Wednesday, November 20, 2019

For all our friends who aren't here this year.

This is a post for all our friends who couldn't make it to Mazatlan this year. First part is mostly about the RV Park. As I said we are staying at Las Jaibas RV Park, it is in the north end of Mazatlan. Lots of public transportation available if you don't have a vehicle. Monthly fee is very reasonable around $16.50 US dollars a day. Includes all hook ups even electricity. Bill says the restrooms are immaculate. There are over 100 spaces here. We stay in the very back. There is WiFi but only in very front spaces and the office. We have our own dedicated Infinutum Internet line. Well we will when we go to town to have it turned back on - another way of saying pay them. 
The camera is pointing at a couple of empty spaces. There are usually two RVs here. That won't be here this year.  
 Looking at the north wall and empty spaces. We do have a neighbor though.
 Looking at the back wall. The houses built right up next to it. I don't think they are occupied yet. The wall needs a big mural on it. 

Our poor plants didn't have a good summer. But Bill is now giving them TLC. Besides the banana plants there are two bougainvilleas there. One did okay the other...
 The two in the back. Again one did okay but the other...
 Early this morning Bill getting ready to hang some of his lights on the awning.  
 Only those of you familiar with the park will get this one. The owners actually made an improvement. A load of gravel on the entrance to the back section. Also another load around the front and south side of the office. WOW.
 There is a new cell tower. Again on the RV Park's property, but way in the front behind a convenience store.
Remember the wall that got built and then had to be torn down because the house was supposed to go there? Well guess they meant it about the house. Sure looks funny. Makes me want to go up and knock on it. 
 There usually is an RV here. The gnome looks lonely. The cactus is growing like a weed. 
 And yes the chkalakas are still around and loud. 
 Now for everyone else. This morning we kept another tradition - going across the street to the Hotel Torres for breakfast. It is as beautiful as ever there. Ate in the palapa next to the ocean. 
 AND THEY HAVE THEIR WONDERFUL WAFFLES BACK. As good as before. Of course I had one. YUM. 
 Had some company at our table. Finally gave them a couple of jellys to keep them on their side of the table. 
 Looking out the open window at the ocean. 
 Looking north, see the rainbow in the cloud. I guess it is raining hard north of us. Schools closed in city of Cuilican about 100 miles north of here. 
 One of the resident iguanas sunning himself
 Decorated for the holidays
 See the clouds building to the north. 
 We went to the big supermarket Soriana to get Bill some bread. They are all ready for Christmas. 
 A cake, I think it is a little creepy. 
 These chips are either 25 or 31 pesos a bag - so is 2 x 67 a good deal? I think not. 
At home for now, waiting to see if it rains or not. It is pouring and some thubder. Guess it will be like this for a couple of days. 

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Welcome to Mazatlan

We are now in Mazatlan, hope you can enjoy the winter with us. 
Or trip today started at 7:00 this morning and arrived in Mazatlan at 12:00  240 miles. Tolls came to US $69. At least the road was better than last year. Will write about today's trip tomorrow. The whole trip from home to here 1253 miles. 
But we picked a hot time to get here 91 degrees - but FEELS like 102 because of the humidity. UGH. Supposed to rain for next three days and cool down quite a bit. 
 Looking behind us. No trucks and diesel smoke or dust just the backs of lots of new houses. Looks weird after being used to all the old jungle. 
 All settled in and hooked up. Our poor bougainvillea didn't do well over the summer. They didn't get any tender loving care. But hopefully they will get better with water. 
 Bill took a short nap then we headed out to Fat Fish for RIBS for dinner. 
Happy camper.  
You get salad, coleslaw, baked  potato, garlic bread and a whole slab of ribs. for US 7.50. 
 Two dinners for 250 pesos. They have steak and fish too. 
 Then took a ride around town. Didn't take many pictures, but will in the future. Part of the city with the sun lighting it up. 
 Saw this painted on the side of a home as we passed. 
 Another section of town, lit up by the setting sun. 
 Just a mural we were stopped next to. 
 Took this through the car's front windshield while stopped at a light. 
And now I'm just going to relax and read. Glad we don't have to get to anywhere tomorrow. 

