Saturday, 11 May 2013

La Paz to Loreto


The ride up the Baja from La Paz to Loreto was windy, quite a strong headwind in fact, so much so that we were on reserve at just over 130 miles, 50 miles earlier than usual. One other factor of course is that it’s been a while since we could sit at 70mph plus so that has a huge bearing on fuel consumption. The last 40 miles of so into Loreto is quite dramatic scenery wise, a curving road with great scenery and the sea hovering in and out of view.

We rolled into Loreto and found our way to the 1697 restaurant bar & Hotel where we met out hosts Kieran and Norma and their son Patricio. A welcome beer went down well followed by several others with a great meal.

Loreto is a small town, (founded in 1697 by Jesuit missionaries) touristy, catering for the Americans and Canadians getting away from their weather, its a really nice place and well worth a visit. We took a boat trip out to one of the island and were blown away by the amazing wildlife, Cormorants, Pelicans, Osprey’s , Sea lions, and n amazing show from some dolphins passing our boat, we even saw a whale but weren’t fast enough to get a photo! On a quiet white sandy beach we ran into Julie & Neil from Chicago who we’d met the previous night, of all the beaches in all the places ......

So we’re here for a few days rest from riding the bike  then heading North towards the USA which is still around 700 miles away. 
Our Home for a few days, 1697!

The town Hall

Especially for my sister, Loreto Church

Scary Fiona

Cool Place (But hot!)

For my Telecom pals, stealth Palm tree!!

View of the town centre

Cactus

Pelican in flight

And again

Shadow of bird looking at crabs, mmm food

Blue footed Ducks

Sea Lions, very noisy & smelly

In for a swim

Osprey

Dolphins showing off

Thar she blows

Life on the road....OK on the beach!!

Leading the way

Pretty harbour

And its goodbye from him

And him!!

 

9 comments:

  1. keeping up with the blog`s ,from here in Notts. We have just returned from our camping weekend and it has been cold and windy (that is just me as usual says Chris!) and we are jealous of the fantastic things you are experiencing. Enjoy it you two and keep up the good work as you go further north . Love from Chris & Bryan .

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    1. Hola Christine & Brian, good to hear from you, not sure how we'll cope with returning to the UK in November!!! I don't like cold!!
      Love
      Gino & Fiona

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  2. Hola Fiona & Gino,
    Good to read about Baja and view the pictures. Blue Footed Boobies, nae ducks, look more like Gannets. Dolphins and Sea Lions from the boat look good.
    Weather very changeable here, 14C yesterday, lucky if it's 10C today and going down to 1c tonight, with fresh snow on the tops! It's the NW wind from a cold Atlantic.
    All the best and good health.
    Bill & Kat.

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    1. Hola Bill & Kat
      Thought you'd keep mr right!! Not happy at these cold weather stories at all, makes me think twice about Scotland as a place to stay (but I'd not stay anywhere else anyway!)
      Hope it heats up soon
      Gino & fiona

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  3. Looks so fantastic, so jealous of all the wildlife and weather in the photaes :)

    Stef

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    1. Hi Stef, yep pretty amazing, get oot here, its braw!!

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  4. Great photos ,and more churches,starting to worry about you ha ha ,stay safe ,speak end of week love Laura and co xxxxxxxxx

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    1. I only put them in because I know you are very interested, went to Mass last night, you should be worried ha ha. Speak soon Love, big Brother! xxxxxx

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  5. Good to see that you are still spotting mobile antenna sites. Don think that would look any more out of place than the existing one up by Cumbernauld if I remember. How about these? http://twistedsifter.com/2012/08/examples-of-cell-phone-tower-disguises/

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