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Old 01-18-2013, 07:06 PM   #16
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Ride to San Borja Mission

Next video edit of our ride up to the San Borja Mission. We pass through some steep rocky sections, go through a little mud and talk with a couple in a white Mitsubishi Eclipse that were stuck in one of the muddy sections.
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Old 01-19-2013, 08:28 AM   #17
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Day 7; Loreto to San Juanico:


It was time to leave Loreto and head west. Today would be a long day as we head to San Javier mission then up towards the Comondu's (on a road we were told was impassable) and on into San Juanico.


The bikes all packed up and ready to hit the road.


Getting the bikes gassed up before leaving Loreto.


The road to San Javier.






Had some water crossings on the way to the Mission.










We checked out the mission for awhile and stopped to have some breakfast. We were there early enough that there was hardly anyone there yet.

Stay tuned next for the "impassable road" to the Comondu's
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Old 01-19-2013, 07:09 PM   #18
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After visiting San Javier we headed out to find the road north to the Comondu's. We couldn't find it at first since there were no signs but were able to get directions at Rancho Viejo.


We found the road...




Baron thought he'd make a pair of new shoes....

The first part of the road was great and then it got steeper and rockier...




This is where we came from...

This is at the top of the first hill and where we are headed







One of the first out of maybe 4 naps of the day




Chance and Karen cruising along before the KLX took another nap...









Again, back where we came from, I hate rocks but not as much as sand


The IT looking pretty however somewhere out here the IT lost its license plate and the light quit working.


Getting closer...


We came across some goats right after Chance got going to fast and almost lost one of the gas cans in the back wheel which did result in a crack in one of the cans...

Ah finally, the final hill into the Comondu's...







At the bottom of the hill just before entering town.

The next few pics are riding into the first town...






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Old 01-20-2013, 03:31 PM   #19
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It was now time for a break so we walked around a bit, took some pics and bought some snacks at the local market.















It was time to head out as we were trying to make it to San Juanico for the night. Originally we were going to take the road north out of San Jose Comondu to San Isidro but it was starting to get late into the afternoon and we didn't know how long it would take us so we headed west through San Miguel de Comondu on pavement to the highway.










Taking a break once we hit the highway with Baron in the background measuring out his oil again. The goal was to take the paved road to San Juanico but on all the maps it shows the road taking off closer to La Purisima so we bypassed the first sign to San Juanico (whoops) and continued on to the next road which is the dirt road. So we had about 30 miles to go & Baron assured us we'd have enough gas and didn't want to turn around to go back to the paved road so off we went. Now if you've been reading along sand is my enemy so it took us a little longer to get through this section but first we had to cross some water...




Yes, Baron road my KLX across for me






We didn't have anymore pics for the rest of the ride to San Juanico as we were chasing the sun and I think there were a couple more sand naps for the KLX. About 5-10 miles before we hit the pavement the KLX ran out of gas and the 2 cans Chance was carrying on the DR had already been emptied into the IT. So Baron went to work and pulled off the fuel line to the carburator on the DR and dumped some fuel into the gas can for the KLX. By the time we hit the pavement it was dark and the light on the IT wasn't working so Baron rode in the middle. As soon as we hit town at the intersection of the fairground area both the KLX & IT ran out of gas so we pushed them into the parking area of the taco stand. There were all sorts of fireworks and loud music going on as there was a Quinceañera celebration. Baron then took off on the DR to go find some gas as Chance & I sat down to eat as we were starving!


Chance scarfing down dinner!

Since we had arrived in the dark and didn't know our way around we asked at the taco stand if there was a hotel in town and he pointed us to the Hotel 7 down the road. Not a bad place but lights out at 10pm!

Next up San Juanico to San Igancio...
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Old 01-20-2013, 07:43 PM   #20
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Baja ride

Great report so far. Leaving for baja in 4 weeks with 4 goons from Bend.
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Old 01-20-2013, 08:16 PM   #21
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Great report so far. Leaving for baja in 4 weeks with 4 goons from Bend.
Thanks! We had a great time and we are ready to go back. Love Bend, we have family over there and do a lot of riding in the area.

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Old 01-21-2013, 11:22 AM   #22
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Day 8; San Juanico to San Ignacio


We started the day with breakfast at the market below the Hotel 7 then stopped for gas before heading up the coast.




Looks like the license plate is still on the IT so we must have lost it on this day...

We weren't to familiar with the 2 roads going up the coast on which one would be easier so we ended up taking the high road. The road was torn up pretty good in some sections with sand washes everyone was saying from the Baja 1000 going through there. Next time I'd like to see what the lower road is like. So not too many pics today but some great video once Baron gets it put together.




More water crossings...


We take a left here otherwise I believe this goes to San Jose de Gracia...










Yes, my feet are off the pegs...

