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The next morning I depart camp and decide to leave the pavement again. I set my sites on Misión San Francisco Javier. Beginning in 1697 and continuing through 1834, the Jesuits and Franciscans established a total of 30 missions throughout Baja California and many are still in existence today.
While some of the remaining missions are little more than rock piles, several are either well preserved or have been rebuilt, and are gems in the desert. San Javier is one of the best preserved and is located in a spectacularly lush green setting. After visiting San Javier, my plan is to continue on an unpaved route for another 44 miles before joining a paved road just north of the Transpeninsular.