Another rest day after 4 more days travelling down the Baja California, so the story up to date.
September 28th we left Guerrero Negro and continued along Highway 1 for just over 100K with the countryside consisting of large tracts of land with giant Saguaro and other types of cactus. There was nothing very spectacular along the way and we eventually set up camp in the grounds of a house belonging to the owners of a factory on the other side of the road. There were no campsites or motels etc, in the area, so on the scouting of the trip earlier Cristiano had called into the factory to see if they knew where the tour could stay when it came through. The wife of the owner told him that we could use the house opposite as she was always keen to help cyclists. It was not furnished so we could use the floors to sleep on and it had a bathroom which had a flushing toilet so that was good enough. In the grounds there were many cactus and I took a photo of a flower in bud on one of them and in the morning that followed it had burst into flower, see the photos of Section 7.
Next day September 29th the road was much the same and after 135K we arrived at a motel in the seaside town of Santa Rosalia, which was not one of the better places that we have stayed at. The town was on the coast but it seemed to have been, and still is, a sort of industrial town with a little tourism thrown in! I was not feeling at my best, just getting so fed up with not riding, and the wifi was not working so I was quite glad when we left there the next day.
The last day of September was a day when I just wished I could be riding, beautiful undulating smooth roads and after just over 100K ending on a beach sight in a little cove. On the way we set up lunch at around 62K just past an historic town of Mulege which Avril & I visited while Andreas looked after the riders for their lunch. He later picked us up with Haley and we had another quick visit of this typical old Mexican town. When we arrived at the camp at the end there was not really much to do, but it turned out to be quite a good stop as there was a restaurant and bar on the beach run by an American guy and in the afternoon I had a really good beef-burger which was one of the best meals that I have had since we got into Mexico. It was a very pretty bay and at night we slept in our tent without the fly sheet on so that we could see the stars through the fine mesh roof, which was nice.
On October 1st there was about 95K to go before we reached the town of Loreto and a very nice small hotel fairly close to the centre of town and not far from the beach. We took the baggage truck straight into Loreto and it was another road that I wish I had been able to ride, and in the afternoon we did some exploring. There was a good coffee shop just next door and then later we had some lunch at a cafe opposite run by a very nice young couple. I also cleaned all the s..t off my bike from weeks of travelling on the back of one or other of the vans. The with some help from Andreas we changed the saddle, chain and tyres ready for my slow return to the pack after the rest day, hopefully!
On the actual rest day, October 2nd, Andreas and Haley had organised a boat trip out to an island where we would do some snorkelling and swimming with lunch on a white sandy beach. Haley said that it would be okay for me to get my wound wet as there is not a scab as in the sort you get when you cut yourself. With the wound healing from the bottom upwards it means that once it has sealed itself it is just a process of the join fading and as long as I did not stay in the water for hours I would be okay. Also the water here is very salty and very clean so with that I enjoyed doing some snorkelling and some swimming today which was good. There were seven of us and we had a very friendly and helpful crew of two with us. It was a great change to the normal type of rest day and we all enjoyed ourselves very much, see photos for some of what we did and the wild life we saw.