11.29.08 Chichen-Itza to Paa-Mul

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Ciao is very happy here!

11.29.08    Chichen-Itza to Paa-Mul

 

I’ve died and gone to Heaven!  Palm fronds rustle while a tropical breeze blows through Ciao Baby.  Life is grand at Paa-Mul along the Caribbean coast.

 

Charles felt better this morning, although his stomach still hurt (I think from the Malaria pills, but thanks to Kristen Quinn on the protein tip- will do!).  But we drug him off to Chichen-Itza at 8am to see the Pyramid, the statue of the reclining Chaac, and the Thousand Columns.  Lia escorted him around since I would have to pay again to re-enter.

My view this afternoon
  She did a fine job and Charles was happy see the amazing sights on his brief tour.

 

Then by 9am we were off onto the Cuota, the Tollroad toward Cancun.  For those traveling this path, I’ll detail more on the tollroad later.  Let’s just say that my plan to take the shortcut toward Tulum did not happen. 

 

We were able to bypass Cancun, passed right by the airport, and then followed Hwy 307 (really, the only road) South along the coast.  It was quite busy with little towns to go through with stoplights and topes, and I jumped onto the laterals to follow the trucks as Jonna and Mimi instructed.  I could translate signs saying something about “trucks to the lateral” but couldn't tell you the difference between the main road and the lateral to the left.

Neighbor Gary has a lovely Pulpula and comes down several times a year for a few months each time from Idaho- this is the life!
  

 

On the tollroad, when we left the Yucatan State and entered Quintana Roo State, there was an official Army stop after the tollbooth.  Afterward I laughed when I realized that I'd twice told the young men “No” and had done exactly what I wanted!  They are only like 19 years old and really didn’t seem too experienced at their task.  First, they asked me to exit the vehicle so they could search it.  I did, but closed the door so they couldn’t go in the cab, then walked around with them to open the coach door.  Meanwhile, we were chatting in Spanglish and they seemed like nice kids.  Then I opened the door for them and they asked for the family to exit the vehicle, whereupon I said, “No, come on in and meet them!” and waved him inside.  Then I followed him up the steps to instruct the kids to say “Buenos Dias!”  He took two steps into the rig and then turned around and came back out.

Gorgeous Jazy
  I offered for him to go back in, but he was done.  Then they wished us a good trip and we said our niceties, waved and drove on down the road.  They were looking for firearms and drugs, of which we have none.  Completely non-threatening.  Some friends at a different checkpoint did get their camera stolen, so it is a good idea to escort them through your rig.

 

A bando (belt) on the rig was squealing awful this morning.  Finally, I stopped at the Mechanico at a service area on the tollway (which fortunately had a Pemex gasoline station, since it was the only one for another 2 hours).  The Mechanico, who normally did not appear to work on cars but seemed older and experienced, used my can of belt spray (from the Merido mechanico) and sprayed the mess out of the belt again.  He said something about it rubbing, but self-adjusting.  Except for random squealing spurts thereafter, for the most part, the problem was solved. for now.

 

We finally escaped Playa del Carmen centro, which was uninspiring and stoplight central, and made it a few more miles to the campground at Paa-Mul by 1pm today.

This is the life!

 

Ahhh, Paa-Mul.  This place is a required stop for any self-respecting camper.  Some people come here for a day and never leave.  And with good reason!  There is a beautiful white sand beach along a bay.  The dive shop can get you scuba-certified or you can rent snorkel gear for $10 a day.  Dave, who runs the shop, is from Beaumont, TX has been living here for 13 years. 

 

A palm-frond roofed open-air restaurant fronts the beach, along with a bar that serves a brazilian margarita-type drink called something like a “cayapayana.”  You don’t even have to pronounce it correctly to get one delivered to your comfy lounge chair on the beach by a handsome waiter.  Delicioso and at only 40 pesos ($3) a drink, it took much self-control to stop at one.

Handsome head of Charles
  The kids thought they were living large getting a Diet Coke with a straw (15 pesos each- $1).  One night at Paa-Mul is 375 pesos and worth every penny.

