hoy, estamos en hidalgo de la parra, un pequeƱo pueblo fundado al lado de una mina rica de plata, donde pancho villa se murio (pienso). hay solamente 100k habitantes, entonces es muy tranquilo. espero que haya lluvia esta noche, porque estamos seguramente en el desierto ahora, y no tenemos airecondicionado en nuestra habitacion. maƱana vamos por chihuahua, y viernes estaremos en un lugar donde he estado antes, casas grandes. pueden ver mis photos de alli en imagecentralamerica.com.


just by way of bragging, the farbel truck passed a quarter million miles a couple days ago. it also got a new tie rod assembly in aguascalientes, for less than half what it cost me for the same thing 31 years ago in new jersey.

patzcuaro. que precioso lugar. dimos adios al mar este maƱana, y estamos viajando por el norte. pasamos tres noches aqui. no he tenido bastante tiempo por un entrada grande, pero pienso que despues de un dia explorando tendre muchos palabras para ustedes.

adios, y feliz cumpleaƱos a mi nieto, quien tiene 6 aƱos hoy!

honestly? i don’t care if i never see acapulco again. we got lost on the way in last time and again from the other direction this time. traffic was horrible, and signs woefully inadequate. we had hoped to make it to zihuateneho today, but are instead at pie de la costa, a few miles past acapulco. an extra day to get to patzcuaro, but other than acapulco stress, all is basically well, except of course that my alignment is out from all the speedbumps, and i can’t open my hood. i should be able to get the alignment done without too much trouble, but for the hood, i’d really like a toyota dealer. fortunately i don’t need to check the oil and the car is running well. i may just wait the 12 days til i can take it to my own mechanic…

complaining out of the way, i have to say that this trip has made me fall in love with a lot of mexico. oaxaca is an incredibly beautiful state, as is chiapas. the entire pacific coast, barring cities, is spectacularly beautiful. even acapulco, if someone else does the driving. i can’t wait to see patzcuaro, morelia, durango, zacatecas, etc.