Military check points
There are two check points, one going into San Felipe and one coming out. These are totally random and dont worry if they tell you to pull over or to get out of the car. On our way to San Felipe we did get stopped and we asked to get out of the car so that they can search it. The guy did a half ass search and let us go back on our way. On the way out of San Felipe they were stopping quite a few people but let us go on through.
If you are stopped at a military check point, dont worry, above all be respectful and you should have no problems. Usually these guys are just doing their jobs and the last thing they want is problems.
Before the military check points you should see signs that you are aproaching a military check point.
You can go to San Felipe (the one on the Sea of Cortez) on Highway 5 coming from Mexicali. It's a 4-lane road for the first few miles after leaving Mexicali and turns then into two lanes, one coming, one going. It's paved but be careful as it has hardly any adequate shoulders and no light at night.
Two roads lead to San Felipe - route 5 from Mexicali and route 3 from Ensenada. I took route 5 which was straight and well paved. But make sure your car is in good condition, because the surrounding desert and the remoteness of the area can make rescue difficult. It's always sad to see the car wrecks by the roadside. What happened to the people in the car?
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Don't be scared.
Along the road n.5 between San Felipe and Mexicali you'll see some of these boards, warning that you are going to drive through a "disasters area". Don't be scared, the road is OK and well paved. I'm used to much worse and more dangerous roads than this one.
Maybe you have to take special care during sand storms or heavy rains and possible floods.
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