Juan and Diane were heading up to SD for the day, but, as far as I know, I’m not allowed back into the US without leaving North America due to visa regulations so had to turn down the offer. I would have loved to spend more time with them, but it was time to head south, towards the desert, the heart of Baja.
As I mentioned previously, there is only really one road for traffic between Ensenada and El Rosario, Mexico 1 which stretches the whole way through Baja and Baja Sur. It travels through
With my visa a day away from expiring, it was time to leave the US. I’d been able to ride in 36 of the 50 states and while there were things I didn’t get to do, places I couldn’t see, and people I didn’t meet, I think of my time as a great success. There were so many great experiences, that it’s difficult to decide. The west, home to places like Yosemite, the Grand Canyon, southern Utah and
the PCH, has the highlights as far as natural beauty are concerned.
Steve had shown me the Adventure Cycling route and I figured it was a nice easy ride down to San Diego. I’d forgotten however that being my last full day in the US, I had a bit of shopping to do. I had a $45 dividend at REI to spend as well as a $16 Radioshack gift card. There was an REI about 10 miles from Carlsbad, but it meant skipping the PCH to go. With the dividend and the fact that REI is my favourite shop, it was an easy choice. Two hours later, I left REI the owner of a knife, a
Diane substitute teaches and so had to head out early to go to work, but Dennis had some free time before having to prepare for the upcoming Newport Film Festival. He had invited me to go and paddle and with a short ride ahead of me I took him up on the offer. We drove over to his club where we met up with Kevin and John, two of his friends who would be hitting the water with us. We would be using surfskis which are a kind of kayak. Not being experienced, I joined Kevin in a two person boat after