Arriving in El Rosario for the Baja 1000

Today was day four of my dash south to El Rosario to watch the Baja 1000. A week ago I hadn’t even heard of this event but as I came further south the more I learnt about it. The Baja 1000 is a motor race from Ensenada to La Paz. The course is mostly off road but in El Rosario it crosses the transpenisular highway that I have been following. Five days ago I met a hotel owner, Antonio, who offered me somewhere safe to camp in El Rosario and a bed should there be availability. El Rosario was 170km away so I did a few head calculations and worked out that if I hit marathon distance every day I would make it in time.

I am pleased to say that I made it. Today’s run was beautiful. The first 26km was along the coast and was pretty flat (ish). The road then curved into the mainland and up. The great thing about other parts of this run, namely Leggett Hill and Big Sur, is that they have number me to hills. Yes today was up but nothing to the same scale.

I could try and describe how beautiful it was but I think I will let the photos do the talking and move on to the next part of the day.

When I finally got to El Rosario I located the hotel and introduced myself. Antonio was out so whether I had a room or not was undetermined but a good camping spot was available. It transpired the Antonio doesn’t just own the hotel but also the gas station and is responsible for a local non profit organization which included a rescue unit. This rescue unit was on standby at the Baja 100.

After a delicious meal and a few pasties I wondered through town to the Baja 1000 crossing and picked my spot. Safety was not going to impede my view as it appeared to be low on the agenda. This event seems to be the main event of the year and all the locals were lining the street with little fires dotted everywhere. The children ran up and down looking for stickers from each of the teams. They approached me and asked if I had any. When I informed them that I didn’t they each in turn delved into their pockets and gave me one if their own, the next larger than the previous. Each one seemed to get a huge amount of pleasure from giving something to a stranger, something that I have noticed from everyone in Mexico. I hate to say it but I can’t imagine this happening in the UK!!

Unfortunately there were no free rooms tonight so camping it is! I am resting here tomorrow before I venture deeper inland – its about 120k till the next shop so I need to stock up and prepare. Who knows, maybe tomorrow I’ll be in a bed! Fingers crossed.

Written on my Nokia Lumia 1020

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