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Route: Las Glorias to Celestino Gasca
Date: December 12, 2008
Logged By: Mike and Terri Church
Vehicle: Pickup with Camper towing a Jeep Wrangler (40 Ft. Total Length)


Our drive today leaves Las Glorias, a tiny beach town, and travels 213.4 miles (344.2 Km) to another tiny beach town, Celestino Gasca. Both destinations have magnificent beaches with waterfront camping and great weather.

The route begins on a good 2-lane paved road traveling 26.8 miles (43.2 km) to merge with Mex 15 in Guasave. In Guasave the route follows the heavy vehicle bypass. It then heads south on 4-lane Mex 15 crossing over the toll bridge east of town. At the Km 123 marker you must choose between the free or toll road to Culiacan. The toll road has 2 inexpensive toll booths (see rates below) and is limited access the entire distance while the free road has one toll bridge and goes through many small towns. For us the toll road is the better choice. If you instead prefer to travel the free road, see out driving log for November 29, 2006 which details the free route.

In Culiacan you must again decide between free and toll to continue south. The toll road south is the first section of the expensive Maxipista to Mazatlán. We instead follow the easy to navigate bypass road around Culiacan to join up with the libre. Construction is currently near completion on a new 4-lane section south from Culiacan to the turn off to Costa Rica (9.9 miles, 16 km). Farther south the libre continues to be improved with wide shoulders continuing south for most of today’s drive.

We exit the libre near Km 105 and follow a 2-lane highway with no shoulders west and around the town of La Cruz where we join up with the cuota at Km 89 and follow it south for 10 km before exiting at today’s destination in Celestino Gasca. There is no toll on this section of the toll road since we join it south of the first toll station.

000.0 Miles (000.0 Km) – At the entrance to Las Glorias. This is the location where the previous days log ends. We are heading north toward Guasave.

000.5 Miles (000.8 Km) -- Boca del Rio to the right on a paved road. We continue straight.

007.2 Miles (011.6 Km) – Enter the small town of Palos Verdes (no topes). There is nothing on the road but a bus stop.

013.1 Miles (021.1 Km) – Enter the small town of El Guayabo (no topes).

014.0 Miles (022.6 Km) – Enter the small town of Ejido Las Culebras (no topes).

014.6 Miles (023.5 Km) -- Turnoff left for Ejido Las Canadas. We continue straight.

015.9 Miles (025.6 Km) -- We turn right on a paved road signed for Guasave.

016.9 Miles (027.3 Km) – Enter the small town of Ejido El Dorado (no topes).

018.3 Miles (029.5 Km) – Enter the town of Ejido El Cubilete (2 series of small topes).

018.5 Miles (029.8 Km) – A road to the town of Tamazula goes to the right. The road through Tamazula is a possible route to Mex 15 connecting near the Km 136 marker south of Guasave. For details of this route see our Book Updates (third edition) section on our website www.rollinghomes.com. If you take this bypass route you will rejoin this log at Mile 34.2 (Km 55.2) below.

018.5 Miles (029.8 Km) – Pemex with no number on the left just after the turn to Tamazula. We continue straight for Guasave.

020.9 Miles (033.7 Km) -- Pemex #4715 on the left with magna, premium, and diesel.

021.6 Miles (034.8 Km) – Enter the small town of Campo Diaz (no topes).

023.4 Miles (037.7 Km) -- Road becomes 4-lane divided with green light poles down the center and we are entering Guasave (there are 2 topes along this section).

024.4 Miles (039.4 Km) -- The road turns to the right and 4-lane disappears. Just as the road bends we turn to the left on a road signed for Camiones de Carga. This road is just before the canal and runs along parallel to the canal. This road is 2 lane paved, but with a rough surface. There are however, no topes and not much traffic, and this section is short (only .9 miles, 1.45 km).

025.3 Miles (040.8 Km) – The canal ends and this road merges to the right (in a gravel area) with the road which was on the far side of the canal, to continue straight on a beautiful 4-lane divided road signed for Los Mochis and Culiacan.

026.5 Miles (042.7 Km) -- We turn right on a road parallel to Mex 15.

026.8 Miles (043.2 Km) -- We merge to the left onto Mex 15.

027.1 Miles (043.7 Km) – A big Walmart on the right on the lateral road.

027.5 Miles (044.4 Km) -- Puente PSV Guasave.

027.7 Miles (044.7 Km) -- Ley grocery store on the left.

027.8 Miles (044.8 Km) -- Km 146 marker.

028.0 Miles (045.2 Km) -- Puente Sinaloa.

029.4 Miles (047.4 Km) -- Pemex #8647 on the right with magna, premium, and diesel and an Oxxo store. This is a medium sized station with good RV access.

