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This shrine marked the location of poor Hector's demise. It was complete with a scaled down truck cab, and a picture of Hector in the driver's seat. The broken windshield from Hector's truck lies next to his shrine. One of my primary objectives was to not give anyone an opportunity to build an EarthRoamer® shrine.
While no part of the Transpeninsular is in what I would call good condition, the road after Cataviña has deteriorated significantly. The Transpeninsular was built in 1973, and much of it looks like it hasn't been maintained since that time. The two-lane "highway" is very narrow; one of my guidebooks says that each lane is 9 feet wide. I never measured it, but the potholed road felt much narrower. There is usually no shoulder, and the drop off the edge ranges from ten to several hundred feet. With truckers frequently approaching at 60+ miles an hour you can count on many hair raising, white-knuckle experiences. Some of the bigger rigs pull their driver's side mirror flat against their vehicle so it won't strike oncoming traffic.
There are very few pictures of the Transpeninsular in my guidebooks, and now I know why. With no shoulder it is usually impossible to pull off the edge of the road, and no one in his right mind would stop on the road to take a picture. Top all of this off with frequent signs announcing "CURVA PELIGROSA" (dangerous curve), "VADO" (dip or arroyo crossing) and "GANADO" (cattle). The accompanying roadside shrines, rusting car skeletons, and dead animals came as no surprise.
The roadside shrines took one of two forms; either a shrine marked the spot where an unfortunate motorist met his demise, or it was a place to pray for safe travel. Unfortunately, by my admittedly unscientific count, "unfortunate demise" shrines outnumbered "safe travel" shrines by a factor of at least 10 to 1.