From the desert to the Sea of Cortez


San Ignocio – Santa Rosalia

73 km

We left San Ignazio at 9:15 am after a short stop at the grocery store. There was a strong headwind blowing and we had to climb quite a bit. A long time before we passed the Volcan Las Tres Virgenes we could see it already. We didn‘ t make much progress and when we stopped for lunch at a taqueria in Mezquital we still had almost 40 km to go. The taqueria didn‘ t look very welcoming on the outside but surprised us with a very clean and european-style interior. Eckart showed us the pictures of a big tarantula he took along the way!

A few km later we had a great downhill ride and an awesome view looking back to the vulcano. Rolling hills brought us to the next summit. From there we had a great view down to the Sea of Cortez. A fast downhill ride on a curvy road followed (we stopped several times to enjoy the view, it was amazing) and suddenly we were on the bottom of a canyon what meant that we had to cycle uphill again!

Another climb and one downhill later we cruised the last 8 km along the coast and reached Santa Rosalia, a former copper-mine town, with the last daylight. We checked into the Motel Del Real, took showers and walked into town to find a place to eat dinner. There we met Kristel from Belgium again, a backpacker from Belgium whom we already met several times since Guerrero Negro. We had dinner together at a restaurant that looked a bit touristy, but the food was really good.

A short walk led us passed the mission that was designed by Gustave Eiffel (you know, the guy the Eiffel Tower got its name from) to a mini-market, to the town plaza and back to our motel.

CU Anja

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