We continue our Mexico road trip series with Chuck Bolotin, from Best Places in the World to Retire, as he, his wife, and two dogs drive through Mexico in a large, white van. If you’ve ever had a driving challenge (or a series of them) in Mexico, AND you would like a good technique to get out of a stopped traffic situation, you’ll appreciate this story. It’s about the road southeast of Cordoba, Mexico, toward the Yucatan.
It all started so innocently.
It was mid-November, overcast, 72 degrees, with just a hint of rain in the air. On the highway a few hours after leaving Cordoba and headed southeast to our planned destination of Palenque, there were literally no other cars within sight in either direction. The road was high quality and safe. Even the shoulders were full width, as opposed to ¾ width shoulders we had seen so many times before, that were used for straddling between lanes to let faster traffic pass. And unlike in Baja and some other areas in Mexico, there weren’t even any signs warning of cattle that may wander into our lane. It was an easy place to let your guard down, reduce the act of driving to an autonomic nervous system response, and just enjoy the experience.
It was in this blissful, relaxed state that we turned off to our next highway. Within a few yards, the potholes appeared. Actually, I don’t know if the word “pothole” adequately describes the…
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