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Old 03-23-2011, 08:42 AM   #11
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[Day 4]

The common trend on our bike trip is to make miles. We’re up again in the morning and getting ready. Some of us playing with the local dog rather then getting ready, but still making an effort of some sort.

We review our travel itinerary and decide it’s best to boot it the hour or so to Santa Rosalita and stop there for breakfast. Everybody agreed and off we went.

The ride today consisted of all highway. Admittedly my anticipation was rather low, but soon after hitting the road it picked up. The fresh cool air was inviting and the scenery was great. From here it only got better. The temperature came around and the chills disappeared, the scenery dropping down to the ocean side became fantastic and arriving in Santa Rosalita proved to be an interesting little town. You enter past a few mining industry buildings which were rather old. Some buildings strangely looking out of place and possibly past their service limit. Either way, I enjoy all types of scenery. Soon enough we were in the towns center and stopped for breakfast at a great little restaurant where we had the pleasure of the patio to ourselves with great food.

The view could have been worse:

Restaurant on the left where the bikes are, Pharmacia on the right.

Miluge grabbing some gas. It’s funny how the gas ranges from normal colour down there to a very dark red. After this we walked up the street and grabbed some ice cream! Yumm..

After breaky/lunch I had to run to the Pharmacia to find some contact solution that so handedly leaked in my back-pack. After some Iphone Spanish lessons I managed to find an optometrist a few blocks up the street after visiting two Pharmacia’s. More importantly this search for the solution gave us a chance to walk some local streets. I think we all enjoyed it and took in the experience.

Back at town’s square we were suited up and ready to ride out. Onto the highway and along the coast, the curves and scenery helped the miles tick by. It actually was a fantastic ride. All the time I still can’t imagine how well dirt bikes do in the turns. It’s ridiculous how right they feel.

Ripping down the highway towards Loreto:

Rolling into Loreto, we rode the main strip along the sea (seen in Baja – Part 1 video) and returned to a restaurant a few blocks back. After eating we kept on rolling. We knew of the place we wanted to make, but weren’t sure what was there. In either event it was only about 50 min outside of town, which proved to be about right looking at the sun coming down. Once at our destination we found out it consisted of a closed gas station, harbour with boats, abandoned house, and abandoned hotel project. Turning around and up the road we found our resting ground for the night. A hotel just off the road with a nice swimming pool and restaurant. We got two nice double bed rooms side-by-side in front of the pool. Once settled in the WR450 received an oil change and rest of us proceeded to hit the very potent margaritas.

Restaurant where we ate:

Our home for the night. Nice place, bring your wallet. Be prepared to have the rich and fancy look at you like you don’t belong. At least that’s how I felt by the few residence there.

Tour of Idaho T1 Challenge -
Eat. Sleep. Ride - The Great Divide:
Go, Get Lost - Heading South:
Dirt Donkeys Do Baja:

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