ($7.95) toll charge and a short while later turned off the main highway onto a side road.

The toll roads are in good shape!

Found a gas station along that road, and pulled in. It was a fairly new station…I asked the girl pumping gas, and she said it was less than a year old. I asked for 1,000 pesos ($85.50) worth. Yesterday when I put in 500 pesos ($42.75) worth, I remembered how little that does towards filling up Sherman’s tank!

One of the other attendants came over and started speaking in pretty good English. This is not a tourist route by any means, and this guy wanted to practice the English he had learned working in Oklahoma for two years. So we had a good coversation. The girl was listening to us instead of watching the pump, and it ran over 1000 pesos. Not a problem, we stopped it at 1,078 ($92.00). I pulled out the Visa card, and once again they ran it through the terminal that sat beside the pumps. Only problem was that it ran out of paper during my transaction and the boss had to come out and print me a copy of the receipt. We are now 2 for 2 with Pemex stations accepting Visa.

So we drove on a few more kms to the Gogorron Balneario. As per the Mexico Camping book, we were expecting to pay around 200 pesos ($17.00) to stay overnight and have the use of the hot pools. The guard at the front gate told us that it was 150 pesos…per person! It looked like a really nice place though, so we asked if we could go inside the gates and have a look around, he said no problem. We got out to take Whiskey with us, and were told that there are no mascotas (pets) allowed! We were already balking at the price, so this made our decision easier. The only concern was…where do we park now?

Driving into this place, we had seen signs for some other balnearios, though not quite as nice as this Gogorron one. We stopped at the entrance to one, and I parked at the side of the road and walked down. It was closed and there was nobody around, but it was far enough off the road and out of view that we decided to stay for the night. Eventually, a guy showed up with a key and I spoke to him. He didn’t like where we were parked, but he volunteered a spot just across the parking lot. I raised one eyebrow and asked if we would be safe here. He waved his hand and said we would be fine, it is a very safe area. Turns out that he lives here, and he is the security for the property.

There’s a fair bit of truck noise, even though we’re off the highway. But we’ll sleep fine once the hour gets later.

Here’s today’s drive…

235 kms (146 miles)


  1. Glad you found a safe place to be for the night. I too have found writing my blog at night works best for me. It is easier to stay current that way. Also I find it easier to stay up a little later at night then try to get up too early in the mornings.

    Have a safe day of traveling tomorrow.

  2. envious of your Mexican travels - thanks for sharing thru the blog...

  3. Glad to hear your still moving along safely. All those police would tend to make me a bit nervous!

  4. Great to see you guys are making progress and the credit card thing is a lot better. The one thing I liked about Mexico was the relaxed bargaining process in buying anything you wanted, we never had to pay full asking price, and everyone seemed happy with their lot, just a friendly place overall. Be safe out there. Sam & Donna.

  5. Hi guys! Glad you like the Internet stick. It worked really well for us last year. It has a 3GB per month limit but we never exceeded 2GB. Just make sure you do not renew it before the expiry date because they will simply add bandwidth to the two or three days before your original expiry date instead of adding a month. Safe travels!

  6. I'm glad you're trying the credit card at Pemex. Like I said in our conversation when you were here, I do all my work on the road with credit and debit cards. Maybe the first station you stop at doesn't accept cards, but there is one in the town that does. Thanks for giving me a some credibility. I thought I was talking to the moon all these years. ;)

  7. Croft...Yes, the internet stick is working great. We have read your old posts about your problem with refilling the time so that we can understand what happened and make sure we don't do the same thing. Thanks for writing about it. The internet and fellow bloggers are a valuable resource.

    Chris...Thanks again for the info on the credit card use at the Pemex's. It's seems to be working great for us.

    Kevin and Ruth


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