(sounds like the subtitle to a Baja 500 race)
I hit the Baja peninsula yesterday afternoon after spending 2 days in Puerto Peñasco. As I hit the road and went through several small towns, I had some tough road choices to make. Here was my first choice; follow the sign and turn right and go to San Louis Rio Colorado or follow the sign and go straight to go to San Louis Rio Colorado? And the maps I had were of little help, as they didn’t even show this intersection in the road. Neither of the roads was labeled with a number or name. Needless to say, I got there.
My first night was spent in San Felipe on the Sea of Cortez coast. I really wanted to try out my new tent, so I went to the first campground and they wanted $15 USD to camp. I laughed, as the previous night’s stay in a hotel with a roof, hot water, bed, clean-ish linens, etc., etc., only cost $20 USD. I went to the next campground and soon found that $15 is the norm in San Felipe. So I found another $20 hotel that featured a roof, bed, clean linens, and a portable stovetop. I forgot to ask if hot water was included, which it was not. My shower was pretty refreshing.
After spending the night and fixing breakfast, I hit the road to Ensenada. Along the way, I was stopped at 3 different military checkpoints–definitely reminded me that this is a country at war …with cartels. Each treated me way better than the US Customs & Border Protection agents. Once in Ensenada, I ran into some Canadians on the beach and they recommended their accommodation, the Sahara Motel. I would prefer to camp, but I arrived at about 3pm and wanted to enjoy the 5pm sunset instead of driving looking for a campground. Plus the motel has internet and allows me to update my blog.
Tomorrow I plan to relax and find a nice place to camp along the Pacific coast.