Wednesday, 27 February 2013

Valle de Juarez to Bucerias

WOW - a new title!!! Well, a bit temporary but still, something new for you all to look at!!

So, we packed up the van and left Hacienda Contreras at 8:30 a.m. this morning. We had quite a little nice group of folks to send us off - thanks everyone! Glad you all cared!! But, you know, we are coming back, right??!!

Anyway, it was along drive as we (ahem....) took the sorta long way around via Hwy 70. It is the old highway and weaves it's way through the mountains. Now, just to prep everyone, I had a hard time taking pictures through the MOST twisty part as I was nervous to take my eyes off the road!! Honestly, for all those BC/Alberta drivers out there, it was like driving through the Roger Pass/Golden OLD highway except for 5 hours straight. Poor Doug, I am sure he sweat out 10 lbs for sure!! Our van held the course and once I stopped screaming (ha ha) I enjoyed the ride....

Here are some pictures of the journey. First we tip-toed our way past the western edge of Guadalajara. Such a huge town. Looking forward to seeing it next!. After you turn and head more westerly you head towards the town of Ameca. This seems to be a predominantly sugar cane area. Sugar cane is very, very messy esecially when being transported. Perhaps, in part, to the fact that they pile the trucks up SO high. It's, crazy!!. Check this out:  

Nuts, huh?!
Everywhere there seems to be little restaurants,
obviously sponsored by Coca-Cola!!
Very desert looking, like the southern interior of B.C.
As always, you can never really show the sheer drops, valleys and blind corners of these roads.There were several parts where the road was washed out and they had cones up to warn you...not to mention the big truck that was broken down, dead stopped in a blind corner!! Good thing Euri has good brakes is all I can say!! 
Just some humour, in the middle of NOWHERE!!! If you
survived the road so far, you deserve a Coke, I guess!!
Four hours into it we had "road lunch" at a Pemex gas station after filling up.
Yup, good old peanut butter and jam sandwiches!!
Nice town of Mascota. Wait til you see the main road that goes through the town!!
This is how small the roads are. And, it is ALL cobblestone, through
about 3 miles of town. Thumpity, thump, thump, the whole way!!
Then, see what we found right on the other side of town, coming right at us:
This little car wasn't much bigger than some of those cows!!
It was pretty funny for sure!! AND, they went on and on and on!!
Then you get the odd one that would only walk on my side of the road.
I could have reached out and touched them!!
Another blind corner...
Wow, anyway, it was quite the ride and for sure we went the l-o-n-g way around, but we had lots of time so we didn't mind. DEFINITELY this is not the route for motor homes. In fact, we saw no big trucks after Mascota so that's your clue!! It is an old route to the coast.
Everyone talks about the toll highway versus the "free" highways. If this was an example, I am happy to stick with the toll highways. You get enough of the little free roads anyway but after a whole day of topes in many, many little towns, we will happily stick to the toll roads for now!
We drove around Bucerias for quite some time, checking out the various campgrounds, or more accurately, what was left of the campgrounds. At least two of them are now closed (this after MUCH driving around looking for them....) and the other two we saw had only big rigs in them and they were sandwiched in like sardines. We don't like that. We actually are in Marco's Place Hotel, right in the heart of Bucerias. We checked this little place out last year and liked what we saw. The rates for here are only about $10-15 more per night than the sardine camping, on gravel down the road. Even has a little kitchenette so we can still do our own meals, which by the way, tonight, was done in the AMAZING crock pot of mine, all the way from Valle de Juarez to here!! Check out our pictures (...not of the crock pot, the hotel):
 View from our room...
Cute murals on the walls...
Doug, finally out from behind the wheel!!
That's our room, on the bottom, last door and window you
see on the right hand side...
 They even let us park Euri right inside their gates, that way we don't
have to unload the bikes!! 
That is the day. Pretty good bunch of pictures for a driving day. You know how I usually don't get much on those days, right? Didn't you love the cows on the middle of the highway. Love it!!!
Tomorrow I will do some photos of the inside of the room. We just sorta threw our stuff into the room so it's not as tidy as I like!! We plan on sleeping in (what else is new...) and doing some nice market shopping here in town. We won't go far. On Friday, we are being treated as guests at the Dreams Villa Magna Resort thanks to friends, Bruce & Cindy. So nice of them. We can hardly wait to see them and see their fancy new digs!!
Might even be too tired for tea tonight!!
Cheers friends!!


  1. Are you going to go check out Rancho Alta Rose?

    1. Nice spot isn't it? We were up there with Gary & Jean last year. This time we are only here for a few days and we are visiting friends so it's a bit far to have to grab a cab each time to get down to Nuevo Vallarta.

      Looking forward to seing you guys soon!

  2. Sure glad you changed the title...I was getting tired of VDJ every day! lol! Hacienda Contreras is surviving so far without you!

  3. Um....I actually wanted to see what was in the crock pot....Next time? It's like eating vocariously when you see other peoples good meals, since cooking and cleaning is not my favorite job, you can show us anytime!! Have a great week. Stay safe.

    1. So, the crock pot had hamburger stew in it. Was pretty good and I might have taken pictures if I wasn't so concerned with hanging on for dear life through those mountain passes n Hwy 70!!! Oh well, Doug says we have "some" type of street cred now that we drove it!!