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Old 03-15-2011, 03:52 PM   #61
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Hey Ged - I remember talking to you about this trip on the phone. It's great to see your shots of the bus, riding and the landscape.


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Old 03-15-2011, 04:42 PM   #62
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Day Three (cont'd):

We detoured east from the coastline to see what excellent situation we might see ahead. Within a mile or so we came upon a simple rancho where, while a pick-up was parked there, we saw no people. We passed the casa and dipped down into a sandy arroyo that led us to a corral of sorts ...






and beyond the corral, the box canyon offered up something unique....





A stone and cement wall joined each side of the canyon, creating a dam which held back water from an oasis spring...









I had read about this place before and David had been discussing it the day before with the owners of the restaurant at Buena Ventura. I was thrilled to have found it

We got off our bikes and began to explore.

David chose to park in the sun...




while I chose the shade...






We clambered up some rocky ledges that led to the oasis...











The water was inviting as the day was hot, but we passed on the opportunity...


David encouraged me to suck my gut in for this pic....I told him it was sucked in



View to the west from the dam...





I climbed back down (in reverse, as the knees don't like those sudden stops )...



And we checked out the base of the dam which housed a clever water trough with an automatic fill system...






A simpler way to cool off a bit...



After my dunk, I meandered over to the corral to say hola to Betsy...



She wasn't too interested in my efforts to converse with her as she couldn't understand my poor Spanish skills...






While sitting in the shade ...



David, a pilot, explained that when buzzards are circling overhead, they aren't just waiting for you to die so they can eat you....they are simply using the thermal currents to stay aloft with little effort so they can detect their next meal while conserving energy....



As a space cadet, that made sense to me

After this pleasant break from the heat, we rode back to the carnival ride of the road up along the coast...





Before long, we came to an area where we saw something new to me...Mexican fishermen in boats using sails!?!?





They seemed to be anchored just offshore from a fish camp...







(This shoreline had more than its share of what looked like freezers or refrigerators that had been washed up on shore. I thought they might have been flotsam from the hurricane two years ago that destroyed so many homes along the Mulege River that was a dozen miles northwest of this location.)

Later in the day when returning past this same point, we saw that the people from the sailboats were gringos. We stopped for a chat to learn that they were a NOLS crew out there for a month-long program. I mentioned to their guide that I had seen a Baja bobcat at the north end of the peninsula...he said he did not know that they existed in Baja (and looked like he didn't believe me)....

Maybe I could be a NOLS guide

We continued north after a few obligatory snaps...








We were headed for the northern tip where David wanted to cross to the Sea of Cortez through a sandy canyon.

Have I mentioned yet how much I truly hate soft deep sand???

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Old 03-15-2011, 04:47 PM   #63
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Old 03-15-2011, 05:03 PM   #64
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Cripes how'd you park it so close to that wall and did the left mirror survive?




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Old 03-15-2011, 05:15 PM   #65
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Old 03-16-2011, 09:59 AM   #66
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Old 03-16-2011, 10:23 AM   #67
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You guys are sure hitting some great rides up north!
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Old 03-16-2011, 10:44 AM   #68
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A lot of us do Baja be cause, 1 its awesome, 2 it's pretty cheap.
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Old 03-16-2011, 11:08 AM   #69
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Old 03-16-2011, 12:54 PM   #70
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Day Three (cont'd):

The ride up from the "dam Rancho", the location with excellent ubication varied from sand and rock double-track to shoreline with sand, rocks, shells, and flotsam...and took less than a half-hour to the turn-off into a pretty canyon with lots of deep sand....

I waddled and swayed my way along through this crap with only one real "HOLY F#@K" moment when I was spun around 120 degrees ....but kept it upright...

This was all part of Baja fun, I reminded myself

It was only about 15 minutes before the Sea of Cortez smiled at me...David was already there. I could only assume he was savoring his memories of previous times here...






More fridge flotsam....really amazing how they float so far, as this is at least 15 miles away from the mouth of the Mulege River...



David hiked up the hill behind us a bit to explore an abandoned mine site...





Some type of collecting basin is my guess...



And a view from the hill...



A view to the north from the shore...




And to the southeast




And a serious security breach...





We hung out on the beach for a while...one of those times where you wished you were prepared for a few days of camping...and just enjoying the isolation and calm.



But, the sandy wash beckoned our return down the peninsula so we would make it back to Mulege before dark...








The shadows were getting longer...





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Day Three (completed):

The ride back to Mulege was straight forward: No stops despite the Excellent Ubication ...

We decided to end the day with supper and Margs at a local Gringo watering hole along the south side of the river, Jungle Jim's:





After such a good day of riding, we deserved a treat and an opportunity to meet some new folks....maybe even brag a bit...so David called his sweetie...after dumping his bike when dismounting (no camera on the ready for that trick )...






We went inside after David's call and ordered a few margaritas....the kid behind the bar poured a healthy complement of tequila and Cointreau, but only squeezed one lime, whereas the proper count is three limes...we tried them but David was first to ask for more lime. It appeared they were low on limes and were trying to conserve, but we weren't having any of that

A couple later, we asked some folks sitting at there dinner what they recommended. After ranting how good everything was, each recommended what they were eating .

We decided on garlic prawns and set to visiting with these folks as they invited us to join them.

Clearly a group of seasoned ex-pats, we learned a bit of each of their stories.

Jack, in his seventies, is from Kaslo, BC (some of the best riding in BC for sure going into and out of Kaslo....never-ending twisties in mountains along rivers and lakes)...he loved hockey and was a great guy....will have to look him up next time in Kaslo. Whenhe invited me, he said "Just ask the RCMP where I live....I play hockey with them!"

Marty ("Remember....it rhymes with 'party' ") was outgoing in a stronger way, but a great character. Both of them have been wintering in Mulege for decades. By 7:30 pm the joint was closing down so we all went outside for a last bit of sharing and socializing before riding back to the river house.

A fantastic end to the day, I thought, as a bunch of Baja karma came together throughout the day...great weather, good company, terrific riding and exploring, and a social event to wrap it all up..: dg

The ride home along the river was a bit challenging as the margs and stuff were creating a slightly altered consciousness...and I was thinking, "David probably thinks I am too gooned to remember where we had to turn off!"

As it was, my mind was totally engaged ... and I grinned to myself when I watched David miss the drive to the house and continue towards town... He was only a few minutes late with his detoured arrival.

A good one!!!!

The next day the plan was to ride south to San Isidro and La Purisima, an area I wanted to explore as I had never been there in any previous Baja rides...

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