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Mexico : Baja California Sur

1.7 km (1.1 miles) W of Playa Océano Pacífico, Baja Calif. Sur, Mexico
Approx. altitude: 69 m (226 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest Multimap world confnav)
Antipode: 27°S 66°E

Accuracy: 5 m (16 ft)
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#2: Motorcycles parked near the confluence #3: GPS display sitting 'on' the confluence #4: Watch for tire hazards #5: Tom fixes a flat #6: The faulty map

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#1: Looking southwest

(visited by Phil Kopp and Tom Grenon)

18-Apr-2002 -- This confluence point was a surprise. Both the AAA Baja map I carried (Pic #6) and the maps Tom carried showed this confluence point about 2 kilometers offshore! The Kawasaki KLR 650 dual-sport motorcycles are very capable mounts, but I assure you they don't do ocean travel.

We camped about 15 miles north of Bahia Asuncion the previous night and we stopped in town for breakfast. We were studying our maps and had decided to try and ride out to the coast at Punta San Hipolito and get as close to the confluence point as we could without getting wet. We could at least say we tried! We set the confluence point into our GPS as a GOTO destination and were 'following the arrow' as we rode toward San Hipolito. To our surprise, the arrow was gradually pointing to the left rather than the right. When the arrow finally pointed directly to our left we stopped and checked with each other to confirm we both had the same readings. We could ride to the confluence point after all!

It was pretty easy across the desert, about 1 or 2 kilometers of rolling terrain and low bushes with the occasional soft spot. The bushes are deadly though, as you can see Tom managed to get a thorn in his front tire. Pretty much any high-clearance vehicle can get to this spot with little trouble. No chance of getting lost as you are never out of sight of the ocean. There are no fences, gates or other restrictions to getting to this spot.

This whole section of coastline from Bahia Tortugas to Punta Abreqjos is a joy to travel. Between the small villages, it is almost completely deserted. The road is a typical two-track with plenty of washboard and soft sandy patches. It wouldn't be nearly as much fun if it was paved.


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#1: Looking southwest
#2: Motorcycles parked near the confluence
#3: GPS display sitting 'on' the confluence
#4: Watch for tire hazards
#5: Tom fixes a flat
#6: The faulty map
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