From Puerto Escondido, Oaxaca to Xico, Veracruz: We made our 500 mile trip in about 12 hours with a couple short breaks – it can be an 11 hour drive if one wishes to push it.
For those of you that travel that route the good news is the long awaited Salina Cruz by-pass is functioning. This has been a source of aggravation since there never were signs indicating that the by-pass was incomplete and/or non-functional. They were even collecting toll fees only to drive down a few miles and find the roadway did not work. It cuts perhaps a half hour to 45 minutes and the hassle of getting through Salinas Cruz traffic.
The bad news it is 90 pesos (About 7.25 usd) to travel 60 kilometers. We spent about 45 usd in tolls to travel 500 miles – and we avoided one 16-18 usd short jaunt – so you can spend upwards of 60 usd to travel those 500 miles.
We arrived to an unkempt yard and some nice welcome home treats arranged by our friends and fellow Internet sharers. These are the folks that had three robberies – which you have read about here.
So there is the news good and bad – but now for the ugly: Can you believe that while away from home a few hours yesterday – in part gathering stuff for the makings of our welcome home (wine, bread, garlic-butter, gazpacho, Macadamia cookies and a bunch of my favorite cold beers) – that they were once again robbed!
Then we needed to attack some setup problems getting a new radio operational. That turned out to be a minor adjustment – at least they are on FAST internet again. I ran some tests this morning where we were getting as much as 27 mbps thru put – we love the speed!
Getting settle-in is no small project. There are cob webs everywhere (no just in my head). The weather in warmer in the daytime and cooler at night than Puerto – our bodies are adjusting – it is subtle as the difference are just a few degrees different in both directions.
It was eerily quiet last night – our first here in Xico. But this morning bright and early our sociopath neighbor greeted us with her BLARING sound system. Word has it that she has this morning ritual going whether we are here or not – I suppose we were taking it personally. It is just we are closest. I can only imagine that she gets some kind of a thrill lauding over the neighborhood with her obnoxious sound levels (equally bad musical taste as well).
It continues…so Stay Tuned!