I had thoroughly prepared 2 bikes for this ride.
My 2006 KTM 450EXC and my ever faithful 2008 Yamaha WR250R.
I hauled them both to Arizona to meet up with my buddy Scott Stevenson (dingweeds) at his place in Tuson, AZ.
I had laid out a ride of approximately 3,000 miles offroad in Baja and knew my WR would take me there and back.
I chickened out on the KTM----I wasn't sure it would take me there-----or back.
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It would be fun riding no doubt--but I needed something more and chose the WR250R---and had no problems with it.
At "casa dingweeds" we made last minute preperations in his shop and I was well taken care of at Dingweeds place.
What your not seeing in this picture------is Dr. Rock's and Francines (Mobius Ride) 2 DRZ400S's sitting in the corner waiting for the next Mobius ride. The well worn and hard ridden bikes have received major maintenance--which has been something Dr. Rock has not had the time to do. Dingweeds has been gracious enough to store their bikes and see that the work has been done to their bikes.
On the left is Wayne Wah who was nice enough to let me park my tow vehicle at his house which was about 15 miles from the
Baja border for as longs as I wanted--------thanks Wayne !!!!!
So me and Dingweeds unloaded here and rode to the Mexican Baja border in Calexico, California.
We had gotten our Mexican insurance at BajaBound insurance online for about $75 and carried a copy of it with us.
We both cashed $800 of USA money for Peso's---the rate at the time was about 1.24 I think.
Roughly 100 Peso's cost $8 USA . This can be done at many Casa De Cambio's in Calexico.
It was about a 1/2 mile line of cars waiting to get in.
Once at the border you just ride across------no problemo.
But we needed Visas's and I didn't see the little building to get them and we got a bit lost---and now the adventure started.
After wandering around a wee bit we went by a Policia station and I talked this Policeman into giving us an escort to the Visa office.
This was hilarious-------so imagine this.
He turned on his lights and sped off with us 3ft. off his bumper------and we played Mexican bumper cars thru the traffic.
Except---------it was like the parting of the red sea as the officer ran stop light after stop light---stop sign after stop sign and waved his arm out
the window of his police car for us to come on thru. It was a hoot as people and cars scattered out of our way and we kept right on his bumper
thru the busy streets with full attention on the throttle and brakes------at the same time.
When we got there he sped off and I hollered a big "Gracius". Me and Scott were both laughing in our helmets.
This was the start of many acts of kindness that we would experience on this whole trip.
We blew out of Mexicala and headed West on the pavement for about 17 miles and turned South on to the dry lake bed (Laguna Salida) with dark fast approaching.
It's about 25 miles South on a sandy dirt road to the turn off to Canon De Guadelupe---then about 7 miles back into the Canyon to the Hot Springs
and nice camping area. It got plum dark riding back in there and we took no pictures. We would have gotten here in plenty of daylight if I had found the
place to get our visa's more promptly. From the border crossing it is only about 65 miles to Canon De Guadelupe.