 

Another interesting thing about Paa-Mul is that RV’ers own their little spot and build these concrete or adobe, and palm frond, palapas around the trailer or motorhome.  They are amazing with some having two stories with balconies, hammocks, and lovely paint and decorations.  We saw a few for sale and bought one!  Just kidding, Ned, but do watch out tomorrow! 

 

We have met many lovely people from the U.S. and Canada who come here every year- it is quite a nice community.  Gary, the man with the gorgeous palapa next to us let us take his picture.  He comes down several times a year, this time for 2 months.

A view of our bay- lovely! A northern is blowing in, due to hit tomorrow night- usually very calm water
  He was nice because he was originally from Texas.  J  What a wonderful lifestyle!  Grandpa Hill, you’d be in heaven too!  Here's their website:  http://www.rvinmexico.com/ and here are the current ones for sale!  http://www.rvinmexico.com/searchresults.html

 

I just signed up for $5 U.S. for internet access, so let me run upload these blogs and IM Ned.  Here’s to sunny days, clear Caribbean waters, and may soft winds help you appreciate LIFE.

Ciao Baby!

 

 

Note on Tollroad from Merida to Cancun:

Here's what I learned for those following:

My 2 axle rig (although I have Duallies, it's considered 2 axel for the price), I paid:

Merida to Chichen-Itza exit:  102 pesos

Chichen-Itza to Valladolid:  102 pesos

Valladolid to Cancun:  375 pesos!

 

Guess what?  After Valladolid, you cannot get off the tollroad until the bypass around Cancun that goes right beside the Cancun Airport.

These kids need some R&R time!
  So if you want to go to Tulum by the more direct route, you'd best exit at Valladolid and track the Libre 180 until you can get to your road to Tulum.

 

Note that road numbers are the same for 2 different roads, but one is free and one is cuota (toll).  Sometimes the cuota will have a D after the number, but not typically.  Have your Mexico spiral map in addition to the GPS.

 

Also, there is no gasoline between the only service center (rest area) just before (I think) Valladolid and Cancun, nor is there any exit after Valladolid in order to find some.  So make sure you're ready for that 200 km or so.  I did not see any Green Angels on the tollroad.

 

When you pay for the Valladolid to Cancun toll, you're crossing into Quintana Roo and immediately afterward was the military checkpoint with RV (quick) inspection.

 

 

N_loves_T says:
Wow!! Now I am super jealous! Looks like paradise! Especially love the "view" picture with your feet :)

The life indeed....
Posted on: Nov 29, 2008
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Ciao is very happy here!
Ciao is very happy here!
My view this afternoon
My view this afternoon
Neighbor Gary has a lovely Pulpula…
Neighbor Gary has a lovely Pulpul…
Gorgeous Jazy
Gorgeous Jazy
This is the life!
This is the life!
Handsome head of Charles
Handsome head of Charles
A view of our bay- lovely! A north…
A view of our bay- lovely! A nort…
These kids need some R&R time!
These kids need some R&R time!
Lovely pool at Paa-Mul
Lovely pool at Paa-Mul
Dave from Beaumont, TX runs the Di…
Dave from Beaumont, TX runs the D…
Typical palpalas at Paa-Mul.  Some…
Typical palpalas at Paa-Mul. Som…
Lia likes her Diet Coke
Lia likes her Diet Coke
Jazy is digging this lifestyle
Jazy is digging this lifestyle
Here comes my drink- a Brazillian …
Here comes my drink- a Brazillian…
Charles relaxes
Charles relaxes
Ahhhh....
Ahhhh....
Sunset at Paa-Mul
Sunset at Paa-Mul
Ciao is smiling in her Paa-Mul cam…
Ciao is smiling in her Paa-Mul ca…
A view down the campground with lu…
A view down the campground with l…
Excuse me- have you seen my body?
Excuse me- have you seen my body?
Lia has had it up to her neck with…
Lia has had it up to her neck wit…
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