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2017 BAJA EXPEDITION #5: Central Baja (Guerrero Negro-San Ignacio-Bahía Tortugas, and more!)

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  1. Jun 9, 2017 at 10:19 AM
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    From Day 6: A Peninsular Pronghorn


    I will post notes and photos until all 7 days are here, until then, please return to see additions. Link back to TRIP #4: https://www.tacomaworld.com/threads...idad-san-quintin-remote-pacific-roads.488412/

    TRIP 5 DAY 1:

    My fifth research trip for the Baja Bound Map/Guide ran from June 2-June 8. I crossed south at Tijuana and drove to Mission San Fernando where I camped near the petroglyphs, on the cliff, west of the mission.

    At San Ysidro, I converted dollars to pesos and the rate was 17.80 pesos: dollar. The border was a bit of a mess as the left lane had to merge into others at the final curve near the crossing.

    The three tolls to Ensenada were (in dollars) 1.80, 1.80, 1.95.

    On the way south, at Km. 88.5 south of Ensenada, I popped over to see if the gate for Mission San Vicente (1780) was open (it had been closed on previous trips since my last time on the site in 2000 or flying over by helicopter in 2014). It was open, and the caretaker (Samuel) was there at the museum, 1 km. from the highway.

    At El Rosario, I filled up the tank (16.02/liter) and my Tacoma was getting 17.8 mpg for the 280 miles since my fill up near home. Antonio ('BajaCactus') was getting a newly acquired (for the Desert Hawks Rescue Service) 4x4 Isuzu Trooper repaired and I did not see him this day. Isela told me where to look for him but I missed making contact. I did see the Hugo Lopez' rebuilt 'Tacos Misión' restaurant (about Km. 59.5) was open and had lunch there. Hugo has begun painting again! The first El Rosario mission (1774) is nearby, uphill from the highway on a concrete street, about Km. 58.5.

    On south, the drive was easy, only a few holes in the highway (it gets worse further south). I take the old main Baja road shortcut to reach Mission San Fernando de Velicatá (1769). The old road is at Km. 118.5. It is easier to just go on to Km. 121+ at the abandoned El Progreso restaurant and go the 2.3 miles to the mission.

    A cattle control gate now must be opened (and closed) 1.1 miles before the mission. No humans were beyond, but a family of cattle greeted me at my camp later!

    I also went past the cliff to see the pila (reservoir, made for the mission) and an abandoned ranch, just past. Of all the times I have visited the petroglyphs here (1974, 1975, 2000, 2003, 2005), I have never gone beyond to see the reservoir.

    OK today's photos:

    Mission San Vicente Ferrer, 1780
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    The above two from inside the museum.

    Hugo's latest, at Tacos Misión Restaurant, El Rosario:

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    Looking down on Hugo's mission table:

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    Mission San Fernando de Velicatá, 1769:

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    Aqueduct and Reservoir, 0.9 mile west of mission:

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    Petroglyphs, including the 'galleon', 0.7 mi west of the mission:

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    In the morning I take more photos with the sun on the cliff, see tomorrow's post. I set up camp nearby...

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    Stay Tuned for Day 2 (Saturday June 3)...
     
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  2. Jun 9, 2017 at 11:09 AM
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    Here's a quick map of Baja with where I ended each day. Day 7 was the drive home from El Rosario.

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    Day 1 San Diego-Mission San Fernando, about 40 miles beyond El Rosario.
    Day 2 San Fernando-near El Barril.
    Day 3 El Barril to San Ignacio (via San Francisco de la Sierra)
    Day 4 San Ignacio-Bahía Asuncion.
    Day 5 Bahía Asuncion-Bahía Tortugas + and back to Asuncion.
    Day 6 Asuncion to El Rosario
    Day 7 El Rosario-San Diego via Tecate
     
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    Day 2 ...

    I had a very nice, quiet sleep... once the cattle moved on. Just as it was getting dark, a bull with his cows and several young calves came to munch on the shrubs by my tent.

    I had an easy drive south to Guerrero Negro. The highway has a few holes south of El Progreso becoming more numerous nearing Cataviña, but not as terrible as in the past. You can see a lot of patch work. Where it got really annoying was south of Laguna Chapala and very bad the final few miles before the L.A. Bay Junction. South of there, it was pretty good sailing with a few holes until south of Villa Jesus María where more pot holes awaited. Once across the state border, no more holes in the highway that I noticed... until taking the road to Punta Abreojos (more on that later).

    I took a side trip west of the highway to the Sarafan Sand Dunes (this was the name that Jim Hunter gave them in his 1977 book, Offbeat Baja). The edge of the dunes is just 1/2 mile from the highway at Km. 121.5. A road just north, I took first, crosses the dunes and heads across the flatlands to the south shore of Laguna Manuela.

