We are now about 50% through this journey and probably about 65% through the Mexico portion. The final 35% of Mexico will consist of our continuing stay at the lot, the massive pack up of our gear and the drive back up to the border. We have talked to our friends Larry and Maggie and we will be following them back up through Mexico to the states sometime at the end of March.
After we reach the border we will part ways and Canyonwren (our camper) will take us up into some of the areas we want to see in the Four Corners region of the United States. Our plans will be to flow where the winds take us until some time near tax time, in April, and then we will stop our rambling and land back home.
At this point in our Big Adventure we have settled into a rhythm of daily activity. We have all the lot logistics figured out and under control. Water still comes and goes so we fill the camper tanks when we hear the pila filling. The sound of trickling water sends me running to the front of the camper where we have our water pump and hoses. I turn on the water valve, hook the connectors up to the truck battery and run the hose into the camper tank intake and just like that we have water!
We are averaging about 11 days per propane tank which, we use to run the refrigerator and the hot water heater. I have collected four propane tanks, two from Larry and two from our camper. The process to fill these tanks involves driving to Cihuatlán about 20 miles to the south and going to the Global Gas filling station. I don't know if I told you about this process but it goes like this. You pull in and put the tanks on a platform. The guy looks at the tanks and writes out a slip and gives it to you. You then go over to a mirrored window and stand there. In a few minutes a very small slider opens and you hand the slip to a lady (or just a hand) and the slide closes. Then you wait and the slider opens and the slip is returned with a total on it. You hand the slip and the pesos back inside and then if there is change it is returned with a receipt. Then you nod and take it back to the platform and your tanks are filled but you don't get them until you hand the receipts to the man who takes one receipt and then hands the final one back. A tank costs about $11.00 US dollars to fill, which is less than in the US.
The final two logistics are the toilet and shower. When we have water, the toilet flushes. When the water is not running we have to dip water from the pila and fill the tank and then flush. It's that easy. We take showers each night to get the sweat and grit of the day; the mosquito repellent and heat off our bodies. We use the outside shower with water from the camper. The dirty water washes off us and collects in a shower basin with a hose attached to it. The hose drains down away from the camper along the wall of the lot. I have planted some various plants at this point and they are doing quite well.
Our daily rhythm is nothing special, the days come and go. It does however seems like we meet new people every day and so Linda has, for my sake, started keeping a note pad of who's who in Melaque. She has about two pages of notes and it has been very helpful for me as the days pass.
The last couple nights have been movie nights. We have watched American Hustle and August: Osage County and enjoyed both in different ways. We try to watch movies about two to three nights a week. It keeps us from going out and spending money on dinners and entertainment.
We talk about our adventure all the time and have come to the conclusion that we are doing the right thing and that everything sometimes feels somewhat surreal. We sometimes have to pinch ourselves to see if we are actually doing this and not just dreaming it.
As you can see our mid trip report is "muy bueno". I have taken the stance that I won't make plans for our next exploration until this one is over, Linda is ready scheming how to get back down here, visit everyone we have met and come to call friends and explore new areas.
It looks like we could be on the road a lot in the next few years.
Here are some pictures I have collected that don't fit any of my blog stories. :-)
|Goofing around on Mike Anderson's birthday.|
|Mike gave Linda this bike. Thanks and happy birthday big guy!|
|Dennis playing on his last day in Mexico.|
|Iris and her intense smile as she go for a killer spike.|
|Sun falling on the rocks of Melaque.|