One last post. All is done, our trip has finished and we are back to work. We left San Jose del Cabo with no problems, got a taxi, threw our boxes into the van and went to the airport. Most of the waiting that we did was in the San Jose airport. We left for San Fran. Continue reading
Cabo San Lucas is a nice place. The weather was perfect and there were many places to have more then a few drinks. We first arrived and didn’t really know what to do. So we walked around a bit. I saw a coffee shop so I decided that I should have a coffee (never turn down a good cup of coffee). The coffee was good. After that we went to the marina. Wow, there are so many nice looking boats in the dock there. Cabo san Lucas has the most aggressive sellers in all of Mexico (of what I have seen). But they have nothing compared to the average Indian (the ones from India, in case you were thinking of the the indigenous people of North America). Since we have dealt with it before, we laughed about it a few times and got off the marina and went back to the main part of town.
We decided to eat lunch at Cabo Wabo (cool name eh). They had a live band playing and the atmosphere was pretty cool. The fish tacos weren’t anywhere as good the tacos stands in La Paz, but that is to be expected. After that Tanya and I decided to have a few drinks on the marina. We went to a place called senor sweets, ordered a chocolate moose ($8, probably worth the price) and spent the next few hours drinking two for one margaritas. It was tasty and a good way to spend the afternoon (this is the first time we have just sat and had a couple of drinks…..[extended pause]….the first time both of us had a couple of drinks).
Maybe it was the sun, maybe it was the tequila in the lime juice, or maybe it was all the nice white sail boats in front of us. We started to get this idea in our head, maybe we should sail around the world. Why not, it seemed like a good idea at the time, and we still both think that is a great way to spend a few years of our lives. Sailing around, seeing the world from a different view, stopping at the different coasts, seeing all the nice places, everything. I don’t know if it will happen, but it sure seems like a good idea to me.
Today we packed up our bikes. The chilling reminder of our reality, that we have to go back home and back to work. The worst part will be dealing with the weather (am I ever glad I didn’t deal with the extent that you guys had to deal with it..hehe). We went looking for some boxes this morning (after some coffee of course). We found some boxes, just sitting outside a store. There was three of them. So we went inside and asked if we could take the boxes. Great, we took them back to the hotel and started to look at the task ahead of us. It took us about 5 hours to pack them in Edmonton to get to Mexico, what would it take to pack them to get them back home? There was a small problem, all the boxes were full of Styrofoam. We were drowning in Styrofoam. The unpleasant part of the whole packing was just getting rid of the Styrofoam (there was a lot of it, a lot!) After getting a hand from some of the hotel staff were were on our way, cutting boxes, and making our bikes fit into this box.
It took a while, Tanya had to take a brake to get some junk food and beer (she is such a nice girl). After pausing for a peanut butter and banana tortilla and some beer (well, I only drank the beer) we were at it again. Cutting and taping our boxes to make them hold our bikes. After a long tiring period of cutting and taping we were done. Our boxes were made and we were done, ready to go home. We still have about 20 hours left, but our bikes are packed.
With the short time we have left in Mexico we reminisce about the the good times that we have had in the last month. This has been such a great trip.
Well we did, we are now in San Jose del Cabo. The final destination, the last stop. It was fun, we have a couple of days left. We are thinking of taking a bus to Cabo san Lucas tomorrow and see what that place is all about. But all we have heard is that it is full of you tourists and Mexicans trying to sell crap to tourists. So ya we are not sure if we want stay there very long. We are trying to find something to do in San Jose del Cabo (we could eat, drink, or buy things). We want something more. Continue reading
Only 1 cycling day left, only 6 left in Mexico. 33km
It was an easy day, downhill, tailwind and only 33km. We got to sleep in, and still arrived in time to get lunch (fish tacos). We are staying in this nice little RV park, full of people. There is there is small section for tents only. There are some really amazing set-ups. People come with their vans, tarps, hotplates, microwaves, chairs, tables, stoves and fridges. It is amazing, and it is good to see that you don’t need a huge RV to enjoy a Mexico RV park for 6 moths of the year. One guy just offered me some Mexican coffee, wow is it ever good. We are amazed by the kindness of the people here (both the white and the the Mexican). It is so easy to get into a conversation with some here. Everyone has something to say, and they are all interested in our biking travels. We often get offered a chair if we are sitting on the ground. Its great.
