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Old 02-05-2009, 03:04 PM   #46
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Lucky BAS###d,,,Im freezing my assets off here reading the report,,keep it comming,and great Pics,,,

What tires are you running on the KLR ???
"lucky bastard"???? not likely. now that I am home my boss decided I should work today. at 4:30am when you were posting, I had already driven an hour to work and was trying to start my damn diesel truck (-26celsius) so i could go dump off some big chunks of frozen rock for some yahoo who should have stayed at home!!!!! whew, i feel better now. more pics and lies to come 2morrow. after i sleep in of course.
tires are some sort of Kenda dual purpose type. real cheap but have great traction and are wearing quite well. I seem to recall they were about $125CDN for the set.
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Old 02-05-2009, 03:52 PM   #47
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okay you crazy kids, time for an update. after leaving beautiful San Borja we jumped back onto Mex 1 for Guerrero Negro. it is located on the 28th parallel and is the border between Baja Norte and Baja Sur. we stayed just south of the 28th at Mario's RV resort. cool place. mario has a few boats that he takes folks out on to watch the whales but our sched didn't really allow us to do that and we had heard that the whale sitings were not that good yet. a few pics from mario's. of course Steven was in his happy place when i told him we could eat in the restaurant that night.



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Old 02-05-2009, 04:04 PM   #48
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the next day we were off to Bahia Asuncion. to get there we had to take Mex 1 for maybe 20 miles and then off through the Desierto Vizcaino for 35 miles. as the name implies.....desert. cool! and yes it was! after about a half hour of riding we stopped for a break and quite honestly there was nothing in any direction for a far as we could see. Excellent

and wouldn't you know it.......a mere mile from the end of the sand and nice smooth asphalt.....Steven decides to do some soil samples.

he begged me to take the pic before lifting the bike. from there on our motto was "pic first, rescue second"
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Old 02-05-2009, 04:23 PM   #49
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"pic first, rescue second." You must know some of my riding buddies.

The Vizcaino desert does have a charm to it. Something peaceful about absolutely f'ing nada, zip, zilch except flat land and scrub for miles around. Those straight roads do tend to get a bit boring though.
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Old 02-05-2009, 04:29 PM   #50
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Old 02-05-2009, 04:32 PM   #51
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"pic first, rescue second." You must know some of my riding buddies.

The Vizcaino desert does have a charm to it. Something peaceful about absolutely f'ing nada, zip, zilch except flat land and scrub for miles around. Those straight roads do tend to get a bit boring though.
and thanks to your map and tracks for getting us through it
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Old 02-05-2009, 05:31 PM   #52
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So let me get this straight. Nothing around for miles and miles as far as the eye can see absolutely nothing. And Steven runs smack dab straight into it and crashes.

Yes, worthy of a pic first. A rescue second. A Tecate third.

Keep 'em coming, great story.
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Old 02-05-2009, 06:21 PM   #53
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So let me get this straight. Nothing around for miles and miles as far as the eye can see absolutely nothing. And Steven runs smack dab straight into it and crashes.

Yes, worthy of a pic first. A rescue second. A Tecate third.

Keep 'em coming, great story.
I thought it a fluke, but it became a trend he would continue....
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more for ya'. after righting steven we grabbed a bit of paved road towards Bahia Asuncion. as usual the paved road has a tendency to stop very suddenly and become sand or rock or take your pick. in this case we battled some nice sand for about 10miles. the sand is not soo much a problem. the washboard sucks. now I know the best thing to do is just gas on it and go as quick as you can and make the bike float over the stuff. unfortunately on a 600lb loaded bike this tends to elevate the effects of crashing ie. bike and rider damage, so we decided on a slower safer pace. we made it without having to pick any machines from the horizontal position. Bahia Asuncion exists for the consumption of cervezas. that is the #1 occupation we could see. turned out to be a very cool little town. I had made contact with an ex-pat CDN named Shari. she had gone down there 20 years ago and never went home. she runs the Blowhole B&B and has a little piece of land on the beach that she rents to transient campers. a quick ride thru town and to my amazement actually found her place quite easily.

the blowhole.....hence the name.

Juan, Shari's husband, was on his way out to get her from town and invited to just sit tight and look around and open the fridge to enjoy a cerveza. nice!!!
her front yard......

her dawg.......Shamie. this dog adopted Steven and followed him everywhere.

