Airing up after the bumpiness. I ran my tires at 25psi and kept it under 40. No issues and a much better ride. I have 33" BFG's.
Back onto hwy 1. We popped out on the main highway just South of Catavina. This is a significant savings in both miles and safety. The dirt is the new way to go for me. I'd much rather be doing 10mph on a barely traveled road than going 60mph in the crowded and sometimes crazy areas near the border.
Next night was spent on the beach at Santispac. Nice place, kind of crowded though. We were planning on being here a few days. I was going to find Deminimis who was supposed to be near by. Unfortunately I got outvoted the next morning. It seems the boys were tired of traveling and setting up cots and wanted to bee line it to Los Barriles.
A picture of the cast of characters in the morning sun.
We made it to La Paz. We had not planned to stop in La Paz, but had to because we still needed tourist visas. Although many attempts were made to get the visas on the way down it just wasn't in the cards. It took more than 6 hours to get the visas done in La Paz. Dealing with the Mexican bureaucracy is not fun.
Aaaah morning in Los Barriles. We arrived late the previous night. Drove the hour from La Paz to Los Barriles in the dark. A no no in Mexico to drive at night, but we took it slow and it worked out fine.
One of my favorite pictures from the trip. Nothing like some of the shots I've seem on this forum, some of you guys can really shoot photos.
This is home for the next week or so. It's a small retirement community where Mom lives. Beautiful place, very safe and friendly.
This should soon be my place. If all goes according to plan I'll be living here this winter. Time to scale waaaaaaay down and retire early.
One of the main reasons for being in Baja is kitesurfing. I discovered Baja many years ago with windsurfing and haven't been able to stay away since.
I'm not very good yet, but definitely see the fun potential. I'm hoping that the kitesurfing will be a life changing experience for me much like windsurfing was in the past.
Another sunrise shot from Mothers front porch.
We had great family time down there in Baja. Played a lot of card games in the evenings. This is what it looks like under the card table.
Some friends went out to catch some humboldt squid for bait. My brother was fascinated.
There was another 4x4 van in town. This guy uses his van to launch his boat on the beach. Didn't work out so well this day. He got stuck in the sand but was quickly winched out. Isn't the aluminum steer head cool?
Vacation coming to an and. Time to head back. There really is some beautiful scenery on Mex 1.
Military checkpoint. There are many of these on the main road and even a couple on the dirt. The soldiers are looking for drugs and guns. They are always very polite and efficient. They checked me thoroughly a few times on the way out since I was in the van solo. It was just my Mom and Brother and myself in two cars for the way home.
Back on the dirt road. Had one minor problem this time. The tire rack support broke loose. Not a big deal, I was able to tie it down for the remainder of the trip. It's a design flaw that's already been repaired. I also learned it's ok to air down the trailer too. The trip over beat some trailer contents up pretty good. I had 18psi in the trailer tires for the home trip, much better.
Camped on this rock beach on the way out. We had to drive down a fairly rough road to get to the bottom. Mom said "are you sure my van can get back out of there"? Oh Mom you worry too much, you will drive back up that easy as pie.
OOps!! Toyota Siennas don't 4wheel very well. Sorry Mom. No harm done, just winched it out with the Manfort.
So we finished the dirt road. Airing up near the highway and look who comes along. It's Mr and Mrs Scatter. There aren't many Sportsmobiles out there, but we sure do notice each other and try to stop.
Trips over. Had to wait in line for a few hours in Mexicali. Next time I'll try crossing at the truck border. After the crossing, only 6 hours to home.
Hope you enjoyed it, Tom.