Friday, February 26, 2010

News Del Dia!

What a day! I stopped eating and drinking anything but water last night at 6 p.m. This morning, bright and early I showered and headed to the cardiologist for my yearly checkup. First I took the Pointer to the dealer for it's 15,000 km checkup and headed across to the other side of town to Hospital San Jose.

I checked in, gave all my stats and off I went for blood work, EKG and the stress test. The whole event took about four hours. In between being moved from one place to another, I was sent to the Platinum Room where I was able to watch the news, have a juice or two and relax while waiting.

All good news. Yes, I am a bit hypertensive and I will wear a halter for the second time in two years for 24 hours. If the machine says I'm hypertensive I will start medication. The best news though is that my heart muscle is strong and the doctor was very happy with my overall strength and fitness. Heart disease runs in my family so this was another year of good news. The doctor did say I gained a couple of kilos. I tried to explain that it happened in San Miguel de Allende and he asked for more details. I told him, "what happened at the La Siesta Hotel and RV Park stays at La Siesta". At least that was the deal with the group we were with. Mums the word.

Wayne posted a comment yesterday about the photo at the header of my blog. This place is very special to me. I posted about it before and you can do a search for it up above in the search box. Viejo Padilla, Tamaulipas was a small town along the edge of what is now Big Bass or the reservoir Presa Vicente Guerrero. The town was resettled 15 kms away and is now called Nuevo Padilla. A beautiful new town that looks like a small American town with a grid layout and houses built out of block, each 150 sq meters on a 500 sq meter lot all with pitched roofs.

When we first discovered the old town we were looking for an entrance to the lake. The first try we ended up on the landing strip and a boat ramp. Not for us. We stopped for gas and they told us about the road. As we approached I thought we had found an old hacienda. We walked around for days checking what was left of the houses, the town square, the building in the picture above and more. Turns out, the building was a primary school built in the 30s. It is truly a find and a real boondocking spot. You can hide far from the road and park on top of a house's foundation which is just about as level as you can get.

Rv.Net and Rving In Mexico

Boy does the b.s. fly on that forum. People are so easy to jump on the wagon. One small comment today about having a bank account debited at an ATM and taking a month for the credit and now all banks in Mexico are suspect even by Mexicans.

As if the same shit doesn't happen everywhere else in the world, well it doesn't. Well, I can tell you first hand that all the bad shit that happens in the world only in Mexico. (tongue in cheek)

And I don't appreciate people using the word "indian" in capital letters to describe indigenous people because they happen to have a conflict with the government and it is affecting a couple of foreigners. They write the word "indian" in capital letters on purpose and it is discrimination. You would think that people who come from a country where racial discrimination "isn't" supposed to exist would have more respect for native peoples in a land where they are welcome foreigners. What a load of . . . . . .


  1. Good post Chris!

  2. Thanks one site I will not visit, I sure don't need that.!!!!!!!!

  3. Chris, I am enjoying your blog, some time ago you wrote that you were looking for a new trailer and then you had a problem with water leaking in during your trip so are you still looking or did you just decide to keep the one you have?

  4. Hi Chris, You need to start your own forum so we can pick your brain, lol! May I ask you about Real de Catorce? I'm thinking of spending summers there. I like it's size, proximity to the States, expat mix, and unique atmosphere. I'm wondering if it's possible to get a small rig through that tunnel and then boondock in the area. When I say small, will influence choice of rig when I retire. I'd like to get the smallest Northern Lite truck camper on a Ford Ranger. Should be low enough but if there's any chance they'll deny me entry if I'm 5 or 6 inches from tunnel ceiling then I'll go with a Four Wheel Camper pop-up truck camper. How high is your roof on your trailer? I've read wi-fi is being broadcast in town by an internet cafe. That plus Dish Network and an Amazon Kindle will do me for reading and news, hiking and exploring town should keep me busy. Great place for a few months or should I look elsewhere?