Entering a foreign country on a motorcycle for an extended stay can be quite intimidating to say the least. The border crossing was my initial fear, not because of anything illegal in my possession but wondering if I would have to wait hours in line only to have everything I’ve packed spread across the search tables like a giant jigsaw puzzle just waiting for me to try and figure out how to get it all put back together how I had it. The crossing turned out to be as simple as driving across the street, no stopping, no searches, no nothing. It was so simple and quick that I didn’t even get a picture and forgot to get my required Tourist Card/Visa Stamp. Oh well, I’ll have to worry about that later.
My traveling companion is Kurt from Illinois that rides an original paint 1953 Harley Panhead. When we met up in Texas to do this trip he said are you comfortable with me riding along with a bike this old and my response was are you comfortable with me riding a bike with nearly a half million miles on it……. And the trip was on.
Crossing the border at Tijuana we made a bee-line to Ensenada. Pulling into town I could see a cruise ship in the distance and knew we could secure our Tourist Card and get our Passports stamped. Lucky for us the Baja 1000 started from there the next day and was like a dream come true for us.
There’s pretty much only one highway that goes all the way south down the Baja peninsula to Cabo San Lucas and that’s Mexico’s Route 1. It took us along the Pacific coast crossing over to the Sea of Cortez back over to the ocean side and back to the sea side. This is just the thing that most motorcyclist crave, roller coaster type mountain passes, beautiful water overlooks and the serenity of desert crossings.
Chance meetings with new friends and English speaking locals provided us with what to see and do, what towns to stop in, great places to eat and even who to visit on our journey.
It didn’t take long to fall in love with Mexico, it’s people, it’s culture and its natural beauty. My initial fears were completely unfounded I can’t wait to take the ferry to the mainland to discover more of Mexico.
The great people of Mexico and the wonderful flower girl
I’ve been friends with Gypsy on Facebook for a couple years and when he heard we were coming through he offered us his house and hospitality.