Where they race through the desert from one end of the Baja California peninsula to the other (1000 miles) for a prize?
From Motorcycles to VW Bugs to Quads and Trucks they face a grueling time limit of 50 hours.
Best over all winning time was 27 hours!
Imagine that, 1000 miles with booby traps, sand pits and crowds seeking a thrill out there in the midst of nowhere as you race at the fastest you can to get there on time, without breaking down, blowing a tire or running out of gas. The challenges are awesome!
Each year there are reports of spectators sabotaging or booby-trapping the course by digging holes, blocking a river to create a makeshift watersplash, or burying and hiding obstacles. Racers are warned to beware of large crowds of spectators in remote parts of the course since it may indicate hidden traps or obstacle changes. Many of the booby traps are not created to intentionally injure the contestants but are created by the local spectators as jumps or obstacles for their own entertainment and to create intriguing moments to be caught on videotape. The haphazardly designed obstacles, created by the spectators, are often very dangerous as the contestants may inadvertently enter the booby-trap at unsafe speeds, resulting in damage to the vehicles or injuries to competitors or spectators. Awareness of booby traps and course alterations are often part of race-day strategy and convey an advantage to the best prepared teams – nonetheless given the danger the traps pose, it is customary for competitors to quickly communicate course hazards to other competitors through on-board radio communications and radio relay. From Wikipedia
On the Malecon in La Paz, at the northern end of the town is a small but wonderful Mexican Restaurant named Mariscos Los Laureles. No reservations are needed, the attentive staff will quickly come to your table as soon as you select a place for your party to sit. I recommend the patio in front, for the best view of the sea and to watch the people passing by.
Simply put, I fell in love with this place upon my first visit. That evening I had camarones (shrimp) in a cream sauce with sides of green salad, potato salad and coleslaw. Served with fresh tortillas (your choice of flour or corn), tortilla chips and salsa, this meal was delicious and very filling. The portions are large here at Los Laureles.
There is also a ceviche bar, where you can sit and have a snack of
ceviche on toast, in a goblet, or by the liter to takeaway!
The beer is always flowing, the atmosphere quite congenial and
everyone is happy to enjoy their meals here.
Returning for a second visit the next day, I sampled the ceviche on toast, which was very fresh, and delicious in a bath of lime juice and spices. That time I had a main dish of fried shrimp which were also quite good.
Some people say this place is more tasty than the sea and I must agree! Not only are the prices reasonable, the service is excellent, and the food portions are quite filling. If you arrive and it’s too busy for you to get a sidewalk table outside, take a stroll on the Malecon while waiting, you won’t be disappointed.
The address is Paseo Alvaro Obregon, Esterito, 23020 La Paz, B.C.S. The telephone number is 612 128 8532.