Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Moons and trip to San Blas

We are in San Blas. But first I want to post a couple of pictures from the RV park. The hibiscus flower is so interesting to watch opening. 
 This was the moon Sunday nights moon. 
 The hibiscus open. And lots of blooms left to open.
 Monday night's moon. Would you believe no pictures of Tuesday nights moon, too much cloud cover. And Bill even had his drone ready to take pictures. 
We left Las Jaibas and the RV about 830 Tuesday morning driving the Jeep. That was a mistake, we should have  brought the RV!! Not going any where again in just the car to stay in a hotel. There is already rapier construction going on at the fairly new Mazatlan bypass. It is only three or four years old.  Neither of us remembered to clean the windshield and side windows, so some of the pictures have a lot of glare and sports. 
 Hate going over bridges that are being repaired. Are they sure this part is still okay?
 The first toll booth of the day. Price went from 42 to 47 for the car. In the last month all tolls went up. We had four toll booths to go through. Two took tolls, two I'll talk about later. 
 Lots of agriculture south of Mazatlan. This is corn. 
 I hate to pass these double trailers. The road is two lanes with shoulders on both sides. When getting passed the trucks pull way over on the shoulder.
 Blue agave growing. These are small plants. 
 Selling dried shrimp. There were about 10 different vendors set up. 
 There used to be water in these fields. I think they were shrimp farms.  
 Weird looking little hill. 
 Oh now these fields do have water. Pretty reflections. 
Leaving Sinaloa going into Nayarit.  Strange sky all day, for a while I thought we might run into rain. 
Still repairing the road near where the hurricane went through a few months ago. 
Oh, that's okay you can have part of our lane, we'll use the shoulder. 
One lane road ahead. Were stopped for about six minutes. They were putting down new asphalt. 
End of construction. Most of the road was pretty good, just a few miles here and there with pot holes. 
We decided to take the old road into San Blas, The one we took in 1978 in the Pace Arrow. good thing there is a big sign because the semis are parked all the way to the turn off and it is hard to see. 
The road looks the same. Lots of vegetation growing close to the pavement. 
Going through one of the small towns. They seem to be going downhill since the new toll highway opened. Lots of closed stores, no vendors at the topes selling fruit. 
A little restaurant. 
Every day is laundry day. 
This is the river the kids saw the naked women in on our 1978 trip. There wasn't a guard rail then. 
 It is a pretty drive in the Jeep - but in a motorhome you have to be careful not to scratch your sides or take off your AC.
 Another small town. 

 Big fruit vegetable store. 
 See where the trucks and buses have trimmed the tree hanging over the road. 

 Heading off the highway into the turn towards Aticama. Lots of cocos and banana bread for sale. 
All new highway from San Blas to Aticama - well part of the way anyway. 
 This area is an area known for the policia giving speeding tickets. So I changed the GPS to show kilometers instead of mph. Right on the road it says 60  so we were going 58. 

 But then there is a sign that says 80??? Later found out that the signs are new and the real speed limit. 
Pretty fancy truck.  
 And here we are ready to pull into El Chaco Hotel and RV park.  Got here about 12:15. A little over 160 miles. 
We are staying in the hotel. Unpacked and then went out to dinner with our friends who are here in there RV. 
Enough for today. More tomorrow. 

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