Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Got RV back

CRAP it is 7:15 a.m. and we already have almost everything loaded in the Jeep, except for stuff in refrigerator and my laptop. What are we going to do until we get the RV back late this afternoon?
Well we watched TV and rested a bit. Rested because at about 2:30 a.m. a bus full of people arrived at the hotel. Between the bus chugging and 50+ people getting checked in and settled down there was no sleeping for a while. 
But back to today. About 10:30 we checked out of the hotel and went to the restaurant next door and had a meal. A very good meal. I had breakfast and Bill had a salad. So we managed to waste another hour or so. Then we jumped in the Jeep and drove over to the painters shop. The RV was almost ready. Just one little thing needed to be done. Bill went in the shop and I stayed in the Jeep reading my nook. 45 minutes later it was time to back the RV out of the shop. I didn't watch. 
So here we are on the road. The painter knows his way around town so he drove the RV back to the campground. He picked a route that didn't have a lot of overhanging trees or pot holes. But it had a slew of topes. And would you believe the weather turned and it began to sprinkle. 
Nothing was done to the back end. 
 Finally we pulled into the camground. Got the RV settled in the spot right and began unloading the stuff from the Jeep. It remained overcast with a few sprinkles off and on. But here are some pictures of it. The paints all have metal flecks in them so they change colors with the light. Some of the original decals are still on it. The back driver's side. The gold matches the gold on the Jeep. 
the black, white and gray decals are original. 

The front and driver's side. The gold, red and purple are new. White, black and gray original. 

The passenger side.  


Back passenger side

before - the kind of gray looking decal is now deep purple paint
So it is all done and home and a one of a kind. It needs to be cleaned good inside. But everything is put away. We made a trip to the grocery store and dropped off some laundry. Then came home and I cooked dinner. Chicken paella. Turned out good. And the oven works great.  Supposed to rain Thursday.  Hope not. 

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

The rest of yesterdays wander through town

Back out on the Malecon we found some more of the Carnaval decorations. This one is Pata Salada - salty feet, the nickname for people from Mazatlan. 

This one is named Ready to Fight
 The other side of it. Had trouble getting good shots of these because of trees and power poles

Flight of the imagination
 They told me I am a drover - weird translation. 
 Wear Out Toro

 Up to the look out point looking towards the harbor entrance.
 Heading back towards home. A pull in the mirrors kind of street.
 Putting up structures for Carnaval along the Malecon. 
 Good grief another detour from the detour. Just when we think we will have smooth sailing another detour. Good thing Bill knows his way around town.
 Heading back to where we just were. More and more of the construction is completed every day. But there are only 9 days until Carnaval. Don/t think it will be finished for the parade.
 Watering the newly planted palm trees.
 Working hard to get it done. 
 Trees either waiting to be planted or just pulled up. 
The end of the road. All traffic is rerouted from here on. 
 Last night we watched the people loading trucks full of furniture and bedding. Can't blame them at the prices. 
 They could get good mattress sets for 150 pesos. This one I saw in the store today. 30% off and still 839 pesos
 This morning again we went to the painters. He has a pretty good sized shop. 

Polishing on side. 
 Still some work to do one the other. We should get it back sometime tomorrow.
 And so we have another night in the hotel. 

Monday, January 29, 2018

Checking on the paint job and wandering around Centro.

Today was a beautiful day to be out and about. Perfect weather. 
There still is a lot of furniture etc to be sold across the street at the Pueblo Bonito. Spent quite a bit of time this afternoon just watching the loading of cars, trucks and pulmonias with stuff people have bought. They have to be emptying around 100 rooms. 
 Watching one of the many street sweepers going by. 
 We went to the grocery store to buy pastries for the workers at Jamie's shop then went over there to check out the RV. This side is almost completely done. The gold is GOLD.
 The cab, driver's side door.
 The cab over driver's side. black and white is original decal.
 Jamie working with the air brush.
Passenger side all taped off.  We should get it back by Wednesday. 
Left there and headed to Centro cause it was so nice to be out and about. Well CRAP - another street is torn up. Right next to the Central Market and the way to the parking lot.  
Having to take an unexpected detour. See the little cart with the arrow above it. He is going against all the traffic on the street and all us cars turning on to it because of the detour. He was not well liked by the traffic. 
 Hum...haven''t been here before. 
 After about a seven block detour we are back where we want to be on the other side of the one block torn up street. That is the Central Market on the left side of the mess.
 After parking we walked towards the bakery. They have been working on this huge house for over a year. It had been sitting empty for 25 years when someone bought it for 6 million pesos, about 333,000 US dollars. No idea what it is costing to restore. A man we were talking to said the inside is completely finished and beautiful. The side still need a lot of work. As does the tower. 
 One of the windows on the side. 
Lots of work still needs to be done. Wish we could get inside. It must be massive.

This doggy looks comfortable. 
Just some of the bread for sale in the bakery. 
 Buying some cinnamon rolls. YUMMY
 Walking by the government building we saw all these [and many more] sitting outside the building. Bill asked one lady what they were doing there. She said she was paying her water bill. It cannot be mailed in nor paid on line. So they have to come here and wait to pay it. 
 This old building in the Plazuela Machado is continuing to get its face lift. The walls of the first floor have all been patched and replastered. Wonder color they intend to repaint it?
Walked around Plazuela some. A little better picture of the Carnaval decoration. 
 Lots of tourist from the hotels wandering here and downtown. 
A painting for sale, think it was 15,000 pesos. 
 Heading back to the car. Bill patiently waiting for me in front of a bunch of colorful buildings. 
 After picking up the clean car we drove out to the harbor lookout and then up and down the Malecon. Will leave that for another day.