Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Guachochi to Hidalgo del Parral

We were all ready at 9 am to begin our drive from the resort to the city of Hidalgo del Parral, which lies on the Parral River, 5449 feet above sea level. Parral was founded in the 16th century and was an important mining area that still processes and exports lead, zinc, silver, copper and gold.  Some of the drive was of the twisty turny type, but the condition of the road was pretty good, compared to other roads we had traveled.

Once we arrived on the outskirts of Parral, Kevin thought we might be able to park in the old Howard Johnson's parking lot (renamed the Hotel Hacienda de Villa) for a fee, so we all waited at the Gran Estadio Parral (the great stadium) and waited while he and Sue went on a scouting trip.  I took the time to order a few camper parts from Amazon and had them sent to Mona's daughter in Seattle, who is planning to come down here with her brother for a visit during Christmas. After a visit to the Soriana for more food, we drove to the old Howard Johnson's and settled in for the night.

As we descend the Sierra Madre Occidentals, the terrain has changed to a semi arid sloping pine tree dotted grassland.

Kevin happened to walk around his rig when we stopped for a break and noticed that one of his inner rear tires was flat. Luckily, Bob had a pancake compressor and once Kevin found the hole and put in a plug, they inflated the tire and we were on our way.

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