    With all the chatter about the 'other way' into Guerrero Negro, I had to see it for the first time. The road just goes around the west end of the Guerrero Negro airport runway, beginning at Km. 124.5 as the paved airport road. Beyond the airport entrance (all military looking) the road becomes a wide, graded road. When my GPS indicated I was at 28° latitude (the border), I took a photo. I also took photos at the other two, dirt road border crossings, to the east.

    I saw a car with the hood open out on a dirt road just east and a man was walking towards me from it... A young guy whose battery was dead. Why he was there, north of town, with a bad battery is anyone's guess. I jumped the battery and waited until he was on the wide road and heading south to town. Good karma for my taking the backroad into Guerrero Negro this day! He would be the first of three hombres I would assist on this trip.

    The airport back road comes into town near the bank and almost to the old harbor road. I drove through town and topped my gas tank there.

    Magna gas in Baja Sur was 16.40 pesos per liter, which made the cost close to $3.50/gallon at the 17.80/dollar exchange (which is what I got at the border). Stations are giving 16.50-17.00 pesos per dollar south of Ensenada if you are using dollars... and that makes the cost as much as $3.76/gallon.

    I headed for El Arco, back across the border, and back into Pacific Time Zone. The El Arco "highway" (Mexico #18) is at Km. 189 for southbound traffic and 188.5 if northbound. There is a big Y, like the way the L.A. Bay highway meets Hwy. 1.

    Once paved (in the mid-late 1970s), the asphalt is now gone, but the roadbed was quite good. This was not the case when I last drove this very road in 1983. The pavement was all broken up and full of holes (even worse that the northern half of the Punta Abreojos highway now).

    El Arco was once a major gold mine center from the 1930s. It was also on the old main road to La Paz. Copper was discovered and the town hoped for new prosperity in the early 1970s. That copper mine plan was never developed. There are some modular 'homes' up on the hill to the southeast of town. Perhaps they belonged to the new mine engineers?

    Guerrero Negro didn't exist before the late 1950s. When the Transpeninsular Highway was surveyed and built in central Baja, in 1973, poor El Arco was bypassed in favor of Guerrero Negro. Not to totally dismiss the town, it got a paved highway off the new road. A major military base was located there, too.

    The road is 25 miles from Highway 1 to El Arco at a fork by the abandoned military base. The right fork is signed for Santa Gertrudis and again for Vizcaino (the old main road). It passes a church, and the entire town except for a ranch now is abandoned. The left fork passes the ranch and leaves town for Pozo Aleman, Piedra Blanca, El Barril and Punta San Francisquito.

    I will take a break and post photos to this point...

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    Petroglyph cliff, near Mission San Fernando

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    Pertos as seen from the road.

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    Big cardón by the cliff.

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    See the three vultures having a sunbath?

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    Mission San Fernando, in the morning. The petroglyph cliff is the light-color rockface, to the right of the palms, in the distant background.

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    Edge of the dune field. The sun was just poking through the June Gloom and lit a part of the dunes.

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    State border on the Guerrero Negro airport road. Looking south.

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    State border on the El Arco road. Looking south.

    In El Arco:

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    El Arco church.

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    Display ore cart by church.

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    See the 'mine hole' in the bottom of that cliff? That was a storage area for dynamite and doubled as a jail... no smoking! :eek::biggrin:

    To be continued...
     
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    From El Arco, it is just 2.3 miles to the Pozo Aleman road (to the left 1/4 mi, passing a graveyard).

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    Pozo Aleman was a gold mine that operated around 110 years ago. The miners lived underground to escape the heat.

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    I headed on eastward for El Barril, a fishing town on the Gulf of California coast, made famous in the 1960s when it was just a ranch, in the adventure books by famous author and Perry Mason creator, Erle Stanley Gardner.

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    Boojum tree with Ball Moss

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    Top of the now concrete paved grade, Cuesta de la Ley. The Gulf of California is in the distance. This is 27.4 miles from El Arco.

    More to come!
     
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  5. Jun 9, 2017 at 9:02 PM
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    The Ybarra House in El Barril... The seaside port for supplies to the gold mines. There may be a pearling connection and I know that Choral Pepper thought there may be a Mormon connection (from when the Mormons were moving to Utah and had to get around government blockades). I will research that story again, it has been some years.

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    After looking around mostly deserted El Arco, my next stop was Pozo Aleman, a most interesting ghost town where some miners lived underground. I wrote about its history for Baja Bound a while ago... https://www.bajabound.com/bajaadventures/bajatravel/pozo_aleman.php

    There is a modern ranch house there, but nobody has been home my last couple of visits.

    On to the east on a very good dirt road, perhaps one of the best long stretches of graded road in Baja?

    I passed by the road to the giant painted cave trailhead (see https://www.bajabound.com/bajaadventures/bajatravel/painted_cave_of_el_carmen.php ) and note where El Camino Real crosses (the north direction has become an auto road to Rancho La Unión).

