Wednesday, February 8th, 2017 – Mulegé, Baja California South to La Paz, Baja California South: ~300 miles.
I hit the souvenir jackpot.
Missed Day 4? Tuesday, February 7th, 2017 – Bahía de los Ángeles, Baja California North to Mulegé, Baja California South: ~300 miles
Seeing as we didn’t get into Mulege until late last night, we figured we should spend some time in the area before heading south. We left the bags at the hotel and headed back to the beach.
Mulege is best known for its fishing and the local mission: “Mission Santa Rosalía de Mulegé”. It was founded in 1705, the stone building was built in 1766, and it stopped functioning as a mission in 1828.
A few hours later, we pulled over on the side of the highway for a bathroom break, and Spurgeon noticed an open gate. Tired of our pavement slog, we figured a dirt diversion would add a little spice. I’m glad we took the detour, because within a few minutes we had stumbled upon a skeleton – and this time there was a skull!
Spurgeon loves ice cream, so we stopped in Loreto for him to indulge. While the bikes were parked, I noticed a nail in his rear tire. Thankfully it did not appear to be leaking badly, so we rode to the near gas station so he could plug it.
La Paz translates to “The Peace”, but the city was originally made famous for its pearls in the Sea of Cortez. This statue commemorates that fact, though pearl production has plummeted in modern times.
This is just a few decals away from an excellent Marlboro rally-inspired livery.
Spurgeon and I were inspired by these skeletons, so we found a restaurant of our own. We ended up at a sushi joint enjoying fresh fish caught only a few miles away and some Pacificos. Life could be worse.
Across the Bay of La Paz is the Mogote Peninsula, a reminder of the last time I was in this city on a motorcycle (back in 2012). It was the destination for the trip Vy and I took on my BMW R1100S as we met up with some friends to spend New Year’s Eve at this resort.
Speaking of pearls, we ended up staying at Hotel La Perla, and they were kind enough to provide secure parking for our motorcycles. We only had one more day of riding before we dropped the bikes off to MotoQuest, so it’d be pretty bad timing to have the bikes stolen now!
Tomorrow we’d make it down to the bottom of of the Baja Peninsula!