• Jan
    22

    Day 4 of Traveling the Baja California Highway: Face Plant Time

     

    Well, today dawned with the idea of continuing our journey, but it didn’t happen. Truth was, both Laura and me were exhausted from traveling and neither one of us could muster up the energy to drive to La Paz today. So we decided to plant our butts in Loreto for awhile.

    It turned out to be a great decision, not just for the rest, but to take a time out and explore this town. Much to our surprise, we found we like it here quite a bit.

    But then again, there have been so many surprises on this trip. Some wonderful small towns, great restaurants and hotels, and incredible scenery that will just knock your socks off if you take the time to come this way.

    I’m told that this trip is similar to taking the highway to Alaska, but since I haven’t done it, I can’t comment on the comparison.

    All I know is that I like it here. Prior to coming on this trip, I was really apprehensive about driving the roads in Mexico. A couple of years ago, I was driving on the Mayan Riviera and it was really stressful.

    Several times I nearly got into an accident; not because of the Mexican drivers but because of my ignorance of the roads.

    On this trip we had a gentle introduction (in some ways) because of driving the highways, rather than in the city. City driving is much more challenging.

    One thing I’ve learned is that a 4-way stop sign really doesn’t mean much. Most drivers treat it like an uncontrolled intersection and tend to roll on through, which can be more than a little disconcerting for the uninitiated.

    Another funny point about the stop signs is that they quite often indicate a 4-way stop, but it could be 3-way or 2-way. I guess it’s cheaper to make the signs this way. Who knows?

    Having said that, the roads range from awful (dirt tracks with lots of washboard, potholes and rocks), to really smooth new pavement which is a joy to drive on.

    And fortunately, I haven’t encountered too many cobblestone streets. Thank Gawd! They were the bane of my existence when I lived in Bucerias and Puerto Vallarta.

    Cobblestones look great from an aesthetic point of view, but they’re really hard to walk on, even if they’re really smooth. If you’re not careful, you could turn an ankle – easily.

    Anyway, back to Loreto. As I said, we really like it here. Some upcoming posts will feature some stories about what we found, complete with photos.

    Questions? Write to me.

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