Originally Posted by twogone
It appears that you had the place almost entirely to yourself wherever you went.
Well, it's my passion
and I try hard to achieve that solitude. I spent plenty of time before my trip studying maps and the internet -- researching the most interesting outback locations to investigate.
Sure, there are plenty of places Baja you can go to that are loaded with tourists. Tijuana, Ensenada, and much of the northwest coast. Cabo San Lucas. Loreto. San Felipe. These places are an easy flight or drive from the US, and are full of Americans. You can get away from English speakers but still be surrounded by people in La Paz (very nice) or the border towns up north (not as nice).
But, get away from those towns, and drive more than an hour off pavement -- and you usually have the whole place to yourself.
Fuel -- Yes, there are a decent number of gas stations in Baja, but it pays to be prudent not let your tank get too low. I haven't had a problem with running out of fuel, especially with my larger 47-gallon TransferFlow tank. Gas stations are sometimes inexplicably closed, but there's often someone in town unofficially selling gas from containers. (I haven't had to buy from these guys yet.)
Speaking Spanish -- on this trip, I spoke to only two people other than what was required at gas stations, military inspection points, and border crossings: A friendly local fisherman at Estero Delgadito, and the guy guarding the road to the San Cosme hot springs. Well, I did also order tacos & beer a few times
I'd say the biggest obstacle to enjoying a trip like this is making sure you're really up for driving all day on van-shaking washboard or rocky roads. It is tiring, especially with the Sportsmobile's stiff suspension & big solid axles. Loud & dusty. You've really got to love it to make it worthwhile.