Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Tucked In For The Night

We are safely tucked into our favorite truck stop at the first toll booth out of Tepic on the road to Guadalajara. The lot was full but we managed to squeeze in behind a semi.  He appears to be napping and when he pulls out we will move up so we are first in line.

It was a good drive. I remembered to fill the tank and the gas station situation was the same as last year, that is, no gas stations all the way to Tepic. We arrived with a little over a quarter tank of gas left.

There was a HUGE State Police presence on the way into Tepic. There must have been over a hundred police complete with armored trucks, machine guns, flack jackets, motorcycles and who knows what else. They had traffic down to one lane in each direction and were having a very good look at everyone going through. They were picking the odd car or truck out of the line for an inspection but only had smiles and waves for us. I would not want to be a bad guy!

We are about 200 KM from a nice swim at Villa Corona.

Here we are leaving Tres Amigos after saying goodbye to Colin and Contessa. "Don't bump that palm tree, Croft"!

12 comments:

  1. Read in Time magazine that the new president of Mexico intends to crack down on drug traffic and crime. Maybe that is part of what you saw.

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  2. My guess is that you saw a dog and pony show at that road block. The road block was there to give the population the idea that the government was looking for bad guys but face it, after a short time the call would be out to not go that way if you might be someone they are looking for. Organized crime has a leg up on the state because they are organized.

    It is the same with our DUI check points here in the states, the real drinkers are dialed into the place and time of our check points and avoid them, they catch a drinker now and then but it tends to be the "tourist" type drinker, not the pros. The check points are there for the public's perception that the state is working for the public's good. A dog and pony show it is.

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    1. Good analysis Norm. Agree with everything you said.

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  3. Sure hope the higher elevation will reward you with nice temperatures.

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  4. I'm leaving Mazatlan Saturday going south and will be curious to see if the big police presence is still there. Everyone has been so friendly all the way from Nogales. Not one inspection inside the RV, just smiles and waves. P.S. Your Hermosillo instructions were so helpful - thanks!

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