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Going down the coasts and deserts of Baja

 

Well where do we start. We had a few challenging days since the last blog. Thursday we left St. Quintin, the Old Mill, and drove back over the rough road to the main Hyw. # 1. And then it happened, I crashed with my bike in soft sand.

Terry, Gary, Oscar, Victoria and Feli

Terry, Gary, Oscar, Victoria and Feli

The front wheel went sideways and I went down, thankfully at low speed. I was shaken up but o.k and the bike was o.k. Just the left crashbar a little bend. Man oh, man since I am riding a bike since I was 18 years old that was the first crash. Make a mental note: “Trudi” (my bike) is not build for soft sand. Sorry guys no picture here of the crash, did not feel in the mood of taking a picture. A SUV stopped and together we got the loaded bike up again. Feli did much better, drove on the other side of the road where the sand was more compacted.

Huge areas with cactuses

Huge areas with cactuses

So I got that monkey off my back, I am pretty sure it was not the last crash – will see.

The rest of the day we rode through brutal hot weather – 560 km desert and more desert till we arrived at San Ignacio, which features an oasis where an underground river appears out of nowhere which nurtures all those nice lush palm trees.

A friend of ours recommended “The San Ignacio Springs” and that is where we still are, enjoying this Oasis. Terry and Gary Marcer (the owners) love adventure, and they love to meet the many adventurous and interesting people who call Ignacio Springs Bed and Breakfast home for as long as they want to stay. The expatriate Canadian couple have owned and personally run this unique destination since 2001, before that they operated a Bed and Breakfast property in beautiful Northern British Columbia for eight years.

Comfortable accommodation at San Ignacio

Comfortable accommodation at San Ignacio

The first evening we met Oscar and Victoria (Mexican-California couple) who live in South Baja and they invited us if we are in their area. Maybe it will work out and we can visit them before we take the ferry form La Paz to Mazatlan on Tuesday.

The next day we made an excursion to the Pacific Coast to find some relieve from the heat. We rode to Punta Abreojos watching the fisherman coming back with loads of fish, watching Pelicans at the beach and having a nice lunch with fish tacos at a local restaurant at the beach. This time around it is very quiet, no tourists, because who in their right mind visits this place in summer????

Mission Church San Ignacio

Mission Church San Ignacio

Pelicans resting at the beach

Pelicans resting at the beach

Anyway we got no relief from the heat and turned back to the Oasis in San Ignacio where we had dinner with a bunch of Terry’s and Gary’s friends. It was a great evening – full of laughter’s and good conversations.

Pacific Ocean View Punta Abreojos

Pacific Ocean View Punta Abreojos

Then at night everything turned sideways. Feli got violently sick, in no shape right now to go on the road again, so we have to see how this plays out. Hopefully she will feel better tomorrow. At least we are at a comfortable place where she can recover. We have to wait till she can hold food again and not dehydrates, that would be no good in this kind of heat. Thankfully the Yurts have air conditioners. I will keep you posted.

Cheers, Heinz

enjoying the shade at the beach

enjoying the shade at the beach

 

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