Bahia de los Angeles to Mexicali Road

dweir

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Northbound on 02.20.18

From the turnoff to Laguna Chapala has that nice section for about 3 miles then deteriorates into a potfilled haven.
Turnoff at Laguna Chapala was graded for about three miles then washboard to where the 'new' road will come in (Turnoff to 1st bridge is being graded and has the gravel layer down but not open.
Next several miles is light gravel then it is on to the washboard.
Rock grinding camps are being broken down and moved; much of the northbound 1st half blasting has been completed with numerous heavy trucks moving back and forth.
As you get nearer to bridge 4 the 'new' section vs. old road is not well marked with the red signal poles. The new road has rocks across the road with some of them removed for access. We took the wrong way once and back tracked as it was barely passable. The Zooboys do not recommend taking any of the 'removed rock sections' to what looks like a shortcut.
Looking at past progress and current locations We think the road will be completed in 2020.

The frontage road (sand/silt) past Coco's Corner is on both sides but the one on the West side runs longer and is a good 'soft' ride. Make sure you look for the dust lines up ahead as some vehicels were coming towards us in a big, and dangerous, hurry.
Road up to Gonzaga Bay is in very good condition.
The vados past the Bay are daily doubles: vados + potholes in the bottom so beware.
The road cleared up some past KM 30 near the new fire station but potholes come and go and get worse the closer you get to the airport turnoff of San Felipe. From the turnoff to the town is in horrendous condition.From San Felipe northbound is ok.
1.5 hour wait at the border.
We voted that Mex 5 is better than potholed Mex 1.

Fishing
February is our trip to work on the house but we got to Machos one day and hit 5 quality yellowtail (perhaps 15 or 16lbs). All on scrambled egg or some variation that had yellow. One pole bender threw the hook 1/2 way up.
Group down the beach the next day got limits; we decided to work all day on our projects as we had only two more days to compete the projects.
Next two days saw Westy+ rain; no rain but strong Westy when we left this morning.

We did install the 2nd beach launch wheel; after about 5 days we used to see the trailer and boat roll down and grow closer to a parallel course to the water. New wheel tracks show a different story now.


See you in mid-March on the bay.

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CD21

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Very nice. Thanks for the report! How was the weather and water temp? Blowing hard? Can you still camp out at La Gringa? And is there a boat ramp closer to La Gringa than the one in town?

Sorry for all of the questions, it's been probably 20 years since I've been down there! :(
 
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Ali

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Thanks for the update. I was dying to know how the new highway was coming along.
 
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dweir

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Dec 2, 2011
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Singing Hills (El Cajon), CA
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Don Weir
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15' & 20' Bayrunners 'Zoo Boys'
water temp 57.5
Westys when we left
Northerlies blowing past 10:30 am
Two days 'like glass'
Camping still a great move at La Gringa
We beach launch but the only ramp is in town