Thursday 15th-Sunday 18th October-Baja California, Mexico

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We have had three wonderful days crossing the desert from El Rosario to Loreto. We crossed another time zone and travelled through some awesome landscapes.

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Baja is much better than people tell you. The skies are the biggest I have seen.  And the emptiness is impressive.

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Also after 48 hours of feeling disoriented in a less developed country, I now feel like I have always been here and remember all of the reasons that we have chosen to travel almost exclusively in the less developed world for the last 20 years.

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The highlights of the last 3 days have definitely been the landscapes. Baja is much more mountainous than I ever imagined.

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It is also much greener than you think.

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The weird cacti are a major highlight.

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They just go on for ever. We have been riding through landscapes like this for over 500 miles. I have not got tired of them yet.

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Last night we stayed in the oasis of San Ignacio. This was just like oases I remember from travelling in Egypt, full of date palms. We saw vermillion flycatchers on the way to breakfast this morning. 

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Doing yoga out by the pool at 6am was wonderful. The air was so cool.

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The town came to recognition in the 1700s due to the mission built here by the Jesuits who used the town as a base to spread Christianity across Baja.

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We have also seen a fair few volcanoes today which were unexpected.

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We have seen both the Pacific Ocean and the Sea of Cortez which is effectively a massive, almost lagoon separating the east coast of Baja  from the mainland of Mexico. We will be spending more time on this coast over the next few days.

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One of the highlights for Dave has been the off road riding where there are roadworks.

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He loves the sand a lot more than I do.

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