In Part 2 of the month I rode in to and down the Baja peninsula all the way to La Paz, stopping in San Felipe, San Ignacio and Loreto in states Baja California and Baja California Sur (BCS). And at the end of the month I began a month long stay in La Paz which had been on my list for a long time. Be sure to check out November 2022!
Day 11 - San Felipe (425km). Left San Diego late morning unsure of how far I would get on my balding and repaired back tire, but definitely in to Mexico somewhere after getting through the border. Hwy 94 to Tecate C5/6R7T6/7V6/7
|Great day for a border|
|Crazy FedX driver on highway 94|
|Gorgeous road to the Tecate border|
|Tecate, Mexico. |
Border at Tecate was quite quick and easy. I think knowing spanish made it even better. Likely the Tax Free Zone of all of Baja makes this whole area pretty simple for foreigners to enter, but be careful to know where to get proper paperwork if you want to go to the rest of Mexico.
Hwy 3 to Ensenada C5R7T3V7, desert, vineyards, foothills, loose speed limits.
|Good enough highway|
|The Baja North Wine Region|
|I'm not even sure what those cube cabins are?|
|No time to stay for wine|
|Road side ceviche spread in Ensenada|
|Then back on to Hwy 3|
Highway 3 to San Felipe (first 100 km). C7/8R7T2/3V7 then Part 2 (100 km) to the coast and a first look at the Sea of Cortez. C3R6T1V8.
Recommendation: El Guero Tacos conveniently across the street from the impossible to find Hotel Arogon.
|Vegetation changing every 20km!|
|Not too windy|
|San Felipe centre|
|Perhaps illegal fishing occurring???|
Rumours of this from various people as the
government has put more restrictions on fishing.
Day 12 - San Ignacio (550km). A long solitary day of about 600km and 150km between gas stations so I made sure not to miss any turns which was easy as its basically Highway 5 in to Highway 1 and keep going South. Tire still going well.
The newly completed (paved) Hwy 5 was great. 175km from San Felipe to Hwy 1 junction C4R7T2V7, desert, cacti and the Sea of Cortez.
|Loaded up, added 10L water|
|Sandy sandy with great contrast to the sea|
|Always a loco bicyclist doing 60km a day.|
|Nice new paved road. Not much for shoulders.|
|The type of views I love|
La Poma, the last beach town/area before Hwy 5 flows in to Hwy 1.
|So clear. My first touch of the|
Sea of Cortez
Hwy 5/Hwy 1 Junction heading South. C5R6/7T1/2V8. More awesome and different deserts and vegetations.
|Just me for miles|
|Taken at 100 km/hr|
|Sandy detours with low tire tread, yikes|
|Loaded beat up family van passing me at 130kph.|
|Upside down the reader's only|
way to pass the cash window
|Low on tread, not good for sand|
In to Baja California Sur and a time zone change I didn't catch for a couple of days as it was a straight South border. Border to Alvardo Aramburo C1R6/7T2V5/6. And then on to San Ignacio C2R6/7T2V5/6. A bunch of sand detours on this section of road where I almost ate crap a couple times, didn't find much for restaurant options and encountered a power hungry border patrol minutes from San Ignacio when I was so hungry!
|Straight, with broken sections of road|
|And missing shoulders of road|
|pinche arena! stupid sand!|
|Finally a few sweeping curves |
|minutes from San Ignacio and patrol stop...|
|San Ignacio lagoon at the entrance of the town|
Tiny little village of San Ignacio that has been in existence since a mission was developed there in 1728. A nice little plaza with a few restaurants. I had a late lunch at the one corner and a pricey dinner at the other corner recommended by the host of Hotel Posada ($23 a night) who happens to be the brother of the restaurant owner. I'm sure everyone is related here. Tire holding up.
|Mission San Ignacio Kadakaaman|
|Small place but they have cider!|
|Ran in to a group of Gringo adventure moto|
riders who had come across on the ferry at
La Paz so I asked a few questions ...
"Ah, the tour guide did everything"
Thanks Dal, Bill, and Tom plus 11 others that
didn't stick around for tequila shots.
Day 13 - Loreto, BCS.(300km) Late start and varying shorter ride. San Ignacio to Santa Rosalia C2R7T5V6, pretty straight to the coast then a short shot to the quite little town of Mulege that also was a mission discovery in 1700. C3R5/6T5V7.
|Lunch leave from Hotel Posada|
|Back to the Sea of Cortez|
|I never want to leave the Sea!|
|Mulege with a wonderful river inlet|
Mulege to San Nicolas C7R5/6T2V8/9, coastal, curves. Great section of road. Then on to Loreto C4R6T2V7 straights broken by heavy curves. Nice!
|The Love Boat coming from Loreto|
Staying at San Martin Posada for $28 USD in the middle of Loreto with good parking and a comfy bed!
|Not sure about the water here,|
could be the weather
|Nice little Malecon (Promenade)|
|San Martin Posada|
|Centre of town walking zone|
|Halloween / Day of the dead weekend|
Met a drunk guy with his wife and kid
who claimed he was Mexican FBI.
I never got a card...haha...damn.
Day 14 - La Paz (350km). 32C. The last day on the road and finally to my goal. Great curve start for about 90km C6R6T2V7 with some broken pavement. Tire still going well!
|Good job Blu|
|Good sailing area|
|Nice nice nice|
Then it was straight, 1 turn at El Cien, then straight for a total at 200km. C1/2R7T2/3V4/5
|There's the turn|
|Straight, but still interesting|
Last 70 km to La Paz was so exciting especially when I saw the Sea of Cortez again!
No Pee story: About 10 km outside of La Paz I decided to pee to avoid bladder pressure in town if there would be traffic or I got lost. Needless to say some cops passed by and honked. I luckily put things back before peeing which is apparently illegal on the highway side in Mexico...may be it is Canada too? In the end I got out of it in my own way which is part of why I have the photo below for proof I did nothing. Sorry guys, no cash for you!
|Windmills in the distance|
|No Pee story|
|I made it!|
|Hot and waiting to unpack|
Found a two bedroom place 1 block off the Malecon and 15 min walk to the centre of town. The apartment was not as tidy as I would have liked but it had great parking for the moto and a staller view from the roof top!
Oh...and the tire was still good!
A quick run through of the apartment I will be staying in November.
|Outstanding view from the roof top|
|La Paz no for it's sunsets|
|Back in my skid lid 5 yrs later|
To end the month I had a few nights along the Malecon in the centre of La Paz to take in Halloween and the Day of the Dead.
Some videos to capture the sights and sounds of the traffic jam on the Malecon.
|Night Volley Ball!|
|Jacque Cousteau explore|
much of the Sea of Cortez
|Found my favourite bar|