    The shortcut road to Hwy 1 if southbound (via Guillermo Prieto) is noted (I will be using this road tomorrow) and I stop at Rancho Piedra Blanca where a motorcycle group is, getting gasoline. Piedra Blanca is both a cattle ranch and a guest ranch with cabins and meals available. See their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Rancho-Piedra-Blanca-117528994938225/

    As I saw last September on my Baja Extreme 2016 tour, the Cuesta de la Ley (The Grade that Rules) is now concrete. Once at the bottom the speed was back up. Rancho El Progreso is passed (no activity was seen) and the T-junction where the road to Bahía de los Angeles goes left and the road east turns right. Just 1/4 mile to the right is the Road south passing Rancho Escondido (closed) and going to El Barril. The road straight continues east to Punta San Francisquito. See my TRIP #1 for details.

    El Barril is a small town with power poles and wires all over! I soon learn from a local that they had a generator for the town. When it broke down, nobody could fix it. Instead, they all have solar panels on their homes, now!!!

    There is a brick, two + story building on the cliff, with some interesting stories behind it. It is sometimes known as the Ybarra House, named after the mining company that brought supplies in from Sonora to El Barril for the Calmalli (and Pozo Aleman) area mines.

    My friends asked me to go to Rancho Ilusión, being so near El Barril and ask the owner about future gates on the No Whimps Trail (the track that goes south along the coast via Los Corrales to Rancho La Trinidad and meets the road from San Ignacio via Santa Marta).

    I end up camping in a sandy arroyo about a mile from La Ilusión. It was a perfect spot, no bugs, no cows, perfect!

    End of DAY 2.

    More Day 2 Photos:

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    Church at El Barril

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    One of the fancier cattle control gates. If they are not signed to keep out or locked, then proceed through and close behind you.

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    This was the nicest camping spot... a mile from Rancho Ilusion (3 miles from El Barril).

    I camp simply with my tailgate used for a table where my Coleman propane stove goes and my water container for wash up/ tooth brushing.
    The tent is a Coleman Instant Tent and it is really instant! Inside is an air mattress with a built-in electric pump. The 110v outlet in the Tacoma bed is the power... I have an extension cord if my truck isn't next to the tent. My other furniture is a camp chair. In the truck, are two plastic tubs. One is for the camping gear and the other is for food and kitchen gear. My sleeping bag, pillow, and snacks are in the cab of the truck. I have a battery powered LED lantern and small flashlights for the dark nights. I bring a few quick light fire logs for an easy campfire start up. I was so relaxed here, I didn't even have a campfire... It was nice, not cold at all.
     
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    Okay amigos... more...

    I get into posting photos and captions for the photos and forget the notes I write down, so let me catch up here...

    Highway 1 to Punta San Francisquito/ El Barril Mileage Log:

    Hwy. 1 to El Arco (fork in road near military base) is 24.8 mi.
    El Arco to Pozo Aleman road is 2.3 mi
    Pozo Aleman road to the El Camino Real crossing is 9.6 mi
    E.C.R. to Guillermo Prieto shortcut road is 3.6 mi
    Guillermo P. (& Mission Sta Gertrudis) shortcut to Piedra Blanca is 1.7 mi
    Rancho Piedra Blanca to top of Cuesta de la Ley concrete grade is 10.3 mi
    Top of grade to L.A. Bay road left is 8.1 mi
    L.A. Bay road to El Barril road right is 0.3 mi (faded sign for Rancho Escondido here)
    El Barril is 8.8 mi south and Punta San Francisquito is 12 miles east.


    Total Hwy. 1 to El Barril is 69.5 mi
    ... or to PSFO is 72.7 mi

    The road is almost all very good, graded road with many sections safely allowing 45-50 mph (Toyota Tacoma, Bilstein 5100 shocks)


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    DAY 3 (Sun. June 4, 2017)

    Easy camp take-down on a beautiful morning. I head on east on the road, in the arroyo. The graded road between El Barril and Ilusión is reached 3.4 miles from Ilusión and the El Barril road junction is in just 0.4 mi.

    At Mile 8.5 from the above junction is the San Francisquito-El Arco road and the time is 8:02 am Pacific Time. I make notes on the various road points driving back west. Rancho Piedra Blanca is reached at 8:42 am.The Guillermo Prieto road fork (unmarked) is in the arroyo plain where the El Arco road climbs up, on the west side. It is 1.7 mi from Piedra Blanca (8:46 am).

    The road crosses the wide Arroyo Purificación and with all the rain this past winter, the road is very sandy at the crossing. If you don't have 4WD, then get your speed up, momentum is your friend in 2WD. On the south side of the crossing is a big hill the road climbs over, and once again the recent wet weather has made an easy hill a bit slower and there is a detour route around a real rocky section of the old graded road where the fill dirt has washed out leaving big rocks exposed. The detour road is short but slow.

