07-17-2012, 04:26 PM
T plus 16 months
Joined: Jul 2006
The Grand Tour Year 3, Jan Cont.
From here a beautiful ride over the foothills and on into San Diego to see my old friends Bryce. Patrick, Lauren, Steve, and Ken. Two of them I know from Paris in 2000, the rest from Seattle. We met up at Urge Gastropub.
I don't have a picture of my buddy Bryce but I do have a pic of his part wolf dog and everyone loves dogs. This pic doesn't show just how yellow his eyes are. There's something very ancient about his eyes.
From San Diego it was up early and across the border into MX. This was incredibly easy. Just ride through. I did stop to ask a woman who worked at the border where I should do the importation of my bike. I was surprised that although she worked 20 ft from the border she spoke no english. Later I found out the answer was La Paz.
I'm going to include some of the posts I made on Facebook at the time. Here's mine for my 1st 3 hours in MX
"The smells of Baja immediately reminded me of Thailand. Of real people. A mix of wood fire cooking, a little trash, and animals and agriculture."
I easily made Ensenada the first day and settled into a hostel. The good sunsets began.
My next Facebook post: "One more night in Ensenada then on the road South. Picked up another rider, a young kid, who'll ride down as far as La Paz with me. He hasn't ridden much so I'll be playing Instructor Jack.
We had a great adv yesterday. Went to see some wineries. Got dropped off in the wrong place by the bus but the 1st 3 guys we talked to owned wineries. One gave us a lift up to his Ranch and we had a grand ole time. David, a real character. We came back with wine, and fresh oranges, limes, lemons, and mint. Made Mohitos. Thus the reason I'm still in Ensenada. ;)"
When we met David we didn't know he owned the biggest winery in the area. He invited us up to his ranch. As we where driving along in his SUV drinking beers I asked him what he raised on his ranch. His reply; "Grapes."
He gave us samples of all of his wines although here it looks like we're trying Irish Sean's head.
Me doing this again. It's become a habit.
The random wine tour gang and David.