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Tijuana

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  • Day183

    Adios USA

    November 15, 2016 in Mexico

    I thought I'd do a quick write up of our amazing tour of the US of A. It's hard to believe it's been 6 months since we left NJ, but at the same time it feels like we've been on the road for ages as we've seen so much.

    We often get asked our favourite state, but that's almost an impossible question as we've had so many incredible experiences. The most surprising (to us, and to those who ask) is Texas. We weren't expecting much of the largest lower 48 state, but we found it had the biggest variation in scenery, from coast, to swamp, to dessert, to mountains. It had a great state park system (as do many southern states who have to work harder to attract visitors). We were almost stuck without somewhere to stay for the 4th of July weekend and were forced to drive miles through the desert to a SP right on the Mexican border (we even went through border security check points to get there), but found it an amazing place where you could imagine ancient people living and it had fantastic rock art.

    Most of all we've loved the mountains, and the Rockies in particular blew us away. The big peaks in Colorado were hugely impressive but it was really jagged and scary looking mountains of Wyoming and Montana that we most enjoyed. The National Parks of Glacier and Tetons were definitely top of the list (followed closely by Yosemite), but the shear scale of everything out there is hard to describe. There are bucket loads of public lands and things are so well set up to enjoy it that sometimes the areas outside the parks were more enjoyable.

    The Oregon coast was incredible - all public with great camping - although we were both ill and it was a bit foggy which took the shine off it a little, but we've both realised we are really mountain people as there's so much more to explore when up high, and the views can be just breathtaking.

    Over the past couple of months we've stayed with lots of friends and relatives (thanks again to those reading this) and that was a really nice change of lifestyle for a few days that kept our batteries fully recharged, not to mention the TV that we downloaded on their WiFi :)

    I think we are leaving at just the right time, with Trumpton just getting into full swing and before the wall goes up! I'm already planning where we shall go when we inevitably return stateside, but bring on Central America!
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  • Day39

    Tijuana

    August 9, 2017 in Mexico

    Day 38: Muchos saludos de México! 🌵
    Today I left the USA and jumped over the border to Tijuana.
    Better to say: I jumped into a new world. Yesterday I wrote about pure richness. Today - just a few miles more southern - I gonna write about pure poverty.
    The main street where I arrived "Av Revolución"was was very touristic and every two metres someone was speaking to me to sell me something.
    So I wanted to go off that street very quickly.
    I went into backstreet and there it was the Mexican lifestyle. All along the street musicans with their Mexican hat on played salsa music and people danced on the street.
    Yes, this definitely was a good place to rest. So I chose a restaurant and had a Mexican lunch. It was delicious!
    Afterwards I took a taxi to the beach. That easy? Not in Mexico! I walked about hundred blocks to find a taxi that brought me there. Not every taxi brings you everywhere. But the price was so cheap! I paid 1 dollar for a 20 minutes ride.
    At the beach I enjoyed the seaside and was able to stand next to the border with nice drawings on it. You was able to see helicopters of the US military for border protection at all time.
    At the end of the day I drank a coconut drink 🌴

    Before I got here I read in the internet "in Tijuana everybody speaks English". Never! The border officiers and the hostel stuff was able to but the rest? Mostly when they spoke spanish to me I was able to understand them 💪 But I wasn't able to reply 🙈 So I got hands and it worked 🙌

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    Playas de Tijuana ✔
    Mural Esta Es Mi Tierra ✔
    Monumental Plaza de Toros ✔
    El Muro en la Playa ✔
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  • Day124

