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.
Baja is much better than people tell you. The skies are the biggest I have seen. And the emptiness is impressive.
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.
The highlights of the last 3 days have definitely been the landscapes. Baja is much more mountainous than I ever imagined.
It is also much greener than you think.
The weird cacti are a major highlight.
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.
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.
Doing yoga out by the pool at 6am was wonderful. The air was so cool.
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.
We have also seen a fair few volcanoes today which were unexpected.
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.
One of the highlights for Dave has been the off road riding where there are roadworks.
He loves the sand a lot more than I do.