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Route: Chihuahua to Gomez Palacio/Torreón
Date: November 29, 2000
Logged By: Mike and Terri Church
Vehicle: 19-foot Class B Van

000.0 Miles (000.0 Km) -- The route begins at the southern edge of Chihuahua where the Periférico meets Mex 45. We're heading south. The kilometer markers are counting down to Jiménez. The road is a four-lane divided highway similar to a U.S. Interstate. The speed limit is usually 95 kph.

000.3 Miles (000.5 Km) -- Almost immediately you'll see a gas storage yard on the left.

000.6 Miles (001.0 Km) -- Large Pemex tank farm on the right.

001.9 Miles (003.1 Km) -- Exit for Ojinaja and aeropuerto. Very large orange monument to the left.

002.6 Miles (004.2 Km) -- Large Pemex #4136 on right. Has magna, premium, and diesel. Also has a restaurant and a big parking area for trucks.

024.3 Miles (039.2 Km) -- Large Pemex #3947 on the left. Has magna and diesel. Also has a restaurant and a big parking area for trucks.

033.1 Miles (053.4 Km) -- In this area there are many stands or parked trucks along the side of the road selling honey, pistachios, walnuts, and pinon nuts. We are approaching Delicias, a farming community.

039.4 Miles (063.5 Km) -- The road Ys. Right goes through Delicias, left is the toll road that goes around town. Delicias is said to be the home of Delicias apples. We'll go left and pay the toll. From this point on in this route there is a free road running pretty much along the same route as the toll road. It is slower, two lane, much-used by trucks, but much cheaper. We're going to follow the toll road so we can give you the amounts of the tolls.

039.6 Miles (063.9 Km) -- Pemex under construction on the left. It will have magna, premium, and diesel.

046.3 Miles (074.7 Km) -- Cut-off to the right to Delicias.

046.9 Miles (075.6 Km) -- Pemex #5717 on right with magna, premium, and diesel. A large place with a few truck parking spaces and a restaurant.

047.3 Miles (076.3 Km) -- Cutoff to the right to Delicias.

048.6 Miles (078.4 Km) -- Big Wrangler jeans factory on the right.

060.5 Miles (097.6 Km) -- Toll booth. This is for the toll around Delicias. Rates: autos - 24 pesos, 2 axles - 40 pesos, 3 axles - 60 pesos, 4 axles - 80 pesos, 5 axles - 100 pesos.

061.7 Miles (099.5 Km) -- Cut-off for the free road. Toll road ahead. The free road is signed "Libre". We take the toll road.

084.6 Miles (136.5 Km) -- Toll booth. Rates: autos - 24 pesos, 2 axles - 40 pesos, 3 axles - 60 pesos, 4 axles - 80 pesos, 5 axles - 100 pesos. You were warned.

085.5 Miles (137.9 Km) -- Free road merges back in.

087.1 Miles (140.5 Km) -- The road enters the small town of Comargo. There is no bypass. The traffic passes through the streets of town on two one-way streets, usually they are at least two lanes wide. Big rigs should take it slow and easy, watch for traffic from side streets. About half way through town you'll see a medium-sized supermarket on the left.

088.8 Miles (143.2 Km) -- Leaving town.

089.1 Miles (143.7 Km) -- Pemex #1359 on the right. Has magna and diesel, also a restaurant, mini-super, and truck parking.

089.6 Miles (144.5 Km) -- Cutoff to the free road to the right. Paying attention? Toll road ahead!

090.1 Miles (145.3 Km) -- Huge cemetery to the right. All the monuments are colorfully decorated, the Day of the Dead wasn't long ago.

124.0 Miles (200.0 Km) -- Toll booth. Rates: auto - 36 pesos, 2 axles - 60 pesos, 3 axles - 90 pesos, 4 axles - 115 pesos, 5 axles - 145 pesos.

130.8 Miles (211.0 Km) -- Cutoff right to Durango and Parral, this is Mex 45. South of Jiménez the highway becomes Mex 49.

131.9 Miles (212.7 Km) -- Free road traffic rejoins on a road from the left. There is a Pemex #2178 on the right with magna and diesel, it has a big area in back for truck parking. From here the highway is passing through Jiménez on a four-lane divided boulevard with trucks parked on both sides of the road, often projecting into the outside lane.

133.3 Miles (215.0 Km) -- Pemex #2184 on the left with magna, premium, and diesel. Lots of trucks parked along the side. This is the far edge of town.

137.6 Miles (221.9 Km) -- Free road to Gomez Palacio/Torreón exits here. For a long distance it runs parallel to the toll road but then it cuts across country to the west. It goes all the way so take a look at the tolls below and make a decision quick. You will have a few another chance later to take it or leave it.

137.9 Miles (222.4 Km) -- Toll booth. Rates: auto - 28 pesos, 2 axles - 45 pesos, 3 axles - 65 pesos, 4 axles - 80 pesos, 5 axles - 95 pesos.

159.3 Miles (256.9 Km) -- Access to free road, you can enter or leave.

185.7 Miles (299.5 Km) -- Leave Chihuahua state, enter Durango state. Toll booth. Rates (the rate system changed here): auto - 80 pesos, 2,3, or 4 axles - 95 pesos, 5 or 6 axles - 135 pesos. We liked it better when the auto rate was cheaper (our van pays the auto rate) but motorhomes and fifth-wheelers will probably like this new system.

198.6 Miles (320.3 Km) -- Pemex #4158 on the left, has magna, premium, and diesel. Also has good access for big rigs, bathrooms, but no truck parking.

199.4 Miles (321.6 Km) -- Cut-off for Ceballos and the Zone of Silence.

251.8 Miles (406.1 Km) -- Pemex #4130 on the left. Has magna, premium, and diesel. Also a mini-super, bathroom, and loncheria. Good access, no truck parking.

252.4 Miles (407.1 Km) -- Toll booth. Rates: autos - 70 pesos, 2,3, or 4 axles - 85 pesos, 5 or 6 axles - 130 pesos.

270.6 Miles (436.5 Km) -- Pemex #5609 on left with magna, premium, diesel. There is some truck parking but also a smelly feed lot next door.

273.9 Miles (441.8 Km) -- Cutoff for the Zacatecas/Durango toll road. We are nearing Gomez Palacio/ Torreón.

276.4 Miles (445.8 Km) -- Gómez Palacio/Torreón periférico. Left for Saltillo and right for Durango. You do not need to drive through town unless you plan to stay here. There is a big Soriana supermarket just inside the Periférico. See our book Traveler's Guide to Mexican Camping for information about camping in Gómez Palacio.

Copyright © 2001 Mike and Terri Church

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