Tuesday August 18, 2015, 104 miles (167 km) – Total so far: 10,527 miles (16,942 km)
We left Mulege early with the hopes of beating the heat. Loaded on our already heavy bikes are 24 liters of water which amounts to almost an extra 53 pounds. Along with this is the continuous up and down terrain of Baja. We have been here 15 days now and have only seen a few hours of flatness. Which is fine except in combination with the heat. Last year riding through the Iranian deserts was mostly flat. After a few hours we came upon our first cabana lined beach and made a detour for swimming. The hot water was wet but not very refreshing. It reminded us of our beach in Cape Canaveral as that is also very warm this time of year. Several more miles down the road we found an open cafe with cold cervezas and fish tacos. We also found a fellow cyclist, Yru from Japan who is headed our way. He had been sitting there quite a while trying to cool down. Soon we joined by a fellow American IT consultant, Kirk who was working a job nearby. We had a nice visit with both of them. When it came time to leave Kirk paid the entire bill! What a nice guy. We love meeting fellow travelers and adventurers such as Yru and Kirk.
We continued south thinking about camping for the night on a deserted beach when we saw Playa Buena Ventura that advertised that it was open. Most of the beach restaurants and markets are closed until the season begins mid-October. Mark from Wisconsin and Lorraine own and work the property. Since there is no electricity or water this is a very challenging job but they have enjoyed doing this for the past 16 years. Several trips need to be made weekly for generator gas and water. It is a fun place and we enjoyed the evening with them then set up our tent on their beach. Today we rode to Loreto where we will take a break from the heat.