030.6 Miles (049.4 Km) -- Km 142 marker.

030.9 Miles (049.8 Km) – The town of El Burrion is to the right. We stay on Mex 15 to the left for Culiacan.

032.3 Miles (052.1 Km) -- Pemex #1744 on the right with magna, premium, and diesel and an Oxxo store. This is a large station with very good access and some room for possible overnight parking. We are out of Guasave here.

033.6 Miles (054.2 Km) -- Km 137 marker.

034.2 Miles (055.2 Km) -- Road to the right is signed for SJ de la Brechia.If you took the route around Guasave through Tamazula at Mile 18.5 (Km 29.8) of this log you will rejoin our route here. There is access to this road from both northbound and southbound on Mex 15.

034.3 Miles (055.3 Km) -- Km 136 marker.

036.6 Miles (059.0 Km) -- At toll booth (topes). Rates: Automobile – 18 pesos, Extra Axles Light Vehicles – 9 pesos, 2 and 3 Axle Busses and Trucks – 32 pesos, 4 and 5 Axles – 62 pesos, 6, 7, 8 and 9 axles – 97, Extra Axles – 16 pesos. We paid 36 pesos, the charge for 2 automobiles.

037.2 Miles (060.0 Km) -- Km 131 marker.

039.5 Miles (063.7 Km) -- Entering the town of San Rafael (lots of small topes).

039.7 Miles (064.0 Km) -- Km 127 marker.

042.7 Miles (068.9 Km) -- Km 122 marker.

043.4 Miles (070.0 Km) -- Pemex #4999 on the right with magna, premium, and diesel. This is a large Pemex with excellent access but from highway does not appear suitable for overnighting.

043.8 Miles (070.6 Km) -- Exit right is for Culiacan Libre. We continue straight for the Culiacan Cuota. This cuota road is 77.5 miles (125 km) long with 2 toll booths (see below). It has limited access with no towns along the highway and has a smooth surface with wide shoulders.

044.2 Miles (071.3 Km) -- Km 125 marker.

053.1 Miles (085.6 Km) -- Pemex #6059 on the left with magna, premium, and diesel.

053.2 Miles (085.8 Km) -- Km 112 marker.

053.2 Miles (085.8 Km) -- At toll Plaza #59 Las Brisas (topes). Rates: Motorcycles – 22 pesos, Automobiles Without Trailer – 50 pesos, Automobiles With Trailer – 78 pesos, 2 Axle Busses and Trucks – 71 pesos, 3 Axle Busses and Trucks – 94 pesos, 4 Axles Trucks  – 139 pesos, 5 Axle Trucks – 166, Extra Axles – 39 pesos. We paid 78 pesos, the charge for an automobile with a trailer.

053.3 Miles (086.0 Km) -- Pemex #4618 on the right with magna, premium, and diesel. This is a big station with great access and a big gravel lot in back with plenty of room for overnighting.

053.3 Miles (086.0 Km) – Exit right for the towns of Angostura and Guanuchil. We continue straight.

074.9 Miles (120.8 Km) -- Km 75 marker.

075.4 Miles (121.6 Km) -- Pemex #3970 on the right with magna, premium, and diesel. This big station has good access but from highway does not appear suitable for overnighting.

082.1 Miles (132.4 Km) – Exit right for the towns of La Reforma and Zapotillo. We continue straight.

083.0 Miles (133.9 Km) -- Km 62 marker.

093.0 Miles (150.0 Km) -- Km 46 marker.

093.6 Miles (151.0 Km) -- Pemex #7474 on the right with magna, premium, and diesel. This is a big station with good access and a gravel parking lot to the south which from the highway appears to be a possible location for overnighting.

102.2 Miles (164.8 Km) – Exit right for the towns of La Palma and Vitaruto. We continue straight.

102.3 Miles (165.0 Km) -- Km 31 marker.

108.3 Miles (174.7 Km) -- Pemex #4156 on the left with magna, premium, and diesel and an Oxxo store. This station has good access from both directions and a small gravel lot with some possible room for overnighting. This Pemex accepts credit cards.

108.7 Miles (175.3 Km) -- Km 21 marker.

113.2 Miles (182.6 Km) -- Km 14 marker.

113.5 Miles (183.1 Km) – Exit right for the towns of La Curva and San Pedro. We continue straight.

120.0 Miles (193.5 Km) -- Km 3 marker.

120.6 Miles (194.5 Km) -- At toll Plaza #58 Culiacan (topes). Rates: Motorcycles – 22 pesos, Automobiles Without Trailer – 50 pesos, Automobiles With Trailer – 78 pesos, 2 Axle Busses and Trucks – 71 pesos, 3 Axle Busses and Trucks – 94 pesos, 4 Axles Trucks  – 139 pesos, 5 Axle Trucks – 166, Extra Axles – 39 pesos. We paid 78 pesos, the charge for an automobile with a trailer.

