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[*] posted on 10-9-2018 at 07:21 AM


Just stay tuned and see how things are the day before your trip. In 2010, it was Highway 1 that had several bridges washed out.



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[*] posted on 10-9-2018 at 01:29 PM
Friday 10/12 - San Diego to Punta Bufeo


Nomad Crew,

Thanks for the updates in this thread. I am debating about my upcoming trip.

Leaving San Diego Friday, 10/12 in the early AM, trying to head all the way to Punta Bufeo before sun down. Return Sunday or Monday. Will be in a 2x4 toyota tundra.

Is it crazy to even try? The pictures of the 5 FWY collapsed / washed out has me feeling a little worried.

Some Alternatives:
Stay in San Felipe instead.
Stick to the Pacific coast, wait for the 5 FWY to be repaired

Any feedback greatly appreciated. Thanks!
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[*] posted on 10-9-2018 at 01:34 PM


With that time frame, you better keep an close eye on Sergio.Looks like bad timing to me.



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[*] posted on 10-10-2018 at 02:54 AM


We drove through from San Felipe to Chapala on Saturday Oct 6th Starting from about 25k south of San Felipe the road is wasted every bridge every culvert is washed out and sections of road are just missing. Rock slides go for miles blocking the southbound lane. Everything from about 10k before Gonzaga to Chapala is the same as it has always been and didn't look like the storm did any damage.
It was definitely an adventure you can only find in Baja we had to make our own path at times there was so much road damage that some of the normal Baja bypasses had not been constructed yet at some of the washouts. It is passable but we needed 4x4 a few times.
All I can say is that it was sad but fun. Id say it won't be repaired for a few years
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[*] posted on 10-10-2018 at 05:29 AM


Road report from friends driving north La Paz to San Felipe.
“ Road is pretty messed up. Multiple crews cleaning up and forming bypass. 4 3\4 hours from turnoff at hwy 1 to San Felipe. 20 minute stop at Coccos ( all good) fuel available at Gonzaga . They where driving all wheel drive suburban pretty much stock. This report was as of Tuesday
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[*] posted on 10-10-2018 at 07:53 AM


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[*] posted on 10-10-2018 at 09:13 AM


We drove from San Felipe to Chapala on the 6th it was bad but not impossible starting from about 25 km South of San Felipe every bridge and culvert was washed out huge sections of road was missing we had to use 4 x 4 a lot. Some sections still have no bypass around. We followed tire tracks sometimes a 1/4 mile off to the side that eventually brought us back to the road longest detour was maybe 1/2 mile long
The section that runs through the lava fields had Boulders and rocks blocking the southbound lane for miles but passable
The road crews were at the southern most bridge washout working there way North. Some of the Boulders looked too big for the equipment they were using hopefully they get some bigger equipment in there
We are heading north from Cabo Pulmo tomorrow morning we will probably go back the same way. Baja, It's all about the adventure right
I'll give an update when I get home
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[*] posted on 10-10-2018 at 09:19 AM


Forgot to mention the look on the faces of the guys at the military checkpoint just north of Gonzaga when we drove up.
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[*] posted on 10-10-2018 at 04:53 PM


Saw this on the Peurtocitos Happenings FB page today:

I crossed from Puertecitos to San Felipe again today. The road is much better. I think trucks could pull average trailers like 24'. I think cars can make it just watch out for a few rocks sticking up could put a hole in your oil pan. Took me 90 min at night in a truck. I dont think big motor homes can make it yet. there are a few washes still to steep/

Thanks Bryan for the update.
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[*] posted on 10-10-2018 at 05:11 PM


Drove it Sunday north from Chapala to San Felipe. If careful it is quite doable. The bypass roads while not marked are certainly obvious. Only real stretch that is tough where you can lose the bypass roads is the mess near Huerfanito. If you see anyone ask them the best route. As someone said it is going to take years to get this sucker right again.
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[*] posted on 10-11-2018 at 12:15 PM


Rosa Update to Mex 5 (10/10). Much better then when we came thru on 10/7. More heavy equipment and go arounds near all of the bridges that were out. No the road is not closed (reports were that it was. There was a sign on the Chapala end that had fallen down, but think it was more to detour the semi-trucks). I still would not recommend semi-trucks or RV's. But the road is very doable in trucks and cars with good clearance. I would NOT travel at night as there are several areas of payment that are cracked/fallen that are not marked well. There are surveyors out (I am sure trying to figure out where to place new bridges). There is no work going on the dirt road south of Gonzaga to Chapala. But it is in really good condition and completed that section in about 40 minutes. I posted a bunch of pictures on Talk Baja on FB
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[*] posted on 10-13-2018 at 12:58 AM


We left Guerrero Negro Friday morning around 7:30 arrived home in Prescott Arizona at 9:00pm. When we got to Chapala we sat there trying to decide between Hwy 1 or Hwy 5 it was raining and looked like the storm was right over the Hwy 5 route. Looking north on Hwy 1 while we sat there a rainbow appeared. I saw that as a sign to go the other way, east into the storm. It rained all the way to just before San Felipe.
We had come through there going south 5 days earlier we felt that it would be a better choice.
There were bypass routes around all the washouts and crews working to clear rocks
Baja ingenuity at it's finest
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