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[*] posted on 5-23-2016 at 10:54 AM
Hwy 5 update 5/21/16


So drove down to Punta Chivato last week and back up via Hwy 5. The Potholes between Puertocitto's and San Felipe seem to be much better. You can see many of them have been patched up recently but we all know that is just a temporary solution until the patching wears out but for now it is pretty good, still watch out for the Vado's they sneak up on you.

The 23 miles of dirt south of Gonzaga I thought was in the best shape I have seen in quite a while. I drive a 4wd suburban but I saw a couple of cars doing it very slowly. We had a group of jeeps (10+) "jeepers creepers" club go by us but other than that only say 4-5 other cars and trucks. There were some very nice jeeps in that group.

took us about 45 minutes each way. you could tell they have hit the dirt parts with a grader and water truck recently so we were able to drive at a decent pace without ever bottoming out the shocks or shaking the car apart. The rocky parts were still rocky and were obviously slower going.

The road goes back and forth on the new road and even in a few places they had us up on the new road bed.

There is a lot of construction going on right now. Lots of bridges and culverts being built and lot of big earth moving equipment moving around on the road so heads up. We even heard some blasting going on. We had a dump truck easily twice as tall and big as our suburban that we pulled over for as he was coming down hill on a very narrow part of the road.

All in all the road is coming along. I'm still not sure I see a completion date anytime soon but they look to be getting all the road bed and infrastructure in place before any paving goes on. I still saw a lot of areas were they were still blasting and carving through hillsides. They could certainly be done sometime next year if they pick up the pace.

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[*] posted on 5-23-2016 at 12:27 PM


Great report. Thanks. Sure is nice to go that way. Will be interesting to see just how much traffic shifts to that side when the road is completed.



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[*] posted on 5-23-2016 at 01:05 PM


I'll be driving that way on Thursday. Thanks for the update!




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[*] posted on 5-23-2016 at 01:58 PM


Great report, thanks I needed it, as I was planning on going that way myself this week. I'm driving a 38ft motorhome, pulling a Liberty behind me and was told I should not have a problem. Hope this is true.
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[*] posted on 5-23-2016 at 04:13 PM


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[*] posted on 5-23-2016 at 07:27 PM


Quote: Originally posted by fish101  
Great report, thanks I needed it, as I was planning on going that way myself this week. I'm driving a 38ft motorhome, pulling a Liberty behind me and was told I should not have a problem. Hope this is true.


Hmm - good luck




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[*] posted on 5-23-2016 at 07:38 PM


Quote: Originally posted by mojo_norte  
Quote: Originally posted by fish101  
Great report, thanks I needed it, as I was planning on going that way myself this week. I'm driving a 38ft motorhome, pulling a Liberty behind me and was told I should not have a problem. Hope this is true.


Hmm - good luck


If you have a second driver, I would un-hook the liberty, and send the other driver ahead as a scout on the dirt section! It would be fun for the jeep driver, and give the big rig a bit more maneuverability if there happens to be an obstacle..

[Edited on 5-24-2016 by AKgringo]




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[*] posted on 5-24-2016 at 04:17 PM


I went through on the 17th. Quiet a bit of traffic ranging from semi's to cars to motorcycles. New roadbed (at the intersection of 1) was nice. Some parts were very dusty and in need of a water truck...Some pickups traveling very fast kicking up dirt, dust, and rocks. Overall, best I have ever seen it...thus the traffic I guess.

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[*] posted on 5-24-2016 at 04:19 PM


Repost: Highway 5 at Highway 1 a few weeks ago





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[*] posted on 5-24-2016 at 06:05 PM


Quote: Originally posted by AKgringo  
Quote: Originally posted by mojo_norte  
Quote: Originally posted by fish101  
Great report, thanks I needed it, as I was planning on going that way myself this week. I'm driving a 38ft motorhome, pulling a Liberty behind me and was told I should not have a problem. Hope this is true.


Hmm - good luck


If you have a second driver, I would un-hook the liberty, and send the other driver ahead as a scout on the dirt section! It would be fun for the jeep driver, and give the big rig a bit more maneuverability if there happens to be an obstacle..

[Edited on 5-24-2016 by AKgringo]


I had a good laugh about "It would be fun for the Jeep driver." We all have different levels of what we call fun but going down Highway 5 has to be close to the bottom of my list for fun things to do! :biggrin:
If that is fun, what is on your not so much fun list?:lol:

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[*] posted on 5-24-2016 at 06:20 PM
Not so fun list


On that particular trip (late 2014) the 30 miles or so of washboard between Bahia Asuncion and Abreojos was right at the bottom.

I also drove quite a few roads that were worse than the dirt section of 5, but my point was, I would rather be a driver than a passenger no matter what the vehicle is!




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[*] posted on 5-24-2016 at 06:28 PM


Agreed about driving VS passenger. I also have been on worse roads than 5 but 5 has an option, #1 and the other rotten roads, there was no option. Besides, on bad roads the other side always looks smoother, doesn't it?



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[*] posted on 5-24-2016 at 06:39 PM


I intentionally drive bad roads because I am looking for the 'Good people' that they bring. It has to be true, because I read it here!

More often than not, I find myself alone in the middle of nowhere thinking"Car don't fail me now!". It is an adventure though!