120.6 Miles (194.5 Km) -- Pemex #3693 on the left with magna, premium, and diesel and an Oxxo store across the street.

121.1 Miles (195.3 Km) – Exit to the right is for Mazatlán Cutoa. We continue straight for the libre road to Mazatlán.

121.1 Miles (195.3 Km) – Exit to the right for Culiacan. We continue straight for the libre road to Mazatlán. This puts us on the bypass road around Culiacan.

122.4 Miles (197.4 Km) -- Pemex (no # yet) under construction on the right with magna, premium, and diesel and an Oxxo store.

123.1 Miles (198.5 Km) -- Km 7 marker.

123.3 Miles (198.9 Km) -- Pemex #9108 on the left with magna, premium, and diesel and an Oxxo store. This is a big new station with access from both directions.

123.7 Miles (199.5 Km) -- Km 6 marker.

125.6 Miles (202.6 Km) -- Km 3 marker.

125.7 Miles (202.7 Km) -- Culiacan Centro road goes to the left.  We continue straight.

126.8 Miles (204.5 Km) -- Km 1 marker.

127.4 Miles (205.5 Km) – At a major intersection at Km 0 (the end of the bypass road around Culiacan). It looks like an overpass is under construction. We turn right following the sign for Mazatlán Libre. Culiacan Centro is to the left.

127.6 Miles (205.8 Km) -- Pemex # 4365 on the right with magna, premium, and diesel. This is a medium sized Pemex, but it is very crowded. We merge onto the libre at the Pemex. This section of the libre is currently under construction. It is newly resurfaced and is being 4-laned.

128.8 Miles (207.7 Km) -- Pemex #8819 on the left with magna, premium, and diesel.

133.6 Miles (215.5 Km) -- Autodromo Culiacan (car racing track) on the right.

137.2 Miles (221.3 Km) – Turnoff right is for Costa Rica. We continue straight.

137.3 Miles (221.5 Km) – Pemex stations on both sides of the road. Pemex #3675 on the right has magna, premium, and diesel. Pemex #3856 is on the left and has magna and diesel. Both of these stations have good RV access.

137.6 Miles (221.9 Km) -- End of 4-lanes under construction, but the road appears to continue to be upgraded with wide gravel shoulders at places through Mile 174.1 (Km 280.8).

137.9 Miles (222.4 Km) -- Km 192 marker.

138.2 Miles (222.9 Km) – Enter the small town of San Miguel (no topes).

143.3 Miles (231.1 Km) -- Sign says Mazatlán 183 Km.

144.0 Miles (232.3 Km) -- Km 182 marker.

145.6 Miles (234.8 Km) -- Big gravel pull off on the right.

146.5 Miles (236.3 Km) -- Km 178 marker.

148.1 Miles (238.9 Km) -- Enter the town of El Salado (4 topes). This is a busy town with stores and restaurants along the roadside. Street vendors are selling tamales at the topes.

148.4 Miles (239.4 Km) – The town of Quila is to the right. We continue straight and the road becomes 4-lane divided.

148.6 Miles (239.7 Km) -- End of 4-lane.

148.6 Miles (239.7 Km) -- Puente El Salado Norte Auxiliar.

148.8 Miles (240.0 Km) -- Out of town.

148.9 Miles (240.2 Km) -- Km 174 and Puente El Salado Sur.

149.3 Miles (240.8 Km) -- Pemex #2957 on the left with magna, premium, and diesel. This is a large Pemex with a gravel lot in back which appears to be a possible overnighting location. There are a stores and restaurants along the highway near the Pemex.

152.8 Miles (246.5 Km) – A turnoff right is to San Lorenzo. We continue straight.

154.5 Miles (249.2 Km) -- Puente San Lorenzo.

154.7 Miles (249.5 Km) – At the end of the bridge we enter the town of Tabala (2 series of small topes).

155.2 Miles (250.3 Km) -- Pemex #8285 on the left with magna, premium, and diesel and good RV access. From the highway there does not appear to be room for overnighting at this location.

155.9 Miles (251.5 Km) -- Big gravel pull offs on both sides of the highway with a garbage barrel.

156.5 Miles (252.4 Km) -- There are wide gravel shoulders along this section.

159.9 Miles (257.9 Km) -- Turnoff left is for the town of Tachuichamona. We continue straight.

161.5 Miles (260.5 Km) -- Turnoff left is to the town of Estacion Obispo. We continue straight (2 series of lots of small topes).

