EL TOUR DE BAJA- DAY ONE
Start time: 9:23 am
Distance: 75 miles
Average Speed: 15.9 mph
Ride Time: 4 hours 42 min
Total Ascent: 3920 feet
Average Temperature: 76 F
Tecate to Ensenada
Cereal for breakfast set the stage for a beautiful morning ahead. We said our good bye to the camp dogs and departed towards the border.
The road conditions were fairly good. A few minutes across the border and we were reminded of the friendly nature of the Latin people. All of the cars and trucks gave us plenty of space to ride on the narrow two way highway, only two truckers made a pass that was too close for comfort. We had never been so close to a truck with nowhere to go. Most of the locals we passed smiled and waved. Some wished us good luck as we rode by.
We made one water stop at a local tienda and another stop to watch Julio fix his first international flat, it was a success, for the first time Shawn was not assisting Julio during a flat repair. No tears were shed.
Bicyclist are not allowed on the federal highways in Mexico
though they are actually safer then the secondary roads.
Finally, after 75 miles we arrived at the ocean front campground that Natasha and Claire had found for us.
Beef and veggie burgers were served for dinner; we had grilled onions, salad, chips, salsa, and cookies for dessert.
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