One month on the road

Today, May Day in Mexico and the rest of the world, marks our first month on the road.  With the notable exception of the camper roof problem we’ve had a remarkably problem free month.  We haven’t come down with any food-borne illness even as we take almost no precautions about what we eat.

We’ve not been hassled by the police looking for a mordida even though stories about corrupt police are almost daily fodder on Facebook. Perhaps Baja is an anomaly?

The Mexican people are by and large friendly and willing to help. Invariably when we meet someone on the road they will smile and wave. There is no bias against Norte Americanos that I can detect.

This is not to say that everything has been perfect.  The major complaint is the deplorable state of most of the RV parks we’ve stayed at.  My working hypothesis is that the parks were built in the early 70’s after the Transpenisular Highway was built.  They’ve seen little – if any – maintenance since.

And now, on with the show –

Yesterday morning, Saturday, we drove to Misión San Francisco Javier de Viggé-Biaundó in the Sierra Giganta mountains SW of Loreto.  We almost didn’t because our guide book claims the road to the mission is unpaved.  In fact, except for a small section between kms 14 and 15 the road is well paved.

The mission and the town of San Javier sit in a river valley surrounded by hills.  The church (see pics) is no architectural wonder but does command the town.  Inside the church we found a helpful caretaker who explained the inscriptions in the stone arches and who was depicted in paintings – mostly early missionaries.

After touring the church and the grounds we had desayuno (breakfast) at an excellent restaurante just a few steps away. We were the only diners.

In the evening we took a taxi (too hot to walk) to what is probably the nicest restaurant along the malecón.  After an excellent pescado dinner an American woman introduced herself as the owner, and asked us how we liked the meal.

After dinner we walked a few blocks to Plaza Juarez, Loreto’s main public plaza.  We visited the gallery of Richard Jackson, a very talented photographer.  Then we watched a troupe of dancers (high school kids) perform and listened to a good male singer as the sun retreated behind palm trees –  La dolce vita.

This morning we drove the road to San Javier again so that I could photograph the desert and mountain scenery (see pics).

Back in Loreto we stopped at the Super Ley Express market to restock the fridge.  Had the feeling of being in a small Costco – they use the same pneumatic tube system that Costco uses.

Bird of the day: Vermillion Flycatcher .  What a bird!  Saw it first at the mission then a couple of times while stopped along the road.