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Ensenada Municipality

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  • Day57

    Bienvenidos a Mexico

    November 3, 2019 in Mexico ⋅ ☀️ 22 °C

    As we had a long day ahead, we got up at 5:30am. We were a little surprised that it was quite light already and checked our phones like 3 times. Then we realized that the time was changed to winter time over night - that made sense... 😏 Anyways, we cycled the remaining 10km to the Mexican border, followed the pedestrian signs to Mexico, passed a couple of doors and friendly Mexicans and found ourselves right in Tecate. No one checked our passport or wanted to give us the tourist card. So we looked around, found one of the friendly Mexicans and checked with him. He told us it's not necessary, but as we resisted he pointed us to a little office with the "immigration" sign on it. In order to get there, we pushed our bikes back to the US side of the border, got in the office, filled out the form, paid the fee and got our tourist card. The immigration officer gave us 180 days straight away when he heard that we are cycling 😉
    The rest of the day was up and downhill again, following the Ruta del Vino through the valley de Guadeloupe until we got to our hosts Tomas and Carmen in Ensenada. In front of their house, we saw a sign pointing to Ushuaia for the first time: only 10.693km to go (as the crows fly). We also visited the city centre of Ensenada which is pretty colorful and lively, lots of bars and restaurants full of people dancing and singing on a Sunday afternoon.
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  • Day63

    Training on gravel

    November 9, 2019 in Mexico ⋅ ⛅ 29 °C

    After a relaxing night in Don's trailer, we enjoyed our breakfast during sunrise again. Then we headed off to a long day today, as we had to leave the East side of Baja California again to get to Highway 1 which will take us all the way to the Southern tip of the peninsula. The first kms were easy riding with only little wind. We then had to go on a dirt road for about 4.5kms - they have been building a paved road connecting Gonzaga Bay and Highway 1 and this is the last missing piece about to get finished at the beginning of next year. Luckily, we got back on a paved road afterwards, the dirt road stretch took us about an hour and we were covered in dust afterwards. All in all a good preparation for the South American roads,we definitely had some valuable experience. Once we got to Highway 1, we saw some interesting landscape full of giant cactuses of different species. At night, we camped next to restaurante Melany in Punta Prieta where we had a Mexican dinner. The problem here is that the food is quite low carb, so it doesn't give us the energy we need for cycling. So usually, we have to eat snacks at a shop before or after dinner on top.Read more

  • Day61

    It's all about the people

    November 7, 2019 in Mexico ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

    We realize that traveling by bike makes it really easy to get in touch with local people and it's actually one of the best parts of our trip.
    This morning started with a round of pickle ball, a game similar to tennis, but on a smaller court, a slower ball and different racquets. It's good fun and easy to learn. Thanks to Barry, Clark, Pam and Nancy for letting us play with you :)
    After that kind of technical exercise, we went back on the bikes. Our next stop was "Cowpattys", a bar along the road selling mainly hot dogs and beer (which we - of course - tried). Memo, the guy who works there is well known in the area. He works in the bar for several months, saves up money and goes bike riding the rest of the year. He went to Panama before, so he helped us planning our route in mainland Mexico already.
    At the bar, we met Ron who lives in Puertocito with his wife Susan. He first showed us the hot springs in Puertocito and then invited us for a chat to his house. His wife Susan and him are lovely people. They offered us snacks, sandwiches and water to support us on our trip. They also gave us some advice of where to set up our camp for the night. So we said goodbye and camped some kms further South at "Christina's", a restaurant right at the beach.
    Right there, we reached 5000km on the road.
    296h on the bikes
    62485m of climbing
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  • Day62

    Beachside stay

    November 8, 2019 in Mexico ⋅ ☀️ 27 °C

    Now that we are at the seaside of Baja California, we are taking it a bit more slowly. We had a pretty bad night of sleep as the seals made a lot of noises, the neighbour's dogs barked several times and we had a mouse visiting our tent again which Herbert had to chase. So after a slow breakfast , we rode to Gonzaga Bay. We were going to stay with Don, who we had met in San Felipe and who had invited us to camp at his beachfront house. The housing area here is actually quite amazing. The houses are built on something like a long sand bank. At high tide, they are surrounded by water from 3 sides. However, this way, all houses are right at the beach. We got here around lunch time, so we had plenty of time to relax, do some bike maintenance and study Spanish in the afternoon.Read more

