It’s still overcast this morning and our batteries are showing it. While I’m using electricity to make oatmeal in the Instant Pot, Mark realizes he’ll need power to use the compressor to air our tires back up once we return to the highway (he aired them down in order to not get stuck in the soft sand). When the truck is running it charges our batteries so we let it run while we pack, hoping to get enough juice to run the compressor. This is the nature of living on solar power.
After the hour long drive from the beach to the highway, we run a few errands around town. While Mark is checking out in the grocery store I start researching camping options and calculating how far we might want to drive. It’s already 1:30pm and the #1 rule for traveling in Mexico is to not drive at night. If you get on the road not knowing where you’re sleeping that night, you could easily accidentally find yourself driving after dark if you’re not careful. We decide to play it safe and do an overnighter in the next town 2 hours away before pushing further south.
We arrive in town and drive through two abandoned-looking campgrounds before finding a modest one with a friendly host and several other travelers. We settle in with enough daylight to walk around town and make friends with the local pups. I’m glad we decided to stop and equally anxious to get back on the road tomorrow.