Changing landscapes as I left agricultural areas and cycled a stretch of desolate coast before reaching El Rosario.
The first third of the ride similar to yesterday, a mostly agricultural area with a lot of road traffic and occasional signs of the coast with RV parks or fishing signs. Above was a field of cactus that was growing nicely in rows.
More of these covered structures with crops growing inside.
At 16km, there was a truck stop designated as “rest area” in Los Pinos. Stopped for a short break. Not much after this, I passed turnoff to “Santa Maria” with hotels and resort locations and not much further the agricultural area stopped. The amount of traffic on the road also became considerably fewer. Still occasional 18-wheeler trucks but a lot fewer cars.
Photo above shows some of the more desolate coastline. I did see one or two places that were advertising lots for sale (in English as well as Spanish) with water and power available.
The last 10km, the road turned inland and slowly climbed a large hill. At top was another military checkpoint and then a steep descent into El Rosario.
A photo of part of the town looking up the hill.
The next 360km goes inland and through the desert. Other folks have written journals like this one that give more details of what is found along the way. It doesn’t look as desolate as one might expect, so plan on bringing some extra food but also getting things along the way as well. From what I’ve read, the desert looks like an interesting ride.