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Author: Subject: TRIP # 4 (April 2017): Valle Trinidad, S. Quintin, remote roads Puerto Santa Catarina to Laguna Manuela. All 7 Days posted.
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[*] posted on 5-1-2017 at 12:39 PM


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I can vouch for Valentinos, we have eaten there several times...AND a nice young lady waitress fixed a glitch in my computer while we were eating....


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[*] posted on 5-1-2017 at 01:20 PM


Great trip report!

about 6 years ago I stopped at the ranch at Miseria (6 of us on motos and trucks). A man and woman came out and were very happy to see us. They gave us a tour (i distinctly remember how odd it was they had a swimming pool) They also had a lot of newer equipment , backhoe, newer f350 stakeside, 2 waverunners. very nice people but I don't remember the names. The next day we talked to Coco about the ranch and he said they used the backhoe to dig large areas down about 6 feet for growing marijuana. I guess the idea was that the soilders or travelers would not be able to see it. really a fun road!

stopped there again about 3 years ago and the same 2 where there. not sure if its "your 2" but she did speak English.

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[*] posted on 5-1-2017 at 01:26 PM


The picture of the building at La Bachata.................

Head southwest from here to the coast sometime, beautiful high walled canyon with lots of water at the bottom (green everywhere and giant palms).

1 area where 4 wheel drive will make you feel a little more comfortable, but not totally necessary.
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[*] posted on 5-1-2017 at 02:43 PM


Hi Tom, I just got off the phone with Cameron Steele, who read my report too and told me his group also helped Leo and Lorena at Rancho Miseria. They are famous!



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[*] posted on 5-1-2017 at 02:46 PM


Sumpn fishy about that whole deal...



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[*] posted on 5-1-2017 at 05:38 PM


Here was my driving Sunday and after midnight Monday...

Actually, off the map as far as Laguna Manuela.
The BLUE arrows were my planned routes on Sunday. They ended at Rancho Miseria at 6 pm.
The RED arrows are my driving Sunday night (with Leo and Lorena to Punta Prieta) and to El Rosario at 3:40 am Monday morning.



My day began near Santa Rosalillita. I traveled to El Tomatal and Villa Jesus Maria, Laguna Manuela, and Morro Santo Doming before heading north, just past Punta Prieta. I took the dirt road west to San Antonio and down the mountain to Rancho Miseria, arriving at 6 pm. The red arrows begin there.

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[*] posted on 5-1-2017 at 09:59 PM


long day/night for you...... glad you made it safe
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[*] posted on 5-2-2017 at 09:29 AM


Quote: Originally posted by honda tom  
long day/night for you...... glad you made it safe


Thank you. It was alright, and it felt good to help this desperate couple... the eve of her birthday, too.

I will try and finish the report up today, one week after Day 7.




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[*] posted on 5-2-2017 at 10:29 AM
DAY 7 (TUE APR 25 2017)


Had a great night sleep at El Rosario's Baja Cactus Motel. To save time, I ate a bowl of cereal in my room and had freshly brewed coffee (Baja Cactus' main rooms have coffee makers).

I was on the road at 9:30.
Here are some of my trip notes as I checked out a few sites near San Quintin:

Km. 12.5+ Campo Deportivo concrete road west (0.6 mi). A baseball stadium. Past the stadium, the concrete road goes 0.3 mi further to a store and beyond is a swap meet/ flea market area.

Km. 11 Pemex, Los Pinos farm, paved road west (distances in miles):
... 0.0 Hwy. 1
... 1.0 Cross original route of paved Hwy. 1, former parador and gas station site.
... 2.1 Paved road turns left for Hotel Misión Santa María (0.9 mi). The dirt road continues ahead.
... 2.9 Cielito Lindo (motel, restaurant). A road (signed) continues past the Cielito Lindo to the beach.
... 3.5 wide sand beach, past the former Gypsy's RV park and Wet Buzzard cantina. Now a fisherman's storage area.

Km. 3.5 Restaurant Boca del Rio.
Km. 1.5 Road west to Los Olivos RV Park (just after the turn left in 1.0 mi) and Baja Jardines (motel and restaurant, 1.2 mi). Road was a bit rough.
Km. 1 Paved road west to Molino Viejo (Old Mill) restaurant and motel, Don Eddie's motel, and Campo Lorenzo. 1 mi from Hwy. 1 is a dirt road south to Los Olivos (0.3 mi) and Baja Jardines (0.5 mi) providing less dirt road driving to those places.
Km. 0.5 Oxxo market
Km. 0 Highway widens northbound. This was the southbound start of the final section of Highway 1 construction, all done in 1973 between here and San Ignacio.

On the drive north, I also began noting kilometer markers for one of the next areas to be 'mapped' for the guide.

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Abandoned Parador San Quintin and Pemex, along the former route of Hwy. 1, 1-mile west of Km. 11.


Tree lined drive to hotels (Misión Santa María and Cielito Lindo), west from Km. 11.


Sign, 2.1 mi from Km. 11 junction.


At end of pavement, 3 mi. from Km. 11.


Just before Cielito Lindo. Beach is 1/2 mile away.



The former Wet Buzzard Cantina. Pacifico was on tap and Laura made awesome chorizo burritos! Last ate there in 2004.


The beach is huge. No facilites.

Km. 1.5 signs:





At Los Olivos:





I will detail the final drive to the border, next!


On the way north, I sent a text to Larry ('bajatrailrider') in San Vicente to see if he was home and wanted a visit... and he was.

We had a nice chat about all things Baja and his wife Alma made us a great spaghetti lunch thank you! I was there for nearly 2 hours, great hospitality.

The traffic through Ensenada is never fun, but not so bad today and instead of every signal turning red on me, only about half did! Oh, how I love using Hwy. 5 to go up and down Baja instead of Hwy. 1, in the north!


Now that stations are free to charge what they want, as long as it doesn't exceed the government mandate, we are seeing prices posted on the street, like here in the USA.


Sign in Ensenada where I turn left to get to the route by the harbor, which I find faster to get to the highway north.

Naturally, I like to cross at Tecate going north so I take Hwy. 3, just north of Ensenada. In Tecate, I use up the last of my pesos to add gas to my tank and the price was 17.06/ liter and I have 600 pesos left from my trip money... and that gives me just over 37 liters.

I get to the border street and never know how long the line will be, well at 5:30 this afternoon, no line. Just one car at the booth when I get there. Fantastic! Great border guard chat/ exchange and I asked him for the paper on what is permitted for the new book project.



I think I got home about 7:30 and had a dinner date with my wife! Nice to be back home! When can I go back to Baja???


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[*] posted on 5-2-2017 at 11:56 AM


Great series of trip reports, DK.

Now I got the itch to make the run from Santa Catarina to Bahia Corbin.




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[*] posted on 5-2-2017 at 05:07 PM


Thank you Udo. Remote, dirt roads, almost no people. Windy, & foggy, too.



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[*] posted on 5-2-2017 at 05:26 PM


Thanks DK, excellent as usual.
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[*] posted on 5-3-2017 at 10:01 AM


De nada, Tom.
I added/ edited several kilometer notes in the Nomad list from notes on these trips.

In the distance of a kilometer (6/10 a mile), it is possible to miss a point. So, I am adding three in-between kilometer notes. In this example, between KM 152 and 153:

KM 152+ (or perhaps 152.2 ?)
KM 152.5 (approx half way between the two)
KM 152.5+ (or perhaps 152.8 ?)

What is your thinking on this?

Here is the list: http://forums.bajanomad.com/viewthread.php?tid=81948






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