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Old 01-23-2010, 06:02 PM   #16
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Video of the ride from the north into Mulege, and mi casita.

Video of the ride from the north into Mulege, and mi casita with a very dirty windshield. Cool soundtrack, (IMO).






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Old 01-23-2010, 09:09 PM   #17
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Old 01-25-2010, 10:03 AM   #18
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Well after pondering the logistics, (and the ferry schedules), Iíve decided to take the ferry from Sta. Rosalia to Guaymas , rather than the one out of La Paz. I think Iíll come back via the La Paz ferry just to cover a little new terrain on the trip. I couldnít get the Baja Ferry website to function. At all. So I decided to ride up to Santa Rosalia, about 45 km north of where Iím staying in Mulege and book my reservation in person. Took some pics from the ride along the way.











When I got to the ferry terminal I went in and made the arrangements. FYI - You need your passport to finalize the reservation. Of course, I had removed mine from my riding jacket and was only able to finalize half of the requirements, the rest of which will be completed the morning of my departure. This was one of those times, oddly enough, when a knowledge of some Espanol came in handy, as the senorita selling me my ticket did not speak any English. I ended up turning over 2175 pesos to her, for which she hand wrote a receipt describing the date of passage for me and my moto to Guaymas. It was the kind of transaction you undertake in this part of the world with some frequency, and I canít help but laugh when I think of the uninitiated traveler being faced for the first time with handing over that amount of money, (about $175), in cash to someone who they barely understand, with the hope that the deal will be consummated as planned. That said, I sure hope the deal is consummated as planned. LOL.

I left the Ferry terminal and toured around Sta. Rosalia again and took some more pics of the town.











Including the metal church fabricated by the same firm that fabricated the Eiffel Tower.





Had lunch on the corner of the plaza at El Muelle.






And headed back to Mulege, where I got the pic of the oasis I'd missed the first time I rode in from the north.






More later.

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Old 01-26-2010, 04:48 PM   #19
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The ferry to Guaymas has been canceled due to rough seas/high winds. Hopefully it'll leave tonight. Lots of travelers stranded here in Baja Sur due to the road north to Ensenada having three bridges wiped out from the heavy rains they apparently got last week.

So I've spent more time in Sta. Rosalia than expected. Here are some dining recommendations I'll make after having sampled them.
El Pollo Real on the left when you ride into town from the north. Their only downside, is they don't serve cerveza.



Tacos El Sabor is on the right on the south side of town. Really excellent tacos to be had here.



The El Morro Hotel, (where the video of the waving palms was made), is one of the nicest hotels I've stayed in in Mexico, especially when factoring in the price, (400 pesos or about $32).



Some more pics of Santa Rosalia.









Just got word that the ferry is leaving tonight at 1 AM. Good news!

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Old 01-26-2010, 05:11 PM   #20
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Buen Viaje, mainland is where all the real fun is.
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Old 01-26-2010, 05:51 PM   #21
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Crossing with stormy seas!! I hope there is video. Take some dramamine if you are at all sensitive to motion sickness. It is a small ferry.
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Old 01-26-2010, 06:56 PM   #22
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Cool2 Sunny Mexico

Looks as though Mexico is the spot to be in at the moment, this is the third report i have followed down to that fair land and i'm ejoying every one. Looks like a beautiful place to be compared to the ice and snow of Canada at the moment. Have a great time on your trip and thanks for letting us tag along.
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Old 01-26-2010, 09:00 PM   #23
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Buen Viaje, mainland is where all the real fun is.
Gotta agree with you on that Scorp. I'm looking forward to it!

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Crossing with stormy seas!! I hope there is video. Take some dramamine if you are at all sensitive to motion sickness. It is a small ferry.
Well, now that you mention it... I've sailed enough to know that I do get seasick mate. I haven't eaten anything since about 2 this afternoon. I even took a picture. We'll see if I recognize any of it on its way back out of the old digestive tract. LOL.





And I will try to remember to shoot some video. Maybe it will help distract me from my misery.

And jaeggerfairy, Mexico is awesome this time of year. Start planning for next year now!
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Old 01-28-2010, 02:27 PM   #24
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The Santa Rosalia ferry turned out to be quite the clown show, though my sense of humor was strained by the time it was over. We were told to be at the docks at midnight on Tuesday, (to catch the ferry that was scheduled to leave at 9 AM Tuesday), for a 1 AM departure Wednesday. The ferry arrived sometime after 2 AM. There were a couple of semi-trailers parking everyone on the trailer in, so we waited another two hours for the trucks to arrive and remove the trailers from the ferry. Eventually we got out of port around 5:15 AM.

Pretty smooth sailing, (No, I didn't lose that lunch. Although it had been long enough since I had eaten, I wouldn't have lost much anyway!).

When we got to Guaymas, I found that I was the only vehicle that had been parked in by a tandem semi-trailer. They told me the truck to move it would be here in an hour and a half. I was kinda pissed, as there was plenty of room on that ferry to have parked my bike somewhere else. Just lucky I guess.

I watched the other passengers and cars get checked out by the drug sniffing doggies while I waited for the truck and pondered the inequities of life.

Eventually the truck showed up and I was on my way to San Carlos.

