Monday, August 11, 2014
A Blast from the Past!
At the koffee klatch group this morning, a newbie is in town who just drove in from Texas. He commented about the number of Pemex stations and the convenience. In the past, one could panic when on empty not knowing if or when the next station would be on the horizon. In addition, the convenience of not going through any towns.
Ahhh, I assured him, it was not always that way. In fact the road used to be two lane, not four lane divided highway. In addition, the two lane went through towns that had no paved roads. It was tricky, adventurous and interesting to attempt, as one drove in the ruts of the eighteen wheelers until one decided to make a turn. It was all of the above as you maneuvered your tire up and over the ruts. One had to really, really want to make a turn as it was not an easy operation. Rainy seasons were nightmares. Cars looked like they had just been pulled out of a mud pit. Come to think of it, that's exactly what it was like.
So now, with bypasses and Pemex stations everywhere, no one needs to keep their tank half full all the time, or pray to find a bathroom soon or hope that the gasoline will be pure.
Heck, once I needed a bano so much, that I stopped at a house, knocked on the door, whereupon they let me into the room and took me out the side door of the house to an outhouse where I could sit and watch the trucks driving by on the road. No curtain, no nothing, except a seat to sit on! Hilarious.
Another time, it was a curtain with a hole in the ground where a woman had to straddle the hole. I've only done that once, thank you very much. That was up in the mountains somewhere on a road that had NO shoulder. Woo eee, that was an experience. I wish I had photos of the bus in the bottom of the ravine and the eagles that were flying lower then the car. "High up and dangerous" is not exaggerating that road.
It was always important, or not, to kind of look at the gasoline in those clear plastic containers to see if it looked rather "clean" which is what they would say. "Es muy limpio" was what they would tell me........"It is very clean." Of course it was irrelevant at that point if it was regular or premium, it was gasoline!
No matter how far one was off the beaten track, there was, for some reason, Coca Cola! Honestly, I figured those guys could have lead the greatest treks, cause they had always been everywhere!
It's fun to laugh at the past and have fond memories. It's kinda sad that others won't have those experiences, but, the truth be told, I'm not as adventurous as I once was, so I'm glad there are nice Pemex stations with restaurants, restrooms and even gift shop areas in some.
Life is still an adventure at times, but not as much as before!