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4294 kms: El Pabellon Sand Dunes

Written on: Saturday March 1st, 2008

A journal entry from: North America in our Camper Van!

Our second day began at a stop at a small farmers market, basically a small street lined with vendors of all sorts: fruit, veggies, clothes, electronics and other random objects. We picked up a few things and headed on our way.

We hit our first military stop, and although a little intimidating to be pulled over by soldiers carrying machine guns, after asking us where we were heading to for the evening we were waved through. The double divided highway ended and the road turned into fairly narrow two lane traffic with no shoulder. We had been warned about some of the aggressive drivers that we would encounter and almost learnt the hard way how the Mexicans control traffic speed. Rob was cruising along the highway and suddenly started braking? hard. As everything (and everyone) in the van started sliding forward we realized why: we were quickly approaching a very large speed bump in the middle of the highway. We thankfully didn?t get any air, and became significantly more attentive for the next potential obstacle. After several more unmarked speed bumps we started to notice that the speed bumps were identified by a row of small boulders into the ditch.  As we drove on we entered a more mountainous region with many sharp curves.

We were sure glad that Rob had decided to install an extra engine jacket water temperature indicator since the original indicator only really had two readings: good (white zone) or bad (red zone). That wasn?t very effective at monitoring overheating. Anyhow, Wilson wasn?t very happy about a few of the mountain climbs and we were able to monitor the engine temperature very closely. The good thing was that we were able to pull over to the side of the road before the engine water started boiling, the bad thing being that the engine water was nearly boiling and it was not even that hot outside. This occurred several times on the biggest of the climbs, and although Rob tried to blame it on the extra weight of our new passengers, we will definitely have to come up with a longer term solution.

After a very slow 200 km?s of driving, we decided to stop just outside of a town called San Quintin and found a campground on the beach covered in sand dunes.

We met a very interesting couple from Quebec that evening. They had actually driven ATV?s all the way from British Columbia down the Baja Peninsula and were on their way back home. They were 7 months into this 8000 km, one year journey and were even travelling with a dog. The guy admitted that it had taken them four years to plan the entire trip, considering that they could not travel on conventional routes. Amazing.

 

From Sloan on Mar 24th, 2008

hhaah lolol I got such a good laugh outta this one, the Mexican`s - I am certain - are the INVENTORS of speedbumps!! They are everywhere!! ahah once we went 200km in Mexico in 10 friggen hours, and that is why. Unreal. Hope Wilson is coping better with the heat.