Joined: Jan 2009
Location: Carpinteria, CA
Up at sunrise and off to breakfast at Chenco’s.
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Some shots of Ruben’s, The Coco-Loco House on the Beach...
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The boys seemed to be drinking more coffee than usual???
Burt said he wouldn’t be sleeping on the beach again, he got too much sand in his hair (I silently chuckled). It is here that I find out we need to be back by Tuesday thereby shortening the trip to 6 days. Not sure why it was shortened, but I figure if I get home early I will be able to save some vacation days and do another trip in the spring. Fuel up and head out for our destination for the day, Guerrero Negro. Paved road (deserted) almost all the way to Gonzaga Bay. Maybe 10 miles of gravel and dirt adjacent to newly paved unopened highway, Gas up again next to the landing strip and head off across the peninsula towards highway 1.
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And then the road south out of San Felipe. Notice the lack of traffic and the nice condition of the road? Not bad at all....
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And then the non-paved portion starts. Hard pack with washboard and some sand on top. Very wide also. Maybe the condition is from the Baja 1000 and not typical, not sure about that.
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Fuel up next to the airstrip at Gonzaga Bay
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Saw some bicyclists from Canada along the road on a trip from the Yukon to Ushuaia, Argentina.
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Take a break at Coco’s and hangout a while.
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Does something scare you in this photo like it did me?
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Can you imagine how small the girl that wore those red panties must be? Spookie
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Reach Highway 1 and stop at Chapala. Mike is our public relations guy and always gets all the local info, chats with whomever is close by and comes up with some interesting stuff. In Chapala he immediately starts talking to a young woman that is with a 18 month old girl and some bicycles, her boyfriend/husband comes along shortly. This is a family from Germany, also travelling to Argentina. I think they have a 3 year schedule they are on. Maybe Mike can post the link to their blog here.
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Cute little girl (the baby you idiots)! When we asked about the trucks passing them on the skinny road they said the trucks were the best drivers, its the cars they worried about. The mom also had a missing tooth. More on that later......
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Another group of cyclists on the way to Argentina. I didn’t have the heart to tell them they were on a dead end road at the tip of Baja. Go figure?
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Had to make one more stop to add some gas from my Rotopax before we hit Guerrero Negro (GN). We made some ‘comfort’ stops also. When we got close to GN there was the border crossing into Baja Sur that we were supposed to have papers to cross (and it would be no problem without them). I wondered how this was going to go and then all of a sudden Burt makes a U-turn and goes back a ¼ mile to a dirt road. Ahhh, he must have decided avoidance is the best policy and we take a dirt road around the airport, the unofficial landfill and a bunch of squatters shacks.
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This road hits the paved main street in GN directly in front of a Tecate store, surprise! But there is also the only reliable ATM here also. Mark this on your maps and don’t bother with getting papers. Save $23, but run the risk of having your bike impounded and who knows what else. Have you ever watched ‘Locked Up Abroad’, just sayin......
Stayed at the Hotel Don Vicente. They had some rooms with 3 queen beds for 450 pesos, about $12 a person. Good room, light switch INSIDE the shower (not waterproof) but at least it wasn’t one of the ones you have to twist the wires together to turn on the lights!
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The Don Vicente has a guarded locked courtyard at night so everything was probably safer than stateside.
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Dinner just a block up the street. I had a nice tomato bisque and milanesa. Tim had beef tacos. They weren’t on the menu. Lots of times things on the menu don’t exist and other items you just need to ask for. He made sure they were tortillas with meat only. NO sauce, no weird things, just meat! I think the other guys had seafood which was good. Local seafood. Not like in Santa Barbara where they actually do fish, but you usually get icelandic cod, or fish sticks or something frozen...
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Crappy phone picture, thats fresh queso on top, yummm.
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Think we just hung around after dinner and talked. Most of it had to do with Burt’s SPOT and camera he had lost on the dirt road between Coco’s and Highway 1. We got the coordinates for the SPOT from the website. It was still broadcasting the tracking signal and we figured we could pick it up on the way back, unless someone else found it. This was the great debate, fuelled by Tecate, Lee didn’t think we would find it, Mike and Burt were convinced it would be there. This carried on until we were all too tired to care. Good news is that Burt found his camera in one of the many pockets of his gear.