Los Barrilies is a wind surfing town, and now (like the snowboarders back in the day) is also turning into a kiting town. Kiting is this sport in which you attach a wakeboard to your feet and hold onto a bar that manipulates this kite (which is more like a wing) that is about 5m long. Apparently these kites are very dangerous because it is like flying an aircraft, they look pretty impressive though, and the look like a lot of fun. It is like wakeboarding with out the boat, there is this constant force pulling you to the sky, the only thing that is missing from wake boarding is the wake (but there is the surf). It is pretty neat.
Last night we went to dinner, and we brought a bottle of wine (it is cheaper this way, Gato Negro $8). We ordered and drank some wine. It was very good wine. We didn’t finish bottle until about 8 or 9 in the evening. it was pretty neat to see it, when we arrived there were only white people in the restaurant, by the time we finished the bottle (well I finished the bottle, we all know how Tanya likes to drink) the place had made a transformation. It was a hopping Mexican joint. There were a lot of Mexicans in there. It is funny, but you read about it, Mexicans don’t really go out to dinner until late at night (8 or 9) which is way different then the way I was brought up (dinner is at 5). I think a lot of European cultures like late dinners, why are we so different? Maybe it is our “want it now” attitude, “I’m hungry so lets eat” mentality, “we need more variety then we can handle” lifestyle. Asi es la vida (Spanish for such is life, my favourite French phrase (which I cannot spell, cest la vie? I don’t know, some one who knows French can help out on that one)).
I saw the sun rise today. Just a few minutes too late to see anything red or pink, but I did get to see the orange. It was pretty spectacular. I set my alarm early for tomorrow morning. It is a pretty nice here. We are going to spend today chilling out and enjoying the sun. Tomorrow we may head to Los Cabos (or not) we only have 6 days left so we better get the best out of this place while we are still here.
I’m not really sure what day it is, but I do know that we are starting to run out of days. Today we did 76km.
We left La Paz this morning. We really liked that city, but we must move. It seemed to take us a long time to get out of the city; we rode for nearly 20km before we were out of La Paz. The road was in very good shape. Four lane divided highway with a shoulder. It was great, nice new pavement and a headwind. We flew. Then we came to a fork in the road.
“Shall we go east or west?” I asked Tanya? “I don’t know,” Tanya replied. “It’s shorter distance to go west” “But more traffic” The wind was coming from the NE, so heading in a westerly direction would have meant a little bit of a tail wind. Heading east would mean the opposite. Plus there was a mountain range to worry about. We ended up tossing a coin to see which way we would go. We went to the east. Within minutes on the road to the east there were headwinds, and hill climbs. But we pushed on, up two passes and down them (always a fun thing to do). Another benefit was that there was a lot less traffic (the west direction is a more direct route to Cabo). It was a good choice in hind sight.
We pulled into a RV park; there are mostly people from BC here. It is a nice place, filled with a lot of cacti and trees. The sun is shining and life is good. We even have a picnic table here (very rarely does this happen) so that makes this an even better choice.
It looks like the cold that Tanya had has been passed onto me. It is mostly just a head cold. As a result we decided to take today off. Another nice day in La Paz. I think we saw everything yesterday, today should be pretty laid back.
Fish Tacos are a great treat, and a great meal. But if you have never had a fish taco, you don’t really know what you are missing out on. When I first head of a fish taco I imagined a can of tuna placed in a taco shell, with some lettuce and tomatoes, not too interesting, nor does it sound too tasty. There is more to it, they are inspired byJapanese cooking, they take a piece of fish and coat in a batter of tempura. Then they deep fry it. This is the meat part of the taco, an already nice piece of meat, then you place whatever you want in it. I like to put cabbage and mayo with somechilies.
