San Diego to Ensenada – 3 days, 130 miles

December 12th, 2005 by David

   After a week of preparation, I left San Diego at noon on Saturday, riding east through hilly suburbs. I took inland roads to avoid the busy highway along the coast near Tiajuana. As night came, I camped off the side of the road so that I could cross the border the next morning.

The Border
Dry Hills south of Tecate
Family I stayed with first night

   Bicycles, it seems, are not stopped when traveling into Mexico (see movie on the left), and I felt just a little silly for waiting for a week to get my passport. Biking through Tecate, I noticed immediately that Mexicans use far less gas per person than Americans – every car that passed me had at least 3 or more people sitting inside.
   Biking the dry hills south of Tecate, I passed through many small and fairly uninhabited valleys before reaching a valley of vineyards near the coast. As dark approached, I asked local residents if there was a place I could pitch my tent. Julio quickly invited me to stay at his house, which he shares with his wife, daughter, and parents, and which they built themselves 20 years ago. They spoke no English. My Spanish is rapidly improving.

Famil I stayed with the second night

   The next day was a short ride to Ensenada, where I checked the internet to see which school I was going to visit (from email), and then biked to Centro Educativo Patria. Afterwards, the prinicipal as well as the partial owner of the school (they are married) generously invited me to stay at their ranch. At the ranch, although they only recently purchased a refrigerator and use electricity sparingly, the family lives well. They make their own wine and olive oil, laugh often, and managed to feed a hungry bicyclist extremely well.
   I am fearful of the number of postcards/thank you cards I will have to send down the road….

4 Responses to “San Diego to Ensenada – 3 days, 130 miles”

  1. Roger Wallace says:

    Your stories are quite impressive. My class is aware of how carefully you are watching everything. Energy use is something we are just coming to grips with. Keep up the ride.

    Roger Wallace and the E-4 gang of Fort River

  2. Wow it amazes me how much ground you have covered…. but also it puts the earth in perspective for me

    you can ride a plane for 10-8 hours(not that good for the inviorment) or you can bike for 3 months solely depending on good will and some funding.

    also here in californiaa strange weather paterns are forming. just today and for the past few weeks we have been haveing snow on the hills in california and i mean serious snow (its winter and normaly there isn’t snow)

    so since you are a climitologist i thought this might interest you … talk to you later!:p

  3. Don Boivin says:

    Hi David,
    Great reading. Great way to see the world.
    Stay healthy and be safe.


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