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Old 08-02-2011, 09:23 PM   #196
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Good Lord! I'm glad I just found this RR yesterday...4 years would have been way too long to wait to see this trip through.

JD...you do tell one hell of a story!
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Old 08-02-2011, 11:26 PM   #197
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Good Lord! I'm glad I just found this RR yesterday...4 years would have been way too long to wait to see this trip through.

JD...you do tell one hell of a story!
Ditto, very entertaining RR...though I'm getting the feeling we may all be meeting back here in 2013 for the next chapter!
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Old 08-03-2011, 09:16 PM   #198
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Ditto, very entertaining RR...though I'm getting the feeling we may all be meeting back here in 2013 for the next chapter!
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Old 08-15-2011, 11:41 AM   #199
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Day 9 - San Ignacio to Bahia de Los Angeles - 200 miles - Monday, March 26th




BAJAPOCALYPSE

I awoke to the noise every fucking rooster in San Igancio--and there were a few--crowing at the dawn, despite my firmly-wedged earplugs.

And as if that wasn't good enough, some idiot started ringing the church bell.

Fuck.

It was a cool, overcast morning at Casa Lerée, so we ground up some beans and brewed up another pot of Juanita's dark, strong coffee (yeah we did), spread a map out in the courtyard, and discussed the day's route.

I'd mentioned eating at Mikasa to Del in Múlege, and he'd told me that Teri put on an amazing breakfast. Well here we were, on our way out of San Ignacio...but to no avail. Mikasa was closed. We got off our bikes and walked around looking for Teri, to make sure (and because we were really hungry). We sat down next to the river to wait a minute, when a bus pulled up--filled with American tourists. They disembarked, all of them talking to no one in particular, looking around, wandering towards us. I don't know why I found it so particularly disconcerting...but they moved like chickens, or...zombies. All of them vocalizing and zig zagging over to the river's edge. They never even noticed us. We got out of their way. Creepy.



It struck me that as Baja gets developed and paved, and this sight becomes more commonplace, that we're losing something. My friend Surfphoto, upon hearing we were headed south, told me "It's like the old west down there." I'd felt that on this trip...drifting from town to town, meeting folks, having some grub, whisky, tequila and beer, astride our metal and plastic horses...a simpler place compared to what we're used to. What I saw that morning at Mikasa could be a metaphor for what's happening to Baja: a zombie invasion. Get on your bike and get down here. Soon.

Realzing just how hungry we were, Clay and I hopped on our bikes and blew back into the zocalo, looking for breakfast. Any breakfast. We settled on street tacos. Well, not really "settled," because they were delicious. Saw this while we were there:



"That's going to be your next bike," Clay said to me.


FUCK YOU


Ack. Crossing the great Vizcaino again.


Now, with crosswinds. Woohoo.


All the way to Guerrero Negro.


Flat.


Straight.


And windy. Fuck you, Vizcaino Desert.


Little did we know something worth crossing that miserable boring hellhole awaited us in Guerrero Negro.
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Old 09-29-2011, 10:56 PM   #200
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Old 03-01-2012, 03:06 PM   #201
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Old 01-30-2013, 09:27 PM   #202
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MAGICAL SEA CREATURES

Just off the Guerrero Negro Exit on Hwy1, you'll find this place:



Looks family run...thought we'd just stop for a coke and to get out of the wind for a bit.



Sort of happens right before you enter town.

Good-sized place. Looks like you could have a pretty good sized fiesta in here. Coke Light and chips & salsa.



Then a guy walks up, think it's the owner, asks us if we want to try his scallops. No charge.

"Well sure, man. Gracias."

He comes back five minutes later with two plates of scallops, kind of butterflied - if you can butterfly a scallop.



Well I'll be goddamned if they weren't the best fucking scallops I ever had...and I'm a scallop maniac. Fresh, garlicy, limey, perfect. Just amazing.



Fate smiles upon us yet again.

Next stop, a regresso to L.A. Bay, via el dirto.






Still not a big fan of the loose stuff...I struggled...but I made it.



Back to Costa del Sol. They had only one room available: El Cuarto Grande.




I think it was like, $30. Shared the hotel with a few other bikers that night.







An uneventful night. We had no idea what to expect the following day...when we went to visit Coco.
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Old 02-03-2013, 11:21 AM   #203
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It's occured to me that I may never read the end of this RR.
Don't know if I'll live that long....





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Old 02-05-2013, 10:16 PM   #204
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great report!

Johnny Dakar writes one great report. Soaking it up since I'm headed down in less than two weeks for my first virgin Baja trip. Really looking forward to some sun and drying out. Well, not actually drying out- cerveza will be drunk in quantity.
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