Rideforsmiles, Solo Australian to Africa Europe and Beyond, starting June 26th 2011.

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by rideforsmiles, Jun 19, 2011.

  1. DKW1200

    DKW1200 Been here awhile

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    Hey Sheldon, nice shots of Ensenada. I hope you got my email. There is a storm hitting Baja Sur Tuesday thru Thursday of next week. So I delayed my trip one week to assure I have plenty sun with my cerveza. I'll be watching for you guys as I make my way south next weekend. Cheers and stay dry.
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    rideforsmiles Sheldon

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    Hey David I sent you an email but when I looked in my sent folders tonight there was nothing there so I'm not sure if I may of got disconnected before it was sent. I checked the weather it looks like that front is heading out to sea but either way we decided to head south anyway, what's the worst that can happen it changes direction turns into a hurricane and come s crashing ashore, I must admit to be a bit of a fan seeing nature in her full glory but studying the weather satellite's ill be backing its all over red rover. I'll update my blog tomorrow but isn't the road south of San Quinton fantastic.
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    rideforsmiles Sheldon

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    Thanks Akdora rubber side down always.
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    rideforsmiles Sheldon

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    We had short few hour drive down the coast to San Quintin a small fishing village not far from the coast in a nice protect bay area. The hotel itself is about 4 or 5 k's of the main drag and dirt road its not to bad a little rough and a few soft sandy sections but I had read on tripadvisor in one person's review that she had driven off road in baja for 10 years and the only time she had ever been stuck was on this road, seriously lady tarmac cant be considered off road seriously I ant see how you cod ever get stuck on this road.

    We arrived at the Old Mill Hotel and were given a friendly welcome and offered a beer but I just wanted to lie down and have e a rest, for some reason I was tired after such a shortish ride today of 3 hours, maybe it was the concentration I needed, it was a little bit of dodgem cars out there today, at one point I had a truck overtake me and then straight past two cars going down hill flat chat, it gives you a litte insight to what was going on riding today, it was trucks and cars flying everywhere and me trying to be a citizen, yes believe it or not. All I've heard is the horror stories of the corrupt cops down here so I'm trying to make a point of being somewhat civil on the road. The speed limits are slow 80 down to 40 in so many sections with speed humps everywhere. I'm also aware of the standard of the cars and wary of any oil that maybe on the roads in these types of places.

    Obviously the road rules arent strictly enforced if at all, there is so many wreck of cars flying around on the road im sure the road toll must be pretty high here without even knowing what it is, if it is like this on the mainland in a city of 20 million they must be dropping like flies, serioulsy though the standard of sme fo the cars ive seen on the road here make South Africn vehicle's look like luxury limousine's.

    We relaxed for a hour or so then went up the little marcado and got some extra credit for out Mexican sim card so we at least have access to internet when we need it then it was back to the hotel to relax and have a chat to the crew of American guys who had travelled down from Santa Barbara for a week of fishing. Dan and his mates were really friendly an obviously had spent some time in Mexico from there look im guessing they were of Mexican decent and they gave us some great tips for when we get over to the mainland.

    After awhile we headed out the hotel to the restaurant for dinner its a nice little set up pretty quiet but the meal was really nice. Ev ordered the Seafoo soup which in the end I had a fair bit of and gave her my salad that came with my fillet steak all the bread we could eat as well for about 20 bucks just bootiful.

    Headed back to the room and had a bit more of a chat to the boys I actually had a few cigarettes today while I was having a beer with the boys my first in about 3 weeks, I don't know why I haven't smoked just havent felt like it, its how I used to be with my ciggie smoking so its good to be sort of quitting without even trying.

    We aren't going to hang around here its really quiet even f there is a beautiful girl working Zepeda in the local shop just outside the hotel ahhhhhh back in the good ol days when i was a single dude cruising the world looking for trouble now im jsut a a off the market has been with a whinging nagging missus :rofl I hope Ev doesnt read my blog shhhh dont tell her. :evil

    It's actually a lot like Africa here other than the shops have a nice lick of paint on them here, they just don't understand the word maintenance in Africa.

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    Home sweet home here in San Quintin at the Old Mill Hotel

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    The restaurant next door.

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    Pretty little local lass Zepeda in the little museum next door

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    Go figure the Old Mill Hotel used to be an old mill.

