12/26/23 Santa Rosalia - south - CycleBlaze

December 26, 2023

12/26/23 Santa Rosalia

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Today was a slog. The wind wasn’t much less than yesterday, so everything happened slowly and I got very tired.  However the temperature was nice and the sun not too strong, so despite the wind I quite enjoyed the ride and could not think of anything else I’d rather be doing. 

Horses casually strolling the plaza, all by themselves. I love Mexico
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A final look at the lagoon
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Volcán Tres Virgenes, my view for the day
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Stopped in Alfredo V. Bonfile to dry my tent, which I’d packed up sopping wet from the morning dew. It looks calm in this picture, but in reality I was fussing around making sure nothing blew away
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Getting closer
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I came across this unhappy Christmas, front tire flat and rear tire shredded. I sat in its shade and ate all my oranges, wondering who the owner was and how long they drove on the rims. Only a quarter mile, it turns out
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I finished my oranges and was about to leave a “thanks for the shade, hope it all worked out” note when the state police drove up. The pistol packing fellow on the left was the owner, and also evidently the boss as he was happy to chat while the others set about fixing things
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Gettin past
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Yes!
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Back side
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Adiós virgenes
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Hello Gulf of California
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There used to be a sign calling this Cuesta del Infierno (Hillside of Hell). The wind made the descent all wonky, I was riding the brakes a lot
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About 10 miles from Santa Rosalia I saw someone walking with a suitcase on their head and took their picture, figuring here’s someone with a story
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Gil, originally from Chihuahua, had decided he was done working at the mine and was on his way to Mexicali, unaware the next town was 30 miles away. I gave him the rest of my water and showed him where things were on the map
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He said he was fine and requested a selfie
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The mine Gil had had enough of
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Santa Rosalia, a boom town since the mine reopened
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Relic from the previous boom
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The famous church
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Eiffel’s church was exhibited in Paris, next to his new tower, and then taken apart and shipped here
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Inside
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Busy downtown Santa Rosalia. But only Planet Pizza was open
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The plaza must be pretty at night, though I won’t be here to see it. Too tired to be interested
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There were more places open along the coast road out of town. I stopped here, concerned I might wake up hungry
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Second supper
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Next door to the taco shop, the foundation is getting eroded by angry seas
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Full moon tonight
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Today's ride: 50 miles (80 km)
Total: 617 miles (993 km)

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Raj HajelaNice seƱor!
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