Driving from Phoenix, Arizona to La Ceiba, Honduras – April 4, 2011 to April 9, 2011
Day 1 – 14 hours – 662 miles
Phoenix, Arizona to Ft. Stockton, Texas
This was our longest day of travel. Mostly through the repetitive deserts of Arizona, New Mexico and Texas.
Day 2 – 11 hours 30 minutes – 397 miles
Ft. Stockton, Texas to Monclova, Mexico
Four hours in Texas followed by a border crossing at Eagle’s Pass/Piedras Negras. Our bags got searched three times including when the police pulled us over. Lost several hours getting lost in two cities.
Day 3 – 11 hours – 503 miles
Monclova, Mexico to Queretaro, Mexico
Started the day badly by realizing Mike’s wallet was lost. Traveled along the high deserts of Mexico. Very fast travels. Stopped for an hour at a great rest stop in San Luis Potosi.
Day 4 – 12 hours 45 minutes – 606 miles
Queretaro, Mexico to Matius Romero, Mexico
Traveled on toll roads almost all day. Bypassed Mexico City with a major toll road. Only time driving into the night through Mexico. Ate yummy fish tacos from a little vendor. Spent the night in a dumpy hotel in the middle of nowhere.
Day 5 – 13 hours – 464 miles
Matius Romero, Mexico to Guatemala City, Guatemala
On the road by 6:30am. Fast roads through Mexico. Only 40-minute border crossing into Guatemala. Slow driving through Guatemala. More yummy tacos from a little restaurant.
Day 6 – 12 hours – 377 miles
Guatemala City, Guatemala to La Ceiba, Honduras
Found our way out of Guatemala City with no problems. Only a 35-minute border crossing into Honduras because the customs people really helped us out. Great baleadas from a little vendor. Last hour of driving after sunset.
TOTALS – 74 hours 15 minutes behind the wheel – 3011 miles – averaged 501 miles per day.