Day 148 to 153

December 1st to the 6th, 2007

On the way to San Ignacio and Mulegé.

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December 1st, 2007.


So, we decided to push a little and take Mexico 1 to reach San Ignacio tonight.

We get off the trail near Vizcaino.


Guess it was true when folks told us it was unusual to get rain here...



El pompistador!

(Price of one litre of regular: $0.67)


The good thing about riding on the road is that you get to see all kinds...

Mexicans are experts in truck loading. Click here to get a better view.
Note that, at the time the photo was taken, they were still throwing stuff on there!!!


We finally get to San Ignacio in total darkness. France notes that the tail lights are'nt working on the trailer.

"Normal, says Marc, I did'nt plugged them back after the other days crash. That way, if it happens again, we won't break the wires...Anyway, we fit perfectly in the crown that way, half the cars have no tail lights either!"

We look for the Rice and Beans all over town. Our friend Jim recommended we should eat there. The place is'nt very easy to find in the dark and with so little indications. After asking a guy (who only spoke Spanish, of course...) for some directions (Yes, yes, guys ask for directions too...When their spouse is insistant enough...), we finally find the place. It was worth it! Not only is the restaurant nice, the also have rooms!

"How about a warm night, out of the wind, Honey?...That'd be cool!"

As we shut the engines, we hear someone shouting:
"Hey! Hi there! You're the 2 Canadians that are riding their quads from Canada to Cabo, right?? We heard about you in Kingman, Arizona! Welcome to Mexico!"

Inside Rice and Beans. Think they dig the Baja race?


It's a done deal for tonight! (Pic was taken the next morning).


December 2nd, 2007.

San Ignacio is an oasis in the middle of the Baja desert.


We were surprised by this environment...Just a couple of miles before, it was nothing but cactus and rocks around us.



The San Ignacio Mission was established by the Jésuites in 1728 but, we owe this beautiful chuch to the Dominicains who build it in 1786. With lava rock walls over 3 feet thick, it is still in such a great shape that masses are still celebrated here, every Sunday.

Click to see inside.

Click here or on the church to see inside.


Nice little "downtown".


Under the trees of the "Zocalo" (central place).



Leaving San Ignacio, we ride on Mex. 1 to Santa-Rosalia, where someone said we should check out another pretty special church... We share the road with the cars and trucks that drive hammer down. Fortunately, speed limits are pretty low (80km/h)... We keep a steady pace at 50mi/h, and with a strong side wind, every oncoming truck throws a load of sand and gravel to our face... Minnie does'nt really appreciate, but , she stays put, on the seat, behind Mommy... Gooood Puppy.

It's not the trips most exciting part. It just comes with the Adventure...

The "3 virgins volcano", far left, in the background.


This the "side road" we could use...Trust us, not as easy as it looks...



We travel across the mountains via Mex. 1. The curves and very very steep hills up and down this road turn it into a challenge for the travellers. One of those hills is called: "Hells' hill"...

Mexican Road service.

We have the utmost respect for Mexican truck drivers. Earning your life on such a road (the only road around...) is quite an accomplishment! here are sections of the road that are still only 9 feet wide and the trucks are 8.5, not counting the mirrors!!! Every day, travelling on those steep hills and around these sharp curves, they play with their lives. Hats off!



Welcome to Sta-Rosalia...





Do not hurt the panels???



Here, in Baja, there are hundreds of tire repair shops, you see all kinds. Here's one along side the road coming into Sta-Rosalia.


The Santa-Rosalia zocalo is ready for Christmas.


And here's the church we talked to you about earlier.

A pre-fab church!
Designed by Gustave Eiffel (yes, yes, the same Mr. Eiffel), built and put on display in Paris in 1887, it was took apart, shipped here and rebuilt from 1895 to 1897.


Santa Rosalia was waiting for us...

They even built an hotel in her honnor...Click here...


One last look over our shoulder to Sta-Rosalia. Normally, a picture never renders justice to the beauty of a place...Here, exceptionally, it's the opposite...


We set-up camp just a few miles south of town. It's the San Lucas RV Park. There's no beach here. People come down mostly for the fishing. Many Gringos are here for the winter. We'll be safe here!



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December 3rd, 2007.

We continue south towards Mulegé trying to find a route along the beach. Note that the wind still did'nt die down...


''Come on, Minnie, don't stay there, those birds will invite you for lunch..''



Soon as we're back inland, the wind lifts the dust pretty bad.


It's a little strange to see those cows through the cacti !!

Not quite the way we thought the desert would look like.



''What's wrong Minnie? Don't worry, Marc should be here soon... I wonder what's holding him...''


After a short potty stop, Marc jumps back in saddle and starts his engine...Well, he tries...He turns the key and...Nothing...

"Ah?!? Euh...Is it in neutral?...Yes...Maybe if I squeeze the brake?...No, still nothing...Hummm..."

He tries, again and again, nothing. No lights, no speedo, no juice nowhere...And he sees France going away...

