Patricia, "Chicken" of the Desert
Trip Start Jan 23, 2011
195Trip End Feb 14, 2012
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Then, there it was, a smaller sized but "Chicken Bus" nevertheless and proudly sporting the wonderfully named destination of Topolobampo :-)
We clambered on and joined the already fairly full bus. As usual, we took our bags to the back and sat as close to them as we could. Not usual at all, a first in fact, we sat on a sideways bench at the back which was a bit strange but gave us quite a good view in forwards and backwards directions
Knowing where we were heading and the number of bus rides we had ahead of us, this was likely to be, and turned out to actually be, our last "Chicken Bus". It's almost sad :-)
In Topolobampo at the bus station there was a small shop doubling as a ladies nail bar :-) and they gave us directions: one way to the ferry terminal a kilometre or so away, the other direction to the "Malecon" (promenade along the water) where we would find public toilets. They turned out to be at a house where the owners had built them, charged 5 Pesos per use and had a steady flow of patrons. Who said entrepreneurship doesn't exist? :-)
Relieved, we sat at the chairs and tables of a nearby yet-to-open open-air fast food stall and had a lovely sandwich-picnic in the sunshine while we watched life and birds passing by
We wandered along the "Malecon" for a while to admire the water, boats and birds and then set off for the ferry terminal. Along the way we had offers from taxis looking for a fare, quickly dropping their prices in hope as there were so many of them and so few possible passengers. We declined them all in favour of a walk.
We had a quick stop along the way at an OXXO but just for cold-drink and "Tostadas", yummy giant, crunchy, round tortillas - not hot chocolate but still big kids stuff :-)
The walk to the ferry terminal seemed a bit longer than we were expecting but we got there in the light which was our aim
Inside the ferry terminal we had a fun time with the ticket lady as she wanted to learn a few words of English from us, especially ¿como se dice de nada en ingles ? "you are welcome" as an equivalent to the Spanish "de nada" for "it's nothing" :-) We decided to splash out on a cabin rather than looking for somewhere to sit in the open seating - the ferry was due to set sail at 11PM and we had also heard from fellow travellers that the showers in the rooms were the best :-)
It was early so we settled down at a table to wait, and wait, and wait.... for a loooooong time! The ferry only runs six days a week, my theory is so that it can start the week on time again as it gets later and later throughout the week. We only boarded the ferry AFTER MIDNIGHT!!! We finally set sail around 2:30 AM!
The dinner included in the price of the cabin was pretty good and I can confirm that the cabins are very comfy and the showers are superb! In fact, we would have liked to spend a couple of days on board rather than just the 8 short hours that we did :-)