    Tastes of Tijuana

    December 4, 2015 in Mexico

    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

  • Day125

    The Road Out of Tijuana

    December 5, 2015 in Mexico

    We woke up early to get a good start to our day. Our plan was to ride 100 kms to Ensenada where we had a host to stay with for the night. There are two highways out of Tijuana, the 1D, a toll highway forbidden to cyclists, but apparently with a good wide shoulder, and the 1, a free highway with lots of traffic and no shoulder. We had heard about cyclists riding the 1D but getting kicked off at each of the tolls or guard stations and then sneaking back on, but decided we didn't want to add that kind of headache to our day, so set off on the 1 up a big hill out of town. The traffic was crazy and we were definitely sucking in fumes wondering how long the hill could be, when a car pulled over and out jumped a guy and girl - Roberto and Annika. They told us they had been cycling around the world, but were taking some time off in Tijuana for the holidays since that is where Roberto's family is, and we were the first cycle tourists they had seen since arriving in Tijuana - did we need anything? Roberto told us about the 1D highway and how beautiful it was, and encouraged us to try to ride on it if we got the chance, and that was convincing enough for us to get on it later in the day (we had already missed the first part by taking the 1 out of town).Read more

  • Day124

    Welcome to Tijuana

    December 4, 2015 in Mexico

    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

  • Day17

    Tijuana Daytrip

    July 1, 1992 in Mexico

    Went back to Carl's JR for breakfast then headed off down interstate 5 to San Diego. Some views of the coast along the way. Passed a nuclear power station. Also passed some curious houses perched on the tops of the hills. At one viewpoint we saw a couple of prairie dogs.

    We didn't stay too long in San Diego, but we chased around for an ATM and found it difficult to find one, then went to the corner of Imperial & 10th where we parked the car and bought tickets for the trolley bus that would take us almost to the border (San Ysidro). It took about 1/2 hour and I was surprised to see a couple that had been in front of us in a queue in Disneyland. Sean fell asleep along the way.

    We weren't quite sure what to do about our passports and we started to follow a crowd of people when a man started to yell at us "you need the bus to town, it's too far to walk". We were a little nervous, but we climbed aboard. Nobody even looked at our passports. We got off the "Mexicoach" at the Cultural Centre and went looking for the Culture. We didn't find much. We decided that the museum would probably not interest the kids, so went looking for shops. There was a shopping mall behind us, so over we went. It was interesting to see prices of things as 145,000! The exchange rate was about 3000 pesos per dollar.

    We found a place for lunch but had trouble understanding most of the menu items, so ordered 5 chicken burgers. The waitresses could not speak English, and we felt a bit conspicuous as we appeared to be the only aliens around. This was a shopping centre for locals. We bought some delicious pastries from a bakery. They were huge but very inexpensive.

    We then decided to make for the area of the street stalls - the downtown area. We walked in what what we thought was the right direction and came across a lot of poor-looking dirty people in a produce market area. Pete and I were a little nervous but kept walking. The kids were fooling around and totally oblivious to the possible danger.

    After walking quite a way we eventually found our way Downtown. We passed lots of dirty streets, beaten up cars, off smells. When we hit the main area we were also hit by the hard sell. For a while we only wanted to look but everywhere people seemed desperate to sell. Walk into a shop and they're all over you. We felt quite uncomfortable.

    I began buying a few things. I bought a briefcase ($40), bangle ($5), "Gucci" watch ($30). All over were Mexicans sitting alongside jewelry stands trying to get you to buy. Even small children selling chewing gum. It was rather pathetic. We found a Hard Rock Cafe where Nicole bought a t-shirt and Sean a keyring. Joel settled for a leather wallet, Pete bought nothing. We were getting pretty tired of walking as we had done a lot. Joel was complaining bitterly. We decided to go back across the border, but there was no sign of the "Mexicoach" for which we had return tickets, but there were plenty of blokes standing on corners offering taxi services. One bloke offered Pete a taxi 3 times.

    We just kept walking and the closer to the border, the more stalls we saw. Some were begging outright. The sight I remember clearly was a woman sitting on a stairway breastfeeding a baby shaking a battered cup toward me with a stricken look on her face. This trip to Mexico was a sobering experience for us all.

    We got closer to the border and the jewelry sellers literally were chasing me. One fellow offered me 3 chains for $10 and chased me until I bought 4 for $10. After I bought them, another onlooker said "look, mine are longer!" - 4 for $10 and then 4 for $5!

    We got back across the border without incident and ate in the McDonalds at San Ysidro. Pete said it was the dirtiest toilet he'd ever been in. The journey back on the trolley bus was without incident but the kids were hyped up, joking etc. We picked up our car and drove back to LA.
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