The truck smells of dirty laundry. The vehicle insurance expires at the end of the month. The Guatemala tourist bureau will provide us with an escort through the country and we pay only for gas and food, but we have to arrange it in advance. We need the Central and South American truck insurance documents printed. We need a 12 volt charger for Bill’s phone. For all of the above we need a town. So we drive into Salina Cruz, and a stop at a mall with a coffee shop, an Office Depot, a Walmart and a hotel. The hotel will take dogs and has free laundry according to Trip Advisor, but when we get there it seems they only take dogs in cages, and our cage is tightly packed in the back and so Bill says no thanks.
The next hotel, the la Quinta isn’t like any La Quinta I have ever seen, so we drive on, only to go past a really nice looking place called the El Eden. We circle back, drive in and then realize it is one of Mexico’s famed love hotels. They rent rooms by the hour but the travel blogs say they take dogs. They are known to be exceptionally clean and this one is especially nice, surrounded by flowers, a romantic arch into a big garden (although not a garden at all when you actually go in, just a vacant lot), and lots of flowers and apples on everything from the towels to the bedding. There is a garage door on your own private parking stall so no one can see your car, and food is delivered in. There are no keys. You are not expected to leave and return. There is a complimentary condom in the ashtray.
We set up lawn chairs in the parking area. It is tiled and has tiled wall like a little patio, with a view of the floral hedge and the romantic arch, tucked away from the road. The breeze is cool. We ordered pizza for lunch. There is nobody else staying here that I can see. The place is spotless. They do laundry and have taken it all away.