by Cat Calhoun
Matehuala, San Luis Potosi, México
After the sadness of the coyote and the horses we settled into a kind of sad numbness that comes with flat terrain, scrubby brush, and a harsh climate that is constantly breaking down anything built by human hands. Time and time again we saw horses and cows tethered in the median between north and southbound lanes of Autopista 85D. Occasionally we would see a flock of goats or sheep with a shepherd in the median. At first it’s a little shocking to fly down a toll road at 110 km/h (roughly 65mph) and pass livestock less than a meter (roughly 3 feet) away, but even this begins to seem normal after a while and the boredom of flat terrain takes over again.
When the outline of the Sierra Madre Occidental mountain range appeared on the horizon north of Monterrey, they were a welcome sight and supplied consistent beauty filled with craggy peaks and huge rolling green foothills. Caracaras, ravens, and the occasional golden eagle roamed the skies above the mountains and my spirits lifted.
I don’t like driving at night and I’ve been told it’s not wise to travel the roads in Mexico after sunset, so I was grateful to arrive at our overnight stop, Matehuala, just at sunset. We checked into Las Palmas, a nice place that looks like it was transported right off of Route 66 and right out of the 1950s. It was clean and comfortable and the management was happy to accommodate both us and our cats. The cats settled in quickly and were chowing dinner when we decided to follow suit.
We went to the restaurant where a very professional gentleman by the name of Lorenzo completely took care of us. We feasted on guacamole, beans, a delicious rice dish with poblano peppers, vegetables, and amazing salsa. We chased it all with two drinks each then we wandered happily back to our room and fell into a restful deep sleep, hoping for a short drive to finish the trip in the morning.
While we are sleeping please take a moment to enjoy some of the cool things we passed on our way today.