Day 4 - 9 hours
Today's goal: Villahermosa, MX and stay at the Hilton near the airport.
After a good night's sleep and buffet-style breakfast, we left Puebla, MX. Today's journey took us through the mountain country--what looked like a volcano, and quaint mountain villages, and a huge agricultural area (colder regions to warmer regions) where strawberries, pineapple, sugar cane, oranges, and bananas abound!
|Roadside pineapple vendor|
|Sweeping mountain road|
|Smokey mountain village|
These teeth-chattering, bad roads were continually under repair or resurfacing--obviously a perpetual problem for travelers. I think that if you were lucky enough to get a gig with the road department, you'd have a job for life!
We followed a truck load of Policia Federal for about 30km and had to pass them--because they did not maintain their speed at 110km/h---I was "nodded" to by one of the guys in the back of the truck, so I waved....no problema. You know, they do look menacing carrying the machine guns and with balaclavas on--but think about it, they are in an open vehicle, traveling 70mph down the road with bugs galore!! I think I'd want to look like a bandito too!!!
Left Fiesta Inn, follow frontage road to enter Route 150D
Caseta de Cobro, $150 pesos ($11.86USD)
Caseta de Cobro, $55 pesos ($4.35USD), snow-capped mountain to the north
Caseta de Cobro, $110 pesos ($8.70USD)
Caseta de Cobro, $24 pesos ($1.90USD), sugar cane fields, very bad road
Caseta de Cobro, $145 pesos ($11.46USD)
Caseta de Cobro, $170 pesos ($13.44USD), pineapple fields, very bad road
Caseta de Cobro, $155 pesos ($12.25USD), better road
Caseta de Cobro, $17 pesos ($1.34USD)
Exit onto Route 180 toward Villahermosa, very bad road
Agricultural checkpoint, Mexican military, flagged through
Caseta de Cobro, $60 pesos ($4.64)
Exit onto Adolfo Ruiz Cortines (Wal-Mart on left) toward airport
Hilton on left at KM 12.8, proceed to KM 15 for u-turn at Retorno. Because there are permanent Jersey barriers in the median.
The Hilton proved to be a good place to hang our hats for the night--2 restaurants, bar service, nice infinity pool--didn't really explore, too road weary....I doubt this is Paris' favorite place to stay..