Wednesday, December 19, 2012

It's About Time.....

It's hard to believe we left Arizona almost three weeks ago and I have yet to sit down and post anything about our travels. I guess I'm more of an event blogger than daily blogger but it's still time to post.
We are now at Hacienda Contreras in Valle de Juarez, our destination for the holidays. The park is looking great and has quite a few rigs with more to come. We are seeing some old friends as well as making new friends, some of whom we have known via the internet but are just now meeting in person. Fun for us!
The weather since we arrived has been great - sunny and very warm, although it cools off at night. We're very happy to be settled in for a bit and are just enjoying being here with our favorite hosts, Barb and Sal.
After leaving Arizona we stopped and walked over the border at Palomas which is just south of Deming, New Mexico. We went to our dentist, Brian got new glasses and we completed our paperwork for the Columbia crossing (near Laredo, TX)  with the Bus and car. Getting the paperwork done in Palomas was very quick and easy. It was a good decision since it saved us a lot of time at Columbia when we crossed a few days later.
We made it to Matehuala the first night, then boondocked in San Miguel de Allende the second night. We'll be returning to San Miguel before heading back and will spend more time at that point.
Our next stop was Roca Azul Resort on Lake Chapala. Along the way we saw roadside stands selling fresh strawberries, and bought this basketful for less than $3. Great deal.
When we were about 3 miles from the RV park at Roca Azul we heard one of those sounds you really don't want to hear while traveling. A fitting on the hose to the right front airbag, part of the suspension, blew off. We were able to very, very slowly creep along until we got into the the park. A really bouncy ride but we made it. And of course the next question was, where in the heck are we going to get another part? Brian did a lot of research and after 2 days driving around Guadalajara we had what we needed. He spent several days replacing the fitting, taking the airbag out and having it welded where a bolt was bent and so on. I'm just grateful that he continues to be able to fix things and keep us going!
We were able to spend a little time with our friend Micky in Ajijic again this year. She cooked us a fabulous dinner one night and we went to lunch at one of our favorite restaurants another day. Unfortunately much of our time was spent making repairs to the Bus, but we hope to visit with Micky again soon.
We are trying out a new feature for our blog with maps showing where we are and the routes we have taken. Hopefully it will help a bit with visualizing our travels. Click on any of the maps to enlarge them.
Overview of our route to Hacienda Contreras in Valle de Juarez

Laredo to Matehuala
Matehuala to San Miguel de Allende
San Miguel de Allende to Roca Azul (Jocotopec)
Roca Azul to Hacienda Contreras (Valle de Juarez)


  1. Hey, we can see Sherman in that first picture! He looks lonely waiting for us to return on Friday...

  2. And we thought that you were never going to blog again! Great work on the air bag. Having a motorhome, you have to be handy, lucky, or very rich......all three is pretty good,too. Say "Hello" to the group around the table at Happy Hour"

    Paul and Helen

  3. HOORAY.....HOORAY.....HOORAY!!! I FINALLY got past the authorization stage. Now let's see if I can do it twice.

  4. Love the look and feel of Hacienda Contreras ... and good to see big rigs there as we would like to go down that way someday.

  5. Thankfully you were close to a city where you can get the parts and the driver knows what and how to do it! I am relating to Paul because it took some effort. Know you are missed here and consider yourself duly hugged!