We left the next day to the east, planning to explore Cabo Pulmo National Park. After a few miles of twisty road, the asphalt stopped and turned to sand. We didn’t make it far before I demanded we turn back. Riding through 40 miles of sandy hills and turns just wasn’t going to happen. This has become a huge struggle for me in the Baja, and has really reminded me of exactly how much dirt experience I don’t have. I can handle rocks, dirt and ruts, and even some puddles and streams to an extent, but the sand seemed to sap any confidence I had gained as I struggled to control my bike in any way. Frustrated, we turned back and veered off on another road, this time up a road that was more dirt and rocks. After a couple of kilometers, we came upon a mansion that had clearly been abandoned, with paint and windows and railings that had been ravaged by storms and sea air. We ducked inside to cool down in the shade, explore the ruins, and admire the beautiful view of the coast line.