We Hit the Road

Today we hit the road to start our Baja1000 adventure. We met up at 6:45 am and were enroute by 7:10 am (only about 10-15 minutes behind schedule). We were only missing one more person which we picked up on the way. After picking up our last passenger we kept going until we reached the freeway rest stop about an hour north of San Diego. Due to the long lines at the restrooms we ended up spending about 20-30 minutes there. We continued south until we were a couple of miles from the border crossing so we could fill the trucks with gas. We also spent about 20-30 minutes at this stop due to a small traffic collision in the parking lot. The drivers of the two cars involved decided to leave their cars right where it happenned (right in front of the driveway we needed to exit from).  Needless to say, we made our way out. We headed to the border crossing and got through within 5 minutes. It was cool, there was no line at all. This was my first time in Tijuana so I had to make sure I didn’t lose my caravan. Hauling a trailer around the unmaintained roads of Mexico next to the crazy driving locals meant I had to keep alert. All went fine and we made it to our next stop without any problems. We made a quick stop in Rosarito to pick up some “rattlesnake”. That took us about 30-45 minutes but was a nice break that let us stretch our legs since we had to walk a couple of blocks. Next stop was a bathroom break at a small bar in the middle of nowhere about half way between Rosarito & Ensenada. This is also where Todd & Daniel took one of the buggies off the trailer to drive it to Ensenada. Where else but Mexico can you drive an off road buggy on the freeway. The buggy handled the freeway well. In no time we were in Ensenada. As we drove through town all eyes were on the buggy. We ended up making one more bathroom break at the Gigante grocery store before we headed to the rental house. By this time were were all tired of being in the trucks for so long so the last 30 minutes of the drive seem to be the longest. It was all worth it in the end. The rental house was nice. It sits on a peninsula so it has a clear view to the front of the house and an awesome view of the beach to the back of the house. We unloaded the trucks & trailers as fast as we could and ran in and claimed our sleeping quarters as fast as we could so we could proceed to making lunch (carne asada with rice & beans and fresh flour tortillas). This was the appropriate beggining of an adventure filled weekend……

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