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Old 01-27-2007, 02:13 PM   #11
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ADV folks....a note to thank my riding buddy, Darren, for many of the posted pics in this report....I haven't bothered up until now for giving him that credit....

Bahia Concepcion.....some pics taken by Darren...

I won't attempt to name which beach is which, but relax and appreciate that they are all within a 15 km range (mas o menos) of each other and each has its own particular character....all are accessible on a motorcycle and certainly most are accessible by car, truck, or RV....many have camping facilities of one sort or another....

Solo camping on beaches may be dangerous (not a scare tactic, but something to think about in your adventurous spirits) elderly gentleman was murdered in October/06 while RV camping solo on Playa Armenta...this could have happened anywhere on this planet, but be careful..

After deciding to pass up on a few more "Mulege Rides" that were potentials, we decided to pull up stakes and head south to Loreto for several days of riding.

By this time it was December 28th and we needed to figure out when we would be where....Loreto area...La Paz area....South Cape area...and Bahia de los Angeles area....all basecamp locales that needed to be ridden by January 17th or thereabouts....

We bypassed B o LA on the way down and were certainly planning 4-8 days in that area on our return north ....

It was hard to leave our home at La Hacienda...

and all of its creature comforts...

But we were ready for a change. Loreto offered great rides west of town to San Xavier Mission, La Purisima, Agua we were packed and gone....

And the eye candy of Bahia Concepcion made it a smokin' drive...

As it worked out, however, Loreto was full of tourists and we decided to not spend a hot afternoon looking for accomodations that suited our needs to have the truck and bikes relatively "secure", so we agreed we could make it to Ciudad Constitucion before dark, and then on to La Paz the next day for that section....

"On the road again" (Canned Heat tune)....

and we found a great place that I would recommend in CC....the Oasis Hotel

It is located three blocks west of the highway coming into town from the north....

Parking was good...

the pool was cold...

and there was a promise of a penthouse suite...

We unpacked the truck as was our travelling ritual:
1) worry about security issues;
2) unpack all the stuff from the truck and lug it to the room;
3) cable the bikes and tires to truck;
4) worry about the whole rig being stolen;
5) remember that sometimes you don't need to worry so much;
6) double-check that padlock is clicked;
7) have a beer;
8) walk out to truck and examine bikes with astute mechanical eyes;
9) get another beer and extoll the virtues of what fokkin incredible machines these are;
10) talk about where and what we might want for dinner;
11) get another beer and gaze lovingly at the bikes;
12) start to get ready to go eat something and decide whether to walk or take the truck (depending on where we are);
13) get in the truck and scout the town for the most promising taco stand;
14) eat tacos;
15) look for where else to park....and decide that it is close to the ice cream stand...

An early start the next morning demanded caffeine ... and the Starbucks wannabe served up a moderate cup of coffee ((good coffee in the Baja is difficult to find, it seems)...

The morning was sunny ... and that early in the morning not much was open, so our plans for a taco breakfast were doomed...

But after a few slurps of a triple Americano con leche, the town seemed to wake up a bit....

The drive to La Paz was relatively uneventful, but we were excited for this next stage....La Paz welcomed us in a grand but silent manner...

The malecon welcomed us....
Ged Schwartz
Kamloops , BC

Baja '05 , Baja 06/07 , Baja 08/09 , BC Alpine Single Track

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