  • Day58

    And up we go again

    November 4, 2019 in Mexico ⋅ ☀️ 24 °C

    We decided to change our route for Baja a little. Instead of following Highway 1 all the way South, we are going for Highways 3 and 5 in the North. This meant we had to cross the mountains of Baja California again. Getting out of Ensenada was quite loud and stressful on a Monday morning. But once we were some kms away from the city, roads got nicer, there was less traffic and less rubbish next to the streets. It is now dark at around 5:30pm already, so we stopped at a nice spot at 4:15pm in order to get "tent ready" for the night.Read more

  • Day1

    Wieder am Start

    February 23, 2017 in Mexico ⋅ ☀️ 14 °C

    Am Freitag, den 17. Februar sind wir abends um 18 Uhr Ortszeit (MEZ Samstag 3 Uhr früh) nach vier Monaten zu Hause am Campingplatz in Punta Banda, Baja California, Mexiko angekommen – nach 45 Stunden unterwegs. Unser Auto hatten wir hier geparkt und während unserer Abwesenheit neu lackieren lassen. War wegen Rost dringend nötig – sieht jetzt fast aus wie neu 😃 13 Grad und Regen – ganz ungewöhnlich für hier – bei der Ankunft. Aber es wird schon besser, wenn auch noch kühl ...

    Liebe Grüße aus Mexiko

    Kim & Tanja
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  • Day3

    Los vinos de Mexico

    February 25, 2017 in Mexico ⋅ ☀️ 14 °C

    Weinbau gibt es in Mexiko bereits seit der Ankunft der Spanier im 16. Jahrhundert – Weine von internationalem Rang werden allerdings erst seit den 1990er Jahren an- und ausgebaut. Und das vor allem im Valle de Guadelupe unweit von Ensenada. Da kann man heute wirklich köstliche Tropfen verkosten und danach auch noch kostenlos auf dem auf dem Firmengelände übernachten ... 🍷Read more

  • Day16

    Entlegene Strände

    March 10, 2017 in Mexico ⋅ ⛅ 13 °C

    Die Baja California ist größer als Italien. Es leben aber nur etwa eine Million Menschen auf der Halbinsel, die meisten in Städten. Bleiben Tausende von Kilometern Küste mit einsamen Stränden – ganz für uns allein ...Read more

  • Day3

    Fuentes Termales de Valle Ruso

    February 25, 2017 in Mexico ⋅ ☀️ 13 °C

    Unser erster Ausflug führt uns ins Valle Ruso, so benannt nach einer alten russischen Siedlung. Dort steht man schön in der freien Natur und erreicht in etwa einer Stunde zu Fuß über Stock und Stein zwei heiße Quellen; bei einer muss man allerdings noch etwas buddeln, bevor man im warmen Wasser entspannen kann ...Read more

  • Day182

    Saint Diego

    November 14, 2016 in Mexico ⋅ ☀️ 21 °C

    After months of taking the slow winding roads we eventually had no choice but to hit the Interstate down to San Diego. We splurged on a posh hotel for the Thursday night (ok, only as our loyalty points were about to expire) so we could get to our first aid course, needed for our volunteering in Guatemala, easily in the morning. Being in the middle of a city was a strange change but we made the most of it with a few jars at the local brewery and then a tasty meal at the Chinese around the corner, before falling asleep in front of James Bond! The next day we completed our Red Cross first aid course, which was pretty simple as they don't let you do too much now a days, and hopefully we won't have to ever use it (Jo says 'touch wood' as some of you will remember she was involved in a mountain rescue last year!)

    There's not a lot of camping available but we were booked in for a couple of nights at Mission Trails, which bizarrely only lets you camp at the weekends. We drove into town and parked up on the sea front and took our bikes on the ferry over to the Coronado Peninsula. It's a beautiful long sand spit but unfortunately most of it had been claimed by the navy for a massive base, but it was a nice flat ride (for a change!). The next morning we went for a long run around the grasslands in the park then spent the rest of the day lazing around on Ocean Beach, rounded off with an amazing burger at the famous Hodads. We moved camp down to Sweetwater Park just south-east of the city centre, and spent the day doing chores prepping for the next phase of our trip. In the morning I went for another run (it's nice to have showers again) and more last minute jobs before we drove into Kensington for meet our friends from Colorado who are heading off on a 3 month cycle tour of NZ. We had a delicious meal with their friends Dennis and Shou, with brownie to die for, before we both headed off on our respective trips to other ends of the earth.
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