Cabo to La Paz day (5) five
Salsipuedes! Don’t drive if you can avoid it. Dodged another roadkill road trip in Mexico; we are now back (safe) from our Cabo to La Paz all day road trip. Everything like they say is now hunky dory (free of trouble or problems). Saw goats, donkeys and horses but, they stayed close to their side of the road but far enough away for me to roadkill one. Honest assessment of the road out of Cabo and to and out of LaPaz is it truly sucks, and this is coming from a glass always half full kind of guy. The road in between is pretty good with lots of great ocean scenery all the way to Todos Santos, then way more cactuses than you will ever want to see. Only regret is not stopping for goat cheese guesadillas or cirruelas.
The road, repairs, and signage is almost as if the timeshare people planned it that way to intentionally trap you here in Cabo and from driving anywhere else. The sad part is that if you do escape the road construction, and finally make it to LaPaz, good luck on finding a sign of any kind to get you to the malecon (pier, boardwalk or equivalent), or in that case back to Cabo. I can read Spanish and talk it pretty well, if i do say so myself. It took three people, me asking to find my way back onto the highway 19 to Cabo. The last guy asked was selling water melons.
The first driver visible signage spotted for highway 19 was 15 miles out of the city. Finally affirmation that you are on the correct road back to Cabo. Having a map before we started would’ve possibly helped but, the Cabo National hotel rental car attendant did not have one. Planning ahead i cut out a map from a newspaper but, the moisture from a water bottle dissolved the less than one half ply news paper, turning it into a soft wet pulpy mess. No need on blaming the Mrs. on leaving a lose cap on a water bottle- hint.
Finally we reach the malecon and I find a rental car place, she gives me a map like 99.9% of all rental car places and a great tip on the best place for seafood – The Briggantine. Him a fried snapper fish and her a chili relleno that were both amazingly good and cheap. The view onto the water and malecon is reason enough for coming to La Paz. Our goal was to secure the Western Flyers future home and we did at the Club de Yates Palmira. We received a rate quote then the first boater we encountered named Rick from the S/V Between da Sheets, a Beneateau 47 offered us a tour of the place. He was right in the middle of eating a dove bar with one hand while holding onto a pint of beer in the other when we spotted him. Check out his blog at sailblogs. com/member/betweendasheets. com.
Like a true boater Rick invites us over to his boat, we start a long conversation until his wife joins us; she was right in the middle of painting her toes when we showed up. Such is a cruisers life.
Now I find myself reading less on this retired vacation than I do back home. I finally figured out that my kindle library has grown steadily. My reading problem seems to stem from television. Why just the minute that Patti turns one on, it’s like an addiction, “quick, give a book, any book”. If a commercial is on, especially one that really insults the intelligence to the point of comotose, I take one sometimes two steps and dive write in, it just seems to me to be the only approach to my dysfunctional behaviour.
So, we pick up the Jetta (VW) and almost off we go. What no turbo, and the tires are near bald? How could they rent this thing. No problema, my driving is checked and on good behaviour, at least I thought so until my navigator continues having hiccups with the navigating part of the trip. We both make note of missing our dog Lucy, a chocolate lab on day one. On day two, three and four we miss the grand children, good roads, functional cars, sidewalks, followed by me (boat projects) really, just kidding. We miss you too!
The Mexican federal highway (carretera federal) No. 19 runs along the Pacific coast of Baja California Peninsula from Cabo San Lucas up to Todos Santos where it turns inland and eventually joins Mexican Federal Highway 1 a few miles south of San Pedro, Baja California Sur.
Were we going there we would’ve arrived but, we continued on 19 to LaPaz. La Paz has provided a safe harbor for mariners since it was first visited by Hernan Cortéz in 1535, in his explorations of the Sea of Cortez.
Winter cruisingin the Sea of Cortez has been popular for many years and La Paz is a kick off point to Isla Espiritu Santo (Holly Spirit) located 20 miles from La Paz. Sea lions, Manta ray, Hammer head and whale sharks (you and me Lisa) are just some of the sea life that can be found on snorkeling and diving expeditions in one of the many bays and beaches.
Sangria and pizza for dinner. Gotta go get ready for zip lining Thursday.