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Old 03-17-2008, 08:04 PM   #181
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Looks like a great time you all had, this was one of my favorite places. I see Victoria has upgraded the parking lot with some concrete!!!!
Thanks for all the pictures and taking the time to write about this trip! I am really enjoying seeing where you all went!
Ladybug, how was your bike? I can't wait to get back down there next year!
My Super Bug was fantasic!! I enjoyed the heck out of riding the itty bitty bike on this trip, it did great. It does have it's limitations on the super slab but I knew that going in. On the off pavement parts it was fun and easy to ride, it was nice not feeling overwhelmed by a bigger heavier bike.

It's to bad you weren't able to come with us on the ride but I'm sure I'll get the chance to ride with you some time in the future.
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Old 03-17-2008, 08:16 PM   #182
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So, who was riding the Transalp and how did it do on the trip? That's the same bike I have and what I'd be riding if I make it next year.
I'd want to put progressive springs and emulators in my forks, have a new rear shock fitted, and some knobbier tires 1st though I think.
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Old 03-17-2008, 08:22 PM   #183
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Just wonderin

On the way down the freeway today in my big old fertilizer buggy , between Ontario, OR and Çaldwell, ID I was passed by a pickup hauling a BMW Dakar and a little trailer. Was that one of your bunch headin home?
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Old 03-17-2008, 08:51 PM   #184
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Those were some great shots, Sam! Thanks for sharing!!

And yes, the mission was a great ride!!

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Old 03-17-2008, 08:57 PM   #185
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Old 03-17-2008, 09:00 PM   #186
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This mission was built in the mid 1600's. (Correct me if I am wrong, guys.) It's 60 miles from the Pacific and 60 miles from the Sea of Cortez, and there are springs there, so this was an important place for the indians for thousands (?) of years. And then the missionaries show up in the 1600's to "save" them...
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Old 03-17-2008, 09:03 PM   #187
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And then a bunch of guys (and gals) who REALLY need saving show up...

(we don't claim the guy in the hat. Ask Pat what he thinks of that guy...)
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Old 03-17-2008, 09:09 PM   #188
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No problem, Al. I'm just glad it was what it was, and not much worse.

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A couple of miles before this I was having too much fun came around a corner carrying too
much speed and lost it in some rocks. I banged my knee pretty good, I hit the kill switch
and crawled off the road so I didn't get run over. Erica was first on the scene and I saw
her turn off the key so we didn't have to deal with a dead Battery, thanks Erica. They got
my bike stood up and I hobbled aboard. I rode up to mission sat around and rode back. Thanks
guys for making sure I made to pavement with no problems.
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Old 03-17-2008, 09:15 PM   #189
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Old 03-17-2008, 09:16 PM   #190
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It's all downhill from here....
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Old 03-17-2008, 09:18 PM   #191
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Old 03-17-2008, 09:19 PM   #192
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Thor, your smile is saying what I'm feeling!! YAHOOO, Brother!!
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Old 03-17-2008, 09:22 PM   #193
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Old 03-17-2008, 09:28 PM   #194
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This is Ernando, the 17 year old who lives and caretakes the mission with his family and his father, who is the Father. He spoke great english and was quite a character - he gave us a tour and history lesson. He plays guitar and sings - and even sang a bit for us inside the church (very cool sound). He's building his own website to be launched soon. And in the meantime he is chiseling stone by hand in the restoration work with the mission. A very cool kid! He clearly had our attention!
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Old 03-17-2008, 09:33 PM   #195
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Ernando seemed especially happy to help out with the photo ops .
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