Many Wheels Brian strikes again!

Trip Start Mar 11, 2011
Trip End Ongoing

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Camped on the beach

Flag of Mexico  , Baja California Sur,
Monday, December 12, 2011

The great thing about travelling in a campervan is the ability to get well off the beaten track. With Noel at the helm and Suzie Q at the ready, we made our way to El Coyote beach, one of many along Bahia de Concepcion. Buses aren't scheduled to stop here even though it's alongside the #1 motorway.

It was here that we stumbled upon a small community of elderly North Americans travelling in RVs. Each day at dawn they gathered around the fire for convo and coffee. And what a beautiful dawn it was! On our first day from our tent we even spotted dolphins in the bay!

We were welcomed into the community and offered freshly brewed coffee. Fireside I shared a story about our experience at the last military checkpoint where they'd fleetingly checked the van. I relayed how the military police seemed surprised to see a black guy with a Mexican moustache sat in the back. He asked if we are friends so I responded and said: "El es mi marido" (he is my husband). One of the elderly gentlemen pointed out that perhaps his final question was out of sheer curiosity - "Donde dormir" (Where do you sleep?). Where do 2 men and 1 women sleep in a small campervan?

Starting at 8am the food sellers come by selling everything you might need - water, fresh fruit and veg, milk, eggs, hot empanadas, tamales and chile rellenos. You need never leave! Apparently many snowbirds intend to stop for a few days and end up staying all winter (by "snowbirds" I mean North Americans who migrate south for the winter).

But it was Brian that we hit it off with. He's a retired mechanic, well-travelled ex-biker, and now a side-car driver from a charmingly named town called Truth Or Consequences (TorC to the locals) in New Mexico. We enjoyed chatting with him, sharing travel and life stories. He came to our rescue after we'd prematurely bid him farewell. Perhaps from all the water-boiling and card-playing during our two nights at this little slice of paradise.

Suzie Q needed a jump to get started that morning! Thanks, Brian, for obliging!
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This is great. i forgot about that van photo that looked like an advertisement on playa tecolote.
i'm hooked, its like waiting a week for the next episode of a show you like, i just want to download them all and do it all at once!

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