Agua Caliente

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  • Day32

    Tijuana Mexiko

    April 21, 2019 in Mexico ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    Heute morgen war ich mir nicht sicher, ob ich es nach Mexiko schaffe. Ich befürchtete, wenn ich zu spät zur Grenze komme und die Beamten das gleiche Theater machen wie an der nordamerikanischen, dann wird das langwierig. Nein, die relativ einfachen Formalien habe ich über mich ergehen lassen, 20 $ dafür gezahlt, dass ich es nicht schaffe Mexiko innerhalb von 7 Tagen zu verlassen, und dann ich konnte die Grenze passieren. Hier kostet ein Hotelzimmer 20 $ und das Essen ist auch erheblich günstiger.
    15 Kilometer vor der Grenze traf ich einen Radfahrer, der mir das Angebot machte, mich bis zur Grenze zu begleiten. Ich durfte Spanisch sprechen, und er freute sich einen Gesprächspartner zu haben, da er sonst immer alleine Rad fährt.
    Von der amerikanischen Seite sieht man diese hässliche Mauer. Sie erinnert mich stark an unsere deutsche Vergangenheit. Mein Reisebegleiter schüttelte über diesen Unsinn seinen Kopf.
    Die heutige Tour verlief gemächlich. Die landschaftlichen Eindrücke entsprachen denen der letzten Tage. Mehr überraschte mich die Strassenqualität von den USA zu Mexiko. Gerade eben waren die Strassen meistens noch gepflegt, nach der Grenze liegt ein Loch neben dem anderen.
    Bilder von San Diego, wo auch Steffi Graf wohnen soll.
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  • Day124

    Tastes of Tijuana

    December 4, 2015 in Mexico ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    Being a bordertown and the gateway to so much of Mexico, Tijuana has a sampling food and customs from many many different regions of Mexico. Ilan and Emma, our hosts in LA had given us some tips of places to check out to take some of that in, although it being our first time travelling in Mexico, we may not have appreciated all the subtleties that will surely become apparent after we pedal our way through the country. We started our tour by finding the Mariscos Reuben food truck that had been recommended to us and took the opportunity to change a slowly leaking tube while our delicious food was prepared. Almeja grantinadas (clam with melted cheese) and toasted fish tacos with fresh guava juice made for a great first meal in the county. We did a quick tour of Hidalgo Market, perusing a variety of spices, fruits, veggies, cheese and meat all new to us. Lastly we tried to find a bank to stock up on pesos for the road ahead. All of these stops, and the challenges of navigating the city and the traffic, added up and before we knew it it was 2:30pm - with only 2 hours until it would be dark at 4:30. We decided we didn't want to race out of Tijuana and try to find a place in Rosarito before dark, so headed to a hotel that had been recommended to us by a helpful Warmshowers host in Tijuana who was unable to host us, but happy to provide info to help us along. After pozoles for dinner (a traditional corn soup) we settled in at the hotel to catch up on the blog and get a good nights sleep.Read more

  • Day124

    Welcome to Tijuana

    December 4, 2015 in Mexico ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    We had a busy morning getting to the border as we had to mail our cherished "Google Phone" (a phone with 3G for all our direction queries, awesomely lent to us by Ellen and Taras) back to San Francisco, pick up a few last things, get some US cash and then change it into pesos so we could buy our tourist visas as we went through immigration into Mexico. The border crossing itself went smoothly, but stepping outside into Mexico was a bit of a shock despite our attempts at preparing ourselves. The walkways were full of people also crossing into Tijuana, or selling things to those passing by with pop-up food and drink stands lining the way. Every inch of road was full of cars and taxis heading through the border or picking up those who just had just entered the country. It was noisy, and grimy and full-on. Apparently the Tijuana border is one of the (the?) busiest border crossings in the world, and that was quite apparent. We felt our way along the walking path over the river to Avenida de la Revolucion and pedalled through downtown Tijuana until we found a free city map and directions to a cell phone shop where we could get a Mexican SIM card for our phone and get our bearings for the journey ahead.Read more

  • Day3

    SFO to Oakhurst

    May 16, 2016 in Mexico ⋅ ☁️ 18 °C

    There was lots to do in San Francisco, and not enough time; an extra day would be good. So last night we tried to find accommodation in San Francisco, but gave up about 1am. It was either too expensive, or didn't have parking, or was too fast away. Next time we'll stay near the centre, and get a car only when ready to move on.

    We drove west from Castro Valley, there was a lot of traffic and it looked dry. The traffic dropped off as highways took the cars north and south. There were lots of fruit and nut orchards, with raised concrete lined irrigation channels. The consistent warm, dry weather combined with water from the mountains means good crops.

    We had lunch Oakdale, assign at the entrance said "cowboy capital of the world" but I saw no cowboys, indeed not even any cows within at least 50 km of the place. But in the cafe they had nice quotes from George W Bush, and it was fun going through the big hobby store next door. Unfortunately the highway was being upgraded and in the diversion we ended up on the wrong road. This lead us through drier rolling hills that could have been transplanted from Tasmania provided you didn't look too closely at the trees.

    Up into the mountains the road wound, in and out and quite spectacular. Late afternoon we arrived to Mariposa where we found dinner in an excellent restaurant, Luci having lemon rosemary roast chicken and I a large and very tender lamb shank. Afterwards as it was getting dark we continued south to Oakhurst where we had an AirBNB reservation. The house wasn't that easy to find, when we got there it was dark. The host told us a little about the park, she also told us bears visited her house on the outskirts of town, though she hadn't seen them.
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