I wake in my hammock cocoon and notice a light dew has settled in the night. We’re reluctant to leave our little lakeside paradise.
We’re crossing to Baja’s east side again. Adolfo warned that it would be like riding into an oven. The east side is definitely Baja’s hotter side. Today’s ride is 24 miles of uphill and then 18 miles of rolling hills, all into a hot, dry headwind. It’s a hot, slow slog through the desert.
Tres Virgenes Volcano
When we finally reach the Sea of Cortez we score a great camping spot right along the beach north of town. We take a dip, sitting in the cool water, letting the waves wash over us as the sun sets, watching the fishing boats head home for the day.
A note on the water situation: We’re finding most places in Baja do not have wells. They truck water in and store it in above ground tanks, usually on the roof. Most stores will have a tank of potable water that they sell by the gallon/liter. So we’ve been buying our water in this way. Our max capacity with all our containers filled is 15 liters (4 gallons). No doubt these tanks don’t get cleaned very often and have some natural bacteria. That’s the point – we’re trying to acclimate our systems to whatever the locals are used to. Bottled water is almost too sterile. The locals and restaurants don’t use bottled water so we feel that option would be setting ourselves up for a disaster.