After spending the past week in a motorhome across the US and northern Mexico, it is nice to finally be situated in a place for a few days. At the end of October, I left my parents and hometown behind again and flew to the US to meet my friend Chris to prepare for the trip. Unfortunately, I didn't get to do that much in Denver aside from drive around and get things ready for the trip, so no interesting stories there. Chris and I left Denver last Saturday and made it as far as Santa Fe, New Mexico. Chris had a few friends there, so we met up with them and crashed at their place. The next day, we headed off to Nogales, Arizona, on the border of Mexico. Most of the trip was fine, but when we stopped at a Shell station in the middle of nowhere in Arizona, the motorhome wouldn't restart.
Luckily, Chris is pretty good with cars, so after fooling around with the car, he got it started and we made it to Nogales, where we crashed in the camper. You wouldn't think Arizona would be cold, but at night in November it's FREEZING! I was so cold I could hardly move, so we decided to make an early start. We crossed the border with no problems (we got the green light), but once we got to the Mexican side of Nogales, blue smoke started to come out of the hood and the brakes on the RV seized up. Here we were, in the middle of a crappy Mexican border city, tired, still frozen from the night before and then the brakes gave out, so I wasn't exactly the happiest person. Luckily, Mexican mechanics are a dime a dozen and pretty Macgyver-like in their abilities to fix up cars, so we were on the road again a few hours later.
We got as far as San Carlos, a small beach town in Northwest Mexico. We pulled into an RV park and camped out there. We were both pretty exhausted from the 3 days of driving and the running around in Denver before that, so we decided to chill out on the beach the next day. The beach was ok - pretty rocky and the beach town was pretty small and not happening, but when we tried to leave the next day, the RV wouldn't start AGAIN. We had to have a mechanic replace the starter, which ended up with us spending another day in San Carlos.
On Thursday, once again we decided to get up early and try to make it to Mazatlan, but unfortunately the brakes seized up AGAIN. It turns out the caliper on the front tires wasn't that great, so we had to spend the morning in Guaymas getting it replaced and repaired. That was a bit of an experience in itself, as we had to take the RV to the mechanic's place in his neighborhood, so it was kind of neat to see how northern mexicans live. We had a drunk Mexican guy trying to feed us tequila at about 10 in the morning! Since we had a long drive ahead of us, we didn't end up drinking any though. We spent the whole day driving to Mazatlan and planned to go out partying that night, but we both ended up crashing out after the long drive, so I didn't get any partying done .
Today, after finally having some good luck with the RV, we were able to make it to Sayulita, a small beach / surfing town about a half hour north of Puerto Vallarta. We are going to chill out and (hopefully) party it up for the next few days - and maybe buy a surfboard - before heading to PV to start working on the boat. After the way this week has gone, I'll be looking forward to it!