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Well after Marco from Marco's transmissions had spent two days going through my whole transmission he came to the conclusion that the transmission was not the problem.  He said the problem was with the transfer case. I asked him what I should do. He told me to take the car bach to San Diego. After a few repeated attempts with my poor Spanish I was able to get him to suggest another mechanic. The mechanic was Senor Moreno, and he was located in a town North of Constitution call Insurjentes. I was able to limp my car there just barely. I found Senor Moreno's shop and told him the problem.  He started work right away and started feeding me cervesas. This is Senor Moreno in the white shirt.

Well after Marco from Marco’s transmissions had spent two days going through my whole transmission he came to the conclusion that the transmission was not the problem. He said the problem was with the transfer case. I asked him what I should do. He told me to take the car back to San Diego. After a few repeated attempts with my poor Spanish I was able to get him to suggest another mechanic. The mechanic was Senor Moreno, and he was located in a town North of Constitution call Insurjentes. I was able to limp my car there just barely. I found Senor Moreno’s shop and told him the problem. He started work right away and started feeding me cervesas. This is Senor Moreno in the white shirt.

While I drank cervesa after cervesa with Senor Moreno, his two sons tore piece after piece from beneath my truck. Moreno would consult from time to time and keep me updated on the progress.

While I drank cervesa after cervesa with Senor Moreno, his two sons tore piece after piece from beneath my truck. Moreno would consult from time to time and keep me updated on the progress.

Well after four days of solid labor from four different mechanics this black ring was what caused all the problems. I really don't know what the problem was with this ring. It was a little scratched up, but because of it my truck would not move. Overall the whole episode only cost me about $600 US dollars, for the tow, two days in a hotel, a transmission mechanic spending two days going through the transmission, and Senor Moreno and his sons spending two days fixing the transfer case. In America I would have been looking at $2000 dollars at least.

Well after four days of solid labor from four different mechanics this black ring was what caused all the problems. I really don’t know what the problem was with this ring. It was a little scratched up, but because of it my truck would not move. Overall the whole episode only cost me about $600 US dollars, for the tow, two days in a hotel, a transmission mechanic spending two days going through the transmission, and Senor Moreno and his sons spending two days fixing the transfer case. In America I would have been looking at $2000 dollars at least.

After four days dealing with mechanical problems I decided to head to the beach and wait for surf.  I heard a large hurricane was on the way. While camping on the beach I met Dario. He is holding a fossilized Megaladon  tooth that he found on a nearby mesa. A Megaladon is a giant shark, three times the size of a great white.  This area of Baja is filled with amazing artifacts like this he told me.

After four days dealing with mechanical problems I decided to head to the beach and wait for surf. I heard a large hurricane was on the way. While camping on the beach I met Dario. He is holding a fossilized Megaladon tooth that he found on a nearby mesa. A Megaladon is a giant shark, three times the size of a great white. This area of Baja is filled with amazing artifacts like this he told me.

While camping on the beach I partied with these guys one night. They are business and architectural students from Ciudad de Constitution. I snapped this picture right before I left the beach cause I could see the Hurricane was just across the bay heading my way. I wanted to head for higher land.

While camping on the beach I partied with these guys one night. They are business and architectural students from Ciudad de Constitution. I snapped this picture right before I left the beach cause I could see the Hurricane was just across the bay heading my way. I wanted to head for higher land.

This is what a Hurricane looks like that is head right for you.

This is what a Hurricane looks like that is head right for you.

I snapped this photo just as the first wind hit. If you look closely you can see it just blew my table over, and it is starting to whip up a dust storm in the distance. I had just enough time to take down my awning, and cover my refrigerator and stove, grab the dog and jump into my truck before the rain started coming down.

I snapped this photo just as the first wind hit. If you look closely you can see it just blew my table over, and it is starting to whip up a dust storm in the distance. I had just enough time to take down my awning, and cover my refrigerator and stove, grab the dog and jump into my truck before the rain started coming down.

I quickly fell into a deep sleep, and when I woke up, I had that feeling like I had no idea where I was or what time it was. The storm had cleared and left another spectacular Baja sunset.

I quickly fell into a deep sleep, and when I woke up, I had that feeling like I had no idea where I was or what time it was. The storm had cleared and left another spectacular Baja sunset.

With the Hurricane comes the hurricane surf, and it did not disappoint. There were double overhead clean barreling wave after wave. Well worth the wait.

With the Hurricane comes the hurricane surf, and it did not disappoint. There were double overhead clean barreling wave after wave. Well worth the wait.