    Other than the wash and hill (both together at the very north end of the Guillermo Prieto cut across route) this is a fast and easy road between Vizcaino and Punta San Francisquito or to reach Mission Santa Gertrudis.

    If you are in a heavy rig, camper, or towing, perhaps better to not use the northern section until the grader goes over it again?

    Where the road crosses El Camino Real is easy to spot on Google Earth, but I spent a half hour walking the desert on both sides of the road looking for some sign of the ancient highway that here dates back to 1759 when San Borja da Adac was made a visita of Mission Santa Gertrudis.

    11.9 miles from the San Francisquito road, I reach the intersection with the road between El Arco and Santa Gertrudis. Straight across is the road to Guillermo Prieto and Vizcaino. I turn left (east) to visit the mission. It is 9:43 am (includes the 30-minute walkabout looking for El Camino Real.

    Rancho Miraflores (made famous in Graham Mackintosh's second book, Journey with a Baja Burro) is just a kilometer away and the road circles around it to the north side. Another ranch (Guadalupe) is 4.6 miles past Miraflores. The road to the mission is 10.9 miles long and fast for 7 of those miles with the last 4 very rocky (again from the floods of this past winter).

    The oasis at the mission is a beautiful site. A village was once here, but now, just two people inhabit the mission area other than the ranches. One is named Francisco and he is in charge of the mission grounds and museum there. My past visit here found the mission locked, so it was with great pleasure to see the door open. After photos inside and out of the mission and its remote bell tower, Francisco opened the museum for me. It is small but has a library (mostly with books for children and National Geographic magazines). I thanked Francisco and left a donation. This corner of historic Baja California receives little attention from either tourists or government.
    I was at Santa Gertrudis from 10:15-11:00 am.

    Back at the Guillermo Prieto intersection at 11:32 am and turned south. The state border between Baja California and Baja California Sur is 2.5 miles away. A cattle control gate is just a few feet north of the invisible border line. The clock goes from 11:44 am to 12:44 pm as I enter Mountain Time Zone.

    To Be Continued...

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    Photos along the road from El Barril back west and then south to Mission Santa Gertrudis and to the state border...

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    Cuesta de la Ley concrete grade as seen from the east.

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    Fast road

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    Great truck

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    Beautiful country

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    Shortcut road crosses Arroyo Purificació. The only deep sand of the entire shortcut road.

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    Santa Gertrudis oasis comes into view.

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    Mission Santa Gertrudis, 1752-1822

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    Looking straight up.

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    Founded by the Jesuits in 1752, the mission consisted of adobe rooms until the Dominicans were given charge of the Baja California missions and constructed the stone churches here, at San Borja and completed the San Ignacio stone mission church.

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    Correct if we deduct the hour added for Daylight Savings, it was about 9:45 Standard time/ 10:45 Daylight time.
     
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    Santa Gertrudis is the only mission in Baja with a remote bell tower... note the mission in the distance.

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    The museum at Santa Gertrudis.

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    I leave Santa Gertrudis at 11 am and returned back to the Guillermo Prieto intersection (10.9 mi west). A couple miles from the mission, El Camino Real can be seen going up the hillside, heading for San Borja, three days ride to the north...

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    Cattle fence, just a hundred feet or so north of the border with Baja California Sur, 28° North Latitude.

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    Per my GPS, the state border, and change to Mountain Time Zone. 11:44 am to 12:44 pm.

    To be continued...
     
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    Afternoon of Day 3...

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    Now inside the state of Baja California Sur heading south on a great road.

    I arrive in the center of Guillermo Prieto, 13.3 miles south of the Santa Gertrudis/ El Arco intersection, at 1:06 and take 10 minutes to make a PB&J sandwich. The town was abandoned long ago but the playground equipment at the school remains. One home has become a ranch.

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    Curve to the right to pass clean through Guillermo Prieto (Dark William).

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    One kilometer (0.6 mi) south of 'downtown' Guillermo Prieto the southbound road comes to a T junction. To the right (west) is the road to Hwy. 1 and Vizcaino, San Ignacio, etc. To the left, is a huge farm and on the other side, and old ranch called Prosperidad and an old road south to San Pablo Canyon. In the canyon is a major mission visita ruin, one that had many in the past believe it was a "lost mission" of Dolores del Norte! Baja Nomads (XR Phil, Kevin in Oklahoma and others) have been down this road so I went to see how far I could get...

    Stay tuned!!!

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    The mileages I penciled in are from my 2012 trip. My new figures are just a bit under these (13.9 vs 14.2 and 11.8 vs. 11.9) for the two section north of and southbound from Guillermo Prieto.
     
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    Just 0.6 mile south of 'downtown' Guillermo Prieto is the T junction. We always go west here for Hwy. 1, Vizcaino, etc. This time, I turned east to see how far into San Pablo Canyon the road went. There is a big farm just east and there is a road around the north side of it.

