November 20, 2006 GMT
La Paz, Baja

La Paz: I rode the 4 hours from Mulege to La Paz saturday morning. This was a nice ride with some open stretches of highway where I topped the bike out at 125 miles an hour (with 3 full cases of crap and a tankbag - imagine what it would have done without a load)! Donīt worry mom and dad, it was perfectly safe.
La Paz is the biggest city since Tijuana. It has a beautiful Malecon that makes for unbelievable sunset viewing. I spent the night in a hostel like hotel called Pension California. This place is painted in bright yellow and blue primary colors. It used to be the lodging for monks, so the layout is very simple. The rooms are bare concrete cubes, even the bed lie on yellow concrete slabs. The bathroom was a cramped space in which the shower, when operating, would soak the sink and toilet as well as the floor and walls. It has a great open courtyard -where i parked my bike for all to drool over, free internet and very friendly staff. I had Rosalita sew-up a hole in my tankbag. She almost didntīt accept the 30 pesos i wanted to give her.

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La Paz is a colorful place with lots of warm smiles. P1010131.JPG

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Here is a photo of the very popular taco stand, Super Tacos de Baja California. Check out the line for fish tacos at 10am.

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La Paz is also the finish line for the excess that is the Baja 1000. Itīs cool, I have to admit, but if I lived here I think I would hate it. All these gringos and rich folk show up in huge F-350 Ford trucks and Hummers, loaded with extra tires, gasoline and fossil fuel burning devices with trailers that carry the big race trucks. Hereīs a photo of one of the race trucks.

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In the morning the playa along the malecon is great for viewing Pelicans hunting for breakfast.

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Iīm sad to leave today for Topolobampo, but I have to continue on if I want to complete this journey. It was the same feeling leaving Loreto -which I forgot to write about- but I promise to edit this blog with info on the great little sea town of Loreto.

Posted by Christian Burrows at November 20, 2006 08:52 PM GMT
 

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