"Maybe I touched the emergency OFF switch without noticing it...ON-OFF-ON-OFF-ON...Still dead...Shit! What if I try to hold the switch between the ON and OFF position? One more try...Yesss! It works! YOUHOU!!!"

Soon as he lets go of the button, it dies...

"Oh Oh... I have to hold the button in between the ON and OFF position for it to work..."

He finally makes it to where France is waiting for him. He explains the situation.

"This might take a while to fix. It's pretty serious. I don't have a spare switch so, we're going to have to fix this one, and I have no idea what the interior of it looks like..."

At least, we're not too far from Mex. 1 so, if worst comes to worst, we could pull the quad (and the trailer) back to where we were this morning.

Marc begins to take the switch bloc apart and...Crack! The switch breaks in two...Oh Oh...That's not good...

As soon as he opens the switch bloc, all kinds of tiny springs, metal balls and electrical contacts fall on the footrest and in the sand...

"Whoa! Not sure this was a very good idea anymore...Even less sure I can put all that back together...Provided we find every part back... Who knows where they all go??"

"At least the problem's obvious. Thanks to all the extra electrical equipment we added, a plastic holder overheated, distorded and the contacts did'nt touch anymore. "

After 3 hours of looking for tiny parts in the sand and many tries at putting the puzzle back together, we try starting the quad and...

It works! YAHOOO!!!

Even better, the lighs and the override button also works!! COOL!!

"I never thought we could find all the parts, never mind putting them back together!"

Here's the cluprit.
The contacts are put back in place and held there with silicone since the switch is broken. We only hope it will last...
2000 miles...
to Yuma...



Yeah ! A successful repair !
Yeah ! But will it last?? 2000 miles???
Bof... Pavement, pavement and more pavement...

A change of plan. To make sure the silicone hardens completely before we hit Mex. 1 again, we head for a safe place for the night.

Punta Chivato, a millionnaires' paradise on the sea of Cortez.


How to loose hours looking for a campground...
Follow the arrow...It will take you straight to some millionnaires' home, where you will get dirty looks from rich folks that don't want to be bothered...

But where's the campground?


Here's the campground!! At least it was worth looking for! A very private spot, on the beach!


December 4th, 2007.

A super nice sunrise after a super windy night (another one...). The tent and everything else is covered with sand... Sad...This could have been a really nice spot... But the beach is so much less appealing when it's cool and windy...


Back on the road across the mountains again. Each time we start Marc quad, we wonder: Will it start? Will it not?? (since the repair).


...And here we are in Mulegé. We set-up in a campround, under the palm and date trees.


Mulegé is another oasis in the desert. A river is a rare sight in Baja.



Date trees are beautiful trees.
Date season is ending soon. The trees are full of them.



Minnie is so exhausted she falls asleep like a baby in Marcs' arms. She too, does'nt sleep too well when the wind howls all night...



Tonight, a romantic dinner at the El PATRON. A place recommended by our friend Jim. Incredible how this guy knows all the cool places. Great food, great margaritas, unexpensive!



The Notre Dame de Santa-Rosalia de Mulegé Mission.
A great deal of Baja's history revolves around those Missions.
This church also is still used today although it was built in 1766.


Mulegé surprises us by it's cleanness.

Its' narrow streets were'nt made for large vehicules. We feel right at home on them with our quads.





"Come on! throw one more on there, there's still some room!!!


We liked the El Patron so much, we had to come back!
Still cool but very different in daylight.


A nice ocean side lunch.


Yessss! Finally! The wind died down! After over 2 weeks of chivers and sand between the teeth, we have nice weather!!



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À / At    Mulege
Date      5 dec. / dec. 5th
Lat    N    26 53 81
Long  W  111 57 85
Elevation  20 pieds/feet






50C   122F
  40C   104F
30C   86F
20C   68F
10C   50F
0C   32F
-5C   23F
-10C   14F
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In San Ignacio.


50C   122F
  40C   104F
30C   86F
20C   68F
10C   50F
0C   32F
-5C   23F
-10C   14F
soleil.gif (1277 octets)

In Mulegé.












Mexico 1...






Les statistiques

Total 6 jours / 6 days

212 Miles
6032 Miles: à date/to date
$148 Resto
$57 Épicerie/Food
$42 Essence/fuel
$100 Camping/ Motel
$85 Divers/Misc.
$432 Total






Dû à la très faible disponibilité de bouffe fraîche, et aussi dans le but de pouvoir goûter les mets Mexicains locaux, nous avons décidé, pour la durée de notre séjour à Baja, de manger plus souvent au resto.

Si nous découvrons quelque chose d'extra-ordinaire, nous vous en ferons part.

Due to the very limited availability of fresh food and also to enjoy local Mexican food, we decided to eat at restaurants more often for the duration of our stay in Baja.

If we discover something worth mentionning,we'll let you know.

Aujourd'hui /Today:

The coctel de camarrones !

A huge bowl filled with oversized shrimps bathing in a tomato, parsil and lime sauce!

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Les Oscars-The Oscars: le gagnant est... LA CHOSE LA PLUS APPRECIÉE:



Marc's patience and experience (to get the repair done).







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