163.9 Miles (264.4 Km) -- Km 150 marker.

166.1 Miles (267.9 Km) -- Puente El Almacen I.

167.9 Miles (270.8 Km) -- Enter the town of Abuya (2 series of small topes).

168.4 Miles (271.6 Km) -- Out of town.

169.0 Miles (272.6 Km) -- Km 142 marker.

174.1 Miles (280.8 Km) -- End of the road shoulders.

176.2 Miles (284.2 Km) – Enter the small town of El Avion (no topes).

176.5 Miles (284.7 Km) -- Km 130 marker.

177.2 Miles (285.8 Km) -- Turn off left is to the town of Baila. We continue straight.

181.4 Miles (292.6 Km) -- At km 122 a road goes right to the town of Ejido 26 de Enero.  We continue straight.

181.8 Miles (293.2 Km) – Enter the town of Vide Campesina (a series of small topes at the entrance to town from both directions).

182.3 Miles (294.0 Km) -- Out of town.

182.7 Miles (294.7 Km) -- Km 120 marker.

183.8 Miles (296.5 Km) -- Enter the town of El Espinal (3 topes). This is a larger town with trees along both sides of the highway and lateral roads. There are many restaurants, stores, and street-side Ladatel phones.

184.6 Miles (297.7 Km) -- Pemex #8520 on the right with magna, premium, and diesel and Super Servicios El Espinal store. There is also a nice lot behind the station which from the highway appears to be a possible location for overnighting.

184.6 Miles (297.7 Km) -- A series of small topes and we are out of El Espinal.

185.2 Miles (298.7 Km) -- Km 116 marker.

188.3 Miles (303.7 Km) -- Large gravel pull off on the right.

188.5 Miles (304.0 Km) -- Cemetery on the left.

188.9 Miles (304.7 Km) -- Km 110 and we enter the small town of Agua Nueva (no topes).

190.1 Miles (306.6 Km) -- Km 108.

191.0 Miles (308.1 Km) -- Turnoff left is to the Pueblo Magico town of Cosala (54 km). We continue straight.

191.3 Miles (308.5 Km) -- Km 106 marker.

191.9 Miles (309.5 Km) -- Km 105 marker.

192.1 Miles (309.8 Km) – We leave Mex 15 and turn right signed for La Cruz. This is a paved 2-lane road with no shoulders.

193.3 Miles (311.8 Km) -- Enter the town of Casas Viejas (2 topes).

193.7 Miles (312.4 Km) -- Out of town.

194.7 Miles (314.0 Km) -- Enter the town of El Bollilo (3 topes).

200.1 Miles (322.7 Km) -- Greenhouses on the right.

201.8 Miles (325.5 Km) -- Enter the town of La Cruz and the road becomes 4-lane divided.

202.4 Miles (326.5 Km) – We turn to the right just past the John Deere dealer for the La Cruz bypass road. This unsigned road is the first paved right hand turn after entering La Cruz. As soon as you turn (but not before) there is a sign for the Maxipista. This section of the bypass road is 2-lane paved with shoulders.

204.0 Miles (329.0 Km) – The road comes to a T. La Cruz is left. We turn right to continue the bypass of La Cruz to the Maxipista. This section of the bypass is 4-lane divided with street lamp poles down the center of the lanes.

204.4 Miles (329.7 Km) -- Pemex #6162 on the right with magna, premium, and diesel. We turn left here following the 4-lane divided road with the street lamps.

205.3 Miles (331.1 Km) -- Pemex #6208 on the left with magna, premium, and diesel.

205.8 Miles (331.9 Km) – An exit to the right is for the Maxipista to Culiacan. We continue straight above the Maxipista.

206.1 Miles (332.4 Km) -- Stay to the right at a turnaround signed for Mazatlán Cuota.  This turn around will let you return to enter the Maxipista heading south.

206.3 Miles (332.7 Km) -- Exit right for Mazatlán Cuota.

206.5 Miles (333.1 Km) -- Merge with southbound traffic on the Maxipista.

206.6 Miles (333.2 Km) -- Km 89 marker.

208.1 Miles (335.6 Km) -- Big greenhouses on the right.

212.9 Miles (343.4 Km) -- Km 79 marker.

213.4 Miles (344.2 Km) -- We exit right for Celestino Gasca. This is a gravel exit which shortly becomes paved.

See the Book Updates section of our website www.rollinghomes.com for Celestino Gasca camping possibilities

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