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Old 02-19-2009, 05:11 PM   #25
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The next day was an exploratory ride farther up the East Cape road.

An early morning start...




and we were off...

The ECR follows the coastline fairly closely in some areas:











and in others, it goes inland a kilometer or two...





...all of it is photogenic...



Within less than an hour, we were approaching Los Frailes, a distance of about half-way to Los Barriles, a tentative destination for the day. Los Barriles is known for its primo windsurfing and kitesurfing due to frequent high winds.

I was using the Baja Almanac as my map source, while Darren and Mark had GPS units. Unfortunately the GPS did not appear to have base maps for the area that seemed to coincide with my paper maps....so there were a few stops and varied opinions as to where we were. The confusion was solved by asking a local....who ended up confirming that we were at Los Frailes. He encouraged us to head west through the mountains (Sierra La Trinidad range) rather than proceed up the coastline as he said the scenery was better....

So we backtracked a kilometer and headed west towards Cerro el Venado on the road heading to Rancho Garambullo, where we were to turn left at the "T" and make our way through the mountains towards the town of Miraflores (... to the right takes you to the ranch, but also likely hooks up with a road system that comes out on Hwy #1 north of Miraflores at the town of Santiago).

Before long we were absolutely thrilled with the road conditions, scenery, and high speed capacity of the route....it is a pity I didn't take more pics...











There were not too many "alternate routes", but some deliberations were required at some intersections...



The road was another rollercoaster ride...





Coming down out of the highlands we crossed some arroyos with the usual conditions...





A brief refreshment break at one...




Darren's endless and ubiquitous supply of Halls Cherry cough drops were a treat...



And as the GPS seemed to be indicating we were approaching Hwy #1 where we would cross into Miraflores, Darren suggested we explore a wet arroyo heading north....it was a hoot....fields, wet sand, some goop, and soft sand, and lotsa fun...







Riding through Miraflores, we searched for an eatery....but as three guys can sometimes not agree on anything, we rode around for a bit before deciding on a spot that was the last chance to eat at that end of town. It ended up that, despite the "bare" appearance of the place, the guy readily and enthusiastically offered to make us some tortas ..."no problema!". As it turned out, he had just bought the place a few days earlier....we may have been his first customers.

We were hungry, thirsty, and enjoying the shade and some cool refreshments we bought down the street at the corner tienda...



Our presence was monitored by a local teen waiting for something to happen...



The tortas were very good....we gobbled them and headed out of town hoping to find a dirt route back to San Jose, but after another conclusion that we were not going to find it, we blasted home on the slab....maybe a 45 minute ride...

A delightful area to ride is certainly that whole East Cape area south of Los Barriles and east of Hwy #1 all the way down to San Jose...at least two or three days of exploring. The nearby town of Santiago has a zoo, thermal hot springs, and some interesting riding into the hills west of Hwy#1.
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