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    rideforsmiles Sheldon

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    We left San Quintin and headed south, the ride was fantastic if you are looking for a great ride a few k's south of San Quintin you are on a 300 + k ride through some simply beautiful landscapes full of cactus, mountains of boulders, desert plains and beautiful hillsides, what a ride. I wont jibber on an I'll just post pics of the day as all we did was ride, what a great day, oh if you are coming this way make sure you get petrol at El Rosario there is none for another 338k's, of course there is a few guys selling bottle fuel out of cans along the way so if you miss it you should be ok but they certainly aren't everywhere out there.

    If you ever have any problems down here you could always drop in a see the Doc, umm then again maybe you will just cruise along the road until you come along the next one.

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    First military check point you would think they might put up a tougher sign than something that looks like a character out of South Park.

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    Now just a few pics of the landscape of the days ride.

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    The red flowers were so bright the desert after rain is always so beautiful

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    An oasis in the desert, I don't know do they call this desert out here if they don't they probably could.

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    rideforsmiles Sheldon

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    We came across this Canadian guy heading down to South America on his push bike with two flat tires no tools, no puncture repair kit, no pump, hardly any water left, I always thought the guys that rode pushbikes around the world had a few screws loose some just more than others :rofl

    We stopped for a chat checking the map on the phone to see where the next town was and luckily for him it was only about 5 k's away so we broke out the compressor and pumped up his tires and set him on his way and had a break and waited for awhile to see how he went with the tires.

    After about 10 minutes we hopped back on the bike and headed up the road to find him with tires going down again so we pulled off the hwy and broke out the compressor for the second time and pumped both tires up as hard as we dare and set him on his way, I gave him a puncture repair kit, a screw driver to help if he needed it to get his tire off, filled up his water bottles with our emergency water we always carry when we are going into the desert and some biscuits. After we left him I thought to myself why did I give him that srew driver it has come with me all around the world and I just casted it aside as if it meant nothing to me and rode off without even a thanks for the help along the way :evil

    I said to Ewa later how would you feel if I did that to you, just gave you away to a stranger with not second thought whose probably just going to use you and cast you aside as soon as I turn my back and ride off into the sunset, my screw driver is probably hating me right now in some remote garage in the backwoods of Mexico or even worse in the desert all alone waiting to be swallowed up by the terrain, I'm a bad man.

    He asked how can say thank you so I just said do something nice for someone else along the way and keep the world going in the right direction, I forgot to say do two nice things for people that way it multiplies over and over and soon enough you have people doing nice things for a stranger somewhere totally random just because some ugly dude got on in the dirt in the desert of Mexico and pumped up some ones tires up, anyway he got off with one I was thinking I could actually claim that he do 4 nice things to help some one as I actually stopped and helped him twice. The old saying "it might be just a drop in the ocean but without every drop that ocean will never be filled," every little bit helps doesn't it. That was my good deed for the day. But he has a long journey ahead of him and by the sounds of things he has had a bit of a tough time of it with things stolen and a few others not go his way.

    So off we went to we had another 250k's to go ourselves to get where we were going so I couldn't hang around all day worrying about him.

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    rideforsmiles Sheldon

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    We took a break from the tarmac for awhile I just love riding in this desert plain areas its so relaxing, some might say boring but I love that feeling of freedom that you get when you are in these types of places. Broke out the camera, doesn't my baby look good sitting there with the sun shining down on her.

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    Oh I'm getting excited might have to get a big bed tonight might be into some snuggle time with my Remus exhaust :rofl hey can you blame me look at her. Poor Eva the couch again.

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    Arrived in Guerro Negro late in the afternoon and rode up the main drag this is one of the best places in the world to go whale watching so there is plenty of hotels around, nothing to flash mind you but comfortable enough and good value at 35 bucks US. What an amazing days riding.
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    rideforsmiles Sheldon

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    rideforsmiles Sheldon

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    Ewa making new little friends along the way, just don't get any ideas sweetchops :deal

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    rideforsmiles Sheldon

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    Local transport here in Baja.