    0.0 T junction (0.6 mi south of Guillermo Prieto and 11.8 mi northeast of Km. 154.5 on Hwy. 1)
    1.5 Big Farm Entrance, cattle guard, turn left outside entrance.
    1.8 Fork, go left. Road soon bends east and follows farm fence line.
    3.5 Northeast corner of farm, the road bends to the southeast and leaves the edge of the farm.
    4.6 Cattle gate, pass through closing behind you.
    4.9 Prosperidad brick building on a knoll to right and active ranch off to left. The road turns south from the brick building.
    5.6 Cattle gate.
    5.8 Cattle gate.
    The road is an old-old roadbed perhaps made by the French Boleo Copper Mine company.
    8.4 Locked gate at the entrance to San Pablo Canyon.

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    Near the northeast corner of the big farm.


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    Prosperidad, north-east side.

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    Prosperidad, south side.

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    Sign just west of Prosperidad.

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    Old-old road southbound from Prosperidad.

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    Entrance of San Pablo Canyon. The locked gate was just ahead.

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    The dramatic mountainside, northwest corner of San Pablo Canyon entrance.

    Coming up next: San Francisco de la Sierra!
     
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    Baja Nomad 'Geoffff' was here in 2014 with his 4WD van and took close up photos of the brick building. There is a date above the doorway, too. Here is Geoffff's photo page of that part of Baja:

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    The year was 1916 and he uses the name "La Casona" for the building.
    'La Casona' translates to 'Big House' or 'Villa'.
     
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    Day 3, late afternoon, San Francisco de la Sierra

    Baja California is sometimes called 'a thousand miles of fun'.
    In fact, it is not only a thousand miles from north to south on the highway, but when you add all the criss-cross and other roads I hope to travel in 2017, it seems like a million miles!
    I have already logged over 7,000 Baja miles on the five mapping trips this year!

    With a goal of getting as many roads and interesting sites as you Baja Nomads and Tacoma World guys like to read about documented, I made the run up to San Francisco de la Sierra before resting for the day.

    The paved road up the mountain is at Km. 117+, about 17 miles south of Vizcaíno, on Hwy. 1. It was about 3:30 when I headed up. In just 0.5 mi the old main road between Ensenada and La Paz is crossed. A farm (El Porvenir) is on the south side but you can look north over its route...

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    This was the road my folks and I drove over in 1966. A year later, it would become the Mexican (and Baja) 1000 race course for several years!

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    The road soon begins a steep climb up the sierra. Free range goats begin to appear and beautiful vistas of the big canyons on each side of this ridgeline road are hard to not stop and take in.

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    Looking back down. That's the Sierra Santa Clara, in the distance.

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    Old and new... the highway circles around near the top edge of the canyon while ancient trails, such as El Camino Real, are carved into the canyon sides.

    The pavement comes to an end after Km. 29, 18.3 miles from Hwy. 1. There are still 4.3 miles to the village.. and they are slow, scary for some, miles.

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    Three miles from the end of pavement is the entrance to Cueva El Ratón. Locked entrance. A minor cave when compared to the others in the canyon below. Because it is easily reached, without a mule ride, it sees many tourists.

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    San Pablo Canyon (the upper end of where I was at earlier today).

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    Looking down, from the road!

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    3.7 miles from the pavement and 0.6 before the village is this hostel, named after the first Arce in Baja California, Buenaventura.

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    Dining area. Machaca is the main dish.

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    Each cabin has two singles and a bunkbed, plus bathroom.

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    Cost is 200 pesos per person (=$11.24 at this time). Ramón is the manager.

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    The end of the road at Rancho San Francisco. It is 4:30 and the elevation is over 3,640 feet.

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    Ancient walls that the villagers told Choral Pepper in the 1960s were the remains of 'Mission Dolores', as that was what they believed.
    Actually, San Francisco was a mission ranch station attached to San Ignacio. Dolores del Norte was the proposed name for the next mission north of San Ignacio and was used in Jesuit documents and maps. However, when the mission was established, it was named Santa Gertrudis in honor of the wife of the benefactor. The adobe ruins far below San Francisco, in the canyon of San Pablo, were also mistaken for Dolores del Norte by early writers.

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    Church in San Francisco.

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    Heading back down the mountain.

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    Note the road on the opposite side of the deep gorge.

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    Crossing El Camino Real, one of three primary routes north from San Ignacio (Golfo, Sierra, Pacifico).

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    I choose to take a break from camping and go to maybe the next best comfort and value motel, after Baja Cactus, the La Huerta in San Ignacio.

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    The river crossing between Highway 1 and San Ignacio's plaza is one that always makes one feel calm and relaxed. The motel had just one single room left, it was next to the office, but I did not hear any noise at all. The cost was US$39.

