September 06, 2014
... the rain had stopped. No flood, no evacuation and the bikes did not drown. However, the not so good news was that Bodgan would not re-join our trip. Apparently, a family emergency had summoned him to Romania. Bummer.
The other bad news was, Felipes wife, Silvana, was suffering an eye infection which needed medical attention. Her eye was almost swollen shut. So they decided to visit a pharmacy/doctor in Mulege to get a dose of antibiotics in her system. Hopefully that'll help.
My plan was to ride ahead to Cabo San Lucas to get my kickstand fixed (more about that in a separate report) and meet up with those two there. That thing really started to get on my nerves. I urgently needed to do something about it. I had emailed a guy named Ed of Bajamotorsports in Cabo and ask him, if he could possible fix the problem. To my relief he replied, "Yes, I can help you".
The streets of Mulege were still muddy from last nights rain, but passable. I made good time riding through vulcano rock formations, beach sections, twisties and loooong stretches of road. For lunch, I stopped in a little town called Loreto. Very cute beach town with a bakery, where I had a well deserved late breakfast including a splendid cappuccino. Life was good.
Outside of Loreto, I hit a mountainous area with low hanging black clouds and a rainbow. The rain didn't bother me or Big Bertha. I got wet in the rainy sections, then dried off in the sun. Except for some goats that crossed the road and tested my ABS brakes (there was a reason, I wanted a bike with Anti Blocking System. Remember?) it was a really smooth ride. Almost everything was on the adventure rider's menu today... wet, mud, gravel, dust, and even standing water on the road. Awesome!!!
Finally made it to La Paz in the late afternoon. First stop, Home Depot. Bought new leather gloves and a security lock to replace my old one. Then found myself a cozy little room at the Oasis Hotel (actually a glorified Motel 6), and stocked up on some dinner items at the nearby 'Ley" supermarket. La Paz is no city to write home about. Reminds me a bit of East L.A. Don't think, they see many gringos around here. Everything is in Spanish...strange.
I will have a cup of coffee in the morning and get out of this town for my 2 hour ride to Cabo Wabo.
Weather: Hot, humid, wet.
Mood: in the mood.