October 04, 2009 GMT
San Felipe to.... San Felipe

I am back in San Felipe and Marilyn has gone home to England so I apoligise for the lack of punctation on the remainder of the entries as my editor has now left.
We left San Felipe to ride to Geurrero Negro by the road that follows the Gulf of Mexico and then turns across mountains to join the main road south. We decided on this shorter route for the scenery and because we were told locally that the road was OK to travel on. The first 70 miles were on good tarmac on a new road being biult. However we then reached the construction site for the new road and it was in very poor condition, hoping it would improve after the construction phase we carried on only to find a corrugated loose gravel road with large rocks and several deep sand areas. After a couple of minor tumbles and in temperatures in the high 30s we fell heavily with the bike landing on Marilyn's left leg.Rather than continue the ride for that day we decided we would rest and carry on the next day refreshed. We found a hotel at a remote resort and stayed there. The next day we carried on. The road, being close to the sea and the desert, was deep sand that then became deeper and very rocky. I was unable to keep the bike upright and after only 4 miles we came off again this time the bike fell on Marilyn's right foot. The pannier trapping her ankle against a large rock. Marilyn knew immediatly that we couldn't go on and we returned to the hotel of the previous night, Marilyn riding in a pick up truck that passed us.
We returned with the bike to San Felipe in another pick up truck with a local driving and his amigo balancing on the back in the full heat of the sun hatless and drinking cold beer
The folowing day we went to the local health centre for medical aid for Marilyn where the X-rays showed no break to her ankle. The helpful staff fitted a splint cast to her right leg. We discussed what our options were and after much discussion and soul searching decided that I would carry on with the trip and Marilyn would return home. We organised a flight from San Diego to London for Marilyn and on Friday dorve there so she would get the flight home on Sarurday. She has since been to the Hospital in Lincoln and they have confirmed the ankle is broken.
I will continue the journey, and will see if I am able to do it alone.
Tomorrow (Monday) I will ride south using the longer road to Geurerro Negro and then on to La Paz to catch a ferry to Matazlan.

Posted by Albert Sollini at 11:32 PM GMT
October 14, 2009 GMT
San Felipe to Durango

I left San Felipe and rode across Baja California to Ensenedas on the Pacific coast across a good mountain road, with the temperature dropping to 9 degrees C. The road from Ensenedas goes inland for a while before following the coast to El Rosario, where I stopped for the night and met Mark a fellow Englishman, riding a BMW GS 1200, on the same route as me. We decided to ride together to La Paz. The next day we rode to Bahia D'Los Angeles on the East coast of Baja and 66 KM of the main Ruta 1 we had been following. We stayed at a beach front hotel with an amazing colonial lobby area.
The following day we rode south through Gurerro Negro which is in the state of Baja California Sur, across a landscape of huge boulders and cacti, which rapidly changed to a lush green mountain landscape. The greennes was aresult of a hurricane and flood that happened at the beginng of September. The other immediate effect of the hurricane was the road would suddenly be gravel from where the tarmac had been washed away. We stopped at San Ignacio, a small village with a tree lined sqaure dominated by large church. Our accomadation was a yurt on a riverside B&B owned by a Canadian couple who showed us the devastaion left by the floods with the water mark at 4 feet deep and a Yurt that had been uprooted complete with it's concrete base.
We rode trough Mulege, on the East coast, the next day and stayed at a house owned by a couple who run a rewsturaunt. The property has no mains electricty and relies on a generator to run the resturaunt. They are also feeling the effect f the Hurricane and the economical situation affecting Ameica, withl ess tourists visiting the area.
The ride to La Paz was about 260 miles and was another good ride along good roads that took us to both sides of the peninsular. San Felipe is a ferry port and a resort location which is popular with Americans and Canadians.
On the Sunday I left Mark in La Paz to catch the ferry to Mazatlan, on the Mexican mainland. The overnight crossing took 14 hours, and I arrived to find it raining and the roads flooded. I stayed one night in Mazatlan, and there was another rainstorm, which again left the roads flooded.
Today (Tuesday) I rode to Durango, in the state of Durango a distance of 386 Km. The final 268 being on scenic mountain roads that are cut into the side of the mountain. The road follows the rim of a huge valley and has sheer cliffs on one side and a steep drop on the other. There where various hazards, including horses, cows and a donkey, not to mention lorries driving round bends on the wrong side.
I am staying in Durango for 2 nighs before riding south to Zacatecas, and then to the pacific coast towards Acapulco.
I have tried to download photographs to the blog, and the problem is I dont know how to compress the files. If anyone can help I wouls appreciate it.

Posted by Albert Sollini at 02:12 AM GMT

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