El Rosario to Bahia de Los Angeles
Jan 21, 2008
|A brisk morning with clear skies once again. The leg between El Rosario and Gurrero Negro, our planned stop was nearly 400 km. Sections of Mexico 1 are quite slow so we needed to focus on making some distance today. The towns along this stretch are sparse with limited services such as motels.
The scenery was desert all day but it is amazing just how much such a landscape can vary. The terrain itself changed regularly from rolling hills and craggy mountains to vast flat lands.
The vegetation also kept changing. There were areas that where simply sand held in place by widely spaced, low plants such as sage and other desert bushes; there were places where the ground was nearly covered in wide leafed, green vegetation that looked a little like dandy lion; there were even some areas with a little grass and a few flowers at the side of the road.
There was an abundance of cactus in most places. There must be dozens of cactus species here and most are quite beautiful if you stop to take them.
The most striking area was a large section cover in huge boulders and cactus. It had an other-world kind feeling to it, like it belonged on anther planet.
Despite the clear skies and desert landscape it was cold all day. We had our long underwear on; I was using the heated hand grips on the bike while Janine had to dig out her "hot hands" we picked up at a camping store; little pouches of some chemical that heats up when exposed to the air.
When we reached the cut-off to Bahia de Los Angeles we decided to head there instead of Gerrero Negro. Bahia de Los Angeles is located on the Sea of Cortez which is supposedly warmer than the pacific coast.
Bahia de Los Angeles is a small fishing village and quite remote. We were told the village used generators for electricity that went off at 10:00 PM. However, there are new power lines running to the village now and there are crews in town hooking the buildings up.
It is hard to tell how long the electrification program has been underway. Perhaps a couple of years based on the apparent speed of the crews we watched. One of the features several motels now advertised is 24 hour electricity.
We found a very nice, almost new motel and discover a group of dirt bike riders from Ontario were also staying in the Motel.
These guys are traveling from the US/Mexico border to La Paz almost exclusively off road. It is an organized tour put on by insidemotorcycles.com, an online motorcycle magazine. This is their fourth year.
They trailered the bikes down from Canada and have a motor home traveling with them by highway for support. At La Paz they will cross to the mainland and ride north through the copper canyon without the support vehicle. Sounds like a great tour.
From Bahia de Los Angeles there is a dirt road shown on my map that goes to El Arco then back out to the highway. It is about 200 km of dirt road and very remote. This is the route the dirt bike group is taking.
A fellow from Florida came by who lived in the area. He was also an off road rider and knew this road well. After consulting with him the road did not sound too bad so Janine and I decided to give it a go in the morning rather than backtracking on the pavement. Should be an very interesting day.