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Old 01-28-2010, 03:56 PM   #25
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San Carlos

I remember being thrilled when I arrived in San Carlos last year, probably largely due to its’ scenic splendor as well as being my first real stop after having crossed the border. After having spent the last couple of weeks in Baja/Mulege, I can see some downsides to it as well. First off, it’s kinda expensive. I’m staying in the Hotel Fiesta Real, as I did last year. It’s a beautiful spot on the beach with clean rooms.



A couple of shots from the terrace of my room at the Fiesta Real.








It also happens to cost twice what I was paying in Santa Rosalia at El Morro, and it’s a comparable room with a view. Only the Fiesta Real still doesn’t have internet in its rooms, but in the lobby only. *sigh*


So I head down to the bar to get a bite to eat and a cerveza. The menu is tasty here as I recall, but I’m put off by the cost of the food. I end up ordering a so-so Caesar salad for 60 pesos. And a beer for 29 pesos. In case you haven’t been following along too closely, that’s a lot of money for what they’re delivering. Usually I can get a full meal for 60 to 120 pesos. My cheapest beer so far has been Tico’s bar out at La Bufadora south of Ensenada for 10 pesos. Up until today, the highest I’ve paid was 25 pesos for a beer. Nevermind. I’m tired and the view is great, so I order another and watch the sunset.



The view from the Fiesta Real's bar.






Then head out to dinner at Charlie’s Rock. It’s a scenic little restaurant built on a rock outcropping along the malecon in town.






I order the fish tacos for 75 pesos. Again, I’m disappointed. Probably I’m spoiled by the fish tacos I’ve been having at Danny’s Asadero , and the pescado al mojo de ajo at Scott’s El Cadil in Mulege. Such is life.

I head home to the Fiesta Real, stopping off for a 6-pack, when a thunderstorm cuts loose, and I’m donning my rain jacket. I watched the President’s State of the Union address on my computer in the lobby, as the TV in the room seems to be some kind of motel PPV set up where I can watch as many porn movies, (at $12 each), as I want, but getting a news channel is a tad more problematic. The Prez seemed to hit all his notes on cue. We’ll see how it all turns out.

The next day I cruise into Guaymas and have lunch in a downtown restaurante. Three chicken enchiladas, salad, and beans + coke for 60 pesos. There was a moto shop next door, so I had Chano, the mechanic adjust my chain while I was eating. It was kinda expensive, (50 pesos or about $3.90), then again, it was dead easy, so I don’t mind helping a Mexican mechanic out.

There are thunderheads building again. I leave for Alamos on Saturday. Mundobravo is trying to get here to San Carlos tomorrow, but due to weather when leaving New Mexico, was not sure he’ll make it. We’ll either meet here tomorrow night, or on the road, or in Alamos the next day. Hopefully, he’s having a safe and fun, (if wet), ride.

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Old 01-28-2010, 06:27 PM   #26
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So you had a smooth crossing. When I crossed the boat moved enough that I had to hold onto something, all the time.

Take a walking tour in Old Alamos. Facing the big church...to the right is a raised walkway with a long row of arches. Under the walkway are offices. Here was a nice older gentleman who lead walking tours. It was well worth the 100 pesos.

I stayed on the edge of town for about $20 US. a bit low end, but secure parking.
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Old 01-29-2010, 09:11 AM   #27
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I stayed on the edge of town for about $20 US. a bit low end, but secure parking.
Dang, I wish I had talked to you sooner. The Silver Festival is going on in Alamos next week and I had trouble booking rooms for Mundobravo and I because of it, and they were over $50 each/night. Last year I stayed with Jorge at La Posada de Don Andres, for a reduced rent of $32/night since I stayed a week. I liked that place, but it was booked up. For future reference, if you remember the name or location of the place you stayed, let me know, and I'll check it out next trip.
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Old 01-30-2010, 08:40 AM   #28
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I'm off for Alamos this morning. Feeling kinda put off by San Carlos this time just because it's such a tourist town. I suppose that's inevitable for a beach town so close to the US border. It's been expensive. Room costs $65/night. I checked around and there's not much available for a cheaper rate. Food is more expensive, and not quite as tasty as some of the great meals I was getting out on the peninsula. AND beers cost 29-30 pesos just about anywhere you eat other than Rosa's where they're 25 pesos. Oh well.

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Old 01-30-2010, 09:53 AM   #29
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Good start to what promises to be a great trip. Just make those pictures a bit larger, so we can enjoy Mexico in full size, eh?

Are you running Distanzias? Looked like it in one of the pics, is the rear a 150/70 or OE size?


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Old 01-30-2010, 12:34 PM   #30
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I forget the name but here is a pic. It was on the main road entering town.







This is where the tour guide came from. See the doors, just above the car hoods.



A plaza is to the left of the bike and the church is ahead and to the left.

I really liked Alamos. It was quiet when I was there in 06. I stayed a couple days.

I was looking for an Alamos sticker, but since I don't speak Spanish I had some trouble trying to convey my desires. I kept being sent to auto repair stores and tire repair places. It finally dawned on me...my version of sticker must have been coming out "tube patch".



Keep up the report and pics. I did a fair amount of Sonora last time, but plan to go further south of Alamos next time I go to Mexico.
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