Another option is to put on some of the tomato, cilantro and onion mixture. The nicer the taco stand, the more options you have. And the final thing is to take a lime and put some lime juice on the taco. Fish tacos are specific to the Baja and you may be able to find them somewhere else, you can find them everywhere here.
Yesterday we went to the museum. It was free, and there wasn’t really much to see, and less to read (unless you can read and understand Spanish). We walked around a lot yesterday and saw a lot of La Paz (well the downtown area of La Paz). There are a lot of shops and none of them are aimed at tourists. Its great, a little bit more of the real Mexico that I like.
“Dos tickets to La Paz por favor””No biciclettes””What? are you sure? I could do it on the other bus company ABC””Un momento…” The teller goes to the bus driver’s quarters and asks if we can take our bikes on the bus. We can, it is against the policy of the bus company, but at 100pesos a bike the bus driver will let us take them on. Total price for the bus for two people to go 400km is 870pesos. It blew me away, I had no idea it was going to be that expensive. Such is life.
The first hour of the bus ride was incredible, the view was amazing and I would have loved to ride on the bike (although the hills were long and steep). I could spend weeks there in nice weather taking pictures of the sun rising on the jagged unfamiliar cliffs. I wanted to stop right there and just look at them. The weather was still overcast though, so it would not be as nice as it could have been. After the massive climb, the vistas quickly disappeared and we continued on a road that went straight for 60km. It got boring fast and I was glad I didn’t ride my bike through the boring, flat plain.
That last hour of the trip was tough. Both Tanya and I didn’t feel very well. We both got car sick. You don’t notice it on a bike, but the roads are really bumpy here, like frost heave bumpy. Sitting on the bus for 4 hours moving about 110km/hr (the speed limit is 80) on this road was a recipe for disaster.
The ride ended though, Tanya and I were in the big city, feeling woozy, hungry, and tired. We headed for the ocean, sat down, ate an orange and drank some water. Took out the guide book and found out where we were. We started walking down the malecon and we saw a couple of people walking on a slack line. It was Chris. We talked to him for a while, found out he was at a hostel, and where it was. Got a room and went right back outside and got some amazing fish tacos (best yet).
We ate them quickly and went back to the malecon and hung out with Chris, and a couple other friends he had made in the last few days. Tried to do some slack lining (Tanya is pretty good at it) and then Chris and his buddy (also named Chris went digging for clams). A fun day on the beach.
We all decided that we should drink some tequila tonight. So we went the super mercado and got to the tequila isle. Wow, there is a lot of tequila in Mexico. It is a good thing I asked which was good tequila. Dropped 200 pesos on a bottle and went back to the hostel. We hooked up out iPods to the radio through our transmitters and socialized. We finished the bottle tequila. It was damn good tequila, not shooting tequila, sipping tequila. It was like drink a ice scotch, just a couple sips at a time.
Day fourteen 43km
I wish we had more time. We have arrived at Bahia Concepcion (Concepcion Bay). This place is pretty cool. We got a little shelter and the ocean. We just don’t have any sun. The weather is supposed to get better tomorrow. Within a couple days it is supposed to be really nice. Tanya and I do not know what to do. We don’t want to hang out here if the weather isn’t great (it is like 18 degrees and overcast). Our latest plan is to bike to the next town and take a bus to the next city and the next set of beaches. Hopefully the weather will be better and we can do some snorkeling. Today’s ride was a good ride, filled with some unexpected hill climbs. We didn’t have very far to go so we took it pretty easy. Conception bay is very cool. I would recommend it to anyone that likes beaches. It is not a resort, so if you are into that sort of thing you may not like it. But if you have a RV or a car and a tent, hit it up. With the sun shinning this place would be amazing, and there are not that many people (it is not crowded). The only thing that may make you unhappy is the noise of the RV’s generators. The water is this nice turquoise colour. If we had more time we would hang out here for a couple of days (we are not really beach people). I think most of the RVers here spend a couple of months in Baja, and some must spend most of their time here in this little bay. Oh ya, the beer is cheap as well.
