|Catavina Baja Norte – Feb 2, 2009
Left Colonia Vincente Guerrero at 7:00, and arrived at Catavina, about in the middle of the peninsula at two this afternoon. Good Sam (and Sissie and Barb) fed us chilli, watermellon and cake. Lovely – no dishes.
About eight or eight thirty, we stopped for coffee at a beautiful beach. Miles and miles of sand, and the surf breaking. Wish I could reproduce the sound! It’s just so peaceful and relaxing. A couple of the rigs have dogs attached. One of them in particular is a Wimereiner (sp), and is a young dog. He just went wild on the beach. I suspect that he slept most of the rest of the day.
I promise never to complain about the width of Alberta roads for at least 30 days after we get home. We are on the number one highway on the Baja, and a lane is about 9 feet wide! I’m glad I’ve got the smallest rig in the group. When the 18 wheelers go by, there’s about a foot from mirror to mirror. Most of them are pretty good, and can hug the ditch side, but there are no shoulders on the road. The drop is anywhere from 6 inches to a couple of feet! Several times we got on the upgraded road for five or six miles. About three feet wider. What a relief!
We passed through a military checkpoint late in the morning. A squad of soldiers, some in full combat uniform, with automatic weapons. They’re pretty serious! We are a caravan of 13 rigs, and they just checked the first two, then just waved us through. Guess they realized a group of us old fffffellas weren’t much of a hazard.
Catavina is on a high plateau – about 1800 feet – and is desert. There are a few cows wandering, but they are pretty gaunt. I can’t for the life of me see what they eat. There are many desert plants, cactus and the like, but I don’t think it’s cattle food.
After Sissie and Barb fed us, we had a bonfire and a sing along. Don, the group leader, is a pretty good guitarist, but most of us aren’t very good singers, and trying to find music we all know is tough, but it was a blast. Besides, it’s a really good way to get to know our tour mates.
Since we are high on the plateau, and there’s no towns or cities around, and the sky was dead clear, we really could see how many stars there are. Managed to find the Big Dipper, and the North Star, but no astronomers among us. The moon is only at about half, but it just lit up the desert! Really pretty. I think on the way back we’ll pass through here. If we do, it should be about full moon. Can’t wait to see it!