Monthly Archive: January 2012

Jan 30

Journey to Loreto

Broken Rim

Broken Rim! Karl, Felix, Tony, and I didn’t make it a single day from San Ignacio before we had a rim break. Ironically, it wasn’t Tony’s rim that broke, it was Karl’s.  Just before descending down into Santa Rosalia (the longest fastest hill I have seen thus far) Karl hit one of those little bumps …

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Jan 29

Trouble in Paradise (San Ignacio)

The definition of an oasis

There is something special about a desert oasis.  For the ancient travelers crossing the interminably inhospitable landscape of dust, sand and rock, finding an oasis must have been a spiritual, almost religious, experience; an experience that cannot be understood by those who have never experienced it for themselves firsthand. San Ignacio was my first oasis …

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Jan 29

I’ll have the tacos with whale meat please!

Lazy sea dogs!

Upon arrival in Guerrero Negro, Felix, Karl, and I checked into a cheap hotel, and squeezed three touring bikes and three tourers into the double room.  None of us had showered in five days, so the room soon smelt amazing. Guerrero Negro is a strange place.  It’s not a large town and almost all the …

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Jan 23

Across the great nothing.

It's difficult to get photos of yourself on the bike when touring alone...  Tony and I head across the desert.

The five day trip to Guerrero Negro is the emptiest longest stretch of relative nothing that I was going to encounter in Baja, and most likely, on the whole Tour de Zack.  The 450 km went very well as I was met constantly along the way with beautiful desert vistas as well as acts of …

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Jan 14

Star Status in San Felipe

Typical tourist fare in San Felipe.  They have a whole street of this... but no tourists

Ghost Town When I rode into San Felipe, my first impression was that it was tourist town, just without the tourists.  It’s a little bit surreal as all the artisan, souvenir, and knick-knack shops are still open and there are still the guys wandering around trying to sell you “Aztec” silver jewelry or cheap sunglasses, …

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Jan 12

The Desert and the Oasis

Looking out across a salt flat in the "shadow" of Picacho del Diablo.

My 300km journey from Ensenada to San Felipe took four days and already Baja California has delivered on all my expectations.  You want desolate empty stretches of road crossing vast expanses of desert?  You got it.  You want tumbleweeds blowing across the road (yes, they actually exist!)? Then, you got it.  You want crazy cacti …

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Jan 07

Early days in Mexico

Fish Tacos.  HAHA you are SO jealous right now!

Just walk right in. Quite possibly the easiest, most unsecured border crossing in the world is crossing on foot from the US to Mexico at the Tijuana crossing.  You just walk right in.  There are no guards, no guns, no dogs, no queues and no passport controls.  There isn’t even a guy to nonchalantly wave …

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