12/08/10-We just updated the stats and have reached some serious milestones! We
have bicycled over 5000 miles, climbed 40 vertical miles, pedaled an estimated 2
million times and Devon has been stung by nine, yeah nine, bees. The rest of the
day we spent snorkeling in the Sea of Cortez. First we jumped in with a whale shark.
Being in the water with a fifteen foot long, four thousand pound beast was an incredible
experience. When it turned its two foot wide mouth to face Jess and gave her a little
nudge it was no comfort that this was a filter feeder. Then we headed to a sea lion
colony. At times there were up to six of the acrobatic playful creatures swimming
circles around us. All in all it was a wonderful first snorkeling experience and
we look forward to posting a video of the adventure soon!
12/07/10-The final leg of Baja was amazing. We spent a rest day in Loreto, the
oldest human settlement on the peninsula and former center of local government. The
polychromatic cemetery was in stark contrast to the anglo-saxon style. After that
we finished the final five days of riding, which included an afternoon spent with
some local ranchers who allowed us to trade in our brooks saddles for a more traditional
one. Following that we booked it to La Paz where we are hanging out for a few days
before catching a cargo ferry to the mainland. Check out the photo album Adios Baja!
12/01/10-Our latest photo album, Dust and Sand, covers our trip from Guerrero Negro
on the west coast of the peninsula to the picturesque beaches south of Mulege.
12/01/10-Five months on the road and we are coming to the end of Baja. After spending
a night on the beach south of Mulege we had a long day that left us camping in a
windy cow pasture 40 km north of Loreto, Baja’s oldest human settlement. The city
is beautiful and piping with life. We’ve spent a day resting up before we had back
into the desert for our final stretch of Baja. Water and food will once again be
scarce. Luckily our hotel has a grill which we have put to full use fattening ourselves
up in anticipation. While you await our next post take the time to read our latest
book reviews on “Revenge of the Whale” and “On the Road.”
11/26/10-Over the past few days we have crossed the peninsula, arriving at the Sea
of Cortez. The first half of the trip was spectacularly easy. It was flat with
a ton of tailwind propelling us across broad stretches of barren desert. After two
days we arrived at the oasis of San Ignacio. The lagoon tucked in a low ravine supports
massive groves of date palms surrounding a quaint mission town. We spent an afternoon
in the town square and then a night surrounded by the palms. The final day to the
coast we experienced the other side of the convection air currents that helped us
the previous two days. Winds gusting up to 30 mph from the northeast slowed our
progress to a crawl as we crossed a flat twenty mile stretch to the shadow of Volcan
Tres Virgenes. At one point one of our companions was blown off of the edge of the
road! Today we will be heading south down the coastline from Santa Rosalia to near
11/22/10-Whizzz!! This Internet connection is great! We have uploaded our pictures
from the desert. Check out the album Desert Solitaire for pictures of overturned
semis, cacti filled horizons and much more. We are going to explore Guerrero Negro
today, pick up some supplies, wash some clothes and maybe make it out to the salt
flats. Look for more updates tonight.
11/21/10-Welcome to Baja California Sur! After several days in the desert we have
made it to the booming town of Guerrero Negro, just south of the 28th parallel. With
16,000 people it is a welcome change from the remoteness of the central peninsula
where we carried more than a days worth of water at a time and found that the dots
on our map represented little more than a single family running a combination restaurant/tire
shop. Still, the scenery was incredible! For now here are our pictures covering
the dusty towns from Ensenada to San Quintin.
11/15/10-After 6 hot days of riding we are taking a rest day in San Quintin, which
is still in the Northern section of Baja. Our sleep schedule is right in cue with
the sun. Even on our rest day we only managed to sleep in until 6AM. We’ve tried
to get most of our miles in before the heat of the day but with the dust, road debris
and narrow lanes it is hard to make good speed. On the plus side, frequent taco
stands offer cheap fresh snacks. We have one more day or riding before we head into
the central desert of the peninsula, and presumably out of contact for a few days.
11/12/10-Success! We uploaded our first round of pictures from Mexico. Enjoy,
we are heading into a much more remote part of Baja next so it may be awhile before
we get any updates in. Tijuana to Ensenada
11/12/10-One hundred miles into Mexico and we are already seeing beautiful sights!
We took a side trip to the peninsula south of Ensenada to check out La Bufadora.
After climbing for several kilometers we glided downhill to a 30 meter blowhole!
Pictures to come once we find a strong internet connection.
11/10/10-We just ran the numbers this morning and we have topped 4000 miles and
30 miles of vertical climbing for the trip! Statistics
11/9/10-Welcome to Mexico! Today we rode from San Diego to Rosarito, Mexico. This
was a last minute decision that worked out perfectly. Our original plan was to cross
into Mexico through Tecate. We were about to turn inland to Tecate but the taste
of Mexico was too close to pass up crossing the border today. Our cycling friends
made the trek the day before and were waiting for us in Rosarito with a place to
stay. Trusting their judgement and route we turned south. As we approached the border
a cyclist approached us. His name was Jose and he provided us with the confidence
we needed to breeze through customs. Jose works for the “Club Sierra” of Tijuana,
which is currently focusing on bicycling advocacy. We’ve put together a farewell
album of photos from Venice, CA to the Mexican Border.
11/8/10-We just got back to San Diego after a weeklong whirlwind trip back to Texas.
It was wonderful to see all of our friends and family at this point in the journey.
Tomorrow we will be heading to the border and into Mexico for our next leg of the
11/5/10-Check out Jess’s review of The Corner Cafe in Los Olivos California!
10/17/10-Southern California is rolling by as we make our way to LA. We enjoyed
the fall spirit at the Pumpkin weighing contest in Half Moon Bay, and were hosted
by fellow touring cyclists in Santa Cruz and San Luis Obispo. In between we checked
out the Monterey Bay Aquarium and braved the foggy cliff sides of Big Sur. We are
currently in Santa Maria, smack in the middle of strawberry country. Our laptop
has become pretty decrepit over the past week but we will try to continue posting
until we are able to replace it. Till then enjoy Jess’s latest post on the Warm
Showers hospitality site which has really made this part of the trip special!
10/08/10-We are having a great time here in SF seeing old friends and getting super
soft. Getting back on the road in a couple of days may be a bit trying. Jess put
in some time this morning writing up some food reviews for The Mendocino Cookie Company
and others while I finally posted a review for The Catcher in the Rye.
10/05/10-Two days ago we relocated to San Francisco for another few days of resting
and seeing old friends. Crossing over the Golden Gate bridge and bringing the trip
home to where we first got this crazy idea felt great!
San Francisco to La Paz, Mexico 10/02/10 - 12/08/10