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Old 25th June 2024, 00:17   #1
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A weekend in Baja California, Mexico

It has been on the back of my mind to go explore parts of Mexico on my Motorcycle. I see lots of people ride all over Mexico, but almost all the people I know would not want to venture here. I have been learning Español for 4 years now, I can certainly manage that aspect. So last week, I bought Mexico insurance for the weekend, and a hotel reservation at a random town that was after a 5 hour ride. It was a solo to San Quintin. I did not have the nerve to do much off roading, I mostly stuck to the highway.

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Crossing the border into Mexico is rather eventless. You get the last US exit, you miss it - you are in Mexico. Lots of officials, lots of boards, but one cant make a U turn here.

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Unexpected issues I faced. My mobile network warning about roaming, constantly quit navigating. I had to resort to listening to instructions through the helmet speakers. I never do this, and I had set the preference to Indian English, so she was butchering the Spanish names of streets so bad, that I could not understand a single word. I was lost in Tijuana. I pulled over, memorized the streets, put it in Airplane mode, and then got on the scenic highway. Gorgeous views.

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The Tijuana- Ensenada highway is a toll road that is simply gorgeous. 110kmph, with ample warning signs for everything.

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The driving culture of Mexicans is mind blowing. I did not hear a single honk for the entire two days. The streets of Tijuana, and Ensanada are jam packed. The traffic is insane and it barely moves. Lots of streets have 4 way stop signs. Everyone takes turns to cross. It is heart warming to see a 18 wheeler stop for a grandma and her grand child to cross a highway at a zebra crossing/pedestrian crossing. Bigger towns have over bridges, and I saw lots of people using them. They had stairs and no elevators.

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La comida - the food. I have a thing for good mexican food. I can have them make it exactly the way I am going to love it. I watched the Mexico Jamaica Copa America match as I ate my dinner.

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The roads south of Ensenada do not have tolls, lots of really small towns here. There are lots of vineyards and wineries here.

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I am going to use these pictures to see if anyone else wants to go with me the next time I decide to ride south of the border. I did check out a couple highrise condos with ocean views. They are like $600K USD, not really a deal, but it goes to say how much of a demand ocean views have. If you cant see it, I was grinning from ear to ear the whole time.

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Closing with a panoramic picture.

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Old 25th June 2024, 09:51   #2
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Wow brother. Trips like these are an inspiration. I am going on a road trip on my motorbike this weekend. Hope I am able to capture the trip on camera as well as you did.
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Wow... Simply Wow!
The last two pictures reminded me of the closing scenes of my favorite movie ' The Shawshank Redemption '

Cheers.
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Old 25th June 2024, 16:44   #4
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Re: A weekend in Baja California, Mexico

Wow, that's amazing. I had an invitation from a Canadian friend to visit Acapulco, Mexico in Feb this year to attend the annual Anarchapulco festival. Domestic engagements kept me busy and thus an opportunity was lost..

Mexico appears great to Motorcycle riders. Will plan a trip to Mexico, rent a motorcycle and explore the country.
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Old 25th June 2024, 18:01   #5
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Mexico appears great to Motorcycle riders. Will plan a trip to Mexico, rent a motorcycle and explore the country.
I have seen rentals in Mexico city. Nothing in these parts of Baja. There are tours and rentals in USA who take people down to Baja. I am sure you can do some digging on the internet to find what you want.

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Re: A weekend in Baja California, Mexico

Beautiful! Any offroading possible on the iconic Baja routes? Also, since you mentioned food - how much better it is than the Tex-Mex we get in the USA?
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Old 26th June 2024, 08:53   #7
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Beautiful! Any offroading possible on the iconic Baja routes? Also, since you mentioned food - how much better it is than the Tex-Mex we get in the USA?
I did see many groups going off road. I didn't plan any routes. As I was solo, I didn't venture too far off road. I have a moto jack to pickup my bike, but didn't want to test it.

Yeah mex food in Austin and San Diego is pretty good. The best fancy mex food I have had is Mexico City. Baja is alright, nicer places are expensive as there are lots of Americans visiting. I am not a fan of seafood, which is supposedly good in Baja.
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