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October 30, 2005 02:41 PM

La Paz

Day 24

Sorry for the intermittent posts, though this is my last apology as we head deeper South and into poorer regions it´ll become increasingly difficult to find the necessary Internet access.

I´ve heard some of your criticism and agree, sorta. You want ´more, more, more´ and you want me to write ´with all my five senses´ and I recognize that I´ve got a habit of filtering everything that might reveal anything at all about me out. It´s nothing new. In the past I´ve always made a point to record only factual information, fearing that anything personal, or emotional would embarrass me later on. It´s a dangerous thing; to throw it all out there, on the world wide web for all to see. Try to bear with me while I find my voice on this site. It may take some time as I´m only starting.

If you´re looking to get your kicks from here, forget it. Go get your own kicks. What you read here is merely a speck of dust in a giant world of my experiences. For now I live first and write as an after thought.

But enough of that. I´ve covered more than 2000km since the Alamo in Rosarito. As you can see from their website, it has the potential to be very nice, however the reality is worlds away from what you see online. The pool hasn´t been used for years, except as a sort of perverse wetland and the rest of the place is falling apart. There were never more than 7 of us on sight at anyone time, though admittedly it is the off season for Rosarita. It wasn´t all bad, the staff were friendly and it was relaxing. Caroline got away with a nasty case of Bed Bugs which doesn´t look comfortable at all and must have been less than ideal for our 24 hour bus ride South.

I´m writing to you fresh off the bus. Brian and Caroline have set out to see about hiring a car while I guard the bags and type. She´s a British journalist who´s also heading down the pacific coast. We all agreed that it´d be beneficial to travel together. Sorry to disappoint, but there is no greater conspiracy. We hope to head down to the cape to Cabo San Lucas, before returning to get the ferry across the Sea of Cortez to the Mexican mainland.

For the moment we´re in La Paz, near the bottom of the Baja Peninsula. The scenery on the way down was simultaneously spectacular and ´godforsaken´at the same time. I´d have loved to have some pictures to post, as they´d speak a thousand words more articulately than I ever could...

Trouble is, the camera is broken. It´s my first real casualty aside from the towel I left in Brooklyn and it´s something I don´t think I can live without. I´m sure it has something do do with sand in the lens. I´ve resolved to try to replace or repair it in Cabo San Lucas tomorrow.

104 hours on the bus so far and we´ve made it 20 degrees South, finally to some heat. Not much of a sailing trip yet, but if you recall, our plan all along was to have no plan. We may leave the Americas after Christmas, when the bulk of the boats sail the Pacific.


Andrew said:

As you head into deeper and darker rainforested areas, I am wondering if you had any types of immunization before you started your trip? What types of potions do they stick you full of before you leave?

October 30, 2005 04:31 PM
Jonathan said:

I don't know if I should believe your ramblings or the seemingly omnipotent Latest Position arrow. You're still in California, aren't you?

October 31, 2005 07:37 AM
mich said:

Get your own kicks? You didn't design this website for yourself did you? no. So - you are kinda doing one thing, asking another - you can't be a celebrity without the Paparazzi- sorry, you are in. Plus, it is fun and interesting. Have fun.

October 31, 2005 02:46 PM
Ryan said:

Fine. I´ll just make sure that I keep up the posting schedule... no matter how difficult.

I just wish I could solve the Camera problem... I keeping my eyes peeled for a cheap digital maybe tomorrow when we hit up La Paz for Day of the Dead celebrations.

November 1, 2005 04:57 PM