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    mettalique Been here awhile

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    So are those hats in the museum genuine Mexican hats?
    Nice photos, still a great read guys, enjoying your journey


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    rideforsmiles Sheldon

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    I have no idea I was expecting them to be all wearing Sombreros and sitting under a cactus tree drinking tequila, I'm constantly amazed how different things actually are every where I go :rofl


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    rideforsmiles Sheldon

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    We arrived in Guerro Negro late in the afternoon, its a smallish town not what you call your postcard perfect destination dusty, a little run down I was actually a little surprised as this area is supposed to be on of the best places in the world to go whale watching so was expecting it to be a little more touristic.

    Anyway its got its own charm, there isnt much here but we rode around for a little while found the local baseball stadium where their is a regional competition going on over the next few days so ill have to venture down and have a gander at a game at some point, grab myself a hog hoof special to chomp on while I watch the game.

    Baja so far has felt very safe not like I was told while riding through North America just about everyone we met up there asked are we mad going down here, I guess the people might kill me with smiles and friendly welcomes yet, I probably shouldnt say anything till I get out of here, the old famous last words and everything.

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    The burbs of Guerro Negro

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    One of the fine electrical trade establishments along the main drag of Guerro Negro.

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    Stopped for4 a quick look at the baseball will come back and check it out properly.

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    Two minutes from the main drag of town its pretty much nothing.

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    Doesn't she look good sitting there in the sunshine, I love you baby.

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    Dinner time in Guerro Negro holy dooley man that's hot.

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    rideforsmiles Sheldon

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    Today we just went for a ride all around town its not real big but there is a beautiful wetlands area not far out of town and if your into birdwatching you would probably love this area at certain times of year, but its not for me the birds I like watching aren't around here.

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    OMG I cant even get any quiet time with my baby without someone taking pictures, bloody paparazzi.

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    I was running low on cash so we went for a walk down to the ATM and oh no not accepting my card so no money for now, fortunalty the card works in the shops so we went to the supermarket and bought some dinner which was ok. We weren't the only foreigners to have that a problem there was only 2 ATM's in town and one was down the other wasnt spitting out money so just make sure you got a little bit of extra cash for this section of the journey its obvioulsy not just fuel that is scarce around here, we changed some at our hotel so its not all doom and gloom if you do run out.

    We were relaxing this afternoon and a dutch guy Phil came up to our door he was looking for the office and was pointed our way I guess anyone riding a motorbike is pointed in the direction of other bikers so we went out and had a chat to him for awhile. He was with 3 other Dutch crew heading to South America. After he left I went out the front and saw that they were parked down the road and walked down to have a chat to them. Andre, Phil, Marian and Edwin had met in an online group started by someone else who had planned the trip and they were the last surviving 4 that actually made the trip, the internet is so good in putting people in contact these days isnt it.

    They are on a much quicker time frame than us and have till the end of Febuary to get down south after riding from Prudoe Bay in Alaska. We said out good byes after organising to hook up for dinner later and they went off to get a hotel a little on the cheaper side, in the end they payed 20 bucks for 2 in a basic room and we were paying 35 so you can get cheap accomodation if you want.

    Ev and I headed out to the ball game for a look it was great to be the only tourists out there we were obviously being looked at and a few of them tried to chat with us all I've got is Gracious adios Amigo and a few other phrases I just generally ay Australia slapping my chest and kangaroo and they seem to get the drift and smile at this friggin lunatic. The mascot for the local team was hilarious had the crowd in stitches which made for lots of smiles and laughs.

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    This guy had represented Mexico and was pretty well received by everyone in the crowd

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    One pig trotter and coke thanks mate

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    A few hours later we met up for dinner, they are leaving in the morning, this isnt the town you would want to spend a day relaxing in if you had a deadline, there are much nice towns to do that in. Dinner was just burritos etc in one of the local cafes you know the deal open to the street rough interior but all the locals are eating there so its got to be good.

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    We walked up grabbed a few beers and headed back to their hotel for a chat and just relaxed there for awhile before calling it a night. We will ride with them tomrorrow and see how we go Mariane has only been riding for a few months so it will be slow going im sure but she isnt the first girl to be new on a bike riding around the world we have come across so being around her for a few days might encourage Ev it is indeed possible to get her own bike and do it.
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    rideforsmiles Sheldon

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    We got up at a nice hour to hit the road aroudn 9, thats got to be in my area of comfort some people are up at the crack of dawn to start off and if they had said that I might of been having second thoughts about going with them. They only ride a few hundred k's a day as Marian gets a bit tired and they dont want to push her, im sure the distances she covers will increase with time, she really has a great riding style for someone that has only just jumped on a bike a few months before hand and its a Vstrom 650 which is quite big for her.

