During the the past few days, I've put over 600 miles on my poor car. Three days in the mountains (Lake Arrowhead) with friends, then immediately down south to Mexico for business. At least the accommodations are decent. The morning view of the Hotel Coral & Marina was nice too.
The drive through Tijuana is tough: my customers warn me of the crime and suggest I get in and out as fast as possible. However, once on Highway 1 heading south, the beautiful views of the Pacific Ocean distracts from the pockets of poverty that lines the toll road.
The shipping port town of Ensenada is about two hours south of San Diego, CA--about 4-1/2 hours south of Los Angeles.