We took the toll roads, which are supposed to be the best roads, and with the least traffic. We were a little skeptical of this at first, as we seemed to be constantly hitting little (and I do mean little) towns that slowed us down to 60 km. The distance between tolls seemed to shrink the closer we got to the larger centres as well. We were charged anywhere from a low of 93 peso, to a high of 197 pesos. However, at about the halfway mark we hit a highway system similar to what we travel at home – 110 km – yahoo! We could finally make some time and distance.
The drive was fairly uneventful. We travelled through a very broad band of agricultural areas. The major field crop seemed to be sugar cane, but there also appeared to be a lot of vegetables grown as well. It was quite different from the desert areas that we were used to up till now. We also saw quite a few ‘caballeros’ tending to their small herds of skinny cattle, which fed along the ditches where the (free) grass was tall and plentiful.
We arrived in Los Mochis around 5:00 p.m. The RV Park was a bit of a dog, with no redeeming qualities other than providing a stop for the night. Thankfully there were other travellers there, so we were able to touch base with other people heading further south.
Los Mochis is a large city (200,000+). There is a Walmart Super Centre, Sam’s Club, etc., but we gave those a miss. It was a bit of an odd place, as every bus or truck full of Mexicans that drove by the RV Park would hoot and holler at us, making us feel like somewhat like an exhibit at the zoo!
Everyone in the park (all six rigs – very empty park – we found out later many people prefer to overnight it at the 24-hour Pemex (gas station) down the road), was up and out early. We were the last to leave at 7:30 a.m., leaving only the chickens behind us.
We arrived in Mazatlan around 1:00 in the afternoon, and settled into the Las Jaibas RV Park. It is a nice park located across the street from the beach, on the far north end of the city. As usual, lots of very nice folks are here, many for the season.
After getting some advice on best places to grocery shop (Walmart, Soriana), we headed off to replenish our supplies. Much to our horror, we found out at the till of both these stores that liquor sales were prohibited on Sunday after 4:00 p.m.! Thank god for corner stores ….
Monday we were up and out for a jog through the surrounding streets –nice to find a good sidewalk system, and lots to see. The weather is warm and humid, but overcast. The remainder of the day was spent trying to get our satellite internet system in place. We discovered in Los Mochis that both our internet satellite and our Bell television satellite were out of range for anything (too far south for the satellites). Good god – no internet and no tv! How are we to survive!!
After the initial horror, we both agreed that foregoing television would probably be okay (we’ll see how that works out ….), but internet service is definitely a must-have – both for keeping in contact with everyone from home, as well as maintaining our internet business. We’re in the process of trying to figure this out, so may be out of service for a few days. The RV park here has free Wi Fi, so we’re using it for the moment, but will lose that when we go on to the RV park we have booked in Bucerias.
It has been a LONG time since either Terry or I have been to Mazatlan (way before we ever met). Needless to say, it is not the same city that we remember. The development is incredible – many, many high rise and large multiplex condo developments are underway. Some things don't change though - the beach is still beautiful – a long, long stretch to walk.
After mucking about with no success on securing internet service, we gave up and headed into the Golden Zone for supper. There are very few ‘Norte Americanos’ on the streets these days, so the restaurants are very empty. There are a number of ‘Mexican tourists’, but it appears that the financial woes the U.S. is going through is keeping away a good number of the tourists. We see this in all of the RV parks we have hit so far – most would be full right now, but numbers are definitely down. The Canadians appear to be making up a big percentage of the RV crowd these days.
We were supposed to leave Mazatlan today and travel to Bucerias, however, decided to stay one more day. The weather was beautiful in the morning, so hit the beach. The wind was up and the waves high, so we were only able to spend a short time in the sun before the clouds came up and cooled things off. Thankfully, that was temporary, so we came back out later in the afternoon and took a long walk down the beach. We stopped to take a picture of a massive hotel development at the far, far north end of the beach. The building looks very similar to the ‘Belagio’ in Las Vegas.
We’re off tomorrow for Bucerias. Hopefully we will have our internet problem worked out before too long! I'll update this post then.