Austin to Puerto Penasco via El Paso and Tucson

Trip Start Oct 10, 2005
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Trip End Oct 17, 2005


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Tuesday, October 11, 2005

We left out of Austin, Texas early in the morning excited for the adventure ahead. By noon we were ready to stretch our legs a bit, and stopped at Sarah's in Fort Stockton for their famous enchiladas. We arrived in El Paso where we had a place to stay for the night around 3:00pm and had some time to kill. After a quick stop at the airport to grab the final member of our group, we headed to UTEP and caught the Minors practicing in the Sun Bowl for a while. Then we headed up Scenic Drive to catch the view from the hill overlooking El Paso. It was here that we caught our first good look at Mexico, albeit Juarez. After a night of Chico's Tacos (I highly recommend you avoid this place) we crashed out for the night. We headed out of El Paso early the next morning, and had our sights set on Tucson. Driving through this part of the country can be challenging due to the fact that Arizona does not observe daylight savings time. We were not sure what time it was when we hit the Arizona border. We also didn't know what time it was in our destination city of Puerto Penasco. We stopped in Tucson for lunch and verified the time, before heading on. Hwy 86 out of Tucson, which was amazing. The saguaros (Cacti) were everywhere and they were massive. We followed this route to Why, AZ where we stopped for our last bit of American gasoline, Mexican car insurance, and a 12 pack of Tecate. We confirmed here that our destination also doesn't observe daylight savings time just like it's northern neighbor, even though the rest of Mexico does. It was 3:00pm and we had until 5:00pm to check in and pick up the key to our house. Just another 15 miles to the border and another 65 to our destination. No problem. We cruised through the Sonoran Desert and arrived in Puerto Penasco around 4:30pm...
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