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[*] posted on 3-17-2021 at 09:28 AM
The New Coco's Corner at Las Arrastras


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Note Hwy. 5 in background, and the hill... On Google Earth that hill matches the one overlooking the Las Arrastras arroyo crossing at Km. 180.




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[*] posted on 3-17-2021 at 09:50 AM


Ha - I guess I need to look for Los Arrastras? My focus has always been on the highway and exits and markers. I did not know it that place was visible from the highway? So what are the coords for that place so I can add to my images.
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[*] posted on 3-17-2021 at 09:52 AM


DK,

My 1st picture is looking west from Coco’s new driveway to HWY5. My 3rd picture is the reverse from SB HWY5 north of the entrance looking south.
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[*] posted on 3-17-2021 at 10:02 AM


Quote: Originally posted by RFClark  
DK,

My 1st picture is looking west from Coco’s new driveway to HWY5. My 3rd picture is the reverse from SB HWY5 north of the entrance looking south.


Your photos are reduced too small, so not possible to read any details with my old eyes... but thanks for the info.





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Quote: Originally posted by PaulW  
Ha - I guess I need to look for Los Arrastras? My focus has always been on the highway and exits and markers. I did not know it that place was visible from the highway? So what are the coords for that place so I can add to my images.


The center of the round mill (arrastra) at Las Arrastras: 29° 32.915'N, 114° 20.398'W

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[*] posted on 3-17-2021 at 02:54 PM


I’lll repost them larger!
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[*] posted on 3-17-2021 at 03:43 PM


Updated my Coco area images for my own use and am sharing for others



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[*] posted on 3-17-2021 at 04:39 PM


The final proof set for the new Baja Atlas map book is edited and includes the new Coco's Corner, next to Las Arrastras. It is, of course, up to Benchmark to decide to use my edits.
So far they have used most of my suggestions, but not all. They (not me) also added 'Shell Island' to the map... I got a big laugh.
Map makers (cartographers) often add unique names to copyright protect their maps. The Auto Club Baja map even has a few mountain peaks named after cartographer's children!
All in good fun...




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[*] posted on 3-17-2021 at 05:42 PM


Coco's corner looks like it is going to be a bit cramped for space. Where will he hang the panty collection?

I know the new highway has a whole lot more traffic than the dirt road did, but when crawling by at low speeds the old spot was a welcome intermission. I don't think he will find near as many people are going to hit the brakes and be pulling into the new digs.




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[*] posted on 3-24-2021 at 05:25 PM


We’re on the way back North! Todos Santos to Loreto today.

Gas in La Paz $20.09 & up/L

Neither Police Check Point was stoping anyone.

Road work around 180km North of La Paz and from 40km - 70Km west of the Loreto turnoff. Watch for workers on the road!

The traffic was light. The first of the Sermana Santo vacationers were heading south.

Light wind temperatures in the 60s - 70s cooler at night.

More tomorrow we’re going up to San Ignacio!
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[*] posted on 3-26-2021 at 10:02 PM
Loreto to San Ignacio, San Ignacio to SF


Yesterday the Mexican Army was taking names at the NB checkpoint north of Loreto. Looking in glove boxes and passports. SB was being waved through!

There’s a really good Chinese restaurant in Santa Rosella on the right side NB just before the harbor. 2 things, rice and noodles, enough for 2 people $125!

Lots of SB traffic and campers showing up on the beaches.

Gas $20+/L generally.

Water was not a problem. Everyone says CFE only shut it off in Mulege.

Telcel data service in San Ignacio is bad!

Today the much discussed San Ignacio checkpoint waved us through!

The work on the bridge north of town is finished.

There was no checkpoint at the Baja North border.

The checkpoint north of Guerrero Negro searched the truck in front of us and then waved us through! Lots of SB searches too!

More SB traffic the further north we went.

The restaurant at the HWY1/5 junction opened their new location. (pictures soon) The food is great and they have WiFi now!

The building at Coco’s new location is done but no-one was there this afternoon.

Gas at Gonzaga was $22+/L

It rained for about 15 min right after we got home!

End of report!

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[*] posted on 3-27-2021 at 12:52 PM


Yes, they (the restaurant) seem to have a point to point link from the north, I'll ask about it when we go there next time. The delay was minimal so not Satellite!

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[*] posted on 4-11-2021 at 07:45 PM


I just received the parts to fix the spring sag in the Daihatsu 4X4. Now that the Samana Santa craziness is over for another year. We’ll head back south. We’ll probably take the Daihatsu for a shakedown run to the 5/1 junction to see if it works. Then it’s back to Cerritos!

I’ll open a new report, soon!
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[*] posted on 4-11-2021 at 10:41 PM


More photos, including Coco's Corner as seen from the pavement... please!

Now, because kilometer markers have been known to move: Please note or photograph the markers closet to Coco's new corner. We are calling it now, Km. 179.5.

In the past, the big bridge (center) was Km. 180, south of Coco's new Corner, next to Las Arrastras (mill and well in the arroyo by the bridge).




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[*] posted on 4-11-2021 at 11:27 PM


Here’s a picture showing the sign’s location just north of the bridge.

It’s somewhere around KM 180. This is after where the incorrect signs are.

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[*] posted on 6-1-2021 at 06:06 PM
Cerritos to San Felipe return report


Just returned from Cerritos Beach again.

Lots of people there. Most places have reopened for sit in dining. Not much in the way of road conditions to report.

The floating National Guard roadblock was at KM 185 north of La Paz yesterday. The military checkpoint south of Jesus and Maria was taking names and car plate numbers. All the rest were wave throughs. The checkpoint north of Gonzaga now has point to point internet, new in the last month.

Coco had visitors and things seemed fine when we drove by.

The road maintenance delays were repaving the bad spots south of the HWY 1 / 5 junction

The well north of Puertecitos around KM 58 is still out of service but they just added 2 - 22KL storage tanks and say just a week more then they’ll be ready!

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[*] posted on 6-1-2021 at 07:34 PM


Thanks for the tank photo!
The well is at Km. 60.5 and west of the highway. Of interest, it was there when I was a kid. My folks and I checked it out in the 60s.




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[*] posted on 6-1-2021 at 10:31 PM


David,

Same location new borehole! The well and house next to the concrete tank from your childhood and that we bought water from for 30 years are gone!
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[*] posted on 6-2-2021 at 09:31 AM


Thanks RF, interesting!

There was no house or tank when I was a kid, just a deep well we looked down. I thing it had wood lining?

In the 70's, a ranch named San Rafael was established near the well and offering some services, like beer, for sale. In 2017, I noted for the guide that ranch was renamed 'El Pozo' and was there in 2018, when I was re-checking the road.




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[*] posted on 6-3-2021 at 05:16 AM


David,

The house was old and had a large tree in front of it. The concrete tank was right next to the house. It was about 15’ Sq and 8’ tall. The well was about 100’ south of the tank. I never realized it was a dug well. Before the flood they had just finished a new tube well. All was lost in the flood!

I don’t have any pictures of the place!
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