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Old 05-28-03, 01:58 PM   #1
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I have been Baja d!

Buenos dias all !
Here we go, I finally decided to tackle my intention to write journals on the forum! I guess what makes me hesitate to plunge into the composition mode is the incredible variety and amount of feelings and experiences that have been part of this trip so far. As some of you know, the universe of touring is rich in countless ways. I love it! Hence, I will attempt to share my experience bit by bit and save the novel for later lol )

So Dave and I left San Diego 3 weeks ago exactly today. It s hard for me to believe that we are already almost all the way down Baja. Our time has been intensely occupied from the start. We cycle down Baja California, the first state that we crossed, without looking back or stopping much. I had a lot of energy from the excitement of the departure and could have cycled to the moon with the frame of mind I was in lol Also, to me, the interest of this state lies in its overall atmosphere as opposed to in concentrated areas, so slowly rolling through it was a perfect way to get immerged in the Baja reality. It was my first time in Mexico, so getting in touch with the language and the people was a whole awakening in itself. French being my first language, I am really enjoying being immerged in another Latin tongue, especially after 11 months spent in an English environment. Not that I don t like communicating in English, I just feel that using Spanish connects me to my roots. I sure love learning different languages, comparing them, linking them to social phenomenon. Here it seems like everybody speaks words of passion, even the most practical communication appears to me as an expressive masterpiece! Lol !Que bueno!

I sure enjoyed the landscapes of Baja as well as its people. I was surprised by the amount of mountains though! We sure had a challenging start, but we were rewarded by beautiful mountain vistas, sunsets and sunrises over the rugged and barren hills. The geology of Baja is of great interest to me. The peninsula, the longest in the world with respect to its width, detached from the main land a long time ago and now offers incredible sedimentary structures as well as volcanoes and fields of metamorphic boulders… all this actualized within a desert climate that is the home to far more life than I would have expected. Huge cacti and others of all shapes, colorful flowers, plants with character, lizards, snakes, wild donkeys, scorpions, coyotes, rabbits… no to forget that everyday our ride was accompanied by the famous black bird of prey roaming over the dry land. I m a poor lonesome cowboy … lol Sometimes I do feel like a modern day cowboy with my orange 2-wheeled companion! I love it!

It was a great achievement to cross the boarder into our second Mexican state, Baja California Sur. Here we are plunged amidst a bounty of the different Mexican realities. Besides the ever-present desert, we had the chance to cycle along some incredible beaches on the sea of Cortez, we rested in an oasis, passed through some famous tourist towns. On the road ahead of us pass Loreto, await more wonders as we will journey towards the Tropic of Cancer and cosmopolitan La Paz, artsy Todos Santos, crowded Cabo San Lucas… new life, new people. There lies the only remaining living reef of Baja and the opportunity to explore and learn about the marine environment that livens up the Baja scenery.

We plan to take the ferry from La Paz to Mazatlan in about 2 weeks. There the main land with unfold to us as we will descend it to Acapulco, for well deserved rest! I am excited at the thought of stepping into a vibrant Native culture, a new natural environment, as well as for our visit of the most populated beehive in the world, Mexico City. It will sure be sweet to discover more of this stimulating, rich country!

I will follow up with my writings soon… I am looking forward to replies!
I hope this deflected towards you a ray of the omnipresent Baja Sun!
I wish you all a wonderful day, whether you are cycling or just enjoying the rotation of the planet.
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It sounds like your having a wonderful time.

May the wind always be at your back.

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Hi Alex,

another wonderful time on your trip as I can see.

I didnt received you pictures so if you have some time please send some or some LINK.

I m still busy at work as usual.

But weekend is coming and my cousin successfully graduated so we ganna party.

See you later on

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I have fond memories of the Baja. In the early '80's, I flew in a small plane from San Diego to La Paz, where I was a reporter covering a woman's air race. Flying down, I was amazed at the mountains -- they looked really steep and menacing. We had to refuel several times, and the "airports" consisted of a dirt runway by the sea, and a little shack with one lone aviation gas pump.
When I got to the hotel in La Paz, the women's air racers had a big cocktail party/dinner at a very nice hotel. There were 500 wealthy women and me. I had fun. The race was from L.A. to La Paz. It was very spectacular to see the finishers roar across the finish line, only several hundred feet above the tarmac.
The next day, I went for a run in the early morning hours in La Paz. I didn't know where I was going, but about a half hour out, a large pack of very mangy looking dogs spied me and took after me. I set an all time world record back to the hotel, barely making it ahead of the pack.
It would be a kick to ride the 1,000 miles from San Diego to the tip of the Baja, and then take a bus back. I have known people who do it every year over the Christmas vacation.
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