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Old 01-27-2009, 07:03 AM   #1
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Baja Hooters Tour

hi everyone . ready for another Baja ride report? this ride started Dec 27 in mild rainy Ontario and ended this past sunday back in freezing cold, snowy, dull, gray Ontario. winter sucks!!!!
lets get started, but first I have to thank the ADVrider community for much advice and guidance. been planning this trip for over a year and without the wisdom from inmates, the ride would not have been as great as it turned out to be. thanks to all who have shared their Baja experiences and filed ride reports. honourable mentions go to "Crashmaster", "Sandmar" and "Springs" (from Snort'n Boar racing). thanks for the maps, advice and the hospitality.
I'm Dave ('06 12GS) and the other guy is my very cool 18 year old nephew Steven. last spring i mentioned to my riding friends that I was going to do a ride to Baja in Jan '09 and all were welcome. steven asked if he could come if he got a bike? sure why not! might want to get some gear and a license too as he has no prior riding experience. off he goes and buys an '08 KLR and signs up for a ridng course. Steven's dad, my brother Tim, is an ex expert class enduro rider and from very early in Steven's riding career it was clear he inherited the riding genes. Steven road as much as he could putting 12000 km on his bike in 6 months. that included a ride to Newfoundland last summer with his dad. having no doubts about Steven's ridng skill and the bikes prepped with some crash bars and big engine guards, Dec 27 we loaded up the trailer and attached it to the back of my poor little Saturn and headed for the warmer climes. specifically our jumpoff point near Atlanta, Ga. here, we graciously accepted a nights stay at fellow inmate Sandmars house. his family was incredible. took us out for dinner and let us spend the night in their motorhome. oh, and we learned a bunch about Llamas! what a great way to start our trip.

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Old 01-27-2009, 07:20 AM   #2
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First it was titty bar tours, not it's hooters... let's see what you've got!

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Old 01-27-2009, 07:22 AM   #3
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our first riding day started with a quick dash across I-20 to Monroe, La. cool but sunny day. as the name of our tour is Baja HOOTERS, we had to stay true to the ride and motel it next to the Hooters. guess where we ate?

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Old 01-27-2009, 07:23 AM   #4
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what's the matter Gadget Boy? jealous?
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Old 01-27-2009, 07:26 AM   #5
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This thread is already a ton better than the other one.
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Old 01-27-2009, 07:39 AM   #6
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since I am currently unemployed and am not going outside again until winter is over I shall continue. our intent was to ride as much 2-lane as possible and stay off the big unfriendly interstates. just before Shreveport we picked up some awesome backroads thru La. we landed on hiway 84 which took us into Texas. don't underestimate the roads in Louisiana. they are quiet and very scenic with some nice little waysides to take a break.


that night we stayed in a KOA kabin outside of Waco,Tx.
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Old 01-27-2009, 07:28 AM   #7
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Hey! We met you guys at Olivia's north of Loreto. Cool.

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I know. and I was waiting for your ride report to get to that spot so I could put in the pic.

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Hey! We met you guys at Olivia's north of Loreto. Cool.

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Old 01-27-2009, 08:07 AM   #9
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my camera decided to kill itself the night before so we make a quick Wal-Mart stop in Abilene. shiny new ruby red Nikon. it was on sale so the colour was acceptable. another KOA Kabin this time in Carlsbad,NM.
our intent was to camp as much as possible but the nights were quite chilly so my survival instinct kicked in and sought nighttime heat. it was new years eve and the KOA was having a party. we skipped that but they did serve us dinner. mmmmmmmmmm....ribs!
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Old 01-27-2009, 06:04 PM   #10
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what's the matter Gadget Boy? jealous?
The poor photographer was so excited he couldn't hold the camera steady
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Old 01-28-2009, 11:47 AM   #12
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Best pen holder I've seen
it was the first time I never saw/read the hooters girl nametag. damn pen holder kept distracting me.
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Old 01-28-2009, 12:08 PM   #13
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more annoying vacation photos.
even Mr.Happy needs a pee stop every once in a while.

there is a GS in this pic somewhere.


and a kid on a KLR in the middle of the pic
anyone want to agree with me that this is ADVrider front page material? Steven took this and it is probably the best pic of the trip



as is the case with most pictures taken by amateurs, they don't just don't show it all. these pics maybe okay or not but they just don't show the immenseness of this place. the hills are rugged, the water is so clear, the sky is just so vast and blue. it is absolutley a beautiful place to ride. it is so beautiful a place to ride that it makes it hard to keep focused on the task at hand which is trying to not falloff the road. "Ooh what's that over there???' "whoops!". the stuff right in front of you is very distracting too. lots of large sharp, loose rocks that are there to make loud noises and big dents on the engine guard. hitting one of the imbedded ones can certainly make you refocus quickly. damn i loved this place!
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