Here is a detail of one of the waves. You can just make out the peck that is the surfer. Once again I was using the wrong lens for the job, but you can get the idea.

Here is a detail of one of the waves. You can just make out the peck that is the surfer. Once again I was using the wrong lens for the job, but you can get the idea.

The road in was washed out by the hurricane, but Tyler from Santa Barbra still made. He drove his truck through 4 foot deep water that almost swept it away to be here for the waves.

The road in was washed out by the hurricane, but Tyler from Santa Barbra still made. He drove his truck through 4 foot deep water that almost swept it away to be here for the waves.

Right now I am unsure what I want to do. I am in La Paz, and am thinking about taking the ferry to Mainland Mexico, or going to Todos Santos in Southern Baja. I have been invited to split an apartment there with another surfer for September. I am going to think about it.

Right now I am unsure what I want to do. I am in La Paz, and am thinking about taking the ferry to Mainland Mexico, or going to Todos Santos in Southern Baja. I have been invited to split an apartment there with another surfer for September. I am going to think about it.

Yesterday it poured harder than I have ever seen for about a half hour. That's all it took to flood the whole town. I had to make my way through this brown river past children who were pointing and laughing at me and adults to polite to point and laugh. Apparently they have never seen a gringo in these neighborhoods carrying a little white chihuahua through the middle of a flood. My truck is worse than the mechanic thought, so it will take another day to fix it. I wanted to sleep at the garage to save money, but the junkyard dog that guards the place does not like me, so one more night in a hotel.

Yesterday it poured harder than I have ever seen for about a half hour. That’s all it took to flood the whole town. I had to make my way through this brown river past children who were pointing and laughing at me and adults to polite to point and laugh. Apparently they have never seen a gringo in these neighborhoods carrying a little white chihuahua through the middle of a flood.

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My truck is worse than the mechanic thought, so it will take another day to fix it. I wanted to sleep at the garage to save money, but the junkyard dog that guards the place does not like me, so one more night in a hotel.

Driving through the desert I stopped to get some tacos in Viscaino. I just happened to run into my amigo Juenal who I had met three years earlier on a whale watching tour. He told me about a festival in his home town of Benito Juarez. There was no surf so me and a friend Taylor decided to check it out. When we got to Benito Juarez we could not find Juenal so we decided to go watch a local soccer game. It was there that we met these dudes. We started drinking with them.

Driving through the desert I stopped to get some tacos in Viscaino. I just happened to run into my amigo Juenal who I had met three years earlier on a whale watching tour. He told me about a festival in his home town of Benito Juarez. There was no surf so me and a friend Taylor decided to check it out. When we got to Benito Juarez we could not find Juenal so we decided to go watch a local soccer game. It was there that we met these dudes. We started drinking with them.

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We continued to drink with them into the evening. These dudes were super cool. One of them let us park our trucks in his back yard. They all new Juenal and told us they would take us to his casa.

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We went to the casa de Juenal. He was not home, but all his buddies were there. We feasted on ceviche and drank more cervesas. We met Juenal’s sons and his brother Manuel and all his neighbors.

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Juenal finally showed up. He is in the center in the light red flannel with his two sons. My amigo Taylor who I have been traveling with is in the darker red flannel.

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Juenal’s brother Manuel (in the grey shirt) became our guide to Benito Juarez. He took us to his buddies house where we took shots of tequila and drank more cervesas.

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We then feasted on live clams.

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I have never eaten anything that was still alive before. It does not get fresher than that. It was quite an experience.

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We then went to the festival which was in full swing.

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The people of Benito Juarez are very good dancers. It seemed to me to be a country style of salsa dancing.

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I have found the people of Baja to be the most friendly happy people.

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The people of Central Baja are very authentic.

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The next morning I ran into Manuel singing songs and playing music with his buddies kicking off the day in true festival style. They wanted us to hang around for one more day, but I was too exhausted. These guys do festival right.

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We then made our way out to one of Baja’s most secret spots. Only about 40 kids new about this spot at this specific moment.

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I decided to go for a walk instead of battling a bunch of groms for waves. I found this cool abandoned whale boat.

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Hunter and I and a spectacular Baja sunset.

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My buddy Tyler and his dog Gunner

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I decided to get away from the crowds and head to a more solitary spot. It was so hot here. It felt like the sun was literally melting my shoes. Once I got my camp gear set up and made some shade to hide under I watched an afternoon thunder and lightning storm going on in the mountains.

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Another spectacular Baja sunset.