    While there is a nice restaurant on the hotel grounds, as well as a market, I opted to walk the block to the town plaza facing the mission. Victor's was closed (I learned he had passed away) but I spotted a taco stand at the opposite corner of the plaza, operated for 30 years by Agustín. Only carne asada... I ordered two... and two more... they were incredible! The meat was tender, tasty, and a real winner. 4 tacos, with a coke, 107 pesos (=$6.01).

    Good wifi and the Internet so I could check in with you guys and check emails. I had a great night's sleep.

    END of DAY 3. with 4 to go!
     
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    DAY 4 (Mon. June 5, 2017) San Ignacio to Bahía Asunción

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    Had a very good night's sleep at the La Huerta hotel (motel), and the Mountain Time Zone change didn't bother me too badly. I was on the road before 8 am. Leaving, I noticed a new RV Park next to Ignacio Springs Bed & Breakfast. If it isn't new, I did not see any signage when I was here a few months ago. Called 'Don Chon' and it's right on the river.

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    I topped my gas tank at the San Ignacio Pemex: 350 pesos for 21.35 liters (@16.40/liter) for the 96 miles since Vizcaino fill up. The tank was just under 3/4 full but I was heading out the Vizcaino peninsula next and you never know if a key supply point will be closed.

    Some kilometer notes (the numbers are from Santa Rosalia and increase northbound, 1 km. = 0.62 mile)

    San Ignacio entrance is at Km. 73 (just east of the Pemex station)
    Rice & Beans (restaurant & motel) is at Km. 74
    Military Checkpoint is at Km. 77
    Airport road is at Km. 78
    Punta Abreojos Highway is at Km. 97+


    The fastest way to Bahía Asunción is to go to Vizcaino and take the all paved route west from there (Km. 143.5). The Abreojos route is an alternate for those who want to see the remote coast region and other fishing towns. I was just on the road last September (2016).

    The highway between Mexico #1 and Punta Abreojos is 84 kilometers (52 miles). The first half (~25 miles) is in bad condition with many deep holes and sections of missing blacktop. It was this way 9 months ago when I was last over it, so nothing much done in all that time. Signs from the government announced it is being fixed and I actually saw about a half mile of new road work started but no equipment in sight. The second half is fine.

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    I drove over for a look at Campo Rene and there was no activity or campers at the palapas. The restaurant parking was roped off but a vehicle was parked inside.

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    Big beach just south of Campo Rene.



    Km. 0 Hwy. 1 (Km. 97+) Restaurant Crucero del Pacifico at the junction.
    Km. 1 (0.6 mi) Old main road to La Paz (original Baja 1000 road) is crossed.
    Km. 43+ Rancho Santa Clara road west.
    Km. 73.5 Campo Rene signed road (2.5 mi in).
    Km. 75 Another road to Campo Rene joins the previous.
    Km. 84+ End of pavement, Punta Abreojos entrance.


    Pemex station, car wash, and tire dealer are 1/4 mi ahead, on the right.
    The end of the road straight across town ends a mile further near the lighthouse. The popular salt flat road to La Bocana and Bahía Asunción is reached by turning right just past the school on Juan de Barrera street or the next street to the right.

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    Punta Abreojos

    Set odometer to 0.0 here.

    Easy driving (today) on the salt flat, parallel to the big lagoon of La Bocana.

    7.5 a beach on the lagoon
    8.2 The salt flat road merges with the graded dirt road (which follows the power poles between towns).
    10.5 La Bocana town entrance. Motel Las Cabañas (closed) and signs for Blanca and Les' hotel on the opposite side of town.

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    Lagoon beach near La Bocana.

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    Las Cabañas motel (closed) by the entrance sign to La Bocana. Signs point the way to Blanca and Les' B & B and the road to Bahía Asunción, just beyond.

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    Reset odometer to 0.0.

    22.0 Fork (left to stay near the coast)
    24.4 San Hipolito, small fishing town.
    29.4 Punta Prieta, another small town.

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    San Hipolito

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    Punta Prieta, B.C.S. (not to be confused with Punta Prieta, B.C. on Hwy. 1)

    An old man was standing by the road with two net bags seeking a ride to Asuncion. As it may be hours or days before another comes along, I made room for him in the truck (he began to head for the back/bed). His name was Eligio and he was from Sinaloa selling 'natural' vitamins from town to town. He had an honest and innocent face so I was not worried.

    47.3 (17.9 from Punta Prieta) is the paved Bahía Asunción highway, 5 kms. east of town.
    50.4 Entrance of Bahía Asunción. Pemex just ahead, on the left.
    500 pesos for 30.49 liters for the ~135 miles driving from San Ignacio.

    I head across town to Shari's La Bufadora Inn.

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    La Bufadora at Bahía Asunción.

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    Just amazing how the June Gloom vanishes most of the day at Asunción.

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    I get a room with a view!

    More Asunción photos taken the next couple of days.
    Tomorrow I drive to Bahía Tortugas and out to the very tip of Baja's hook, Punta Eugenia.

    Stay Tuned!
     
