Route: San Miguel de Allende to Patzcuaro
Date: December 26, 2006
Logged By: Mike and Terri Church
Vehicle: Pickup with Camper (22.5 Ft Total Length)


Note: This log runs from San Miguel de Allende to Patzcuaro. You will see that a new toll road is under construction from Salamanca to Morelia. This will make this a much easier route and avoid a slow and tedious section with a bypass route on city streets through Valle de Santiago. You might also note that we traveled through Celeya on city streets, if we had taken the turn onto the highway at Mile 26 of the log the Celaya section would have been quicker and easier. Big rigs should do that.

000.0 Miles (000.0 Km) -- We’re at the southern edge of San Miguel de Allende at the traffic circle where the highway to Celaya begins. Pemex # 6879 is on the NW quadrant of the circle, a Mega supermarket on the SW quadrant. We take the road toward Celaya.

002.4 Miles (003.9 Km) -- Km 40 marker.

005.3 Miles (008.5 Km) -- Hwy 51 to Guanajuato goes right – we continue straight for Celaya.

006.0 Miles (009.7 Km) -- Km 34 marker.

011.8 Miles (019.0 Km) -- Pemex #5068 on the left with magna, premium, and diesel. No parking but good access.

011.9 Miles (019.2 Km) -- Celaya to the right – Comonfort goes straight – we stay to the right for the Comonfort bypass.

012.4 Miles (020.0 Km) -- Km 10 marker.

014.2 Miles (022.9 Km) -- Comonfort to the left and Neutla to the right – we continue straight.

017.2 Miles (027.7 Km) -- Km 2 marker. An exit to the right for Empalme Escobedo. We continue straight.

018.1 Miles (029.2 Km) -- Empalme Escobedo to the left and we stay right for Celaya.

018.2 Miles (029.4 Km) -- Now the road becomes 4 lane.

020.1 Miles (032.4 Km) -- Welcome to Celaya sign.

020.5 Miles (033.1 Km) -- Km 9 marker.

020.9 Miles (033.7 Km) -- Pemex #4817 on the right with magna, premium, and diesel. No parking but good access.

024.6 Miles (039.7 Km) -- Km 2 marker.

024.9 Miles (040.2 Km) -- At a big circle and Guanajuato is to the right and Celaya is straight. We continue straight.

025.3 Miles (040.8 Km) -- Pemex #7183 on the right with magna, premium, and diesel. Good access but no parking. We stop to buy fuel.

025.5 Miles (041.1 Km) -- Pemex #4249 on the left with magna, premium, and diesel. Big station with some parking to the south.

026.0 Miles (041.9 Km) -- Under Mex 45 D right to Irapuato – left to Queretaro – we go straight.

026.3 Miles (042.4 Km) -- Pemex #4370 on the right with magna and premium, no diesel. Small no parking.

026.3 Miles (042.4 Km) -- At a traffic circle and Home Depot is on the right just south of the circle. We continue straight.

027.3 Miles (044.0 Km) -- Pemex #4513 on the left with magna and premium, no diesel. Good size station but no access from this direction.

027.6 Miles (044.5 Km) -- Road goes down to 2 lane to go under the RR tracks. Plenty of clearance.

027.7 Miles (044.7 Km) -- Under the RR tracks

028.3 Miles (045.6 Km) -- At a T and we turn right  (this street is Manuel Doblado). We’re in central Celaya.

029.1 Miles (046.9 Km) -- We turn left on Av Las Fuentes.

029.2 Miles (047.1 Km) -- We turn right on Prol. Miguel Hidalgo after proceeding for only one block to the first traffic light.    

029.7 Miles (047.9 Km) – Large traffic circle. We continue straight.

030.0 Miles (048.4 Km) -- Merge onto Mex 45 to Salamanca – this a 4 lane divided hwy.

031.2 Miles (050.3 Km) -- Pemex #4047 on the right with magna, premium, and diesel. Medium size station with no parking.

032.0 Miles (051.6 Km) -- Exit to Cuota (toll road). We don’t take it.

032.5 Miles (052.4 Km) -- Pemex #4684 on the right with magna, premium, and diesel. Big station with parking in the back, urban location.

033.0 Miles (053.2 Km) -- Pemex #4669 with magna, premium, and diesel on the left. Big station with just a little parking, urban location.

036.1 Miles (058.2 Km) -- Km 66 marker.

036.9 Miles (059.5 Km) -- Pemex #0390 on the left with magna and premium, no diesel. This Pemex is on the lateral road.

038.5 Miles (062.1 Km) -- Km 70 marker.

039.5 Miles (063.7 Km) -- Pemex #3987 on the right on lateral with magna, premium, and diesel.

043.4 Miles (070.0 Km) -- Pemex #7062 on the left with magna, premium, and diesel. Medium size with decent access.

043.5 Miles (070.2 Km) -- Pemex #7376 on the right with magna, premium, and diesel. Medium size with decent access.

044.3 Miles (071.5 Km) -- Km 80 marker.

049.2 Miles (079.4 Km) -- Pemex #4377 on the left with magna, premium, and diesel. Big station with good access but no access from this direction.

