We absolutely love Mexico so far! After spending the night in Encinitas (North San Diego) on Thursday night, we decided to take the train as close to the border as possible. San Diego has an amazing array of transportation system. We got to ride the train and the light rail which drops us off 30 miles or so to the Mexican border at Tecate. The border crossing is East of San Diego and took us to 2000′, which we had to do during the hottest part of the day. It was HOT HOT.
The border crossing was very surprisingly easy. You can just ride/ walk/ drive into Mexico without much hassle. We did have to stop by the immigration office and paid $$ for visa for staying >72 hours in Mexico.
After a hilly but short and sweaty day, we decided to stay directly after the border. Literally a block away. It was so cheap! $16 for the both of us for a room with ensuite bathroom, AC and free wifi. We love Mexico already.
Walking around in Tecate– this street was haphazardly demolished without clear direction of what the heck they were doing. There were no signage and no flow of work… (rubbles, 5′ exposed excavation, piles of stuff all over the place.) Sigh. Ps: I’m wearing a new addition to the wardrobe– a skort 🙂
We went to El Major Pan– a huge huge bread store that sells ridiculous choices of bread– look at this! In this picture is only half the selections available. How can one choose from 20 different kinds of empanadas?? AND we are almost back to Peru price. A bread is ~50-75 cents and they were amazingly delicious.
The next day (Saturday), we only rode 88km because we feared that we wouldn’t be able to find hotel in Ensenada that is only 1 hour South of Tijuana border. We couldn’t find any hotels online that was available– I think it gets pretty hectic here for the summer weekends for Californians driving South to enjoy the good food and cheap prices. Majority of the license plates of the cars we saw on the road were from California.
Heading out of town, we encountered plenty of roadside vendors again. What joy! Brady immediately beelined towards the OJ guy. The huge glass that he had was only $1.50. For lunch- we went to roadside Taco stand and paid $8 for the both of us (7 tacos and 2 cokes!). We LOVE the prices here. And dare I say it: Brady claims it’s the best Tacos he’s ever had. Boy, he’ll be in for a treat down here in Mexico.
We stayed at KM88 of why 3 where there is a nice ‘campground’– it’s basically a couple of swimming pools with grills that are open for people to use (for a fee). We paid $15 for the both of us to use all the facilities and camp overnight. Since it was a Saturday, it was cranking with Mexicans enjoying time with their family and eating lots of amazing looking food. We jumped in the pool and splayed under the sun for a bit before hunting for dinner. We ended up biking 7 miles to get to a fancier restaurant.
Turned out that we were the only people camping at the campsite. It was quiet and nice. We finally got to see the stars again.
Short day to Ensenada since we wanted to check out the town on a Sunday. We quickly rode the 17 miles downhill to town. The road got busier as we neared Ensenada, but nothing too bad. We saw a bunch of serious looking road cyclists, clad in normal super tight stuff.
We did a lot today (Sunday) in Ensenada, walked around to fish market, at lunch at $1/taco Taco stands, at anything and everything, visited the place that made the first Margarita ever, went to a wine festival. It was busy here with tourists, half of them speaking english. Weirdly, there were not many gringos at all.
Walking round town, we found this wine fest. For some reason, all the wine booths were selling wine AND sangrias. Nobody was drinking the wine, but everybody had ice cold sangrias ($4 for a huge glass!). They had great blues live band playing.
We’ve had our share of relaxing and eating amazing good food. Tomorrow, we head South and hopefully we get to ride more.
Before we part– here’s a picture of Brady’s newly acquired sun-blocking device.