Day Nine: El Pescadero to Tecolote Beach (145 km)
Woke up to the full moon setting over the Pacific Ocean, while the sun was rising to the East. It was a spectacular display with the moon illuminating our room, before the Sun made her presence. The moon’s size, shape and colour reminded us of the large harvest moons in the Fall. A magical way to end our stay at Rancho Pescardero. We watched in awe as the moon set on the horizon.
Packed up and said our good-bye to hotel living. But not before their chef allowed us to take a tour of their organic garden and hand pick some fresh veggies for the road. Chef Bueno picked baby romaine, tomatillos, limes, zucchini, cucumber, beets, red leaf lettuce, basil, Boston bib lettuce, sage and tomatoes. Tonight we will make a fresh salad courtesy of Rancho Pescadero – such a treat!
Drove north through La Paz and spent some time looking for a replacement Coleman stove. No such luck. We did learn from Dave – our VW camper van neighbour at Tecolote – that any sort of fuel can be used inthe MSR Whisper lite. So we can use regular gasoline, as we cannot find any camp fuel in Baja.
Windy as heck here at Tecolote Beach. Strong winds from the east, however warm and clear blue skies. The water is turquoise and the mountains surround us. We are camping in the dunes between some shrubbery to help shield us from the wind.
Laying low tonight, as tomorrow is our single longest driving day. – about 500 km with a large mountain pass.
We are hoping the winds shift direction and blow in from the south. In doing so, we’ll get some help over the mountains and improve our fuel efficiency (which is running at about 18-20 MPG).
Northbound we go. 145 km down, and 1,500 km until we reach San Diego.
Marigold has been a dream, and has presented no issues. Her sliding door is getting a little sticky – likely from all of the dust down here. We’ve topped up the oil and are putting in premium gas. Otherwise, she runs perfectly.