050.7 Miles (081.8 Km) -- Right is to Salamanca and left is to Morelia and Irapuato – we go left

                        There is a big interchange near here which it appears will be a new toll road to Morelia. Not open yet.

051.1 Miles (082.4 Km) -- The road becomes 2 lane.

052.4 Miles (084.5 Km) -- Pemex (no # yet) on the left with magna, premium, and diesel. Under construction

053.5 Miles (086.3 Km) -- Pemex #4164 on the right with magna, premium, and diesel. Big station with parking but in an urban area.

                        Turn left just past the Pemex at a traffic circle for Morelia – straight is Irapuato.

055.4 Miles (089.4 Km) -- Pemex #5166 on the left with magna, premium, and diesel. Good size station with a couple of places to park.

062.7 Miles (101.1 Km) – Libramiento (free bypass road) to Morelia goes to the right – straight is the town Valle de Santiago – we go right.

063.0 Miles (101.6 Km) -- Pemex #6549 on the left with magna and premium but no diesel. Small station with tight access for big rigs – no parking.

063.1 Miles (101.8 Km) -- Go left – following signs for Morelia.

063.2 Miles (101.9 Km) -- Turn right following signs for Morelia.

063.3 Miles (102.1 Km) -- Turn right following sign for Morelia.

063.6 Miles (102.6 Km) -- Turn left following sign for Morelia.

065.3 Miles (105.3 Km) -- Follow the paved road to the left signed for Morelia.

065.4 Miles (105.5 Km) -- Turn right – signed for Morelia.

066.3 Miles (106.9 Km) -- Turn right onto the main Hwy – signed for Morelia

                        Pemex #4933 on the right just after the turn with magna, premium, and diesel.  Big station with quite a bit of room for parking

068.4 Miles (110.3 Km) -- Km 82 marker.

069.2 Miles (111.6 Km) -- San Jeramino to the left.

070.7 Miles (114.0 Km) -- Enter Magdalena de Araceo.

071.4 Miles (115.2 Km) -- Out of town. There appears to be a new toll road running to the left of this road.

080.1 Miles (129.2 Km) -- Pemex #4915 on the left with magna, premium, and diesel. Medium size station with Ok access and no parking.

080.7 Miles (130.2 Km) -- Left is to Yuriria – straight is to Celaya and right is to Morelia – we go right.

081.6 Miles (131.6 Km) -- Cross the toll road which is under construction.

087.0 Miles (140.3 Km) -- Pemex #7508 on the right with magna, premium, and diesel. Big station with good access but not parking.

087.1 Miles (140.5 Km) -- Moroleon to the right and Morelia to the left – we go left.

088.1 Miles (142.1 Km) -- Morelia cuota (toll road) to the left and Santa Ana Maya – straight is Morelia Libre (free road) – we go straight.

088.3 Miles (142.4 Km) -- Leave state of Guanajuato and enter state of Michoacán.

090.1 Miles (145.3 Km) -- Km 44 marker.

090.7 Miles (146.3 Km) -- Pemex #5050 on the left with magna, premium, and diesel. Small to med station but with ok access – no parking.

094.9 Miles (153.1 Km) -- Over the Morelia cuota (toll road). Large lake directly on our left.

095.9 Miles (154.7 Km) – Enter town Cuitzeo (population 7,880) and we go right at detour just before town.

096.6 Miles (155.8 Km) -- A city street merges in with us from the right.

097.1 Miles (156.6 Km) -- Back at the main road and we go right for Morelia.

097.2 Miles (156.8 Km) -- Onto a causeway to cross Lago de Cuitzeo.

097.5 Miles (157.3 Km) -- Km 32 marker.

099.4 Miles (160.3 Km) -- End of the causeway and enter La Palma.

100.3 Miles (161.8 Km) -- Under the Salamanca cuota (toll) road – we continue straight to Morelia.

100.9 Miles (162.7 Km) -- Merge onto a 4 lane road (the cuota Salamanca to Morelia).

101.0 Miles (162.9 Km) -- Km 26 marker.

101.2 Miles (163.2 Km) -- Guadalajara cuota signed to the right. We continue straight.

101.3 Miles (163.4 Km) -- Over top of Mex 15D.

101.5 Miles (163.7 Km) -- Mexico Cuota signed to the right.

101.6 Miles (163.9 Km) -- Km 25 marker.

103.1 Miles (166.3 Km) -- Pemex #5444 on the left with magna, premium, and diesel. Has an Oxxo store. Big station but not parking and no access from this direction.

