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Estado de Baja California

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  • Day59

    Sommer, Sonne, Kaktus and much headwinds

    November 5, 2019 in Mexico ⋅ ☀️ 23 °C

    We got up early in order to avoid the heat and get a long stretch done today. We hoped for tailwinds of course. However, reality was different and we had to fight pretty strong headwinds all day. The route wasn't too bad: high plains, some mountains around, a canyon, many cactuses. The area here is VERY dry. You don't find any water except for bottled water in the minimarkets. Therefore, we have to plan days like today carefully, so we always have enough to drink.
    Despite the headwinds, we cycled 162km to a campground on the East side of Baja where we could pitch our tent right at the beach.
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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

  • Day60

    San Felipe

    November 6, 2019 in Mexico ⋅ ☀️ 23 °C

    After a long stretch yesterday, we had an easy day ahead of us. It started with breakfast at the beach, sunrise view included. Afterwards, the owner of the beach camp, Emmanuel, invited us over for a chat, some coffee and a second breakfast (cakes). He convinced us to stay a little longer for a swim in the sea and in the pool.
    We then headed into the town of San Felipe to get something to drink, plan our route and fill up supplies. At the Malecon, the beach promenade, we already bumped into Pam and Barry, our hosts for the night. We had a short chat before we split again to run our errands.
    From San Felipe, we had to cycle another 20km in order to get to the community Mision Los Sahuaros, where Pam and Barry live in a beautiful house. Once we got there, we headed straight to the beach. At night, Nancy and Clark, their neighbours, came over for a game night. We played "joker", a game similar to "sorry" with some special rules and tweaks. It was a great night with lots of fun, great food and interesting conversations.
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  • 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

  • Day155

    Viva la Mexiko

    October 14, 2019 in Mexico ⋅ ☀️ 21 °C

    Mexiko ist sooo geil.
    Direkt am ersten Tag fahren wir (Felix, Anja, Cynthia) zu einer Pferde Ranch. Also ... wir probieren es. Leider ist die Straße für uns alle zu krass und zu steil um direkt bis dahin zu fahren. Wir schlagen unser Lager neben dem Weg auf und werden auch gleich von den Pferden neugierig begrüßt.

    Raul (der Farmer) kommt gegen Sonnenuntergang zu unserem Camp (auf seinem Land) und begrüßt uns herzlich. Nach ca. 15Min fragt er: "Wollt ihr eine Lagerfeuer machen und Tequila probieren?" 😋 Natüürlich wollen wir!

    Raul erzählt, dass er und seine Frau die Farm, für Besucher geöffnet haben, um mit den Vorurteile die in den Medien verbreitet werden aufzuräumen und allen Reisenden das Gegenteil zu zeigen.

    Ein wirklich herzlicher Empfand und damit für uns ein toller Start in einem neuen Land!
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  • 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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You might also know this place by the following names:

Estado de Baja California, BCN, Baja California, Basse-Californie du Nord