We did make it to the fence where the fello came out and asked for food, medicine and batteries. We were able to give him some chocolate...

Continuing on....







We stopped off in Laguna San Iganacio to find some food and gas.






This little boy kept crying because he wanted to sit on the bike and as soon as he got on the bike he quit crying. His grandfather was pretty excited to see the photo as soon as I took it. It looks like the license plate is missing now so if anybody finds it, it would be on the high road somewhere between San Juanico and Laguna San Ignacio


Yes, my feet are off the pegs again

We finally made it to San Ignacio and were starving so we stopped to eat before finding a place to stay.


We found a room at Hotel Posada as we wanted to be close to downtown and bummed around San Ignacio for the rest of the evening.



Tomorrow it's a short day to Guerrero Negro...
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Old 01-22-2013, 06:52 PM   #23
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Day 9: San Ignacio to Guerrero Negro



Today was a short day, not much to report. Had a good lunch, walked down the main drag and was in bed by 9pm even though it was New Years eve.





We stayed at the Malarrimo which was a decent place. Tomorrow we head for Gonzaga Bay but not without more excitement with the IT and back to arriving at our destination in the dark.
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Old 01-22-2013, 07:37 PM   #24
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Third Video

Dirt road into the Comondu's, then onto pavement with goats, cows and water across the road. Stay safe and be aware that there is a lot to watch out for.

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Old 01-22-2013, 07:55 PM   #25
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very nice, i enjoy your version of a baja ride....
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Old 01-23-2013, 07:31 PM   #26
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Day 10: Guerrero Negro to Gonzaga Bay



Today was suppose to be an easy day, we got an early start and no traffic on the road as it was New Years day. The morning was absolutely freezing but we were making good time. Since it was cold we decided to stop at Villa Jesus Maria, about 25 miles into our ride, to warm up and get something to eat.



After warming up for a bit we hit the road again. Baron was in the lead with Chance in the middle and me following behind and we both saw it when it happened... The chain broke on the IT Baron knew what it was and pulled over immediately and started to survey the damage. Luckily the case was intact, no damage but the chain was bent a little bit. So it was time to pull out the tool kit again to see if he could fix it. The master link had broke but Baron had a spare that would work right? Wrong! When Baron had bought the bike the guy told him it was a new chain so Baron didn't really check it out since he had never had a chain fail on him before. When he pulled out his spare master links he noticed that they were 520 O-ring and the one on the bike was a 520 Standard (Non-Oring). Something about the pins not long enough... We were about 7 miles north of Villa Jesus Maria so we decided to tow the IT with the DR back to the gas station and then Baron would ride the DR back to Guerrero Negro to go find a new chain.









We made it back safely to the gas station and Baron took off to G.N. and he returned about an hour later with a couple other riders he met on the way back. No luck in finding a chain in G.N. as it was New Years day and everything was closed. These 2 guys had a couple spare masterlinks but they didn't work either. Thanks for your help!







So it was decision time. We didn't really want to go back to G.N. and wait for a place to open the next day so we continued on towing the IT.




We stopped about every 30 miles for a break as it was slow going because of the wind blowing against us and it was freaking cold. We stopped off for lunch in Rosarito and ran into some riders we had met down in Loreto.



Our next rest stop was at the BOLA junction and some guy pulled off in his car who looked like he was still drunk from celebrating New Years the night before and said he had a truck and could haul the bike up to Chapala, the junction for Coco's corner for $40. He looked a little sketch so we passed as we only had about 30 more miles to the junction and we had already been towing the bike for many miles. Once we made it to the dirt road we were happy to be off Mex 1 but then the boys had a new set of challenges with the rocky road. It was now getting late and by the time we passed Coco's it was after 4pm and the sun was fading fast. I was bummed we didn't have time to stop at Coco's because he wasn't there on our way down and going back we didn't have time to stop off and meet him. Maybe next time. At about 8 miles from Gonzaga Bay Chance caught the front tire of the IT in some sand and both boys went down. It was pitch black out by this time. So for the rest of the way I made sure to stay back next to Chance so he could have some light. We finally rolled into Alphonsina's sometime after six, had a big dinner and went to sleep.





Tomorrow would be our last day on the bikes and we thought our only challenge would be towing the IT back to San Felipe....

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Old 01-24-2013, 12:58 AM   #27
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Awesome report thank you
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Old 01-25-2013, 04:42 PM   #28
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Crossing a river wash on the way to San Juanico

Near La Purisima we had to cross a river wash on the way to San Juanico. We later found out that the road from the south had been completely paved so you could take that route and not have to make this crossing, but who doesn't want to cross a river .

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Old 01-25-2013, 08:30 PM   #29
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Old 01-26-2013, 08:51 AM   #30
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Great spirit!

That IT warms my heart, it looks timeless in the desert.
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