Tag Archive: Baja California

Oct 28

10,000 KM PARTY!

Me and my buddy Brandon at the 10,000 km mark of the Tour de Zack y Tony.  Near Tecpan, Guatemala

After 10 months and 23 days, five countries, 62 blog posts and more flat tires than I care to recall, Tony and I found ourselves in the highlands of Guatemala when it finally happened.  We slowed the bike down to a crawl and watched with childish delight as our trusty odometer finally ticked over from …

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Feb 13

LA PAZ! And the end of Operation: Fish Tacos!

The deep track through the deep sand is a sign of deep frustration... Time to push.

Well, Tony and I have reached the end of the road for Stage 2 of the Tour de Zack y Tony.  Operation Fish Taco is now complete.  Baja California has proven itself to be a very special place; a wild, desolate strip of desert with only one road to take you from one end to …

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Feb 06

Bicycle Spanish – Part One

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Bicycle Spanish is a continuing series charting Zack’s adventures with Spanish in Latin America.  One of Zack’s goals for his adventures in Latin America is to become fluent in the spanish language.  Fluency is defined here as being able to do the following: Reading non-intellectual books and the news in spanish, Watching movies in spanish …

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Feb 03

Final Leg to La Paz

The campground crew in Loreto.  From left to right: Felix, Me, Constantine, Anushka, Kilian, Maire, Johan, Karl.  Constantine, Anushka, and Kilian are a very young german family driving in the VW van behind.  Kilian is 7 months old and has been traveling for 4 months.  Marie and Johan are swiss Pan-americana cyclist traveling south.

Tomorrow I leave for La Paz on the final leg of this stage of the Tour de Zack (sort of).  From here in Loreto it is still another 370 km, 90 km of which is off-road, to get to the city whose name means “The Peace”.  I expect the journey to take five days.  From …

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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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