Shari and Juan arrived home a short time later. Juan is a fisherman, guide, mechanic etc. turns out he was taking a few folks out in his boat to Asuncion Island that afternoon to see the seals and sealions and would we llike to go? ummmmm.......okay. left our bikes at Shari's house and jumped into the back of her clapped out ole Nissan pickemup and headed for the boat. "oh wait" she says. "We need to grab some cervezas!!!" so off we go to grab a 6 pack each to keep us hydrated for the next 2 hours. we knew we weren't in Ontario anymore on the way to the boat. there we are in the back of a pickup, open cervezas in our hands, rolling through stopsigns and waving to the cops in the truck behind us. in Ontario, that is a free night or two in the slammer. I love Baja!!!!



this was one of the most awesome experiences. never in my planning for this trip did i ever imagine we would be doing this!!!!! on the way out to the island we had an escort of dolphins and a few miles out could see 2 whales. the seals and sealions are said to number about 7000. it is a protected island and used only for research. the seals are very curious and some of the smaller younger crowd approached within 10 feet of the boat for a closer look at humans. I was quite surprised at the various sounds these charcters could make. the barking sound they make is actually deafening when the whole choir pipes up.
back on land and Shari points us in the direction of the beach and our campsite.

the motorhome belonged to an alcoholic couple from BC. they were nice folks and let us use their laptop to fire off some quick e-mails home.
our friend Shari.............

dinner at Ramona's restaurant/house


the next morning another beautiful Baja sunrise.........this from the front door of my tent.
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Old 02-08-2009, 08:05 PM   #55
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Baja! Awsome!
Just got back myself.
Those seals must have been cool. Great pics.
I loved the Pelicans down there.
Thanks for sharing
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Old 02-09-2009, 11:02 AM   #56
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our intent for the next day was to ride back out to Vizcaino, grab some fuel at the shiney new Pemex just south of town on Mex 1, turn right at San Ignacio and rest that night at Scorpian Bay. well, that all changed when we got gas at the Pemex. at that point we had been on the road for 9 days without a dayoff and i honestly didn't feel like challenging much offroad. the road to Scorpion Bay was one I had been warned about. Steven felt he needed an afternoon as well so decided to find a place in San Ignacio and have a restful afternoon. nice peaceful uneventful late morning ride through the typical rocks and cactus that makes up a large portion of the Baja scenery.
about a mile before San Ignacio on Mex1 we encountered another checkpoint manned by Mex's best.

my travelling buddy Mr.Happy likes to have the best seat in the house so he rides behind my windshield. we enter the checkpoint and one of the soldiers stops me and starts pointing at the front of my bike. of course I thought he was acknowledging the world famous ADV sticker or the CDN flag but no, he was excitedly pointing to MR.Happy. I say that is "MR.Happy" and after about 2 seconds thought the soldier replies "ahh, Senor Feliz!!!". si si Senor Feliz. from that point on he was officially known as Senor Feliz.
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the pic above was actually taken at West Monroe,La. i used it as reference to show where Senor' Feliz rides. however, Senor" Feliz was smiling at that point as he also enjoys Hooters.
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after clearing the checkpoint we pull off the side of the road at the edge of town so i can consult my Lonely Planet guidebook for accommodations. within 30 secs a silver Tundra pickup with an ADV sticker in the rear window comes sliding up beside me driven by a really sweet blonde. seems we have just met Paige. a California girl who rides offroad bikes and is a frequent visitor to the area. told her I seem to remember a place that had Yurts in San Ignacio and as Steven has no idea what they are we must stay there. Paige informs me it is the San Ignacio Springs B&B and they rock! (duh!!!! you would think I could have remembered that name!!!! ). "thanks Paige, hang cool". sure enough it is right where Paige said it was, a 1/4 mile down the road. it cost me $66 for the Canadian Yurt for 2 people. little more than I needed to spend but what the heck.


wow! hard core adventure accomodations. this place is really cool and the owners absolutely fanatastic. incredibly clean, scenic and comes with a full breakfast.
our afternoon off consisted of chilling with some cervezas by the water and kayaking. Steven had never been in a kayak. the kayaks were available free of charge so why not try these freaky things right here and now.

San Ignacio is an oasis. literally. the oasis is spring fed and we were able to paddle to its source.



this is the day after we were in a boat in the Pacific watching seals. never did i expect to be in a kayak in Baja. these "random" happenings are for me what make a trip great. you can plan all you want but it is the stuff you never imagined or expected that can really add to the whole experience. lucky for us, all the unexpected was good.
funny story. I was using the video feature on my camera to capture the inside of the yurt and when i panned past Steven he was eating something. When i finished filming i asked him what he was eating and replies "chocolate covered nuts". well, I fell to the floor laughing hysterically and Steven thinks I have officially lost it. he has never seen Long Way Round so is not familiar with Mongolia. here we are in Baja and Steven is eating nuts in a yurt.
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Old 02-09-2009, 11:36 AM   #59
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some pics of the mission in San ignacio. 1728-1840.




and dinner at Flojo's

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Old 02-09-2009, 12:05 PM   #60
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It's great to read these Baja RRs In February, but sorry to hear you're writing this from the frozen North! Thanks for the RR.
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