Our Trip to Culiacán for Chemotherapy

February 20, 2013

We’ve made the drive to Culiacan four times for my chemotherapy appointments, and I thought you might like to see what the road between Mazatlán and Culiacán is like.

When you travel this road you can’t forget that the state of Sinaloa is primarily agricultural.  We drive the cuota, or toll road – and the tolls are 216 pesos, or less than $20 US each way.

What will you see on the road?  Well, to start with… check out the video at the top of the post.  You’ll see plenty of CORN!

Like in the photo at the top of the post, you’ll see some lovely mountains in the distance…

The road IS a toll road, but that doesn’t mean that you won’t be delayed by a huge wide load…




You’ll see plenty of corn…




And some greenhouses…




And some other kinds of greenhouses…




And some advertisement for pesticides…




and seeds…




and some interesting shade structures, too.




We’ve stayed a couple of places in town, but here’s a picture of town taken from our hotel right by the Forum Mall.




Maybe you want to see the hospital where I have my chemotherapy? It’s in a pretty neighborhood with lots of big trees.




And here’s one of me being infused with the chemotherapy!




I am doing very well, and am excited to have finished four of the six treatments.  It won’t be long now!  See ya!

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I'm Nancy, a US expat living in San Antonio Tlayacapan, Jalisco after 11 years in Mazatlán, México.

    1. Came across your blog while reading other blogs and following links.

      Felt I had to make a comment, but have no appropriate words, so am just sending my best regards

      1. Thanks, everyone! I am doing great and looking forward to a long and healthy life hanging out with all of you!

        Kimberly… I did see some chicken farms that were under construction but they usually aren’t greenhouse glass/plastic but solid roofs and sides with the big fans on the side. But you never know… and whizzing by at 120 kph I couldn’t see well enough to know for sure!

        Christine… it looks kind of old fashioned out the window but there are plenty of “modern” chain restaurants and yuppie type stores around there… we ate at a Chili’s thinking it would be the same as in the states but sadly, no. The mall is two stories with Sears, Liverpool, etc plus Haagen-Dazs and Starbucks, etc. With my two remaining treatments I’ll have to think if there’s anything I should buy there that is missing here in Maz.

    1. Thanks for sharing Nancy. You are an inspiration to us all. Now, regarding those greenhouses; are you sure some of them aren’t chicken farms?

    1. Great video,great photos, but the last one is the best of all. You look wonderful! As always,I enjoyed your blog post…the pic from your hotel room reminded me of postcards from the ’50s where the pictures were actually drawn, but looked *almost* like photos.

    1. Nice to see your smiling face while being infused with chemo. Been there and done that and learned that being positive and happy sure helps a lot. Good luck and best regards.

    1. Ditto what Alison said about your smiling face! Go chemo, do your work! Only two more sessions, yay!!!!!! Sending hugs your way.

    1. More hugs winging your way from Mexico City! You are a constant source of inspiration to so many people–including me. Keep smiling, chica. Pretty soon you will have a clean bill of health.


    1. By sheer accident we have ridden along that road between Culican and Mazatlan. We were fascinated by all the different crops. It was October and they were cutting sugarcane, something we Montanans had never seen!

    1. Nancy,
      Wonderful pictures! I am amazed at how significient the agriculture output of Mexico is. I never realized that so much infrastructure was invested into the crops there.

    1. So glad to see you are doing well, Nancy. I am so happy to hear you are getting the care and support you need and desire. We look forward with you to you being in tip top shape again soon.

    1. You are a trooper!!! Keep up the good attitude. I know you’ll pull through.

      Given Sinaloa’s reputation, I had to chuckle at the greenhouse with the chain-link fence and barbed wire around it. Probably not tomatoes growing inside, but who knows?

      Saludos y buena suerte!

      Kim G
      Boston, MA
      Where we’re glad to see that you remain on the road to recovery.

    1. Great to see your smiling face. Colin is off to Culiacan on the 3rd for a week. Not sure I am going this year. I promise to see you before we leave after Semena Santa.

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