Greetings from Mexico.
The border crossing between the States and Mexico went smoothly. Marzena didn’t even need to leave the car to get her visa done. The car had its inspection done in just a few minutes. The food in the fridge was of no interest to the nice police lady. She was more interested with Sergio, wanting to know what an intelligent and good looking man from Portugal, was doing so far from home! If Sergio had not asked about visas and passport entering stamp, and he wouldn’t if Marzena didn’t remind him, we could have entered Mexico without it!!! Welcome to the country of “mañana”.
We had the idea that roads were far from good but we were pleasantly surprised. They are fairly good. Of course there are road works but apart from it we could drive at a pretty good speed. We drove south from Nogales to kilometer 21, in order to get the temporary importation permit for the UMM. After that we turned west. We planned to get to the shore line and go south along it, avoiding larger city’s such as Hermosillo.
All was going according to plan, the more west we drove the less traffic we found, fewer buildings and more secondary roads and shortcuts, like this chosen by Sergio.
According to our navigation, we had to cover 90 km in 3 hours. We made it in two and a half. What a scenery! All the way surrounded by cactuses of all shapes and sizes, seeing small lizards running across the track, vultures flying alongside us and deer running to safety! Marzena did manage to get one in camera!
We arrived to the place where we planned to overnight, the small village of Puerto Lobos. It’s a very small and poor fishing village. Sergio didn’t feel safe enough to stay there and so we continued south, this time on a fast road, stretching as far as eyes can see and on which we were completely alone.
The next spot, also a village but a little bit larger, we didn’t find a place to stay. The wind rose and it started to rain. Sergio, Hurricane Sergio, had finally caught up with us. We continued to drive south, though it was getting late. Everyone had warned us not to drive after dark, and there we were on our second day in Mexico, braking up the first and most sacred rule of all! Well, it was due to a force majeure. The rain did not stop and even grew stronger. We arrived at Bahia do Kino after 18:00. We found rooms to rent in a private house (very nice place), for dinner we had tacos at a local bar (the tripitas are a must, well for Sergio they are but for Marzena its to avoid by all means possible), all in pouring rain. The morning brought nothing new. Still raining. The unpaved streets turned into a swamp, the paved ones into a lake! Electric power lines thought it was the fourth of July and started to display a magnificent firework show! The wind was also growing in strength. Nothing we could do but run west, to the state capital of Sonora, Hermosillo, where we did not want to go. And there we found that things were no better.
We will be staying here for the night, in a motel, and tomorrow we will move on. Sleeping in a tent is not an option for now.
Welcome and greetings from Mexico.