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    Maps are from 2010 printing (but field research in 2004 and 2007). Paved road to Punta Abreojos was completed near the end of 2007. The northern half (~25 miles) has deteriorated with many holes now slowing the drive.

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    DAY 4 Blue Arrows, DAY 5 Red Arrows. The road all the way into Asuncion from the north (Tortugas highway) is totally paved and the road west from that junction to Bahia Tortugas is all paved EXCEPT for 9 miles (15 kms.) eastbound beginning just east of San Jose de Castro/Malarrimo Beach junction.
     
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    DAY 5 (Tue. June 6, 2017) To Bahía Tortugas and beyond!

    Today's goal was to check out the two main routes to Bahía Tortugas and as much exploring as time allowed.

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    The June Gloom was so thick, normally clear Asunción even was gray in the morning (sunny later). La Bufadora Inn is on the point, west of town. To get to Tortugas, one drives back through town going east. Here is the town just over the rise that blocks it from Shari's inn.

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    This is the sign pointing to Juan and Shari's campground just as you enter town.

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    Mostly just a place to park near the beach with a bathroom/ shower and electricity. A new hotel is just beyond, the La Playa.

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    The beach at Campo Sirena and Bahía Asunción is endless!

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    Hotel La Playa (nobody was there).

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    Looking back to Bahía Asunción and Asunción Island just off the point. Shari's place is on the other side of the point.

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    The direct (dirt) road to Tortugas from Asunción is mostly good and typically follows the power lines.

    To find the unmarked road for Tortugas, head east on the paved road from the Asunción Pemex Gas Station for 0.3 mi (1/2 kilometer) to a curve in the highway where the propane filling tank is located. The Tortugas road forks off to the left (northeast) at the curve. This would be Km. 38.5 if there were half-kilometer signs.

    Set odometer to 0.0 at the paved road/ Tortugas dirt road junction.

    0.8 Fork to right for the airport. A new airport road goes directly to the highway at Km. 37.
    12.3 Road to the south (toy soldier photo).
    21.6 Road south to Bahía San Cristóbal.
    32.8 Abandoned buildings off to the right.
    33.0 Rancho San José de Castro.
    34.0 Tortugas/ Vizcaino Highway, Km. 117.5, Sign "Rancho San José"


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    Mexico is the amigo country!

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    Intersting 'monuments' along the way.

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    Near the end of the dirt section was this dramatic peak.

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    Some abandoned buildings are next to the working ranch of San José de Castro. The map shows a fork here with one branch going north to meet the highway and the other continuing west to meet the highway in a couple miles. This day, the only traveled road curved north here, past the ranch entrance, and met the highway in a mile.

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    The highway between San José de Castro junction and Bahía Tortugas is all good and fast.

    More to come!
     
  18. Jun 16, 2017 at 6:09 PM
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    Bahía Tortugas June 6, 2017

    It is almost 33 miles from the Rancho San José/ Bahía Asunción dirt road junction to the entrance to Bahía Tortugas. It is all well paved.


    Km. 128 and 128.5 are turnoffs left to the coast at Puerto Nuevo. This sign was at the turnoff:

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    Approx Km. 168 or 24.5 miles after the above road junction is the road that heads northwest to fish camps, shown on maps as Malarrimo and El Queen.

    The kilometer signs near the end of the highway are missing, but it would be Km. 172 at the entrance to Bahía Tortugas.

    There is a Pemex station on the left but a busier and bigger one is a bit further in town and on another street paralleling just west (to the right). Just 1/10 mile past the Pemex is the signed road right to Punta Eugenia.

    It is a mile from the town entrance to the bay shore. I drove around a bit, spotted one hotel (Motel Rendon) and it was across from the Restaurant El Moroco.

    I drove over to a view spot just west and saw a 'City of the Dead', which is what a scaled down or mini town, over a cemetery, might be called. Perhaps the most interesting thing I saw in this compact and busy little city (or big town) of Bahía Tortugas.

    Some photos...

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    'City of the Dead'

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    View back east to the town from just beyond the cemetery.

    Now, it was on to Punta Eugenia, the tip of Baja's big hook into the Pacific.
     
  19. Jun 17, 2017 at 9:06 AM
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    To Punta Eugenia and Punta Falsa

    Set odometer to 0.0 at the signed junction to Punta Eugenia on the Tortugas entrance road, 0.1 mi south of Pemex.

    0.1 Cross Street The road to Punta Eugenia angles to the right, heading northwest. Left on this cross street goes to the larger Pemex gas station and eventually out to the cemetery in 1 mile.
    7.2 Road south to coast.
    16.0 Punta Eugenia, town, boat launch, transport across to Isla Navidad, a popular surfing location.
    17.8 Punta Falsa. Several ruined palapas once served campers here. A fishing camp is just east. View north of Isla Cedros and the salt hill where salt from the Guerrero Negro facility is barged out to Cedros Island. There it is then transported onto large ocean ships.

