6 November 2010
George and Lis pulled out of Edger and Ana’s place about 15 minutes before us but as we traveled south from Santa Ana we came up to them off and on while someone was stopped for fuel or eating. As the day came to an end they had arrived at the Pemex truck stop for the night about that same 15 minute lead they started out with. Our campsite for the night was at the back of this Pemex fuel station along with 40 or 50 long-haul truckers. We were all parked on this silty dirt parking lot that was all fenced in for security purposes. If you were to keep your windows and vents closed you would have no problem with dust, but…on the other hand if you have one or two open during this very warm evening… Yep, we had some of that fine Mexican dust around for a couple of hours or so. With this stop we are now just over half way to Mazatlan and expect to arrive about 3 or 4pm at our campground in Punta Cerritos. Punta Cerritos is about 4 miles north of downtown Mazatlan and sits at the end of a point overlooking the Pacific Ocean. During the drive down here we experienced a lot of controlled fires were they are cleaning off the grasses along the roadway. In one location we found ourselves so engulfed in the smoke that you couldn’t see the vehicles that were 20 feet in front of you. The last thing I saw of this 18 wheeler was his hitting his brakes !!! That was one scary moment in our lives. It happened so fast you didn’t have a chance to think, it just happened. We did some quick praying that all was well in front of us. Fortunately it was.