Day 6 Loreto to La Paz

Day 6 on the Bikes.  

Lovely drive through the mountains and along the coast, the Sea of Cortez to be precise, for a while today.  Temperature unusual, really cold and then really warm a minute later, didn’t matter if we were in the sun or the shade or right on the water it could be hot or cold.  Next up we had about 50km of thick fog to ride through, we could see it in the distance but didn’t realise at first what it was.  From the fog and beyond it was desert so we did’t miss seeing any sights.

Overnight at La Paz, now the capital of Baja (previously Loreto) is a busy industrial hub. Silver mining, agriculture, fishing and pearls.  We stayed the night in a hotel a few km out of town opposite the marina and had a lovely evening watching the cruisers go by.

Early morning light as we leave Loreto

Another day another mountain pass

Golf course at La Paz

A sky full of Magnificent Frigatebirds

 

 

Day 7 La Paz to Cabo San Lucas

Day 7 on the Bikes

We took a wrong turn this morning but I was happy as we had passed by an area with lots of cactus and the Turkey Vultures were drying their wings so Andy slowed down for me on the way back so I could capture a shot.  Quite atmospheric with the low cloud around.

Morning tea rest stop was at a little town called El Triunfo.  They had a great character coffee shop down Harley Davidson Drive  and a music museum.

Lunch saw us in the artist community of Todos Santos, which has a number of art galleries and lots of souvenir shopping.  Silver is a big thing here so there is a number of shops selling everything silver.  We ate lunch at the Hotel California.  I believe that the band The Eagles have filed a lawsuit against the hotel for leading people to believe that they inspired the bands biggest hit.  They have a huge souvenir shop which gets a lot of sales.

Spent the night at Bahia Hotel Beach Club a block back from the beach and a room overlooking the pool. The beach front is full of resorts or restaurant which each have an exclusive bit of beach.  Trying to upload a photo of this below but current wi-fi is not letting me.  Lots of people down here for sunset, drinking games etc.  Dinner at La Dolce Italian Restaurant which served up the most beautiful food and we were looked after by the owner (a friend of our van driver).


Turkey Vultures on the cactus

The restrooms at Hotel California Todos Santos were quirky

The Mission at El Triunfo

Lots of little eateries on the side of the road, lots closed down also

 

Day 8 Cabo San Lucas to Los Barriles

Only 70 miles to travel today so we had a late start.  A rest stop and reprieve from the heat at the Tropic of Cancer.  

From the top of the world to the bottom. Brynja from Iceland and Tom from Perth

 

Our tour group at the Tropic of Cancer

Cactus Flower

Day 2 on the Bikes Ensenada to Catavina

Through the desert today passing many Cirio Trees and Cardon Cacti with temperatures in the forties.  Also travelled through the El Vizcaino Biosphere Reserve which is the largest wildlife refuge in Mexico.  Can’t say we saw much wildlife except for Turkey Vultures, which are everywhere.

This is a real short post, time to head out and explore the town.

 

 

Day 1 on the Bikes LA to Ensenada

We picked up our Harley Davidson Electroglide along with our other Baja tour members on Sunday morning.  A straight run down the freeway  and crossed the border into Mexico at about noon.  Starting to heat up about 35 degrees.

We had our first Mexican meal at this great Mexican restaurant El Topanco in Rosario, our late lunch stop.  Decorated for Halloween and oozing atmosphere.  

Back on the bikes for the final stage for today saw us pass by some stunning coastline, with a break at El Mirados to soak it all in.  Then onto our hotel in Ensenada.  It’s customary every evening on arriving at our hotel to have a beer before checking in, suits us down to the ground.

[editing images and writing this post on our rest day by the pool, so visibility not great, hope the images are ok]


 

Day 1 Sydney

A stopover in Sydney, Arncliffe to be precise.   A very convenient location with a few local shops/restaurants and 5 min walk to the train station.  We caught the train into the city and headed straight to The Rocks.  We just love this spot, the markets, The Fortune of War, Sydney’s oldest pub and the old buildings.  

A Wedding in the Rocks

Old Building

Circular Quay and Sydney Harbour Bridge