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Old 01-30-2013, 05:02 PM   #151
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Hey, here is a pic of me!
On our way to the Commondus - Two little towns west of Loreto.





We rode over the mountains and dropped into a beautiful canyon.





Obligatory pic of bike in front of cool old mission building. According to the sign, the original mission was dynamited to provide building material for a wealthy home-builder. This building was merely an additional structure near the mission.





Some very well dressed vacationing locals invited us for lunch. Unfortunately we had to decline as we had many more miles to go in our loop and neither of our lights work. The road between the 2 villages weaves down this canyon filled with wonderful palm trees.





This section was quite a bit easier. Wishing I was on my 990 super couch. Little bike seat and many miles were starting to cause a little tenderness.





Watch out for cows!

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Old 01-31-2013, 05:11 PM   #152
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Next day, shorts and t-shirt ride to the 'ClamShack'.
They are only open during the day, as they don't have electricity on their beach!





A few years back, when Rollergirl was just getting into riding, I dragged her down to the west coast of baja for a few days. She was on her trusty XT350, decked out in my finest lender-gear and a road helmet. We stopped at a store at the end of a long day and parked our bikes at the side of the road. I got off my bike, walked past Rollergirl, gave her a kiss through her helmet, and walked into the store. The two Mexican ladies in the store were giggling and having a good time at what appeared to be my expense. I asked them what they were laughing at, and they answered "We think you kiss a man."

I assured them that it was my 'esposa', not my 'esposo'.

After returning home, the next day I came home after work with a big bag of new stuff for Rollergirl. Pink pants, pink shirt, pink helmet and pink goggles. She hated it and made me return it all to the store. I did manage to convince her to keep the pink goggles, so that everybody would be able to tell that I was not trying to kiss a man.





The warm-up rides, and gradual increase in difficulty, combined with long long hours on the bike were definitely paying off for Rollergirl. I upped the ante a little and she smiled most of the next ride.











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Old 02-01-2013, 08:53 AM   #153
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Old 02-01-2013, 09:43 AM   #154
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Old 02-01-2013, 03:59 PM   #155
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Lets go back and try it. It is a bit of a drive, but worth it! We can take your truck, it is faster than my green tank.
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Old 02-01-2013, 09:28 PM   #156
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Old 02-14-2013, 12:07 PM   #157
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My apologies to the six of you that follow this thread. I have been a little busy with work. I will try to get this RR wrapped up ASAP. It has been so long that I am going to start forgetting things. We have done a few little rides since the Loreto trip. Rollergirl really stepped things up on the last trip to N. Baja. She followed me and Ted on a very gnarly single track. I told her to take it slow, let her low gearing and trials tire handle the traction. All she had to do was keep smiling. Having Ted along was almost like having another woman with us - Rollergirl could feel competetive with Ted and not get angry at me for taking her on an awesome trail. I felt so proud.

Oh yeah, then last weekend I sprained my ankle really badly. Crossing the street in flip-flops. No, I wasn't drunk. Thought I broke it for sure, but the young doctor at the ER said that the grapefruit sized swelling was only from a sprain. So now I have it taped up and will take it easy on this weekend's ride to Valle de Guadelupe. This will be our 5 year anniversary of moving in together. Hooray for love!
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Old 02-14-2013, 12:51 PM   #158
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Ok, back to Loreto.

I met a very cool Canadian guy that keeps an XR400 in Loreto. He rides really well and doesn't need to say much about it. He knew an ex-USA guy, that now lives in Loreto, that rides a completely hammered YZ 426. This guy needs to talk a lot about his riding! We agreed to meet for a "man's" ride the next day. Looking at my rear tire, and being too lazy to change it, I decided to take a "girl's" bike. I mean, I asked Rollergirl if she would mind if I borrowed her bike, seeing as it had a good trials tire on the rear. I hadn't really ridden her bike much before.

Anyway, the "men" met up in town the next day. Yamaha-guy took off out of town super fast, followed by Canadian Jeff. Then me on my wife's bike. I don't ride very fast, and rairly ride with guys that are throwing huge roosts and drifting every corner. I thought that I was going to have a hard time keeping up. Hopefully they would wait for me.




But then I realised that Rollergirl's 250 xcf-w is a freakin' amazing bike. It is very light, has super low gearing but can also go really fast because the engine can scream. So, as soon as we got off the fire roads and onto a rougher surface, the girl's bike was suddenly in the lead. Loose, rocky, steep? More please!





Beer for lunch.





Awesome ride. Thanks Jeff and Rick!







Thanks Baja!





And thank you Rollergirl, for the best vacation ever. Thank you for being such a positive, loving, giving, and capable partner. Thank you for the wonderful memories. And thanks for letting me ride your bike - my love for my 450 is now ruined.

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Old 02-14-2013, 12:54 PM   #159
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Then we had a 2 day drive home

And then,




We had the worst experience of the whole trip.





Waiting at the border for hours to get back into the USA.

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I spend a lot of time thinking about motorbikes. Probably too much time. I have been threatening to sell my 990 for over a year now, then I ride it and think that I could never sell it. My riding friends and I spend loads of time discussing what bikes we should own, rather than the ones we have. We must be quite spoiled to have such a dilemma.

I have thought for the last few years that I actually owned the perfect quiver of bikes. A 450 and a 990. But then I rode Rollergirl's bike.
Now, when I sit on the 450, it feels like a fat pig, and the 990 feels even more like a boat. More discussion between riding buddies. OK, I will sell them both and buy 2 smaller bikes. Or, I will sell the 990 and buy a 250 and keep the 450. Or, I will sell them both and buy something bigger for Rollergirl to take on longer trips, and something smaller for me to use on technical trails. Or, maybe I should get a Trials bike.
But what if I want to go for a longer ride? What if I want to take my daughter for a ride? What if I got a XR 650 R, or a Husky TE 610/630, or a KTM 690 or 530, or a Husaberg 570, or one of those amazing newer 300 two strokes? Aaaaaaargh!
How many miles can these bikes go on a gallon? How big of an after-market tank could I get? How reliable would they be? How few dollars could I spend that I don't have? How far can a 2-stroke go?

Picture this going on for months. I can imagine that I might not be the only one dealing with this psychosis.

If I can get the perfect bike, or bikes, then maybe I would ride more?

Nope! I would merely own different bikes and still have the same amount of time available for riding. Different bikes would not lead to more saddle time!

Wisely, Rollergirl pointed out that if I needed a smaller bike for really hard trails, then I could use her bike, as she probably wouldn't want to be on those trails anyway. So, maybe I do own the perfect quiver, a 250, a 450, and a 990.

Rollergirl is going to ride the 450 and I will ride the 990 this next weekend. Then we can both spend all of next week trying once again to decide what perfect combination of bikes would magically give us more riding time.

Welcome to the nonsense that goes on in my head
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Old 02-14-2013, 03:51 PM   #161
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Make sure come home today and give her a big hug and kisses..........She is well deserve
Looking forward to ride with you guys in Baja soon.
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Rollergirl is going to ride the 450 and I will ride the 990 this next weekend. Then we can both spend all of next week trying once again to decide what perfect combination of bikes would magically give us more riding time.
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Old 02-20-2013, 03:08 PM   #164
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Teaser time!


There was a fire!
There was lots of laughter at my new skinny jeans.
The 990 is too fat to fit between the rocks.

Stay tuned.....
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There was a fire!
There was lots of laughter at my new skinny jeans.
The 990 is too fat to fit between the rocks.

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