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Short tour near Tijuana

Old 08-15-13, 07:54 PM
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Short tour near Tijuana

I'll be in San Diego this fall and was thinking of crossing the border for a few days. Possibly doing a small 3 day bike tour. I'm tending toward a credit card tour unless you think the area is great for camping. Any good routes in that area?

Oh, and I have to stop by the Monumental Plaza de Toros since last time I've been on the other side of the fence there.
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I'm not really sure about the developed camping on the Mexican side, but you can look at other Baja tourists' journals at crazyguyonabike. You can start looking for campgrounds/hostels/motels from about Rosarito Beach on southwards to Ensanada. The last I heard, in Mexico it was still legal to free camp anywhere on the beach, too, but there may be some security issues.

Tecate, at about 2000' elevation inland along the border, is a lot quieter and more authentic than Tijuana. It's a nice day ride up there along the US side on Hwy 94 and back. There's a couple of county campgrounds along 94 that have hike and bike sites: Portrero and Lake Morena. You might put together a loop that includes Highway 94, Tecate, down to the coast south of TJ, and then back to SD.

You can also take a county transit bus up 94 which can carry two bikes in front racks, if necessary: https://developer.sdmts.com/sdmtsapp/...splay=V&tod=wd
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Tijuana is actually pretty amazing, but it's a gritty, fast-paced city of 1.8 million people. The road to Ensenada, about 100 miles south on the coast, is a ferociously busy expressway, and Ensenada itself is a depressing shadow of its pretouristic self -- it's become Mexico's Daytona Beach.

I second Stevepusser's suggestion to consider crossing at Tecate, or better yet Mexicali, to get into less bike-unfriendly territory. You miss the coastline, but you also miss the traffic and all the ugly exurb development. Tecate is stilll basically a small town, and Mexicali is basically still a has-its-own-character inland border city; Poor Tijuana is increasingly the vast multiplication of a duty-free shop in Blade Runner.plus cheap Las Vegas details.Super interesting to urban sociologists, but arduous biking territory unless you're primarily biking as an urban sociologist, too.
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I'm still undecided to what I'll be doing. It would be great if I could avoid camping to make the trip simpler.

Looks like highway 2 is the only option between Tecate and Tijuana. From Google street view this section doesn't look at all interesting and has a lot of traffic. The route between Tecate and Mexicali looks actually quite interesting. The only issue is that it's 85 miles which would be pushing it quite a bit especially with the 2000 ft climb. If there was a place to stay in La Rumorosa then it would be quite doable. I found only one mention of a hotel but that was in 2006 and wouldn't even know where in town that one would be.

The suggestion of the bus route is quite interesting, too. I could ride the bus up to Tecate and cycle back to San Diego in a day for not much money.
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