    Andre leaving on Guerro Negro on his F800 gs

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    Edwin leaving on his Yamaha

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    Mariane on her VStrom

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    And Phil on a Transalp

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    So on the road it was heading towards Santa Rosaria on the other coast it was only a 230k's away so it was never going to be a hard day at the office but we took our time and enjoyed the ride. There is a tropical storm down south at the moment I have been warned about it a few times and I talked to them about it they hadn't heard of it but we will be heading into or the aftermath of it over the next few days.

    One of the little cafe's we stopped at for a break.

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    While we were stopped this lady came over to say hello and show her little grandson the bikes, adios amigo.

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    As we arrived in Santa Rosaria it started to rain so I was thinking to myself here it comes. Santa Rosariia is a different town again, obvioulsy, but with smallish streets, it reminds me alot of and old Australian country town, very different to what we have experiences so far in Baja with the wide open spaces and dust everywhere. There is a pretty big looking mining operation just on the outskirts of town and a port so its not the cleanest looking city but it really does have a character all of its own. We got a decent hotel and headed out for dinner in the local cafe which was nice enough, then we ventured along the main drag and into the back street and found a bar to have a few beers. Was sort of getting latish so called it and headed back to the hotel.

    Heading out for a walk around town looking for food for dinner

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    The main drag of Santa Rosaria

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    Dinner is served

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    We were relaxing in the room with the door open and this guys comes to out door jibbering in Spanish Im going what the F*&k does this guy want he sounded pissed and he might of been but it turns out he was from the hotel and was trying to tell us we have to move our bikes to higher ground as there might a flash flood here tonight. The police had come around and had been telling everyone to get theres cars off the main drag. As he is explaining it to Mariane who can speak pretty good Spanish Ev was watching TV and down south there was people walking in waist deep water on the news, oh well looks like we found the tropical storm.

    I looked on the satelite radar and it is due to come across landfall not far south of us around 11 tonight and after checking out how this road was built with canal walls along the side of it i can see where the water runs off around here, let the fun begin.

    We moved the bikes over to the park across the road and then then the heavans opened up, the others were tired but me and Andre were keen to see the action so we sat up and jibbered on for a few hours and watched as the road started to rise with water. One of the local guys who was trying to move his car couldnt get it started so I headed over to help and with a push and a shove we clutch started it and off up the road he went waving out the window through the flooded road water going everywhere happy that his car was out of the rising water and out of danger from anything more severe, In the end and fortunately for the locals the flash floods didnt come it only got as high as the gutter so all good.

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    Woke up the next morning and the town was on the dry

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    Breakfast anyone

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    Santa Rosaria

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    rideforsmiles Sheldon

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    We woke up in the morning the bikes were all safe there hadn't been that much rain so the roads were all good, I had been warned about further south by David here on Advrider that the roads south of here are prone to being washed out and impassable but we didn't let that stop us from having a go.

    The scenery around here is pretty damn nice.

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    We hadnt travelled far when we came across our fist water crossing, the road was gone but the water running across the road was only 6 inches deep or so it looked. We all stopped and I thought it didnt look to bad so broom broom off i go with Ev on the back only to hit deep gravel and down the bike starts to sink. I stopped and put Ev off beofre I got stuck and then slowly rode myself out of trouble. Ev had the nikon camera over her shoulder so I wasnt game to put it on its side and wet the camera it was easier with wet feet. I parked the bike there is no way Mariane is going to get across this one so I walked back through and asked if she would like me to ride it across for her and as you can imagine wshe was more than happy to give it to me. A little later we are all across and off down the road to the next one.

    This time I stopped next to Mariane and said to mariane would you like to have a go at this one yourself it doesnt look so bad, so ok she was going to try. She didnt get 10 feet hit the loose gravel and down she went crashing to the ground, ok that wasnt such a wise idea but she gave it a go and was ok so all good. We picked the bike helped by and American guy Doug who had come up behind us and then pulled it to the side and after a few minutes it restarted and this time Andre rode it across for her.

