New Friends in Aguascalientes
Aguascalientes was approximately a 320 mile (515 kilometer) drive south of Torreon through some very beautiful desert country in central Mexico. We had been warned before we left Torreon that the road to Aguascalientes was in bad shape, and we shouldn’t expect to travel at our normal speeds.
For the first leg of our ride, we headed down the road to Durango which was in surprisingly good shape. Along the way we stopped for breakfast at a food stand where big rig truckers had stopped, so we expected the food would be good. Although the ladies operating the stand didn’t offer much variety the huevos, frijoles, queso and tortillas they served were very tasty and incredibly cheap.
Shortly after we finished breakfast and headed off, we made the turn to Aguascalientes where we encountered a bad section of the road where there were giant potholes that could easily consume a motorcycle and rider in one bite. With our bikes we were able to easily maneuver around the potholes without having to go too slow. For cars and trucks this section must have been a nightmare to drive. Fortunately, this section only lasted 25-30 miles. The rest of the way into Aguascalientes the road was in great condition, super smooth and well maintained.
In Aguascalientes, we met our next CouchSurfing hostess Leticia Alcántara Cruz and her cute little dog Ruperta. Like the other hosts we have met on our journey, Leticia was super friendly and warmly welcomed us into her home.
That evening Leticia’s friends Toma and Omar joined us for dinner, which consisted of several dishes commonly served in that region of Mexico. Needless to say, the dinner was delicious. I am really loving Mexican food. It is nothing like you get in the States.
Before, during and after dinner we engaged in some very lively discussions about the American elections, the future of Mexicans and some of the more difficult challenges Mexico faces. The conversation reminded me of the passionate discussions I had with my friend during my college years. Later in the evening we watched an episode of Late Night with John Oliver and a similar Mexican show hosted by Chumel Torrez. The discussions and shows made me realized how similar Americans and Mexicans are. We have the same concerns, passions and hopes for the future.
After another good night’s sleep Omar and I headed off to our next stop near Teotihuacan, while Leticia headed to a class at the university where she is pursuing a master’s degree in psychology.