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Day 1, San Diego - Ejido Erendira (Mexico)

... and headed to San Ysidro, where we met up with Bogdan, Felipe, and his wife, Silvanana . After a short breakfast and route discussion, my wife, Lori jumped on the 5 and headed back brutally hot weather to San Mateo in 10.5 hrs without incident. Great job, Lori and thank you again, for making it all possible!!! I love you!

 Meeting up... (Photo by Felipe)

Meeting up... (Photo by Felipe)

 

Felipe, Silvana, Bogdan and I headed for the border crossing at San Ysidro. After passing the border patrol, we pulled in to the Immigration parking lot. There was a small office with a very friendly officer, Alberto Castro, who made the buying the tourist permit a piece-of-cake experience. He was a very funny dude, not often found with officials. He even posed for a photo with us. Smilllleeee....

 Posing with the immigration officer Alberto Castro

Posing with the immigration officer Alberto Castro

 Welcome to Mexico...

Welcome to Mexico...


Then we headed south on 1 to Ensenada.  Since we felt hungry, we stopped at a seafood restaurant by the water and shared fish tacos and various other seafood delicacies, 

 Ensenada lunch by the water

Ensenada lunch by the water

We then proceeded south on 1, and found a scenic camping spot before dark. right on the coast.

 Dirt under rubber...finally

Dirt under rubber...finally

Perfect...camping on the waters edge

 Bike and rider tugged away...

Bike and rider tugged away...

 Morning coffee is mandatory...

Morning coffee is mandatory...

After we had pitched our tents, Bogdan decided to make a beer run to a store which was about 7 miles from the camp site. It was dark by then. As he was starting to pull away, a metallic noise come from his rear wheel. Not good. turned out, he had forgotten to remove his safety chain, and now the thing was stuck between the caliper and rear rotor (brake components).

 Bike repair by the beach...

Bike repair by the beach...

 Felipe at work...

Felipe at work...

Ok, bike on the center stand, wheels had to come off and luckily the damage seemed minor. At first. We replaced 7 spokes (Bogdan had brought spares) in the dark, and the next morning, we saw the real damage. The rear rotor tabs were bent to a point, where the rotor had to be replaced. Long story short, we ran in to a "local" guy, Scott Blum,  who ordered a new rotor at BMW in San Diego. Bogdan is currently on his way back to San Diego to get the rotor (with only the front brake working) and will later meet up with us on the Baja Peninsula. Ride safe, man!!!

Then next morning, Felipe surprised us with some mussels that had collected at the crack of dawn and boiled on his camping stove. The old lady, who had brought us firewood the night before, even drove down again and left us homemade salsa and limes. Hmmm...so delicious, so fresh. Simply perfect!

 Felipe...does it all

Felipe...does it all

 Can't get any fresher...

Can't get any fresher...

After our seafood breakfast and spotting dolphins , we took down our site and headed out...having no idea, what day 2 will have in store for us...

 

- Tourist permit $25

- Camping: nada

- Mileage : 150

- Weather: Sunny, dry

- Mood: feeling adventures