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    Me sharing a laugh with our new friend Doug from LA while Edwin tries to restart Marians Vstrom

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    The worst was behind us from now on and we breezed through a few more with Marian gaining in confidence every time.

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    Doug breezing through another on his Gs1200

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    The Dutch crew and Doug the American after one of the small final crossings

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    All on the other side and after a quick chat to Doug and we were on the road again towards Loretto. We came across a few more water crossings but the worst was behind us and the rest were no problem at all. I had been told to stay at Malege so we stopped there for lunch, it was like being back in Mororco or along the Nile River in Egypt, palm trees lined the road and along the inlet to the waterway running near the town, it really was very pretty. After stopping for a little while it was back on the road towards Loretto.

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    We arrived in the outskirts of Loretto and stopped for a bit to eat and an expat yank came over and said hello and gave us a tip on a nice hotel down the road so we jumped back on and went off in search of it. It was a nice place 50 bucks a night for a pretty much self contained apartment somewhere you could actually get real comfortable in if you were going to spend time here. Ev and I did contemplate it but we have decided to ride with the guys south for a little while longer they are a great crew and we all get on great.

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    We headed down to town for dinner and found a nice little restaurant on the waterfront but only had a beer there as the prices where a little expensive so walked up into the main area of town and found a little place to eat. The centre of Loretto is really quite pretty I like it here and the town itself is quite different to the dry dusty places further up north.

    Downtown Loretto

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    Buy a dinner plate and dinner in one spot here

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    Loretto Baja

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    By the smell of these puddles I'm guessing it wasn't only rain water flowing around in the streets of Loretto

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    Doug in Loretto

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    The new crew in Loretto, it's always nice to meet good people and these guys are great to hang out with for awhile.

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    rideforsmiles Sheldon

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    It was my birthday today so Ev let me sleep in a bit but when I headed out of the room I found printed copies of my picture pasted around the hotel with happy birthday on them. After catching up with the guys and having a laugh we headed out for breakfast and the guys had bought me a birthday cake as well so it was a really nice way to start the day mmmmm cake for breakfast right up my alley. Cheer guys and thanks sweetheart.

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    The ride to La Paz is 360km we werent ure how many times we may be stopped by water crossings as this was the region the storm crossed the other night but the first 100k's from Loretto is up through the hills and such a nice ride with no sort of water issues. The beaches are beautiful along this part of the coast.

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    It is beautiful around here.

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    The road then turns inland and becomes flat try and long again and the last 250k's is flat boring riding. My back and neck were giving me quite a bit of grief today and at one point I pulled up next to Phil and he shouted I could do with a massage and I said, ive been getting one for the last 10 minutes :rofl maybe he saw Ev's hands on my neck. The funny thing when I get a neck rub off Ev whle im riding it puts me to sleep not the wisest thing to do.

    We stopped for petrol and a drink and came across this young Aussie guy from my home town in Byron Bay riding down to Chile, we later caught up to him in La Paz and you wouldn't believe it he had left Tijuana without his tourist card and unless he can find someone really really nice over at the airport he will have to ride the 1500k's back to Tijuana to get it, its one thing that gets a lot of people down here they cant get on the ferry to mainland Mexico without it, I haven't seen or heard from him again so I can only hope he had some luck with it in La Paz its a damn long way back just for a 5 minute thing.

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    Left to right Me Phil Andre Doug and Edwin chillaxing out of the sun.

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    Whose the boss now big boy

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    As we neared La Paz we were all getting pretty hungry and thirsty so we decided to stop for a quick bite to eat and drink in this little roadside café.

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    Ev making some trucky mates just in case I dump her on the side of the highway

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    They probably don't get to many tourists stopping here as its only 30 k's to La Paz so basically most people would just get into town or pass it by when they leave which is a shame they are a really nice friendly family and we had a lot longer break than we were expecting to when we first pulled up. I think we all enjoyed it, Ewa said the old guy reminded her of her dad.

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    Crack a smile big fella it doesn't hurt

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    We arrived in La Paz and it really it's much bigger than all the others and it is just beauitful. We went and had a drink whle Phil went in search of a cheaper hotel somewhere after getting a price he wasnt really happy with, there was a few right on the waterfront for 70 bucks with secure parking so in the end that's where we are.

