Celaya - day 19

Trip Start Jan 31, 2005
Trip End Mar 01, 2005

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Monday, April 25, 2005

Report from Celaya
Hola amigos. We are now in Celaya, 70 miles southeast of Guanajuato. It was an enjoyable drive, taking highway 67 through some up and down and around terrain. Arrived in Celaya just after 1:00 to find more traffic than I liked. Lots of one-way streets, traffic lights yes, but some tight intersections with a sign that reads, "Alto, uno por uno". translated -- Stop and proceed after letting one car from the right or left through. There is a lot of courtesy expected of drivers. We have yet to see a fender bender or accident in our Mexican travels.
As is our practice, we drive to the town center, park the bike and I walk about looking for a hotel while Annette watches the bike. I found a nice hotel, Hotel Isabel, perhaps the best this trip, and started back. I was perhaps four blocks away. Thinking that I should walk the way I would have to drive to the hotel, I took a different way back than I did to find the hotel. Twenty minutes later and after asking for directions three different times, I returned to waiting Annette. It was another twenty minutes before we got to the hotel due to traffic and one-way streets. Besides, we were lost. All ended well. My cycle is in the secured hotel garage, right in front of the guard office. Here in the Internet shop we just realized that the owner is the same man who ultimately provided the directions to the hotel.
An interesting point for me is that it is here in Celaya that my cousin Bruce Gunderson worked years ago for Birdseye Foods. He was the chief refrigeration engineer. As we came over the Desert Mountains, we saw below us a beautiful green fertile valley of vegetables that stretched for almost as far as you could see. When we passed the Birdseye plant I realized that this was the place he had worked for many years, staying for three to four month stretches. Also, passing through this area reminded us of The Valley in Texas where we spend our winters.
Going back to the hotel, there are three beds in our room, two doubles and one single. It is large and clean, costing only $23. Still no CNN however, but there are quite a few English stations. Found ABC in English that played for a short time.
We discovered a new Mexican dish that we like which is called alambre. It is served with many different choices. I had shredded chicken with cooked green peppers and onions, covered with melted Swiss cheese. We did find room for dessert today, the very first time this trip. Annette had flan and I had a cheese pie. There was a caramel layer between the crust and the top layer. Both deserts were delicious. Of course, we had beer with dinner. This time bottles of Indio.
It was another beautiful day in Mexico. We move tomorrow to our condo in Queretaro. Wish us luck in finding it! Hasta luego Russ and Annette
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