May 8, 2023 at 10:27 pm #2199Dave GModerator
We started out at Wayne’s and picked up Randy down in south Reno. Wayne, his son Garret, Randy and me.
Day 1 – pretty uneventful ride to Barstow. Surprisingly good Italian food at the Firehouse.
Day 2 – Backroads down to Mexicali where it was hot. 107 degrees. Crossing the border was super easy, they just waved us through. We made it down to San Felipe where we check in with Wayne’s friends Jim and Carol who have a nice little place down there. Randy and I stayed in town.
Day 3. Randy headed back north due to having a job. Wayne, Garret and I headed down to Guerrero Negro. I didn’t take many pictures because Guerrero Negro isn’t very photogenic. The weather had cooled off a bit and it was pretty windy.
Day 4 – San Ignacio then Mulege then the beach. In San Ignacio we checked out the old mission. Wayne was attacked by a small dog which caused a bit of a scramble. We rode on to Mulege and had a margarita at an ex-pat bar. We spent 2 nights on the beach.
Day 6 – Back to Guerrero Negro for a gas stop and then on to Cantavina. Along the way we went through a couple of long go-arounds for road construction. Some loose sand. In between them we ran into a woman on a big Harley with a lot of luggage and a dog. She was pretty concerned about the sand. A big guy in a pickup stopped to help her out. He said he rode a Kawasaki 1000 and was also scared of that much sand. We all got through it okay.
At Cantavina (needs a tilde on the n) we stayed in a fancy hotel. It was very nice. Margaritas were pricey. The Pemex was closed so we bought a little gas from a guy in a pickup.
Day 7 – On to Ensenada. On the way we stopped at Mama Espinoza’s in El Rosario for breakfast. In Ensenada we checked into a hotel and walked the very touristy neighborhood. We found a place with really good Al Pastor. Then we hit the waterfront for churros and seafood coctail.
Day 8 – Crossing the border. We rode up Highway 3 to Tecate and Wayne found us a way around construction to the crossing. Hwy 3 is really nice. Lots of curves and scenic. The crossing was easy and we made our way to Campo for a soda.
At this point I was tired of riding in a group so I headed up to Ridgecrest for the night. Wayne and Garret continued on into the mountains and ended up in Tecopa for the night. I got home on Saturday about 3 and Wayne made it back about 7. The weather stayed kind of cold most of the trip. Not what we were expecting. I got a little snow in Lee Vining and some rain in Gardnerville on the way back. We were never really hot after leaving Mexicalli.
May 12, 2023 at 6:36 pm #2214Kurt138Moderator
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Great pics Dave! The beach camping looked fun. I liked the hotel in Catavina too. Mexico in general seems more attractive the further south you go from the border.
Rides: KLR650, KX250May 16, 2023 at 9:31 am #2217Dave GModerator
How nice the border area is depends on which crossing. Mexicali is a big dirty city like Barstow. But the highway between Ensenada and Tecate it is really nice. Curvy roads, green hills and wineries. Same thing on the US side.May 19, 2023 at 5:30 pm #2230Kurt138Moderator
Is that Highway 3 from Tecate to Ensenada? Looks like it goes through San Francisco, ha.
Rides: KLR650, KX250May 20, 2023 at 12:47 pm #2232Eric LarsenParticipant
Thanks for sharing the pictures. They should come with the disclaimer: “These pictures may make you hungry”.
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