Tom wanted to get started at 7am. We left the house at 9:17. At 14 miles Tom realized he had left his phone, so we turned around.
Lots of construction on the highway along the bay of Campeche which made it really difficult to enjoy the view, and to pull off for a bite to eat, I had been salivating for some fish tacos.
I got pulled twice at retenes and asked for tarjeta de circulation and drivers license, no problems, each were looked at we were passed on.
Just before Escarcega we blew a rear tire. Now we knew the tires were old, and in rough shape, but had hoped to get across the border to where the price was more reasonable, ah well….
I got us in to a bit of a turnout with a little extra space and started unloading the trunk, I hadn't more than about 1/3 of the trunk empty when 2 guys in a pickup pull in behind us and asked if we needed any help. Yeah! These guys were great, I asked if they were with Los Angeles Verdes, nope, just a couple mechanics. They directed us to a llantera on the bypass around Escarcega, and off we went. Unfortunately that guy had two tires the right size but different brands, so he directed us to a llantera in Escarcega.
We found the place no problems, 2 old guys, slow moving guys, they watched while I unloaded the trunk, and got the tires changed in pretty quick order, then waited as I reloaded with Tom telling me where to put things. As we are getting ready to leave the guy indicates we are leaking something and has us pull around to a lift. He says oil, but it ended up being transmission fluid. we have a pretty good leak. we are leaving our mark in Mexico, a trail of transmission fluid. We can continue on to Richmond no worries, we just have to check and refill frequently. oh, the tires were 1500pesos each, which included installation.
But oh my, there is ground water; ponds, lakes, rivers, there are vistas of farmland, and agriculture, animals grazing in fields, mountains, monster beautiful trees.
Between Escarcega and Villahermosa we passed through a Howler Monkey area, there were big signs, and these swinging bridges over the highway for them, we didn't see any, but it was cool. On one puppy potty break the girls saw their first cows, oh my!
So our schedule is destroyed, but we are determined to make Villahermosa at least. We had hoped to make Minatitlan, but not a possibility.
Coming from South the first big hotel is the Hilton, and if you've called ahead and have a reservation they will accept two dogs. We found no motels on that end of Villahermosa. 3rd party search engines indicate several hotels in town accept mascotas, they don't don't be deceived, don't reserve through 3rd party vendors, they lie. On the North edge of Villahermosa you will find lots n lots of nice motels.
We finally got settled in to the Plaza Manor Tabasco, around 9:30, phew, need to do some repacking and rearranging. Big mistake was to not give the dogs water during the day, they were crazy drinking water, then eating, we will plan better for tomorrow, although we treated ourselves just as badly, we had the choice, they didn't. Unfortunately the Plaza Manors kitchen wasn't working so the club sandwich and fries we were going to share became ritz crackers, celery, and peanut butter, oh, and a few beers, the Plaza Manor did have bar and soda service.