Arising at 6:00am, we packed and departed without waking anyone, and reached the Nolla’s home in Colonia Navarte near the Viaducto on Dr. Vertiz about 7:40am, only a little late. Leaving gifts for Beto’s parents who were in Veracruz with Gerardo’s parents, we loaded up the ice chest and a few supplies, and headed off via the Viaducto, Periferco Sur, and found our way to the autopista to Cuernavaca without much difficulty.
It was a clear day and the traffic was light, so we reached the summit at Tres Marias without delay, then took the cutoff to Cuautla before descending into Cuernavaca. This route has many impressive formations, peaks, and vistas which make for an impressive journey along the cutoff through Tepoztlan.
Coming into the south end of Cuautla in Plan de Ayala, I realized that I missed the turnoff at Balneario Agua Hedionda and was headed for the Centro, so we turned around and found Carmen’s house with little difficulty. We were early. Calling Raquel at 9:30am, she was just leaving Mexico. She had meant that she was leaving at 9:00am, not arriving at that time. Oh well, Carmen was in the shower, so we busied ourselves erecting the family tree on her patio wall, then drove into the Centro to kill time, buying more fruit and taking in the crowded street scenes.