Day 17 – Ensenada to Catavina

Another late start today but not our fault – well – a little.
We had to go through immigration and it took quite some time. First
the officer almost sent us back to Tijuana saying that we could only
do it there. I said almost involuntarily "Are you serious!?". His
stern reply was "Of course, I am the authority here!". After we
softened him up a bit by telling about our motorcycle trip, he talked
to his boss and allowed us to do the paperwork there.
We had to then go to a bank to pay the penalty for not having done
immigration in Tijuana. The first bank told us that they only received
that kind of fee on Wednesdays but the bank across the street might
take it – it did. I was worried that the banks weren't going to be
open at all!
In any case – we left Ensenada around noon. The scenery was beautiful.
The roads were pretty good.
We stopped for a quick break and met Jason. He asked us where we were
going and to our surprise his response was not the usual "wow that is
amazing!" but a very happy "ME TOO!!". He's San Francisco and is going
to be on the road for 2 YEARS! He's going to spend about 4 months just
in Mexico and then head south.
We then stopped at a "famous" place called The Old Mill to have lunch
– a great little off-road on the way there.
The last stretch of the day was from the Old Mill to Catavina – a
little town with a great hotel in the middle of the desert. Very cool
place. Going to take some pictures tomorrow.