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    Except for the part close to Bahía Tortugas, the road out to Punta Eugenia is excellent.

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    Isla Natividad is only 5 miles offshore from the point, ahead.

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    The town of Punta Eugenia

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    Boat launch at Eugenia. Isla Natividad just 5 miles away.

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    Looking back at the harbor of Punta Eugenia from the road to Punta Falsa.

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    A reef creates a natural breakwater.

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    Isla Cedros, to the north of Punta Falsa. I added the circle around the salt hill.

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    Abandoned palapa campground in ruins.

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    Shore below the palapas at Punta Falsa.

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    Punta Falsa fish camp.

    Heading back to Bahía Tortugas...

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    Excellent dirt road.

    Coming up next... Can I get to Malarrimo Beach today?
     
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    Malarrimo = 'Bad to be near'

    Back on the pavement on the north edge of Bahía Tortugas heading east, I double check my odometer mileage and kilometer post notes.

    [The K figures in these brackets are what the Km. position should be IF there were kilometer markers nearby]

    0.0 Punta Eugenia signed road at the pavement, Bahía Tortugas. [K172.5]
    0.1 Pemex station[K172+]
    1.7 Road off to the northeast for fish camps 'Malarrimo' and 'El Queen' (not signed). [K169.5]
    2.0 Road south to El Rincon and Bahía Cambrey (not signed). [K169+]
    2.7 Km. 168 marker.
    22.4 Km. 135 (my odometer figure is about a 0.7 mi too fast over the 20 miles if the kilometer location is correct).
    33.0 Rancho San José (de Castro) and road I came in on earlier. [K117]
    33.3 Old road north to Malarrimo Beach, also called the 'Arroyo Road' [K116.5]

    It is already after 3 in the afternoon but I give it a shot... The road first passes the foundations of an abandoned ranch, just north of the highway. The road is not used by any recent traffic beyond. It goes through a pass in the hills and brush is overgrown onto the road.

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    Eastbound from Tortugas towards Vizcaino.

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    Malarrimo road where it leaves the highway. Abandoned ranch site is the cleared area.

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    The Malarrimo road, just north of the abandoned ranch and highway junction.

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    Vegetation is soon overgrowing onto the road.


    It is clear this side trip requires a full day devotion and time to explore the beach, 26 miles away. I turn around a mile from the highway and continue on to Bahía Asunción.


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    The end of the pavement going west is clearly visible from the Malarrimo road junction.

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    Looking back east. The sign facing westbound traffic where the pavement begins (Km. 116 + 200 meters) driving to Tortugas... just east of the Malarrimo old road, and 1 km. east of the Rancho San José (de Castro) road.

    There is a pipeline road that crosses the Malarrimo arroyo (old) road coming from the highway closer to the Asunción highway junction. Some have reported that being the preferred route over the arroyo road?

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    The unpaved section of the Tortugas highway is 9.2 miles long (per my odometer). [It begins near Km. 100, making the dirt section 16 kms or 10 miles long]

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    Pavement begins. Approx. Km. 100.

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    The Pipeline road to access Malarrimo is at Km. 83, 10.9 miles from the pavement start (eastbound).

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    The little curb along the highway has been busted up to allow access onto or off of the pipeline road. A second access is just west.

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    The Bahía Asuncióon highway junction is at Km. 75 or 15.7 miles from the start of pavement westbound and 8.0 miles from the pipeline road junction.

    Km. 0 on the Asunción Highway begins here. It is 39 kilometers to the town entrance of Bahía Asunción. (24 miles). They are fast and easy driving miles.

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    The road south along the coast to Punta Prieta, San Hipolito, La Bocana, and Punta Abreojos is at Km. 34.

    The direct dirt road to San José de Castro by the Tortugas highway is at Km. 38.5 (just past the propane tank).

    The Bahía Asunción Pemex station would be Km. 39, if there was a sign.

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    View back east to town from the road to La Bufadora Inn and point.

    I get back to Shari and Juan's La Bufadora Inn at 5:05 pm. It is 1.5 miles from the Pemex station, across town. Take paved street through town, fork left at the fisherman statue, turn right after the pavement ends and just head west the final 1/4 mile to the Inn on the bluff above the sea, over to the left.

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    Sundown from La Bufadora Inn.

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    Shari invites me to dinner she has been cooking all day and it was great: Rabbit with mole sauce (say "mo-lay", not the underground animal). It was great and was my first rabbit, too!

    The ocean sounds just outside my room (The Dolphin Room) at La Bufadora Inn are wonderful for sleep.

    Want to know more about Bahía Asunción and La Bufadora Inn? Go to www.bahiaasuncion.com

    END of DAY 5.

    Tomorrow, I make a run for El Rosario and take the time to visit the pronghorn research center and Agua Dulce historic spring on El Camino Real, the mission road in Old California (Loreto to San Diego).
     
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