Do You Wanna, Tijuana?
Trip Start Mar 11, 2011
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Don't mind us, just passing through
A luxury bus was our transport and accommodation for 22 solid hours, that is, if we stayed on track.
Departure - 12pm. Arrival - 10am.
Our scheduled stops from Ensenada were: Tijuana; Mexicali; San Luis Rio Colorado and our final destination, Los Mochis. *yawn* At least we had onboard wi-fi to help ease the discomfort and stimulate our brains.
Entertainment was also provided by our new buddy, Carlos (aka Belman) who had a big smile and an even bigger heart. He is a Masters student in Chemical Engineering in Ensenada but he was headed home for Christmas (unbeknownst to his parents). His English was pretty much on par with my Spanish so we could meet each other halfway!
He'd taken this journey plenty times before so he knew when points of interest were coming up. That's how we knew to look out for a notorious stretch of road along the US-Mexico border
between Tijuana and Mexicali called "La Rumorosa". Its hairpin turns and roller-coaster dips through the mountains have claimed many lives. Apparently if you stop to admire the desert views into the distance, you'll also spot many car carcasses that have tumbled into the abyss.
Pretty and simultaneously, pretty dangerous! So glad we came through here in daylight to enjoy the views and, more importantly, so the driver could see where the heck he was going! Phew!