Today was another exhilarating day. They say one of the easiest. It was a chilly start (34’) with a looong downhill through gorgeousness. If you do this route watch for the fork in the road.
The red rock was fabulous. The vistas did not stop.
Marina and I had many laughs today. She is a bandanna aficionado and can now navigate all outdoor personal hygiene scenarios. Congrats.
The first rest stop was also the home of a champion moto cross racer. Coco Bean won the day for best outfit and Johanne had everything under control.
The second rest stop had some history with The Impossible Hill. Thank you Bubba we did not ride up it. Flat road little wind. Yes.
The flowers went for miles AND smelled great. Other riders do not verify this, perhaps it was the remnants of my deodorant.
The pioneers left behind a nice wagon.
Arrival into Calexico was…..delicious. We are staying at a mission school directly across from the border road entrance. The town has thrown down a welcome mat.
Here is your Area 411 :
Calexico (population of about 40,000) began as a tent city of the Imperial Land Company; it was founded in 1899, and incorporated in 1908. The Imperial Land Company converted desert land into a fertile setting for year-round agriculture. The first post office in Calexico opened in 1902.
- Curtis Hanson‘s Losin’ It starring Tom Cruise was filmed in Calexico.
- 1997 film The Game starring Michael Douglas; some scenes in Mexicali were shot through the chain link fence (camera and crew in Calexico) between the US and Mexico.
- The film Sky High (1922 film) written and directed by Lynn Reynolds revolves around Calexico
- The 1949 film The Walking Hills directed by John Sturges takes place in Mexicali and Calexico
- The town is featured in the series Knight Rider during the episode “The Mouth of The Snake”. Michael Knight travels there to meet with the widow of a murdered federal lawyer.
- In the film, Bordertown (2006 film) starring Jennifer Lopez, Antonio Banderas and Martin Sheen one scene was shot in the Calexico port of entry.
- In the episode of Defiance, “The Serpent’s Egg”, the lawkeeper travels to Calexico.
- On ABC’s hit show Modern Family, the main characters travel to Calexico in search of a child to adopt where the city’s people and environment are exaggerated with stereotypes for comedic effect.
- In an episode of California’s Gold, the host visits Calexico.
- The town in Seth MacFarlane‘s Bordertown, Mexifornia is a parody of Calexico.
- The town is mentioned in first episode of Narcos: Mexico (which was originally intended to be the fourth season of the Netflix original series Narcos). The TV series Narcos: Mexico portrays Enrique Camarena, DEA agent and Calexico High School alumnus, amongst its main characters.
- In season 19; episode 2 of BBC‘s Top Gear (2002 TV series), starring members of the show race in sports cars from Las Vegas, Nevada to Calexico.
- The 2007 independent film Descension was filmed in Calexico
For those interested in the Mexico border town Mexicali, Mexico:
Mexicali (population of about 1 million) maintains a highly educated and skilled population, as it has modernized and become an important population center in the desert region.Mexicali’s economy has been historically based on agricultural products, and they remain a large sector of the economy. However, its economy has gradually gone from being agricultural to include industry, mainly maquiladoras—duty-free factories in which parts from the United States are imported, assembled, and then returned to the United States as finished products. International companies including Honeywell, GKN Aerospace, Kellogg’s, Gulfstream, UTC Aerospace Systems, SunPower, Rockwell Collins, LG Electronics, National Oilwell Varco, Mitsubishi, Autolite, Nestlé, Coca-Cola, Robert Bosch, and Goodrich Corporation have built maquiladora plants in the city.Mexicali became the national center for the aerospace industry in Mexico when Rockwell Collins established an operation there in 1966. Rockwell Collins is the oldest company under the maquiladora program nationwide.Founded on March 14, 1903, Mexicali is situated on the Mexico–United States border adjacent to its sister city Calexico, California, with which it forms a dual-state, international population center, Calexico–Mexicali.
The attention to detail on this tour is extraordinary. Not only can you get a custom wrap at the sag, there is choice of chunky or smooth PB. I am currently the #1 fan of chunky with pickle and a drop of Nutella with chips smashed on top. No worries- an hour later we find another culinary sensation. The ginormous salad above ? 7.99.
Thank you for following, continue flooding heaven with thoughts of sunshine and tailwind.
Love to all from Calexico.
P.S. It took me 1/2 of riding with my deep thoughts to understand the town is California and Mexico merged. Across the way is Mexicali. I will let you figure that one out. Some of us were truly born yesterday.
To quote my buddy Tres S -Peace out.