On The Road Again!
18 January 2016 | San Carlos, Sonora, Mexico
Fred/warm in the day, chilly at night
We departed San Diego at 0700 on Saturday bound for Nogales. As you may be wondering, we left Tapatai behind and are doing a road trip to mainland Mexico to tour some of the interior. We drove to Tuscon and then south on 19 and stopped at the Mountain View RV park where we got the last spot. Not much to say about the park other than at $15.00 it worked. We didn't bother to hook up as the plan was to leave at first light to get across the border and stop at Km. 21 to get our visas and the TIP for the Roadtrek. It was very cold at night and got down to 35* in the morning. The furnace worked great.
We did make a quick stop at Safeway for our last loaf of US bread and then coffee from McDonalds. Crossed with no problem and proceeded thru Nogales with no traffic at all. We were first in line at Km. 21 and got all our paperwork done in less than half an hour. Met a nice couple from Taos, NM and they ended up in San Carlos as well.
Had a nice drive south and stopped in Santa Ana for a late breakfast. Very good Huevos Rancheros and coffee. Back on the road which is two lane and in pretty good shape. The left lane is smoother than the right but you have to be alert for the potholes.
Pulled into San Carlos about 1500 and dropped anchor at the Totonaka RV park. Secured a berth for two nights for $48.00 total with full hookups and wifi. Our dear friends Ian and Ellen from the sv/Kasasa were here waiting for us. We got settled and met new neighbors from Tacoma and our new friends from Taos. After cocktails we went to the restaurant next door with Ian and Ellen and our free Margarita coupons and had a really good fish dinner. The weather was warm during the day but chills off at night. About 0530 I turned on the heater to take the chill off. But the dress of the day is shorts, t-shirt and flip flops!
The next day I went with Ian and Ellen to the marina so they could sign the listing to sell their boat. The marina was really nice and looks to be a good hurricane hole. The dry storage yard is huge with 100's of boats but very secure so no chance to explore. Later we picked up Penny and drove to Guyamas where Kasasa is on the hard. Got to explore that yard and saw a shiny Airstream that we were drawn to and met the owners who were working on getting their boat ready to launch. They have a 1972 Tradewind and are living in that while they ready the boat.
Penny and I returned to the same restaurant tonight for another good dinner. She had shrimp grilled in butter and I had "Camaron Mignon" which is about 1/2 inch thick and 4" round of shrimp with bacon wrapped around the outside and a cream, mushroom sauce over it. Very good and the bill was only $362p which is $19.78 at the exchange rate of $18.30 that I got at the bank today!
Tomorrow we will go to Los Mochis and check out the Copper Canyon tours. We want to do the canyon again as it was 20 years ago that we drove there. Probably do it on the way back as it is cold up there now and should be a little warmer in late February.
Good to be on the road again and really good to black in Mexico.