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[*] posted on 5-27-2016 at 02:59 PM


Highway 5 was a "piece of cake"..so to speak!!!..That photo that was posted of the new section from Highway 1, didn't last very long..Maybe a mile at the most and then back to the old road (wash board). But, with the 38ft diesel pusher towing the Liberty JEEP, it wasn't bad at 10mph. I had spoken with several of the highway workers and they didn't think I would have a problem. 1 1/2 hours fm 1 to Coco's corner (although the last mile before Coco's was probably the worse section. I brought Coco some rice, beans and cat food, so he was happy. Another 1 1/2 hours fm Coco's to the pavement at 10mph and it was over. Would I do it again?? You betcha.. saved me nearly 200 miles going to Yuma yesterday.. Howard.. You have got to toughen up down here!!!
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[*] posted on 5-27-2016 at 04:02 PM


Quote: Originally posted by fish101  
Highway 5 was a "piece of cake"..so to speak!!!..That photo that was posted of the new section from Highway 1, didn't last very long..Maybe a mile at the most and then back to the old road (wash board). But, with the 38ft diesel pusher towing the Liberty JEEP, it wasn't bad at 10mph. I had spoken with several of the highway workers and they didn't think I would have a problem. 1 1/2 hours fm 1 to Coco's corner (although the last mile before Coco's was probably the worse section. I brought Coco some rice, beans and cat food, so he was happy. Another 1 1/2 hours fm Coco's to the pavement at 10mph and it was over. Would I do it again?? You betcha.. saved me nearly 200 miles going to Yuma yesterday.. Howard.. You have got to toughen up down here!!!


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[*] posted on 6-17-2016 at 10:45 PM


I drove Highway 5 going south in January 2015, also driving a motor home and towing a car. It was pretty terrible then, nice that it's much improved now and getting even better. I was relieved to find all ten tires still had air when I finally got to Hwy 1! The motor home was fine but the towed Acura didn't have much clearance, so slow creeping around rocks and having to move some of the biggest ones. No road equipment working then at all, and almost no other vehicles.

Still, it'll be sad when it's all a paved highway. End of an era.
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[*] posted on 6-18-2016 at 07:08 AM


Having traveled Hwy. 5 (or the Gulf Route [south of San Felipe] before modern roads) since 1965, it is indeed the end of an era.

However, unlike the effort and speed that was put into building 800 miles of Hwy. 1 between 1967 and 1973 with over 100 miles a year completed, the 130 miles to finish Hwy. 5 starting in 1982 has been ridiculously long in coming.

Even if you don't include the grading and paving to Puertecitos, the highway south of there began in 2007, 9 years ago with less than 7 miles completed each year.

Soon Coco's Corner will be only 3 1/2 miles off a paved highway, instead of on an adventure drive of sorts where only off road vehicles made it fast and safe to Gonzaga Bay from Hwy. 1.





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I drove this stretch yesterday northbound. The road condition remains as state above. I'm used to sandier, softer dirt roads so the rocky parts seem a little jarring. But easily passable and not a problem if your tires are in good shape.

There was very little construction going on. Lots of equipment sitting idle. We stopped and talked with Coco and found out why. Apparently the builders have been dozing lots of cardons and cirios which they are supposed to save and transplant. So PROFEPA came in and stopped work on the project. They actually put locks on some of the equipment. There will be big fines to pay. Work stopped for two months. All this according to Coco. Just reporting what he told us.

He also gave his opinion that it would be 3 to 5 years before the road was done. I sure hope they can do better than that.

We went up through Mexicali instead of taking 2 over to Tecate this time. I don't know my way around Mexicali very well and it was kind of busy getting through town, exactly what I wanted to avoid by taking the eastern route. So, won't go that way again. I'll stick to Tecate crossing. Border wait was 55 minutes around 5 PM Friday.

The drive up was uneventful. Stopped for the night at La Huerta Hotel in San Ignacio. Nice place.

I must be out of my mind to leave pumping overhead surf. At least we got a good one in at dawn patrol the day of our departure.:?::?:




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[*] posted on 6-18-2016 at 08:49 AM


Thanks, Tom!
3 to 5 years, huh? LOL But but some Nomads say it will be done this year!? LOL
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Quote: Originally posted by El Jefe  
I drove this stretch yesterday northbound. The road condition remains as state above. I'm used to sandier, softer dirt roads so the rocky parts seem a little jarring. But easily passable and not a problem if your tires are in good shape.

There was very little construction going on. Lots of equipment sitting idle. We stopped and talked with Coco and found out why. Apparently the builders have been dozing lots of cardons and cirios which they are supposed to save and transplant. So PROFEPA came in and stopped work on the project. They actually put locks on some of the equipment. There will be big fines to pay. Work stopped for two months. All this according to Coco. Just reporting what he told us.

He also gave his opinion that it would be 3 to 5 years before the road was done. I sure hope they can do better than that.

We went up through Mexicali instead of taking 2 over to Tecate this time. I don't know my way around Mexicali very well and it was kind of busy getting through town, exactly what I wanted to avoid by taking the eastern route. So, won't go that way again. I'll stick to Tecate crossing. Border wait was 55 minutes around 5 PM Friday.

The drive up was uneventful. Stopped for the night at La Huerta Hotel in San Ignacio. Nice place.

I must be out of my mind to leave pumping overhead surf. At least we got a good one in at dawn patrol the day of our departure.:?::?:


Well that sucks. Looked like most of the grading was done 3 weeks ago and they were working hard. Why now? Duh...$$$$$$$.
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