Wednesday, October 22, 2008

We're in Mexico!!

Hola from Mexico!! We left Arizona early this morning and drove through the border. It took about 30 minutes to get to the immigration and customs crossing as first we passed through the town of Nogales, Mexico. I guess they don't bother to go through the trouble for everyone as lots of people cross just to shop and buy gas (much cheaper here). Anyway, it then took about an hour to line up, get our tourist visas and the permit to import the car into Mexico. Next, we drove to the customs lane and as the car crossed the line the light flashed "GREEN". So, thank you everyone for your good thoughts last night and today. I was finally able to relax and get on with the last stretch to Bucerias! Even though I thought we would have a hard time finding an internet connection, we found a motel on the outskirts of Navojoa which has it included! I am thrilled that I am able to stay in the real world and connect with everyone!

We've had an interesting journey so far. First the truck tire exploding in Nevada; today another truck, also carrying cement bags, lost at least 50 or so bags as he was navigating a turn. Thankfully, we were about 5 vehicles behind him so had time to slow down. All of a sudden, we saw this HUGE cloud of dust but it was actually exploded cement bags on the highway! It was like a powder bath on the freeway and for about two minutes, we really could not see where we were or where the highway was. Very scary.

Then, an hour or so later, there was a brush fire burning in the centre of the median on the highway. Huge flames, and I have no idea if anyone called the Bomberos (firemen). It was 41C outside the car at that time so someone probably threw a lit cigarette out and ignited the entire median.

On the plus side of the high temperatures, we were able to sit by the lovely pool outside our room tonight, while it was dark, and the air was as warm as could be and there was a perfect breeze blowing to keep us comfortable.

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