Road Notes: Janos, Gomez Palacio Bypass, and Chihuahua Libre Highways

Rearview mirror with van and desert

If, on the off chance, you are looking for a hotel room in Janos, Chihuahua, the “RR” hotel is clean and friendly, though extremely funky and rudimentary. For 180 pesos a night for two (14.60 USD) a night, you can’t complain…

I concede defeat…El Codo is correct…The coffee at the OXXO mini marts is not bad…I think his exact word was “good”. I’m sticking with “not bad”, but it’s definitely better than gas station coffee in the U.S. I try not to shop at the OXXOs too much because I prefer the spirit of the little tiendas, but sometimes one has to cave to hot coffee and clean bathrooms…

Speaking of OXXO, The ATMs of Mexico seem to have been breeding since my last visit. ATMs now lurk at many Pemex stations and OXXOs. Gone are the days when you had to drive an hour to the one ATM in a 200 mile radius and then wait in line all day. We actually paid for dinner with a debit card the other night. How bizarre…

I can’t believe how clean Pemex bathrooms are these days. This has been years in the making, but now most of them are way cleaner than your average American public bathroom. Some joints even have toilet seats…

The stretch of toll road that bypasses Gomez Palacio is extremely expensive and probably not worth it. It cost us about 200 pesos to bypass the city, and I can’t imagine that traversing Gomez Palacio could possibly be THAT horrendous.

The free or libre highway from Ciudad Jimenez to Gomez Palacio is quite good and I can’t see any reason to take the toll road for that stretch.

The cuota bypass around Fresnillo is relatively cheap and probably worth it.

So far we’ve taken the libre for maybe seventy percent of the trip, and the worst stretch of highway (in terms of road quality) we’ve seen so far was a stretch of Route 66 in San Bernadino County, CA.

After spending fruitless hours of each travel day in the U.S. searching for decent road food, it is great to be back in the land of torta stands and roadside taquerias!


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  1. -El Codo- says:

    Re: Coffee / “Good vs Not Bad”

    Like the famous blurt of former president William Jefferson Clinton…
    “It Depends On The Meaning Of The Word… ‘Is'”..

    At first light, stumbling around, body aching for a caffeine fix.
    “Good Coffee!”

    Later on, when mind and muscle rejoin in harmony and memories of steaming mugs of Veracruz or Chiapas kick in…
    “Not Bad Coffee”

  2. Maybemayhem says:

    Glad the crossing was smoothe and thanks for the updates. I hope to do a caravan trip on my motorcycle within about a year, and knowing which roads are good will be useful. Do you happen to know if tolls apply or are reduced for motorcycles on toll roads? Safe, exciting, and wonderful journeys to you!

    • churpa says:

      Hola! We miss you already. I think tolls are cheaper for motorcycles. I’ll look into it and get back to you with the specifics.

      • -El Codo- says:

        Churpa, I’ve noted motorcycles have their own silhouette on Autopista price boards and the toll is less than for “automoviles “. Seems the percentage difference varies but the discount is noteworthy.