I thought I’d better do some research on Mexico seeming I was about to enter so I headed off to a book store and got myself a copy of the lonely planet. While sitting outside having a coffee researching my next destination I got chatting with an old timer from the area. He told me about this very small, hassle free border crossing through the mountains. That’s all I needed, research over. I was off. What do ya know, old people have a use after all. Maybe we should study them to see what else we can gain from them.
About 2 hours later there it was, I couldn’t believe it no crowds, no cue’s, no hassle. I was through in 30 seconds then realised I never got my Carnet ( passport for bike) stamped out so I had to return to the US and sort it out. The whole thing took about an hour because they don’t get many foreigners through this way and the Carnet was new to them.
I was escorted to the border by my new friend and the next thing I know I’m in Mexico and quite unprepared.
I did have half a tank of fuel, 2 litres of water and a half eaten sandwich. I didn’t have a map, working gps, working phone and or any grasp of Spanish whatsoever. I also had nowhere to be and nothing to do so what could be wrong. All I wanted was to get to a beach on the south west coast. It was now 4pm and the sun was where I wanted to be so I took off through the chaotic traffic in the 34 deg heat in its direction. Luckily enough there was a road heading that way too. So right now I’m on the beach in Ensenada, Baja, Mexico and It’s their independence day so I’d better go and have a beer.