Sunday, March 30, 2008

A quiet moment along Mexico #307.
Yesterday afternoon, Little Mavicito captured a movie that he has titled:
"River View on Mexico #307"

Little Mavicito also added another movie. This movie is in yesterday's post [03-29-2008]. It's about cattle being driven along the highway.

You may want to take a peek at this video which is titled"
"A Cattle Drive on Mexico #307"

10AM - A motorhome is a miracle!
This morning inside my miraculous Señorita Tioga, I searched for an apartment in Jerusalem, Israel. At this time, I am in email negotiation for three different apartments. Soon I will be posting some contents of this email in the new Message Board's Israel Forum.

Also this morning, I checked the air pressure of all tires, and used our on-board air compressor to add air to one tire. I took a nice warm shower in Señorita Tioga's roomy shower. Prepared a wonderful Belgian waffle breakfast! Played around with Little Boid. Published "Secrets of Blogger's Custom Domain, Part #2" in our "Weekly Story" column, .

All of this while camping for free in Mexico, just north of the border of Guatemala. Wow! Do you understand why I feel that a motorhome is a miracle?
Belgian waffle breakfast.

Our onboard supervising bird.

11AM - La Señorita has a leaking tire.
When I took Boid outside for fresh air, we saw that La Señorita's right outside dually tire looked low. It was down to 30psi. Wow! Our air compressor brought the pressure back up to 80psi.

We are now preparing to head down the road, and checked the tire pressure again. It is down to 60psi. We have a leak! La policia told us where a llantera [tire shop] was located here in la poblado.
Señorita Tioga at the llantera.

Looking for the leak.

A big screw in the dually tire!

12 Noon - Grease job.
While the owner of la llantera repaired the hole in La Señorita's tire, I noticed a sign that read "Lubrication Here." I like to get lube jobs done by mechanics, because they do it right. Not like those swift lube places. This guy has a really nice shop, with all of his tools neatly hanging from the shop walls. He has been in business for 19 years, and he is 62 years old.

During the lube job, he jacked up the right front axle so that grease would flow into the king pin! This the exactly the right thing that must be done when the grease does not flow thru a king pin assembly!

Before I paid for the tire repair and grease jobs, I estimated the price to be $150 pesos [$15US]. The price charged is $100 pesos. The mechanic is happy, and I am happy!

A Pemex gas station next to la llantera!
As La Señorita drove out from la llantera, everybody on The Team was surprised to see a Pemex gasoline pump! So far on this trip, once past the City of Comitán, gasoline has only been sold from plastic bottles!

The gasoline attendant told that the Municipal Government here in the town bought a Pemex franchise, and operates the gas station. Great idea!

As you may see in the pump pic below, the price is $7.67 pesos/liter. However, our gas tank is almost full, and we intend to just top off. But the attendant was able to squeeze in $360 pesos worth of gasoline. Man-O-Man!

Somehow this Pemex was able to cram into an almost full gas tank, 47 liters of gasoline! And La Señorita's tank only holds 136 liters. This is the magic of Mexico!
A real Pemex in Nuevo Orizaba.

The magical Pemex pump in Nuevo Orizaba.

3PM - Camped at Rancho Noel.
I was getting sleepy, and stopped several times along the highway to nap. I stayed up late again last nite playing around on the internet!

We stopped at a pullout place on the property of a rancho and held a quick Team Meeting. It was decided to ask permission to stay the nite here. We found Noel, the ranchero [owner of this ranch] attending to his cattle in the corral.

We had a nice introductory talk, and Noel gave permission to stay the nite.
Señorita on Noel's ranch.

Son Carlos, daughter Emma Elena and Ranchero Noel!

5PM - Nap time.
I was unable to publish the day's blog! Kept falling asleep. So, Boid hopped into his cage and I took the camp chair outside for a nap.

Now it is 5PM! I napped for a whole hour!
Boid in his cage, Jorge napping in his camp chair and a couple of cows.

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