After all those shenanigans and close callls mentioned in the earlier post, this is one helluva reward at the end of the day don't you think?
Yep, gonna call this home for a few days at least.
Hope everyone is having a great weekend. Cheers 👍🍻🌴
An old friend and mentor introduced me to the saying about life..."You are either green and growing, or brown and dying." Today, was nothing but GREEN.
Recap, 0500 hours Lisa awakens me as I sleep on the back seat of Gigi. We wanted an early start at 0600 AND our coastal breeze was ripping at 20+ knots, so decided against RTT. Dre of course had a bed in a little "pup" tent sleeping nicely next to Gigi. "Eric, the water is up to the rig, should we move?". I open the door and indeed water had washed away one of my sandals, and we were in a bad spot. Immediately drive Gigi out of danger and start to stow away a few pieces of remaining gear. Phew, that was close.
Next, drive up sandy hill and hit the road to new locale, easy enough. I already scouted this spot drove in and out no problems. Today however, mucho problems! We got stuck, like really stuck. After 90 minutes of shovel, rocks, airing down, winch, and a LOT of sweat before the sunrise we got up the hill. Wow, what a start!
Soon after I realized our airbags were deflated, like emptied and little clearance in the rear. Ugh, now?! Why?! We limp along to our destination as I have never used airbags before, was not sure of the total problem yet, and didn't want to make things worse being MacGyver on the side of the road. Still cartels and banditos in Mexico, don't need Gigi being rehomed because I tried to do a highway turn out fix.
Thus, we drive on. At half a tank stop to get Petrol, no premium. 20 more km another stop, no premium, gas is dicey in Mexico so I don't want to risk it with regular. Ask where the next petrol stop is, sounds doable. Fast forward another 80km and nada, uh oh. I dump our last rotopax of 18 liters and cross my fingers. With roughly 40km to EMPTY we find premium! Best $100usd ever spent to top off and fill a new rotopax.
We finally arrive at our destination, bust out the hilift, tool bag, air compressor, psi gauge, and go to work. In shorter time than I expected it's all fixed up and we are ready to go for the next adventure. Much of this gear is brand new to me, as in never used, no experience using, and simply have it because it makes sense, but hoping to never use it. ✌🌴🌞
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Private beach, zero dollars, sunshine, coastal breeze, turquoise water, yeah that'll do us 👌. Happy Thursday everyone ✌
What...a...day! After driving over 600km we arrived at our destination, a small beach town in Tabasco State.
With less than 60 minutes before sundown we started to search for a camp spot for the night.
The only suitable area within reason was a small clearing allowing us to get off the road and on the beach, awesome!
Problem was we got stuck 10 meters off the road 😣. Into action comes our shovel AND our recovery tread. After minimal success and time waning, we started to air down some more, hurrying to beat the mosquitoes AND darkness as we still needed to set up camp, did I mention the 8 hours of driving?
Lisa and I are covered in sand, sweat, and beyond tired at this point digging out the recovery treads. No suitable winch point, besides we needed to reverse out! Ugh.
Next thing you know a local man going by on his motorbike sees us obviously NOT having fun-times×good-times and stops to help.
He grabs some fallen Palm fronds and we start digging more and getting a line prepped to reverse out. Within 3 minutes 4 more guys stopped and we decide to unhook the trailer, manually push it out and turn it around roadside.
Then our beloved Land Cruiser Gigi with aired down tires zooms out no issue. Success! We then reconnect the trailer, now completely covered in sand, sweat, and dozens of mosquitoes hang our heads and park roadside in the darkness for the night. Many lessons learned this evening indeed.
We cannot be more impressed with the friendly and genuine Mexican people we have met along our entire journey thus far.
Not one single bad experience anywhere, Policia no issues, our small grasp of Espanol had been accommodated with patience, and no issues with any "criminal" element of any sort.
Thank you Mexico, and a HUGE thank you to the 5 guys who stopped tonight to help out a couple of loco gringos with a big white dog.
We are very happy to be here, and look forward to experiencing and enjoying all Mexico and the wonderful people who call it home has to offer us.
Overlanding is filled with ups and downs and in betweens, but keeping a positive attitude and outward demeanor is the ticket to be triumphant no matter the challenge.