Small town wreaks havoc on cars. First of all, there is a great infactuation with the speed bump, or "tope" (pronounced "toe-pay"), all over this part of Mexico.
Topes come in several different varieties. Here are the ones most commonly encountered:
1) the multi-purpose crosswalk/tope
2) the big tope
3) the bumpy tope
4) And my personal favorite: the rope tope, used when private residents feel their street is lacking in the tope department.
The streets of Small Town are loaded with topes. On the two mile drive to my kids' school I go over 8 topes. There are several places in Small Town that have a series of 10 topes in a row with about 10 feet in between each one. I don't know what the deal is with the tope here. People seem like a law abiding group here, but maybe if you removed the topes they would all drive like maniacs. I really don't know.
Sometimes you get a warning sign, but not very often. It's not a problem if you hit one at a slow speed in town, but hitting one while going 65 mph on the highway can be a problem.
The second problem is potholes. During the rainy season, the road falls apart leaving huge potholes.
Here's my foot in the above pothole so you can get an idea of how big it is:
Rainy season is just starting, so they are still few and far between, but in about a month or so the streets will look like there has been a war here. When the roads are dry, they are an annoyance that you can usually swerve to avoid (I sometimes feel like I am playing a driving video game), but next week I'll show you what happens when the roads have been flooded. Not good.