In Yuma we found another BLM campground about 12 miles out of town. No services here either but it’s free and we have lots of room around us. You register with the camp host who looks like he’s been there for eternity and he gives you a sheet of paper with the date you need to leave (14 days hence). The only rule is that you can’t park within 15’ of someone else and no-one with attitude is allowed to stay.
|Humming bird in our campground|
1) because we’d knew lots of people come here in winter;
2) because we wanted to go to Mexico and get our teeth cleaned. You don’t drive into Mexico as you need to buy insurance to cover your vehicle. You pay $6 to park in a carpark on the Californian side and just walk over the border. You don’t go through any customs going in, but you need your passport to get out. The town of Los Algodones is very well known for doctors, dentists and pharmacies all with very low prices compared to the USA;
3) we knew it would be warm there!; and
4) it was on the way to our next destination.
When we left Cibola we didn’t realise it was Saturday so we will need to wait until Monday to visit Mexico. This will give us a much-needed break from all the driving we have done over the last couple of weeks.
It’s your typical desert town except the number plates on the cars are from a wide variety of states up north including Canadian ones. ATV’s out in the desert have replaced the snowmobiles we saw out in the mountains.
The temperature is in the mid 80’s, so we are finally warm.
Mexico was pretty uneventful. You stay within the four blocks of the border. There are many many pharmacies, dentists, doctors and a few hairdressers and places to eat. We had our teeth cleaned for $30 cash, bought some pharmaceuticals from the chemist and some toffee coated pecans from a local.