We left Paraiso Miramar around 9:30 this morning. We had a very easy drive ahead of us, only 83 miles or so according to Google Maps, but I still found it hard to accept Google Map’s estimate of a drive of 1 hour and 10 minutes or something like that. Even Dora’s hour and a half estimate seemed unlikely. These are two-lane roads, through little towns and an average speed of 35-40 mph would be a lot more likely than 60-80. Well, I guess we’d find out.
The first part of the trip was absolutely gorgeous! We drove through lush, lush greenery. Much of the way the road was under a tree tunnel. There was a nice cool breeze coming in the vents and very little traffic. Nice. There were really no snafus along the way but there were a couple of things that should be mentioned in case anyone else is coming this way. First, after passing through the little town of Ixtapal de Concepción, you come to a larger village, Zacuapan. The road runs right through Zacuapan and is rougher than a cob. Besides that, it’s really narrow. If it wasn’t narrow enough already, the street vendors and parked cars managed to make it even narrower. It’s effectively a one-lane road through most of the town. Just have to wait your turn. Would have liked to have gotten a photo but I was too busy paying attention to traffic to snap one or even to ask Lulu to do it. At the end of town, there’s a church. This is where you turn right. The turn is definitely tight. We didn’t really have any trouble although we did have to wait for a car on our right to pass through the intersection so we could get a little bit of swinging room. If you’re driving a large rig, beware.
After we got out of Zacuapan, the road improved dramatically. But, it was still a tiny secondary road. The vegetation reached right to the edge of the road and we scraped lots of branches as we passed in order to keep off the (non-existent) center line. Keep an eye on your awnings, folks.
We reached Lo de Marcos around 11:30. Looks like a nice little town that we look forward to exploring tomorrow. We decided to stay at Paraiso Pequeño RV Park and Dora’s directions coincided nicely with the Church’s to get us there.
The quarters are a little cramped but, once again, having a 20′ Dolphin paid off as we managed to squeeze into a nice little spot.
Before we’d even gotten plugged in we were meeting the neighbors. Most are here for the season and it looks like a pretty sweet place to be. We’ve already been invited to a jam session tonight and to the Christmas Potluck. Guess we have to be somewhere for Christmas so it may as well be here. After we got connected, we walked out back which puts you right out on the beach.
This is one of the most-used beaches I think we’ve seen yet. And there are several palapa restaurants along the way. Yep, I’m thinking this looks like a good place to spend Christmas.
El Paraiso-Miramar to Paraiso Pequeño, Lo de Marcos: 62 miles
Total to-date: 7,033 miles
Not sure how Google Maps got so far off on the distance. And we also found out that Lo de Marcos is just over the line. We are now in Central time instead of Mountain time. And “Why Lo de Marcos?” you might ask. Fact is we’d never even heard of the place until we were in Huatabampito. There was a couple there in a 5th wheel who sang the praises of Lo de Marcos. They told about how they’d pulled in there for a few days in their pickup and camper years ago and ended up buying a condo. They couldn’t say enough good about the place. So, we kind of had to check it out once we found out where it was and that it was right on our route. What else could we do?