It’s been a few day – recap
The last six days has been, both eventful and unremarkable. We traveled south down the west coast of mainland Mexico through Sonora and Sinaloa. It’s H.O.T. Average temps on the road are about 100º F. The most remarkable thing about this travel is that my inverter failed due to the heat, and therefore I don’t have air conditioning on the road. I try to push an early departure to beat the heat, but it’s usually about 90º by 10 o’clock so it doesn’t help too much.
We have also been staying at little beaches on the way down, which is nice because the breeze cools off the temps to the mid-high 80’s. It would be more enjoyable if the bugs didn’t eat us alive. My legs were eaten, but not as bad as Gary’s. Between the high heat and the bugs, heading south has been a slog. We knew this going into it. One of the unfortunate consequences of this, was that we missed several Pueblos Mágicos. This was disappointing, but… it is what it is.
We are now in Mazatlán where we slow the trip down considerably. We have traveled 2100 miles from Santa Rosa to Mazatlán in 15 days. From here to Puebla is about 800 miles more, and we expect to spend seven weeks between now and when we leave Puebla. This is just an idea and it will probably change as Puebla is socked in with volcanic ash due to the eruption of El Popocatepetl. We will see what happens when we get closer.
Back in October, I knew that my 2kva inverter was not powerful enough to power the air conditioning under high temperatures, so I replaced it with a 3kva one – under all rated temps, it could handle my air conditioner and then some. Seems like there was a failure and in talking with the vendor, it might be a warranty replacement issue. The only problem with that is I would have to return it to Arizona and it would be weeks if not months to get it back repaired. So that’s not really an option.
The issue is that the inverter thinks it sees less voltage from the batteries than is actually being supplied by the batteries, and therefore increases the amp draw and overheats, and shuts down. There are some things that I can to do nail down the actual issue, but it failed all of a sudden and the components I could check wouldn’t go bad just like that.
I did find a vendor who has this inverter in stock – in Puerto Vallarta – but that means that I would have to buy a new one, get the old one fixed, and then sell the extra one – not something I am relishing.
El Rosario – Pueblo Mágico #2
Today we visited El Rosario. A little town about 100km south of Mazatlán. It was a day trip there and back. El Rosario received its Pueblo Mágico designation in 2012 for its history as a mining town. I’ve been to many Pueblos Mágicos, and this one was fairly unremarkable. There were certainly some interesting things about the town and definitely worth a visit.
Gary got attacked by a pack of not-so-feral Chihuahuas. Their owner, a feral-dog-lady was standing at her gate trying to call them inside when they ran across the street to chase a car and bicyclist, and then coming back, ganged up on Gary and bit his ankle. More of a fun story to tell than anything else. If it were me they would have been flying, but Gary was more peaceful about the incident and walked away.
This town has lots of colorful murals scattered around and some pedestrian streets dedicated to sitting and relaxing. They are all quite nice and bring color to an otherwise drab town.
Another thing about this town was its effort to keep it clean and recycle. They had cages in the shapes of bottles and hearts to recycle plastic. A wonderful idea – that incorporates art, recycling, and stewardship of resources all in one.
Sometime in the 1930’s there was a monsoon and the amount of rain cause the quarry pits to fill up with water and the town has turned them into parks now.
The Panteón Europeo was rather… unremarkable. The town is 350 years old, but the oldest grave was only about 150 years old. Most graves were in disrepair and the feral chihuahuas… er… ducks and dogs, had the run of the place. The one interesting thing about this pantheon was the Druidic Portal tree (also a bee tree) growing on the inside wall of the pantheon. A druidic portal tree is a mythological tree where druids and fey creatures could enter and transport themselves to other trees. See for your self…
The final thing about the town was the Catholic Church. Unless I got my dates wrong, again in the 1930’s, the old church was falling down and the town relocated the church to its current location – 70% of the materials coming from the old church. The rest coming from the new quarries on the other side of the town. There is also the tomb of Lola Beltrán who was born in the town and according to a dedication to her, took the voice of the town and shared it through music with the rest of the world.
We were in Mazatlán five years ago on our epic road trip through Mexico and Central America in Jeeps. Much has changed in Mazatlan in the last five years. The number of high-rises have doubled, and at least a half dozen new residential developments have either been built or are being built. Most of these are for the middle/upper-middle classes – showing that Mexico is progressing and expanding the wealth of the people.
Our little RV park seems like a mini Jurassic park – surrounded by resorts and high-rises. It’s right next to the beach and to get to it, you have to drive through a little jungle with bones/skeletal remains of whales I imagine, staged to look jurassic.