San Felipe & the Road South

I backtracked to San Felipe for a lunch of fish tacos! That, and gasoline and some fresh shrimp to cook for dinner.

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The road south of San Felipe can be driven at high speeds, except for the "vados" (dips) — which are used instead of bridges at (usually dry) waterways. This particular dip was especially nasty:

South of San Felipe - Oh Shit Dip - Vado

Puertecitos. As usual, the Pemex gas station was closed.

Puertecitos - Pemex ClosedPuertecitos - Beach

The unpaved road south of Puertecitos is under construction! Crews were busy building a new paved road through the mountainous country, but had only gone a few more miles before I had to return to the old dirt road. See in Google Maps See in Google Earth 30.3040, -114.6510  The old road was in terrible shape — I'm guessing because all maintenance funding is going towards the new road.

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It was getting dark, so I camped for the night at this abandoned house, high above the rocky shore, that seems to be a stopping point for other Baja travelers. See in Google Maps See in Google Earth 30.1468, -114.6404 

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Continuing south... An abandoned building I have in my notes as "El Almacen". See in Google Maps See in Google Earth 30.0499, -114.5834 

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40 miles from pavement was this gas station near Alfonsina's, and one pump was open! See in Google Maps See in Google Earth 29.7923, -114.4141 

Pemex - at - Villas de Cortez - Alfonsina's Turnoff

Alfonsina's — a hotel and community of beach houses. Houses had their own airplane, boat, or both. I especially liked an old weathered 6-wheel truck marked "La Cucaracha". See in Google Maps See in Google Earth 29.8074, -114.3958 

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A detour to an old turquoise mine. Hiking around revealed some running water, elephant trees, and some blue-green rocks in the mine area. See in Google Maps See in Google Earth 29.5587, -114.4059 

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