Bahia de Los Angeles to San Ignacio
Jan 22, 2008
|It is Janine's birthday today and of course I always try to give her a day to remember. Well I outdid myself this time; this is definitely a day she will not soon forget!
The first challenge was finding the road out of town. Signage is not a big thing here and the main side roads are indistinguishable from driveways or goat paths. After a couple of false starts that ended in someone's yard we found the road south and began the journey.
We were warned that the first few miles were rocky but it got better after that. A little rocky was putting it mildly. After a few miles the road did smooth out a little but the "gravel" was large and if you strayed off the main rut it was like riding on marbles.
Every so often there would be a soft sandy section or a rocky section or a heavily rutted section. Overall this would turn out to be one of the toughest roads we have ever ridden. It took us 5 hours to travel the 200 km.
The road surface changed constantly and even on the "good" sections there were deep wash-outs with no warning. Getting up any speed was too dangerous since there was no telling what lay just ahead. There was a winding, rutted, rocky section through some steep hills that took all the effort we had to get through.
We have been through roads with sections that were just as tough but this one did not have any easy sections. The washboard (corrugations) on the flat sections were a nightmare. It was hard work all day.
I did some checking later and found that most of the route we had followed today was part of the Baja 1,000 off roads race last November. I can't image how much work it would be to travel like this for 1,000 miles. Of course they are not carrying so much weight and riding two up!
Once we reached the highway decided to head south to San Ignacio which we heard was not to be missed and our dirt bike friends had recommended a hotel there.
Once we reached San Ignacio we turned off the highway to find the hotel. We passed it so pulled into a open lot across the street. It turned out to be deep sand.
We were nearly stopped and as I started to turn around the front wheel dug in and I dropped the bike. We had done this many time however this time, perhaps because we were nearly stationary, our legs got caught under the panniers (luggage boxes).
I immediately felt a sharp pain and more or less kicked the bike off and pulled my leg clear. Janine did the same. It was a silly little drop but as soon as I stood up I knew it was more than a bump or bruise. Janine tore the heal off her boot but said otherwise she was ok.
Fortunately there were some guys out in front of the hotel who immediately came to our aid. They picked up the bike and moved it over to the hotel. A local guy in an old pick-up stopped right away and offered to take me to the doctora. I declined to go to the doctor but did take a ride to the hotel.
Everyone was just great, helping us get settled into the hotel and bringing in our bags, etc. Hopefully it is just a sprain but it sure is sore.