Monday, November 18, 2019

Another 238 miles closer to Mazatlan

We are stopped in a Smart Gas truck stop about 280 miles from Mazatlan.  Today we were on the road from 9:00 till 2:00. Did 238 miles. Mostly good road, but more about that later.
We got kind of ready to go then went to Chihauhaus for breakfast. Knew it would be a long drive so wanted to start off with a full tummy. See how dark and dreary it is. Willie, the Heep, waiting for the RV to get moving. 
 Back on the highway going north to the Fletcha gas station at the intersection of the 15D. Most of the road to San Carlos is paved. Just a small section still to do. 
 Got gas and on the 15D south. The toll booth was not open, just people collecting donations. We gave 10 Pesos at all of the booths. A very few sections of the road today were under construction. Detours were well marked and the road is plenty wide for the traffic. Just south of Guaymas by the Sonora Indian statue are some vibradores. Slow Down!
 At one section under construction they had put out these "people" to slow down traffic with their flags. The people are overalls stuffed with something, a head with a hat and the flags. More funny then effective. 
 Another section of share the road.  
 Coming up to the Road to Potam there are topes and vibradores.  Next you come to Vicam. The road turns to torn up asphalt through town. 
 At the north end of Vicam there was a group of people walking back and forth across the road. They had donation cups. But we did not donate. Drive through them carefully. 
 There are several topes going through Vicam. I think there were five, but might have forgot to count a couple. Watch for people selling things - there will be a tope there. 
 Some nasty topes. Go through town very slowly. The road is so bad you can't go fast anyway. Bill complained that even the topes had holes in them. 

 Just at the southern edge of town back on concrete. 
 Coming up to the Obregon Bypass. Just beyond the rest stop. 
Just beyond the rest area there were a group of men funneling all vehicles into the far left lane. 
 Again sorry about the dark pictures but it was a dark day and our windshield has a light tint to it. You had to go there as a truck was blocking the other lanes.
 As we approached the man by the barrel picked it up and walked in front of us. 
 No question, you have to stop. 
 Bill asked them why they were doing this and got a convoluted answer about the Indians and the government not asking them or paying them when the road went through. They believe the roads should be free to everyone. Gave them 20 pesos and they moved the barrel. They were not belligerent or demanding.
 Then came the sign for the bypass. Obregon city straight, cuota to the right.  
 Follow the signs to Navojoa Cuota. 
 Easy on. 
 This toll booth was open and collecting. Cost us 318 pesos. For 4 axels. - RV and car.  
 As you near the end of the bypass watch for these signs at the split. The road on the right goes back to the city of Obregon. Make sure you stay on the left  
 Merge back onto the 15D carefully. Full stop and no merge lane. 
Back on 15D heading towards Navojoa. Just before Navojoa at Benito Juarez and by the Hotel Sonora there are a series of topes and vibradores. Lots of them. 

 When you see a watch for cattle sign. Believe it. The cattle graze next to the road and in the middle. 
 Good thing the guard rail was there.
 Hopefully he is fast enough to keep them all on the side of the road. 
 Just beyond Navojoa after the turn off to Huatabamo and before the toll booth there are a series of three topes that are not marked and are hard to see. Be warned. Also beyond Navojoa the road gets bad for a while. Just before going into Sinaloa. 
 We went through a swarm of stink bugs so it was hard to get the camera to focus through them. 
Once in Sinaloa you go through an agricultural inspection. Don't have to stop but go slow over the rope topes. And the toll booth before Los Moches is open. Cost us 138 pesos.
The road was good as far as the Smart Gas just south of Los Moches where we are spending the night in the gated/fenced truck lot. It is near Km 195 going south. 
After parking we went up front to the Elba restaurant for a very good meal. 
Looks like it might rain tonight. Using our TelCel MiFi and it is working fast. Now that I push the right button to turn it on. 
Not looking forward to tomorrow - it will be a long day on not so good roads.