Saturday, May 31, 2008

Temapache, Veracruz

So many places to boondock coming down the East coast from Laredo, McAllen and Brownsville areas. Last week I talked a little bit about Viejo Padilla, Tamps. Heading further South down the Hwy 101 passing Tampico is Temapache, Veracruz. Veracruz is a beautiful state with wonderful beaches, historic cities and cool mountain ranges. Leaving Tampico, Temapache is right on the highway 150kms South and just 45kms North of Tuxpan (Tuxpam).

We were returning from a Christmas trip along the Emerald Coast when we stumbled across this small town and were looking for a place to spend the night. This area is just entering the tropical zone so you can see a mixture of forest and tropical plants mixed together. The route through here is shaded and green with a winding road that limits the speed of large rigs and buses so it can make driving a pleasure. But wait, watch out for those topes, they can be planted just about anywhere. That's why I like to stay behind someone so they can give me a heads up as I see their car bounce or float over the tope.

As you pass through Temapache, you can't miss the ominous church sitting along side of the road. We pulled in and asked if this was a good weigh station for the night and the response was to pull up alongside the church.

Churches in Mexico are a real experience especially in small towns as it has its own local flavor. This church was really into homemade statues, dressed in clothes with real hair, beards, etc. It was a quiet night and we were far enough off the road that we didn't hear much of anything. We did spend quite a bit of time touring the church. Not to many people live out this way so we didn't have much contact with the locals.

Electrical Work Completed In Allende

The electrician finished the install from the street to the house. Man did he do a great job. The downside is that I didn't take my camera out there to get shots so until Monday is when I will go again. He installed the box at the street entrance, ran the cable underground, put a register halfway down the lot for future use and put up a post with a box and connection inside for the trailer. All I need to do now is go to the CFE on Monday morning and pay for the contract. I think it is around 20 dollars and they say can take up to seven days but I am a very convincing person and we are only a town of a few thousand people. This is great news and to top it off as I am typing this a woman just called and is interested in the house. What a great day!

Golden rules, there are so many. I like this one, "love thy neighbor as thyself". What a simple idea that really goes a long way. Have a great weekend.

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