    Ev and enjoying a mango smoothy while we waited for Phil

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    We headed out to dinner and had a beautiful dinner meeting a crew of fellow travellers who we had stopped and chatted with this afternoon, Johnny was from Colorado and had ridden down through Copper Canyon which sounded great a little hair raising but amazing all the same. He told me that I shoudl ride the Devil's Spine over from Matzalan which I will do that when we get over to the mainland. Yeull was from San Francisco and has plenty of bikes and is looking to maybe swap his bike here in the states for someone over in Oz for a few week tour, He was with an Italian guy who I didnt get much of a chance to chat to throughout dinner and the night.

    All in all a fantastic way to spend my birthday with a great crew of people and on my bike riding, just perfect.
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    rideforsmiles Sheldon

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    Arriving La Paz

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    The happy couple enjoying the sunset in La Paz, hang on a damn minute that isn't me, that's Doug in this photo with Ev, oh well they do look like a happy couple all the same who am I to stand in the way, it was only a matter of time before she traded up :lol3

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    rideforsmiles Sheldon

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    Today the crew were up and packing, they were leaving today for Maztalan on the mainland, we were going to see them off at the ferry but after drinking myself stupid last night I thought ill just say my goodbyes here, well that was the intention anyway. 15 minutes after they left the owner of the hotel came out and said they had forgotten their deposit and could we ring them but with no phone I thought it will be just easier for me to ride out to the ferry and give it to them its only 15 k's away. In the end we came across Phil who had turned around after reaslising he had forgotten his money so all good. Since we were on the road and pretty much out at the port we thought we might as well head out with them to say goodbye and pickup our tempory import permit for the bike.

    The permit took a little while, the girl was quering my photocopied paperwork but as I have no originals since they were stolen in the Czech Republic I pulled out the Czech police report and explained my situation and ok no dramas, photocopy this photocopy that and it was done. In hindsight I'd actrually suggest if you dont like giving your original ownership papers out go to a forign country where they have totally different language and just report them stolen get a police report in that language and you are set. It's worked for me twice now and im sure it will work everywhere i go i just point to some word on the page I dont even know what it means and say that is my ownership papers there, lol one day ill come across a Czech Japenese border guard probably.

    We came back into town aftersaying our goodbyes again the crew what a great few days we have had with them what a nice bunch of people, it was afternoon by now and just relaxed then headed down to Katarinas for dinner with Johnny and Doug. I had the big chicken again it was bloody lush. We had a really nice evening chatting and having a few drinks. Doug called a night early he still had another days diving to go and had to be up early me Johnny and Ev hung around till around midnight then called it ourselves. Great company and nice evening again La Paz is really a beautiful friendly town.

    The sunsets here in La Paz are pretty nice when there is a few clouds around.

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    Three motorcycle adventures riding around Mexico taking time out, oh ok I'm a pussy riding with a girl now but hey give me a break they have only been on the road for a week or two I got scared and lonely :rofl
    Look at the faces it doesn't look like we are regretting the decision to ride around Baja does it

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    Dinner time at Katarina's here in La Paz

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    Andre's turn for the temporary import permit you do it at the ferry terminal its all done at the ferry terminal but word of warning MAKE SURE YOU HAVE YOUR TOURIST CARD AVAILABLE ONLY IN TIJUANA OR ENSANAD OR YOU WANT BE GOING ON THE FERRY AND HAVE TO RIDE THE 1500 K'S BACK. I know no need to shout but if it helps ne person then its worth it. The girl at the desk said you may be able to get it at the airport if anyone gets down here without it but only maybe don't back on getting it there it's along way back if they say no.

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    The La Paz to Matzalan ferry.

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    rideforsmiles Sheldon

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    We met Johnny down the road for breakfast this morning and we decided that were going to go snorkling so we rode out to the other side of La Paz to where we were told you can go from, the beaches out there are beautiful white sand blue water really very nice. The snorkling from out there was a full days boat ride and included lunch and swimming with the seal colony on the otherside of the island but I had wanted to swim with the whale sharks and those tours ran from over in town, they said you are never guaranteed to see them as per normal with any wild creature, of course.

    We made the decision to take a chance, Doug had seen a baby whale shark yesterday about 10 foot long and only for a second so I joked to him it will be just my luck you go diving and wont see them and ill go out and see half a dozen well watch the video below and see what eventuated.