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The next day I headed south and ran into Tyler again. When I arrived I came to the horrible realization that my transmission was totally broken. My truck would not move in any gear. I was 20 miles down a really bad dirt road and then 100 miles on the main paved road to the nearest mechanic. To top it all off I only had about 5 dollars on me with no bank in sight.

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The next day we just happened to be camped right next to a road that a small Baja 500 style race was going on.

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The very first car to come through took this turn and rolled his car right in front of us. I figured this might be the solution to my problems. In about an hour a truck with a large trailer came to pick up this buggy. I asked them if it would be possible to take my truck too. They told me it was not possible. It was worth a try.

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Another spectacular Baja sunset.

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Well after much help from my amigo Tyler, another American Matt, the local ranch owner, and a small roadside restaurant I was able to get a tow truck to pick me up. Right now I am sitting in a nice hotel room that I treated myself to after two weeks without a shower. I am in the town of Ciudad de Constituion. It is a town that I vowed to never stop in due to being shaken down by the most crooked cops in all of Baja on a previous trip.

Hunter and I have been beach bumming it up for the past 10 days. I have not been doing much but hanging out with other surfers and waiting for the surf to arrive.

Hunter and I have been beach bumming it up for the past 10 days. I have not been doing much but hanging out with other surfers and waiting for the surf to arrive.

Hunter has joined up with a Baja dog pack. One of the dogs is the biggest Brittany Spaniel I have ever seen. I grew up hunting Chuckers in the dessert with my father. The owner of this dog was also a Chucker hunter. He was also one of the founders of the Northface company.

Hunter has joined up with a Baja dog pack. One of the dogs is the biggest Brittany Spaniel I have ever seen. I grew up hunting Chuckers in the dessert with my father. The owner of this dog was also a Chucker hunter. He was also one of the founders of the Northface company.

 

With a few days of no surf I finally set up my solar panel. Everything works well. I can fully rechage my battery in one day.

With a few days of no surf I finally set up my solar panel. Everything works well. I can fully rechage my battery in one day.

 

I saw this cool looking house on the side of the road and decided to take a picture of it. Of course Hunter ran in and ruined the picture.

I saw this cool looking house on the side of the road and decided to take a picture of it. Of course Hunter ran in and ruined the picture.

 

Well after about six days of small waves the swell arrived and it was heavy.

Well after about six days of small waves the swell arrived and it was heavy.

 

Empty hollow tubes.

These were the heaviest waves I have ever surfed breaking on shallow reef.

 

Only 4 guys on this wave.

Only 4 guys on this wave.

 

Peter making the drop.

Peter making the drop.

 

Peter getting barreled.

Peter getting barreled.

 

Peter getting fully covered.

Peter getting fully covered.

 

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Steve dropping in backside.

Steve getting barreled.

Steve getting barreled.

 

This is Tyler from Santa Barbra making the drop.

This is Tyler from Santa Barbra making the drop.

 

Tyler getting covered up.

Tyler getting covered up.

 

Casey from Oregon making the drop.

Casey from Oregon making the drop.

 

His brother Eric catching a nice one.

His brother Eric catching a nice one.

 

I came acroos a traditional Mexican folk song that I think is pretty appopriate for my travels in Baja. Here  it is. I CONTINUE TO BE THE KING I know well that I am on the outside 	But the day in which I die, I know that you are going to cry, 	cry and cry, cry and cry You willl say that you did not love me, 	But you are going to be very sad. And that ishow you will remain. With money or without money, 	I always do what I want, And my word is the law. I have no throne or queen, 	Nor anyone who understands me, But I continue to be the king. A rock in the road showed me 	That my destiny Was to roll and roll, roll and roll, 	roll and roll. Then a mule skinner told me, 	That you do not have to arrive first, But only have to know how to arrive. With money or without money.

I came acroos a traditional Mexican folk song that I think is pretty appopriate for my travels in Baja. Here it is.
I CONTINUE TO BE THE KING
I know well that I am on the outside
But the day in which I die,
I know that you are going to cry,
cry and cry, cry and cry
You willl say that you did not love me,
But you are going to be very sad.
And that ishow you will remain.
With money or without money,
I always do what I want,
And my word is the law.
I have no throne or queen,
Nor anyone who understands me,
But I continue to be the king.
A rock in the road showed me
That my destiny
Was to roll and roll, roll and roll,
roll and roll.
Then a mule skinner told me,
That you do not have to arrive first,
But only have to know how to arrive.
With money or without money.