Her Bert

Joined February 2019
  • Day68


    Yesterday in Mexico ⋅ ☀️ 27 °C

    Once again, we got up with a gorgeous sunrise. That's the best part of traveling on the East side of Baja! We then started into a pretty scenic, but also very exhausting day of cycling. The route first passed some nice bays, before it went further inland again where it got more mountainous. The most exhausting part was the rolling road. We went up and down all the time and soon stopped counting all the hills we crossed. Plus, there were no shops on the way, so we couldn't buy anything for lunch. So when we got to Loreto, we were so tired that we decided to stay in town instead of going further to a beach. It was a good decision as the city has some nice colonial style buildings, restaurants, live music and a seafront.Read more

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  • Day67

    Every day is a good day

    November 13 in Mexico ⋅ ☀️ 29 °C

    Every day (on a boat) is a good day. This is what David told us last night when we asked him if he still goes fishing every day. And when you see him leaving the beach in his boat during sunrise, you totally understand why. With this in mind, we left our beautiful camp for the night and cycled South. We had a break in Mulege, a nice little town situated next to a river. Afterwards, we were about to continue for another 40km or so. However, when we saw Playa Santispak, we had to stop. The beach, the bay and the people were too great to just go passed. Our camp neighbours Tom and Heidi welcomed us with a beer and filled up our water supplies. Tom also organised a solar bag for us, so we could shower later on. Then we met Julie and Jeff who took us on a boat ride to see some dolphins. And for dinner, we got ourselves a treat at the beach restaurant. So yes, it was definitely a good day!Read more

  • Day66

    Dinner with the pelicans

    November 12 in Mexico ⋅ ☀️ 27 °C

    This morning, we took a little longer to get on the road as we enjoyed the lagune as long as we could. We then cycled to Santa Rosalia, a town on the seaside of Baja California. The landscape got more interesting again once we got closer to the sea, somewhat mountainous with canyons. In Santa Rosalia, we just stopped for lunch and filled up our supplies. The town itself didn't look too appealing to visit.
    So we headed for a beachside campground another 16km South. When we wanted to turn onto a dirt road leading to the campground, Myron and Marilyn stopped their jeep right next to us. They had a trailer parking next to the sea and offered us to stay in it. We thankfully accepted the offer and enjoyed a bit of luxury with an amazing view and a shower in the trailer. Over dinner, we watched the pelicans landing head first in the water and the cat climbing on our bicycles. After dinner, Myron and Marilyn took us to their friends' place. David and Martha live in a very cute RV, all painted in bright colors (Martha's work) and decorated in fish bones and shells which David has either found or traded with the locals here.
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  • Day65

    An oasis in the desert

    November 11 in Mexico ⋅ ☀️ 25 °C

    When we wanted to leave this morning, Herbert had a flat tire again. However, as we didn't have much water, we decided to pump up the tire and go instead of trying to fix it right away. Our destination for the night was San Ignacio, about 100km through pretty monotonous landscape again. However, San Ignacio itself is a real oasis in the desert. It has a laguna, a nice old church and some cute little houses in the center. Luckily, we arrived there at 1pm already, so we had plenty of time to do our chores like fixing the flat tire and do our laundry, play with our visitors - 3 funny puppies -, explore the village and relax on our campground right next to the lagune.Read more

  • Day64

    It sometimes rains in Baja California

    November 10 in Mexico ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

    6:20am on the road - earliest start so far. We didn't sleep much during the night. Firstly, the restaurant was more of a 24hour truck stop, so there was a lot of noise of trucks coming and going. Secondly, there were a couple of puppies and young cats who loved playing with the tent: jumping against it to bounce off... If it wasn't our home for 15 months, it would have actually been really funny to watch 😂
    Once we were on the road, it started to rain. We didn't think this actually exists here and had difficulties finding the right amount of clothing layers at first. The rest of the day was cycling through pretty flat and unspectacular landscape. At least we had tail winds, so we could go fast. We stopped shortly at Guerrero Negro for a lunch and Internet break and then made use of the wind direction to continue a little further. At 4pm, we pulled off and set up our camp.
    By going into Baja California Sur, we also crossed a time zone for the first time. Now, sunset (which means bedtime for us) is no longer before 5pm, but closer to 6pm 😉
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  • Day63

    Training on gravel

    November 9 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

  • Day62

    Beachside stay

    November 8 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

  • Day61

    It's all about the people

    November 7 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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  • Day60

    San Felipe

    November 6 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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  • Day59

    Sommer, Sonne, Kaktus and much headwinds

    November 5 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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