Day Forty-Nine – San Diego to Tijuana

Posted: June 27, 2015 in Cycling, Travel
Day 49

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Day 49 Date 26th June 2015
Total Distance 
Weather Sunny
Rolling Time Total Rolling  03:16:00
Terrain Flat
Climbing Total Climbing  133m
Spend Hostel $26.00
Food $8.00
Coffee $6.10
Tram $2.75
Taxi $6.00
Average Speed 10.8km/h Sleeping Hostel
Max Speed 40.3km/h Difficulty Easy


So here it is, Forty-Nine days to get from Vancouver to Tijuana by bicycle, I’ve been semi trapped in San Diego the last three days trying to complete the cycle.  This first night I arrived I was celebrating prematurely and had drinks with some of the hostel staff so was not up to the task the next day.  The following day I couldn’t go as I lost my keys and the bike was locked up outside the hostel.  I decided to give the keys a day to resurface before getting the lock cut off and luckily they turned up that night.  Then the next day I ended up out with the hostel gang again so skipped making the trip yesterday.  Today though the last leg of the trip was completed.  It sure has been one amazing adventure over the last 7 weeks, it feels like forever ago since I started out in Vancouver.

The cycle down to the border is short and not very interesting, going from the US side into Mexico you walk  in via a turnstile, there were no customs officials or passport checks what so ever.  As soon as you get out into the Mexican side the place looks like a human cattle mart, there is a queue of people the best part of a kilometre long all waiting to be processed to get into the US, the immediate border area is pretty shitty and as I wasn’t planning to stay the night I only hung about for an hour before joining the queue to get back to the US.

I met three other cyclists in the line that were doing the same thing, they were just there for an hour also to put an end to their trip that also started out in Canada.  Joining the back of the queue we asked some people how long it would take to get through, over two hours was the estimate.  We were then hustled by some minibus drivers that would drive us to the border for $6.00 per head saving 90 minutes or so off the pedestrian line wait time so we went for that.

Once back on US soil I went straight for the Tram back to San Diego which accepts bicycles, a much easier option altogether over cycling!  Now I’m off to sit back, relax and enjoy my last two nights in San Diego before getting the train up to LA, spending one night there before boxing up my bike and flying over to Wellington, NZ for a month.

Many thanks to all the interesting, accommodating, helpful & generous people I met along the route that made a mundane cycle the epic journey!

  1. Darragh says:

    Tony, congrats on successfully finishing your journey! I’ve been following your blog with great interest over the last few weeks and like with any adventure I feel sad to see it come to an end…although in fairness I wasn’t the one peddling up those endless feckin’ hills…!! Best of luck with the next leg of your trip!

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  2. Clare says:

    Congrats tony, impressive achievement even if it still think you are mad for doing it !!!
    I am more up for the time in NZ
    Loved the blog

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  3. mary fitzgerald says:

    well done Tony what a journey!

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  4. Rob Greene says:

    Well done Tony, blog was a great read. Sounds like a class trip, and good to hear you haven’t died or been mugged! You must have legs like tree trunks now! Enjoy the more conventional method of travel to NZ now.


  5. gr33n3r2 says:

    Well done Tony, blog was a great read. Sounds like a class trip, and good to hear you haven’t died or been mugged! You must have legs like tree trunks now! Enjoy the more conventional method of travel to NZ now.

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  6. Lukasz Lengier says:

    Congrats Tony!

    Great journey and very enjoyable blog.
    Have a great time in NZ, what’s about short ride around NZ 😉

    Best Regards

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  7. Liam Allen says:

    Congratulations Tony! Sounds like an incredible trip and this blog was a great read throughout, enjoy the rest of your travels 🙂


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