Baja hey ho!

Trip Start Feb 28, 2009
Trip End Jun 20, 2009

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Saturday, April 25, 2009

Its saturday so it might be busier out there although the roads should be quieter. Got away early and hit the road. Which turned out to be an astonishing paved cycle path. Basically the old road fenced off. Although it would be better if the entrance was signposted... Nonetheless there was a good tailwind and it went on for ages; I was averaging 16 mph and sometimes hitting 20 all on the flat. That really eats up the miles and towns on the horizon appear close up quite quickly; a mile every four minutes.
Then the good news ended and it was time to move on to the unsurfaced tracks. Its shocking that such a major route can go straight from paved path to choppy farm track. Unfortuneatly I needed to take this one for 20 miles or so because it connected with the path I had to be on later. In a couple of places were the mooring stops for danube cruising ships, eg 157m long 11m wide moored up to piers maybe 20m long. At these places the only other facility was a road. Slightly strange.
I also met a couple of french tourists doing the route through to the black sea; they'd lost a map so were happy to take a photo of mine. By this point the track was a bit less rough but it was still knacking trying to steer cconstantly while keeping up 11 mph. Gradually it smothened out and got a bit easier. Then after lunch the tarmac restarted and it was time to fly. 15 mph certainly helps but by now the heat of the day was slowing me.
Baja has a Mediterranean feel with boat clubs and three campsites. The first was on the way into town and definitely closed. The second took a little finding but had a fence across the entrance and an notice saying that it and the associated hotel were closed for renovation. The third campsite was shown on my map as slightly out of town. So I followed the route and did a tour of minuscule back roads without locating it. There was a shortcut round a field before finally admitting that it did not exist.
By now it was 4pm and I just wanted to stop. I saw a sign for a panzio, followed the directions and ended with a room with private bathroom and TV for 20. Less than most German hostels. So a bit of a result.
On the town tour I also spotted this bar by the waterside with free internet. Fantastic. Tonight there is a conga party and a girl was standing outside in impossibly short shorts.
So despite plans for a short day it turned into a long ride but with a happy end
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