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Discussion in 'Epic Rides' started by eatpasta, Nov 21, 2012.
LOVE this story..... its amazing how much things have changed in such a short time
ok back to the trip.....
We kind of wanted to stay in Mulege again but then again we wanted to see a new town. When we had passed through Santa Rosalia on the way down it seemed interesting so we decided to stay there on the way back up.
the view from the hotel was ok
we unpacked the bike and headed into town for dinner.
we ran into these girls who were from EASTERN Canada. 20k into their Bicycle trip!! How incredible is that?
we got to talking and they told that they had been riding with a German couple for quite some time. They had left from ALASKA on their bicycles with a ONE YEAR OLD
They had a bicycle with a sidecar and a little seat on the front of the bike as well
I did not get a pic of them and I regret it! It was quite the operation.
Have you ever been to Monterey, California? Santa Rosalia is like Monterey but set in the old west...... and in Mexico.
there is this abandoned factory and train right in the middle of town
sunset from el hotelo
OKAY. Back to Guerrero Negro.
On the way in and the way out of Guerrero Negro there are dirt roads that stretch off of the highway and out toward the coast all over the place. There is something about lonely dirt roads on the coast the fascinate me in a way that almost nothing else does.
Almost like it's a post apocalyptic wasteland or something.
For those of you that have played Half Life 2, you'll totally understand this. The game centers around a post apocalyptic wasteland that you're trying to save. Much of the game is spent scavenging around the coast through villages that are totally deserted. This of course is punctuated by brief moments of terror when you're attacked by some alien something - or - another
anyways..... worth playing. Half Life 2
so Im seeing all these roads peel off toward the coast and I DESPERATELY want to take them all.... but this is the wrong trip for all that.
Back at the Cowboy hotel
while hanging out in the hotel I was studying the map and I noticed an abandoned lighthouse.....I turned to wife and said we HAVE TO GO OUT THERE.
we decided to head out there early in the morning.
Ironically there is an abandoned lighthouse scene in Half Life 2....so I was very excited.
The salt company is Guerrero Negro has the largest salt gathering operation in the world. They go so far as to supply their workers with housing and even take care of some of their bills. Pretty cool.
Anyways they have built their huge roads for their semi trucks to drive on
and there is just salt.... everywhere
the light house was pretty cool and very creepy so early in the morning
it was obvious that some people lived there. there was no way to tell how many, but it looked as if at least a few families had lived out there at some point. We tried to be quiet and respectful of whomever lived there.
there were shells the size of your head piled up 5 feet high all over the place. The entire abandoned factory was creepy and interesting as well.....
the whole scene was quiet, beautiful and creepy. it was something to behold in the cool morning air.
with very little warning the sun popped out and changed the whole feel of the place
We headed back into town and packed up for the last few stints on Baja
all through Mexico we saw stray dogs but Guerrero Negro was different. There were puppies everywhere.
We found 5 living in a tumble weed just sitting there and wimpering.
My heart broke - but what was I going to do?
The animals in MX will always hit you in the gut, we always befriend one and have to leave.
we were trying to figure out how to get 5 puppies in a Zega and across the border....
my friend, your rr along my land is very interesting, for some reason you are not the typical gringo, so you still come!
I am glad you like it here, even do you bypass my city, so next time you come, let me buy you tacos and beer!!!
Cheer and keep the last day(s) coming!
Nice RR..............by chance do you recall the name of the hotel that you stayed at in Santa Rosalia ????
Its the pics that make the ride report-your pics are good.Mine always seem boring.At least your wife like to ride-mine likes to fly to her timeshare in Cabo.I am hoping to do a 3 week trip in baja this year on my xrr.Thanks for the post.
it looks like Hotel El Morro. Cool little spot! Their patio needs to have a restaurant very badly.... its PERFECT for it.
here is where it is on the map
We were actually in Endenada twice but there's just too much traffic, too many people, too many crazy drivers. We didn't want to tempt fate any more than we needed to....
But we will be back sooner than later and we will hit you up!!
you just need to find something she can sleep on the back of.....work for me.
Great report AJ.
its not quite done yet.
I still have to drag my bike down teh side of a car in line at the border.....
nearly complete though - sorry. Im actually drafting my two weeks notice email...... shits just getting out of hand over here