The Baja

Posted: October 30, 2010 in Friends, Mexico

We did the Baja! We’re currently in La Paz at hotel Plaza Boulevard. It looks like we might be stuck here for almost a week. We need to get a permit for our bikes in order to take the ferry. It’s a temporary import permit that we couldn’t get at the border because we went through on a Sat. The thing is that the Ferry is on Sunday, but everything is closed Sat. and Sun. so we wont be able to get the permit till maybe Monday. Because of Halloween, kids don’t have school on Monday and Tuesday, therefore, the GVT offices might be closed as well. So we might not be able to catch the ferry till next Thursday. The good news is that our hotel is only 250 pesos a night (20$), has a color TV, refreshing showers with “hot” water, the room is clean and the parking is pretty safe…. oh and it has AC! Not bad for 10$ a person… La Paz is a really nice little touristy town with some nice beaches. Should be pretty cool for HAlloween.

So back to the Baja. We have been camping up to now. Thanks to the great American propaganda, the campgrounds were empty and we got some great deals anywhere between 3-4$ a person per night. The beer has been costing us more than the place to stay. Besides that, what can I say about the 1600km or so of this desert. It’s dry and dusty. It kinda reminded me of Burning man, where within 24 hours everything you owned would be covered in dust. I would say that the highlight of the Baja is the observatory that’s about 2800 meters high and you can see both sides of the peninsula from up there. Really chilly at night though from the 2500m high camp. The campgrounds by the bay are also pretty sweet. The road is nice throughout the Baja. People are amazingly friendly. Many retired people = not much partying.

Pictures:

HDR from 2850 meters altitude:

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Hornitos? Si! Por favor!

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Had a bit of trail fun with the KLRs.

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Sone nice folks at the campground fed us a tone of freshly caught fish and pizza:

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The view from my tent at the campground by the water. Not bad for 3$ pp a night… 😉

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We had lunch at a restaurant just before splitting up with Evin:

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The view from the restaurant window… some jack ass parked his bike there… grrrrr…

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Plants along the way:

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Some really nice ladies we met at the taco stand. The lady on the left fed us some really good fish tacos:

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On a 100km baja 1000 type dirt road, we found this “mission”…

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We had this guy pump our gas today.

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And finally, just tonight, in La Paz, we met a bunch of welcoming bikers at a fast food place. I think they made us part of the gang as I received one of these… now I just have to find a leather place to sew it on my jacket:
http://www.guaycurabikers.com

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Comments
  1. Oly says:

    Hey just saw you in La Paz

    All good for sorting out the TVIP on Monday as we went in on Friday but they had closed so we have to go back on Monday and they said they will be open

    Oh and there is a fair bit of partying here just having a quiet night tonight as we had a huge one last night 6am end time

    we are at a pension on Madero near Santos Delgoliado and we are riding G650XC and a F650GS

  2. Shocker says:

    How are you getting across the Darien Gap? Assume flying over? From where to where?

    • pimptrix says:

      Boat most likely. There are a few sailboats that will take you on a 6 day or so adventure through the islands. The bike gets strapped down to the boat. It’s about 500$ cheaper than flying and a bit more of an adventure.

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