Monday, January 18, 2010

The Sixth Month Landmark, La Paz, Baja California Sur

Rick's nightly concoction...tonight vegetable soup.

Emergency numbers posted at Las Palmas hotel, La Paz - is Domino's Pizza on your emergency number list?

Ciudad Constitucion RV campground, not bad! Worth stopping early!

Afternoon snack break and water bag fill-up at a roadside restaurant, traveling throuth the Gigante Range of Baja Sur.

Sunset at Juncalito, a short ride out of Loreto.

The Sunday market in Loreto.

Jan 15 - our 6 month travel anniversary
6 months past, 6 months ahead

A chance meeting with travel friends led to our rental of a seaside apartment in La Paz for one week.
Two bedrooms, a rooftop terrace with a grill and sunset views over the Sea of Cortez,
A kind and efficient landlady, travel friends Debra and Pacifica living next door
Minutes from fish, carne asado and adobada tacos.

The Malecon, the seaside city walk just out the doorstep.
What a place to regroup, firm up plans and play house!

Contents of bicycle food bags for our family of five's several days continuous cycle travel/wild camping through Baja deserts, hot days, no refridgeration:

breakfasts: oatmeal with raisins, cream of wheat with honey, hard boiled eggs
snacks: fruit bars, oranges and dates, peanuts in the shell
lunches: bread rolls, peanut butter and marmelade on flour tortillas, carrots, avocados and chips, cheese and canned tuna
1)basic dry soup mix with three potatoes, two zucchini, two carrots, an onion several tomatoes and a poblano pepper
2) machaca (dried, dehydrated shredded meat) a can of beans, chopped poblano pepper, onion inside flour tortillas with fresh chopped tomatoes, jalepenos, cheese
3) pasta, two small boxes tomato sauce, chayote (a squash type vegetable that travels well in heat), an onion

Locate and tote 19 liters of water for 24 hour period.

That's a lot of weight! No wonder the blue waters of La Paz looked so amazing as we crested the hill to this capital of Baja California Sur.

And the plan ahead - we'll save South America for a future year of travel. This year we'll continue our travel through Mexico by flying from La Paz, Baja Sur to Mexico City. From there we'll cycle to the Gulf of Mexico and head north through the mainland. We'll re-enter the States in Texas and cycle with the destination of Minnesota, canoe travel in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area, train travel to White Fish, Montana and cycle home to Calgary in time for school to start.

Our travel is guided by our senses. Sunshine, roads, the Earth and the friends and experiences we encounter along the way.


  1. SO AWESOME to see your family! We love you guys...maybe some day the Fuerniss family will follow in your footsteps (not with biking but with camping). Travel safely and will be watching for your next adventure post.
    Steph, Garrett and Noah (Minneapolis)

  2. Say hi to Soft Hands Larry from us!

  3. Rick. I read a piece about you in Bicycling Magazine and said to myself it cant be the guy I know so Googled you and found out it was. I took at recreational biking about 6 years ago and enjoy it greatly. It was very interesting to read about your trip with you kids. It must be a wonderful experience having them with you every day. I am interested in reading about your trip with your wife around the world. Did you write a book or blog about it? Your trip makes my trip across Iowa and the Natchez Trace a joke. Anyway great to see and read about your great looking family and I will be following you on your blog. May God Bless you and keep you safe. Regards, Matt Locke (St. Louis, MO)


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