Friday the plan was the head to Ensenada and meet up with fellow overlanders Billy & Trish from Australia but we arrived there before 10am and decided to press on to the border at Tijuana. Tijuana is a busy place and we fought our way through the city to where we had information the Banjecito was (to cancel our temporary import documents and get our $400 guarantee back) transpires despite the signs still being there they moved it around 6 months ago to near the Octay border crossing about 6 miles away.
Another bit of chasing around near Octay (still Tijuana though) we ended up parking next to a car wash while I set off on foot (the traffic was crazy) to locate it, i did that then Fi's bike died, no electrics at all! The battery still showed 13 volts but after a while looking for the problem I came to the conclusion the battery was dead, starting the bike from mine proved it, as soon as I disconnected the jump lead it died. Then I got one of the car wash guys to take me to a nearby bike shop, no luck, transpired there was a battery dealer 200 metre from where we were parked so after wandering up and down with various batteries to try I got one that fitted but had the terminals the wrong way round! A bodge job got the bike going and back together and we made the USA at 8pm, a 13 hour day with no food or drink! Luckily the US crossing was painless enough and we stopped in the first hotel we spotted! Fast food in a McDonald's type place for dinner and no Beer!!!!!
|This is the Gas station !|
|Looks like a film set|
|The boulder fields|
|Fi wondering when her bike will cut out again|
|Great history on the walls|
|Bike IN the cafe|
|Outside our digs for the night|