Life on the road has produced a different set of honey-do lists. We depend on the limited number of items that we carry and what we have gets used almost every day. That puts a lot of wear and tear on our stuff.
I took advantage of the motel room to do some quick repairs. On my sunglasses, the cushions that rest on the bridge of my nose had started separating from the glasses. I used an alcohol wipe to clean the detached surfaces before using super glue to join them together.
Finding the superglue was a task in itself. Every town has a myriad of general stores (abarrotes), and specialty stores. While it can be fun to poke through stores and find the unexpected or visit markets for the myriad colors and smells, having to visit multiple places to find a single item or complete a shopping list can be time consuming and frustrating. While we prefer to support local establishments, sometimes it is just easier to go to a chain store like Walmart, Bodega Aurrera (also affiliated with Walmart), Calimax, or a Soriana (a bit nicer than a Walmart, like a Target).
Like in the USA, I think this will cause the downfall of the many small stores in cities and towns in Mexico. It is baffling to me that so many can stay open as it is. Even in the smallest of towns there will be at least two, if not three stores within the same proximity, all selling essentially the same soda, snacks, etc. The only differentiation I have noticed is if the store sells beer. It seems that stores only carry one manufacturer’s beer.
While staying in a motel is nice, it usually means we get a late start. Today we rolled out just in time for a lunch of tortas (hot sandwiches). We had delicious bacon, avocado, onion, tomato and jalepeño versions.
We were treated to West Texas like scenery and more arid conditions. That was not the only treat. After a particular long climb we found some oranges that must have fallen out of a truck. We were able to salvage about a dozen and they were thirst-quenching. A great find, though not as bountiful as the overturned produce truck.