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Coatzacoalcos, Veracruz, Mexico


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It took us a full day and three hours in the morning to pack up and prepare everything at the trailer to be ready for an almost two month drive-holiday. We left the trailer in Puebla in storage and as a last minute surprise I got my first lesson about batteries and galvanic corrosion. Just before leaving I wanted to disconnect the two batteries of the trailer to prevent drain.

However, all the four connections were covered with a big pile of yellow slime and two of the nuts were completely dissolved. Even one threaded pin of the connection was about half of its original diameter.

I figured out that using a steel nut with a copper connection was not the best of the ideas. Some maintenance work to be done after our return in January.

The first leg of our trip was one of the longest drive as we wanted to reach the seaside and then Merida with just a few stops. So left Puebla around 10:00 heading to Coatzacoalcos which was about 494 kms and annestimated drive time of 6,5 hours. We usually add two stops, so about an hour so we expected a long drive.

Although it is much easier and faster to travel without the trailer and almost all the way was a highway the GPS calculated a slower average speed than we are used to in Europe.

We progressed quite well in the morning and after about 3 hours we noticed a long red section ahead of us, with a warning of an accident ahead, meaning an extra 58 hours of traffic jam. Just after the traffic halted completely I started to look for alternatives and luckily next to the Pemex fuel station 150m ahead of us there was an unoaved private road leading to the alternative free route. While that is usually 3-4 hours slower due to the topes and the heavy in-town traffic it meant an elegant escape from the traffic jam. 10 pesos to the young boy opening the barrier and off we went.

After about 30 minutes we returned to the toll road ("Couta") and progressed without much traffic. The road conditions were quite bad at certain sections with big potholes, despite the toll.

We arrived to Coatzacoalcos and drove to our AirBnB at a quite sketchy neigbourhood. 4 storey blocks of flats with a lot of garbage, rundown small shops and car repair workshops, very bumpy and broken road with several drain hole covers missing, some of which were marked with 2-3 used car tires, some not marked at all.

The flat was in a closed area, looking much better after the gate than the neigbourhood. Still it was somewhat below European standards, no hot water for example. The AC was working and we had an OK night.

The next day we drove to the beach which also looked quite run down. We red about a major hurricane which hit the town 10 years ago but not much repair seems to be done since. The playground was broken, the Malecon was broken with large pieces of concrete missing or humped up. We also passed by a mall which was burnt out.

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The water with the waves was great though, quite clean and refreshing. The kids enjoyed it completely.

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We also climbed to the top of the pyramid:

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Then we got some fresh drinking water by replacing our empty water jug (20 liter) at an Oxxo and later enjoyed the birthday party of one of our neighbors. They started with Depeche Mode and other quite enjoyable music and kept partying after midnight, after 2am, after 4am and after 6am. They only finished when Zsuzsa took out the dog for the morning routine. Quite an achievement!

Posted by divatmotoros 02:53 Archived in Mexico

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