Well a new transmission, a new clutch, a new set of tires and 10 days on the road I finally pulled off the main highway and drove the last few kms to La Ventana. I stopped in at Baja Joes to chat with the Elevation Kiteboarding School Gang from Lake Nihnat in BC and see if the free camping in the arroyo I had heard about was a good idea. They said it was fine and I rolled a bit further North and found a great spot in the second arroyo. It was nice to see some familiar faces from Squamish at the arroyo as well as lots of other friendly folks.
My camp in the arroyo is pretty and has some bushes/trees for privacy, but it’s close to the main road, which is a bit noisy. Happily the town goes to bed early so I haven’t had any issues sleeping. Unlike my typical Baja trips that featured solitude and remoteness this one seems to be quite the opposite. I can walk to some free showers, clean porcelain sit down toilets, wireless internet, multiple restaurants and bars as well as grocery stores.
On one hand It’s great to have so many services so close. On the other it’s not a very quiet reflective sort of experience. Given that I need to work on this trip having easy internet access is a good thing and if I wanted I could still stop at some of my more remote camp spots on the way back home.
I can see the Sea of Cortez from my camp and it’s a 60 second walk to the beach with my SUP or kiteboarding gear. Some professional windsurfers from the US have setup a sun shelter right on the beach complete with a sectional sofa! My first day here I sat down on the sofa, put my legs up on a stool and enjoyed several very cold beers. Although kiteboarding isn’t as hardcore as bike touring the GDR it does come with several benefits like a beach front sofa and the tendency for bikinis to be present….=-)
Since I will be online daily Monday to Friday I guess I’ll be updating this blog a lot more than I had expected….