109.1 Miles (176.0 Km) -- Turnoff to the left is marked for Uruapan. We continue straight. Pemex #4309 on the right just after turnoff with magna, premium, and diesel. Big with a big parking lot behind it.

109.7 Miles (176.9 Km) -- Pemex #5806 on the left. Big station with lots of room for parking.

110.8 Miles (178.7 Km) -- Pemex #6198 on the left with magna, premium, and diesel.

111.1 Miles (179.2 Km) -- Aeropuerto and Zinapatcuaro turnoff to the right. We continue straight.

111.3 Miles (179.5 Km) -- Km 8 marker.

112.5 Miles (181.5 Km) -- Bienvenidos a Morelia sign.

113.1 Miles (182.4 Km) -- Pemex #0616  on the left with magna, premium, and diesel. Big station with good access from the other direction but no parking.

113.1 Miles (182.4 Km) -- Pemex #5228 on the right with magna, premium, and diesel.

114.7 Miles (185.0 Km) --At an overpass to the right for Quiroga and Patzcuaro (Mex 14 and 15). We turn right here to enter the Morelia ring road, we’ll pass around the city in a counter-clockwise direction because it is less crowded than the other direction and the access to Mex 14 south to Patzcuaro is easier.

114.9 Miles (185.3 Km) -- Pemex #3924 on the right with magna, premium, and diesel. After the Pemex you need to get to one of the left 3 lanes (the outside lanes become laterals.

115.6 Miles (186.5 Km) -- Pemex #7792 on the right on the lateral.

117.1 Miles (188.9 Km) -- Pemex #5199 on the right (off the lateral) with magna, premium, and diesel.

117.8 Miles (190.0 Km) -- Heavy traffic is signed to be in the right lanes (not the laterals) on this road.

119.2 Miles (192.3 Km) -- Exit to the right is signed for Zamora (Mex 15) – this is the road to Guadalajara – we continue straight signed for Patzcuaro.

119.9 Miles (193.4 Km) -- Pemex #5652 on the right.

120.9 Miles (195.0 Km) -- Pemex #8185 on the right with magna and premium, no diesel.

121.2 Miles (195.5 Km) -- Pemex #4067 on the left.

121.4 Miles (195.8 Km) -- Ford dealer on the left. Get ready to exit ring road.

121.7 Miles (196.3 Km) -- Exit to the right is for Patzcuaro and Uruapan (Mex 14) – we exited – this is now a 4 lane divided highway.

121.9 Miles (196.6 Km) -- Pemex #3106 on the right with magna, premium, and diesel.

122.3 Miles (197.3 Km) -- Km 4 marker.

122.4 Miles (197.4 Km) -- Road to La Huerta and Presa Cointzio goes to the right – we stay straight for Patzcuaro.

123.3 Miles (198.9 Km) -- Pemex #6656 on the right with magna, premium, and diesel. Big and with good access but no parking

123.9 Miles (199.8 Km) -- Pemex #4175 on the right with magna, premium, and diesel. Big station with good access but no parking.

130.1 Miles (209.8 Km) -- Pemex #6241 on the right with magna, premium, and diesel. Big station with very good access but no parking.

130.5 Miles (210.5 Km) -- Km 18 marker.

132.8 Miles (214.2 Km) -- Pemex (no number) on the right with magna, and diesel. This station appears to be closed.

132.8 Miles (214.2 Km) -- Pemex #5482 on the left with magna, premium, and diesel. Med size with OK access.

132.9 Miles (214.4 Km) -- A split in the road and to the left is Tiripetio – we stay right for Patzcuaro.

138.6 Miles (223.5 Km) -- Pemex #6393 on the right with magna, premium, and diesel. Large with good access but no parking.

143.3 Miles (231.1 Km) -- Km 40

146.3 Miles (236.0 Km) -- Pemex #8823 on the left with magna, premium, and diesel. Medium size – no access this direction – no parking.

147.7 Miles (238.2 Km) -- Exit for L Cardenas and Uruapan cuota to the left (Hwy 37) – Patzcuaro to the right (Hwy 14) – we go right.

148.0 Miles (238.7 Km) -- Km 48 marker.

149.6 Miles (241.3 Km) -- Right is to Quiroga and left is to Patzcuaro – we stay left and after this the road becomes 2 lane.

149.9 Miles (241.8 Km) -- Km 19 marker.

150.3 Miles (242.4 Km) -- Pemex #0589 on the left with magna, premium, and diesel. Large station with good access but no parking.

150.5 Miles (242.7 Km) -- Km 20 marker.

151.3 Miles (244.0 Km) -- Enter Patzcuaro, population 42,459.

151.4 Miles (244.2 Km) -- Pemex #0587 on the right. This is an intersection with central Patzcuaro straight ahead and Uruapan to the right.

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