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Old 01-30-2013, 05:50 PM   #31
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More Day 2---into Mikes Sky Ranch














I was hoping Mikes was open as it was kind of out of season and pondered we might be camping.
A perfect example of why I won't travel without a tent and sleeping bag.











Scott made quick work of the water crossing (the only one) into Mikes.







We were heartedly greeted by these 3 yay--hoos. What a hoot these guys were. They gave us the low down of the place and made sure we got on
the list for dinner that night.

Rules at Mikes
6:30 PM----dinner------be there---eat what they fix--or don't eat.
Breakfast 7AM-----be there----eat what they fix or don't eat.
Generator will run from about 6:30 PM--and goes off at 9PM Don't whine when it goes off.

These guys were from San Diego and rode their unladen dirt bikes down here just for the weekend as they had kids, jobs, obligations, etc.
They didn't want to hear we had none of that. They all 3 pulled out some huge cigars and commenced to set them on fire.



These guys were all very good friends-----but nagged each other constantly---all in good fun--making fun of whatever
they could make fun of. If you didn't know it---you would have thought maybe they didn't get along.
But we saw thru all that-----they were having a ball haggling each other and we weren't around long enough for them to start in on us.
They were a hoot !!!!! Me and Scott really enjoyed them. It was like Saturday Night Live.







Unbelievalble place------how in the heck did they get the building materials back in here to build this place.
They had to bring it in from the North as all other roads out of here were dirt bike trails----as me and Scott would find out.







Entrance---see that little half moon red concrete step--------it's slick.
I almost crashed my bike riding up it and into the inner courtyard and then fell on it going for a walk the next morning. -----I'ts slick.







Our little heater----it was oil fired---no electricity needed.
It had a carburator on the back that dripped fuel oil into the burning pot.
I use to have one of these in my garage back in about 1974.
The girls that were fixing our dinner fired the thing up and it was toasty for the night---I loved our little heater.














This place is a dirt riders paradise I'm telling you.
I was told this place was built by very rich hunters---maybe in the 50's ????
It was extremely well kept-----us 5 riders and 2 nice Senioritas' was all that was here.











There is a full bar and little store I think---I didn't get to see the store.
I'm waiting for our breakfast to be prepared the next morning here.
They charged us $70 per person (American dollars only) and that included a very nice dinner and a good breakfast.
It was well worth it.








Our Mexican "DeSayYunos"
"Breakfast" for you gringos.

And the thinnest flapjacks in all of Mexico !!!!!
I loaded up on beans at dinner last night--loaded up with more this morning---and already had a healthy dose
of them before we got here----so I entertained the crowd quite a bit to everyones's enjoyment.

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Old 01-30-2013, 05:53 PM   #32
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Old 01-30-2013, 07:21 PM   #33
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Sky Ranch riders

Just got an e-mail from one of the 3 guys at Mikes Sky Ranch.


Cal was on an XR400
Brian was on a DRZ400
And Jim (Hobbit)--the short guy on a BMW X-challenge.

Great guys.

Cal---was it you that was interested in what I did to my Husky Terra TR650.
Here's the link to my Terra thread and what all I've done to it.

http://www.bigdogadventures.com/11HuskyTR650.htm

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Old 01-30-2013, 07:41 PM   #34
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Nice RR one day I will be retired and Geoff and I will see you guys on the road/trail again. Keep us all updated and jealous.
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Old 01-30-2013, 07:57 PM   #35
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Always enjoy a Big Dog ride report. Was hoping to see you guys in Baja. Weather has been lousy. We've been down 5 days now, and getting close to La Paz and its still cold.

If it doesn't warm up in Cabo were screwed..
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Old 01-30-2013, 08:04 PM   #36
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Nice RR one day I will be retired and Geoff and I will see you guys on the road/trail again. Keep us all updated and jealous.
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Old 01-30-2013, 08:04 PM   #37
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Hmmm ... like waiting for a gun to go off ...
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Old 01-30-2013, 08:33 PM   #38
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Always enjoy a Big Dog ride report. Was hoping to see you guys in Baja. Weather has been lousy. We've been down 5 days now, and getting close to La Paz and its still cold.

If it doesn't warm up in Cabo were screwed..
Holy Moly----if Dingweeds hadn't gotten hurt----------we'd be down there with you Brad.
But me and him had time to sit around and wait for it to warm up.

I wasn't prepared for riding in freezing weather either. I could sleep in it alright---but not ride in it all day.
The weather was perfect our whole ride.

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Old 01-30-2013, 09:18 PM   #39
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I'm in!! Looking forward the the rest of the adventure, been to a couple in Baja with Burt & Boys!!!

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Old 01-31-2013, 07:18 AM   #40
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Awesome...especially this time of year!!!
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Old 01-31-2013, 07:36 AM   #41
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Old 01-31-2013, 11:36 AM   #42
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I'm in. Always good to see/hear more of Baja. My Baja buddy and I
are both retired, but since he became a "snowbird" we don't get down
except for the Score 250, 500 and 1K races. Grandkids kinda slow us
down too.

Keep it coming and here's hoping Dingweed gets back in the saddle soon.
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Old 01-31-2013, 12:04 PM   #43
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Great RR so far Mark, the wife and I will be heading down to dads place (Burt) in a couple weeks. Hopefuly the weather will be better then what Brad is seeing right now. We plan on going to Baja for a quick 3-4 day ride
Stop in and see us this summer if your in the area.
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Old 01-31-2013, 12:09 PM   #44
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In, looking forward to the rest of the story . . .
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Old 01-31-2013, 01:33 PM   #45
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Why the WR250R?

Hi Mark...I've read a number of your reports (and enjoyed them!) and am curious about your bike selection and trailering for this trip. I know you have the new TR650 and have spoken highly of it. Did you consider it at all for this trip and would it have been suitable? Also, did you consider riding down instead of trailering? My riding buddy considers a trailer to be cheating ("it's just like mountain biking") so I'm wondering how you approach that decision. Thanks for sharing the great rides with us!

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