Despite the security warnings (and the concerns of friends and family), I made it out of Tecate with no trouble. In fact, I found Tecate to be a very friendly town with lots to see and do. All the same, I was eager to make big miles and get as far south of town as possible.
By about 2pm, I found myself safely in the middle of nowhere and really enjoying the trail. By 4pm, I started to keep an eye out for a good place to camp. For both security reasons and out of habit, I wanted to be far enough off the trail so as not to be seen. This was easier said than done because of that stupid cart; I had to ‘park’ it on the trail while I went cross country looking for a spot. Then, I had to come back for the cart and push it through the thick scrub to get back to the spot. Bike riders, I suspect, deal with this all the time.
I finally found a great spot to camp, enjoyed a good meal and another beautiful sunset but soon the temp started to drop and it got pretty cold. I slept under my quilt that night with every stitch of clothing that I brought with me. Then came the rain...
Only my sixth day on the trail and I found myself pinned down by wave after wave of heavy rain, sleet and snow. I had plenty of food and water so I just sat tight and let it pass. It turned out to be a good decision.
The next couple of days I put in some big miles to make it to Ojos Negros.
It’s a cool little town with a campground, a decent store for resupply and several restaurants where you can get an authentic Mexican breakfast.
That’s a bowl full of shredded lamb with gravy, beans, tortillas and coffee. Fantastic!
Next was a quick stop into Santo Thomas to load up the 24 liters of water (that’s almost 53 pounds of water!) that I would need to get me to Colonet.
It was a steep climb out of Santo Thomas but I was rewarded with a beautiful view of the town from above.
After a couple of days of dusty dirt roads, I finally made to the beautiful and rugged coast of the Pacific Ocean.
Found a great place to camp with my own private beach.
Enjoyed an amazing sunset and a good night’s sleep.
I’ll post more soon but, for now, I’d love to see some comments below!