Trip Start Apr 11, 2010
40Trip End May 20, 2010
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La Purissima and San Ignacio are tiny towns in an arroyo filled with date palms that from the distance looked to me quite oasis villages I've seen in Morocco's Atlas Mountains. San Miguel was supposed to be 20 miles further on a rough rocky road through undulating uplands. While the road I took seemed to go in the right direction and was consistent with descriptions in the guidebooks, the roads out of the oasis were all unmarked. Perhaps they would more appropriately be called tracks than roads, but 20 miles, 25 miles, 30 miles, 35 miles, 40 miles and still no sign of my destination
After four hours of hellish four-wheeling I suddenly came out at a paved road. It was the Transpeninsular Highway and I was north of Loreto and nowhere near where I intended to be. Oh well, it's all part of the Baja experience. And as I said, it's the journey not the destination. Yeah right!
I continued south toward evening to Ciudad Constitucion, an agricultural town on a desert plain called the Llano de Magdalena that also happens to be the capital of Baja California Sur state. Ciudad Constitucion is a modern town spread out linearly along the main road through town that doesn't look all that different from places I've been in West Texas of California's Central Valley. It's not as pretty as being on the beach, but it works as a stop for the night and I again have an entire RV park and even a very nice pool all to myself.