We met up with some great folks for a 4 day overland expedition down to Baja California Mexico. We had camped in La Bufadora and Punta Final, tackled several miles of the Baja 1000, ate some great foot, and overcame a few challenges along the way.
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We have been planning this trip for several months and today was finally the day. We met up early in the morning with a group of great folks in Otay California to begin the trek south.
Our journey on day 1 would begin about a mile north of the Mexican board and then head south on the to Ensenada for lunch and to meet up with Adrian who would be leading us to a private beach on La Bufadora.
On day 2, we will head across the peninsula towards San Felipe and tackle a several miles of the Baja 1000 race course, then head to Punta Finale and spend 2 nights there on the beach, and then drive back north to San Diego. In all we would put in just under 800 miles.
Now before you cross the border there are a few things you need to make sure you have:
– A passport
– Mexico car insurance
– A tourist immigration card
– And it’s a good idea to have some Pesos as we did encounter one gas station that wouldn’t take credit cards.
Now I arrived early, and am thankful I did because I did something I hadn’t done since I was a teenager…yep, I locked my keys in my Jeep! This was about to be an adventure we would never forget….
After a quick meet and great, Marco from OVRLNDX held a quick drivers meeting and we set out on our way
We were only about a mile from the boarder, and at the boarder check point they did pull a couple rigs to the side for inspection… make sure you are very cooperative as these folks are just doing there job… we made it though without any issues.
Now keeping a convoy of 12 rigs together in a normal trip is challenging, but when you are crossing the boarder and then navigating Mexico’s streets, you can expect the group to get separated. (insert audio file) We made a few temporary stops just to keep everyone together. And I will say, that fact that everyone was using HAM radios for communication really helped, because there were a few times our gap would have exceed CB range.
Once we got out of town and on the main highway it was much easier keeping the group together.
In our group we had some really nice rigs, there Jeeps, New and old Toyotas, and even an extremely well built Nissan. Everyone rig was setup for overlanding and more than trail capable.
The further south away from the boarder, the more beautiful the scenary became…. The road long the ocean was spectacular.
We did find a tire shop just down the street that made quick work of the change and I think it cost like $4 us…. Better than doing it on the side of the road.
After a few hours on the road we finally made our way to Enseneda, it’s a very beautiful little city.
but first there was a restaurant that came highly recommended that we stop at for a bite to eat.
The great thing about this restaurant, was that across the street there was secure parking, so we didn’t have to worry about leaving these rigs parked out randomly on the street.
The food here was well worth the stop!
After some great conversation and full bellies, it was time to head to La Bufadora.
The drive out to La Bufadora with the ocean, the golden sun set, was truly amazing. After getting turning off the main road and driving a couple miles towards the water, we came to the gate were our host Adrian met us.
Now where we camped was not open to the public, but there are some camp sites scattered around the bay that you can access.
We arrived to our camp site just as the sun was going down, and I think we were all a little ahw struck at just how amazing this location was, to say that the view was breathtaking would be an understatement.
We setup camp for the night, soaked it all in and then sat around the fire for a few hours reminiscing about the days events and sharing our excitement for what the next couple days would possibly bring.
After a great nights rest we all packed up our rigs and decided to do a little exploring of La Bufadora before hitting the road and heading east.
On our way to hit the trail, we were told we needed to pickup some cheese from this little shop.. I’ll say as far as cheese goes, it was pretty good!
A little further down the road we came to a military check point. These guys will ask you a few question and may look through your rig… again, just be courteous, they are just doing their job.
We finally made it to a section of the Baja 1000 trail. It was time to air down and have a little fun!
So about 2 in the morning the wind really was kicking. It had to be at least 30 miles and hour.
Packing up in the wind has it’s challenges, but everyone in this group has great gear and a lot of experience.