While in Pureto Vallarta for a soccer tournament this past week, I repeatedly enjoyed sitting in the traffic jam that can result from extreme stormwater flooding.
Rains took out the northbound span of the Ameca River bridge back in September, when, in the equivalent of a 100 year storm, the area received a month’s worth of rain in one night. So now traffic in and out of the city from the Nayarit Riviera is all funneled onto the remaining span while the damaged one is rebuilt.
Puerto Vallarta wasn’t the only town affected by stormwater flooding. The flood wiped out bridges in several smaller towns. I personally saw the gaps at Sayulita and San Pancho and we sloshed daily along the two and a half mile section of dirt road that leads to our accommodations. Four wheel drive makes this road easier at the best of times. Which is one of the reasons I love Mexico. All you have to do to get away from those annoying people who want everything clean, smooth, perfect and taken care of for them (if this is you, please just go to your local mall instead of traveling) is head up a dirt road. But these days, with rain water still running off of the mountains and coastal hills, it’s better to have big tires and exceptional ground clearance as well. Viva adventure!