Yesterday, in an Internet cafe we witnessed something that was pretty funny. Tanya and I made fun of the situation many times afterwards. There was this guy from Vernon and his satellite dish wouldn’t work. Canadian dish, doesn’t work in Mexico. So he thought we would buy a new dish in Mexico. This internet cafe was also a place to buy satellite dishes. So this tall loud white guy comes in and asks the girl at the counter, “do you speak English? Does he?” pointing at a young guy behind the counter. Both the Mexicans shake their head no. So he proceeds in his loud voice to talk in English about his problem, “I need a dish that is compatible with my receiver.” The two Mexicans can still not understand the guy, the girl takes the computer and loads google translate (a very handy tool). He pecks at the keyboard for a while and you can hear that this is a good way to communicate. But every so often he blurts out something in English, realizing that he is not back home and that needs to type it to get his point across. Seriously, if you are in a country where they don’t speak you language, just don’t try to yell it louder and hope to get your point across, it is not going to work. It completely amazes Tanya and I how many people come done here, try to avoid contact with Mexicans at all cost, and get really upset when they cannot watch their NFL games.
Sometimes I am envious of the people in their big comfortable RVs, with a fridge and a stove, more room then may apartment and a big bed and a nice duvet. But then I think of my gas price, my freedom and my willingness to interact with the Mexicans. There are a million different ways to travel, I really enjoy my bicycle. Cycle touring so far has been more then I could have dreamed it would be. We are having a great time (even with the not so great weather). The only issue we have is the lack of time (and money). This is something that both of us enjoy to the fullest and cannot wait for our next trip (and we are not even done this one).
Day fourteen 60km
Tanya is starting to feel better and there is sun shining at the moment. It looks likes there is was this low pressure system that came in and soaked most of Baja California Sur (our friend the Pineapple Express). Shitty, should get better by next week. But I am hoping it will be nice where we are now. This morning when we left there was a good area of the sky that had no clouds in it, so I am thinking that we may just get lucky. Maybe not, but it is worth trying.
The ride today went really good, it was 60km and we did it by noon. Tanya said it was the easiest day yet. Mostly flat with one up hill followed by a nice downhill right at the end. I am really starting to feel fit. Today I pounded up the hill, making great time. It was nice, my legs and lungs all feel like they are in tip top shape. It’s a good feeling.
We are in a town called Mulege. It’s the first touristy place we have seen since Ensenada. There are blankets and hats in every shop. We ate some fish tacos for lunch, they were very tasty. We just love the food here.
Here’s hoping for some nice weather.
To survive in the desert there are a few things that you need to know. First of all, what are you going to eat. If you are carrying all your gear, you want something that is quick and easy, and that tastes good as well. Here is a good example of good food, that is good for you, does not take too long and is easy to pack. PBH and Banana (if you can find them) tortilla. Yes that is right, Peanut butter and Honey with Banana tortilla. It tastes great and is easy. You can also squish tortillas as much as you want and they stay the same. Tanya demonstrates how to make them.
Now we are at the Sea of Cortez, only 60km from some of the nicest beaches in Mexico and they are calling for rain and clouds for the next week. It is frustrating, I think the whole peninsula is covered in cloud. Riding in the rain is not that much fun. Oh well, such is life, we will play it by ear and see if we can find some sun.
Right now we are in this small little town call Santa Rosilia. It is pretty cool, there is this small valley that the town is built into. Did some walking around the today and it has a different fell then the other Mexican towns. This place was a French town. Eiffel (who designed the Eiffel tower) designed the church here and the church was built in France and transported here by boat. The idea never took off, but Eiffel wanted to sell these to the Catholic church to help spread Christianity quickly. There is also a French bakery, so we will be checking that out.