La Ventana or bust
About an hour into my second leg down the Baja peninsula, I realized I may not make it to La Ventana by nightfall. As I mentioned before, nighttime driving in Baja is a bad, bad idea, so I settled on the destination of La Paz as another midpoint. Well rested after a solid ten hours of sleep in my little casita at Gary’s B&B in San Ignacio I picked up the pace a little. Driving the windy roads in the mountains is a lot of fun, but I was taking the passing of trucks very seriously, as almost every sharp turn has at least one little cross and some flowers, and several times I noticed burnt out car wrecks in the bottom of ravines. Armed with some empanadas de datiles (dates) I drove nonstop for most of the day save the occasional vista stop and mark on the map for camp spots on the way home.
Why the hurry you ask? Because the wind is killer in La Ventana right now, and the season is ending at the end of the month. I figured I can get some exploration in later on in my trip if the wind dies in LV.
By about 5 pm I reached La Paz — the biggest city I had seen since Ensenada — they even have a Sam’s club, and a Home Depot! Because there was an hour of daylight left, I pushed on to La Ventana. The last stretch of road turned out to be the most perilous. The 286 highway is riddled with serious potholes — the type that will remove your wheels from your vehicle — so the going was slow, but I made it safe and sound.