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Old 02-09-2009, 12:51 PM   #61
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Ah, so you did find the Canadian yurts. That place rocks. Since most hotels, even the crappy ones, charge 50 bucks, $66 for a delux yurt with awesome beds and a killer breakfast is a fairly good deal for Baja.
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Old 02-09-2009, 03:56 PM   #62
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BRAVO!!!

Great pics of an outstanding adventure. You are absolutley right, the best stuff are the things that you don't plan for. Kayaking, sealions, Paige, yurts, and spur of the moment decisions.

Anymore Hooters evidence????
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Old 02-09-2009, 09:52 PM   #63
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3 of us did the same trip in reverse back in 95 during my absence from employment. Hope to do it again some day.



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Old 02-09-2009, 10:36 PM   #64
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Great ride report! Thanks for taking the time.
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Old 02-10-2009, 05:42 AM   #65
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Great ride report! Thanks for taking the time.
you are welcome. more pics coming later today.
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Old 02-11-2009, 03:04 PM   #66
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a spectacular clear warm morning in Baja....again. seeing as the title of our ride is "Baja Hooters" we had the Cabo Hooters as a target on our radar. many had told us to not bother with Cabo but as this was our first time there we figured we would go and see why we don't want to go there. that, and Steven had done a ride to Newfoundland back in August and had gone to Cape Spear which is the farthest east you can go in North America so it seemed fitting to go as far as one can go in Baja. knowing we were going to be spending more days going north than south, we blew thru Meluge, Bahia Conception and Loreto for the metropolis of Cuidad Constitucion. okay maybe not blew thru as we stopped at every beach and scenic getoff we could get to. I was doing a recce for campsites for our trip back. now, to give you an idea just how beautiful and spectacular the Conception Bay area is, i took more pics there than anywhere and actually exhausted the SD card in my camera. the paved road is fantastic the way it curves through the hills and would be a splendid ride on that factor alone but add in the Caribbean like waters of the Sea of cortez and it is absolutely one of the most magic places I have ever had the pleasure to venture. there have been many pics posted on this site but none, no matter how fantastic the shot, can match actually being there.


I am looking at these pics and saying "nope, didn't catch it either". the contrast between the brown and red of the mountains, the white sand and the crystal clear water is something that can only be seen in person. at this point of the trip I really started to feel the magic and wonderment that is Baja. I have read many RR's and heard of this spoken by those who have gone before me and to experience it for myself was well, almost euphoric in a way. Baja is more than just the awesome offroading and scenery. it is the people and the history and the pace of life. I was truly feeling the Baja everyone talks about.


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Old 02-11-2009, 03:33 PM   #67
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more pics of conception Bay.



and to think that all i had to do that day was ride my bike and take pics. life is good.


even had the pleasure of running into some other riders who refer to themselves as the "baja Fools". http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=427086

remember the day we took a break and decided to not go offroading to Scorpian Bay? the only time we had broke away from our ride plan. well, if you are following the Baja Fools RR you will read about their 12 hour day from hell. that was the route we were supposed to take but didn't. WHEW!!!!
more delicious scenery and a quick stop in Loreto for some propellent. saw this cute kid in the bank we were robbing and noticed the little pup in her purse. had to take the shot.


our camp that night was at the north end of Cuidad Constitucion at manfreds RV park. no more manfred. new owners who are very nice. as with most of the accomodations we were the only ones there. Baja suffering big from lack of tourism it seems. home sweet home.

junior heard me getting up for a midnight dumpage and thought it helpful to light my way.

my other travelling companion. sleep is good when senor feliz is on watch.
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So it seems that Steven visited Conception Bay twice. Once in Newfoundland and then again in Mexico. Very cool. How many adventure riders did that in the same year? And a year ago he had never even been on a motorcycle. The kid has come a long way, literally.

Great pics, great ride.
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Old 02-11-2009, 04:01 PM   #69
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I just returned from Baja on my way back to Portland. Arrived in La Paz (from Mazatlán) on the 2nd and was heading north until the 7th. Did our paths cross? I remember seeing a green 08 KLR (mine's an 07, black). I'm wondering if I didn't see you guys?
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Old 02-11-2009, 04:41 PM   #70
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Great pic here Dave.





We werent too far behind you as I managed to get a pic of the same piece of trash in the grass that you did.



Great report, keep it coming!!
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Old 02-11-2009, 06:07 PM   #71
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welcome to kiki's and our first night in Baja. woohoo!


Hey, I stayed in that Palapa at Kiki's last February! Was Bruce from Vancouver there this year?
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I just returned from Baja on my way back to Portland. Arrived in La Paz (from Mazatlán) on the 2nd and was heading north until the 7th. Did our paths cross? I remember seeing a green 08 KLR (mine's an 07, black). I'm wondering if I didn't see you guys?
ummmmm....dunno. we got home on Jan 26. you talking Jan or Feb?
We met a bunch of riders heading south our last week.
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Vince,
we had a good chance of meeting except that we had to bug out about 3 days early for a repair. left San Felipe for Yuma the day you entered Baja. otherwise we would have met around Gonzaga Bay. bummer. I owed you cervezas.
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ummmmm....dunno. we got home on Jan 26. you talking Jan or Feb?
We met a bunch of riders heading south our last week.
I was rolling through first week of Feb, looks like I just missed you, but now that I think about it I saw two 08 green KLRs.
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our next day travel was to take us to the evil Cabo San Lucas via todos Santos. as we were going to be hotelling it for one night in Cabo and returning to Manfreds the next day, we asked the park owners if it would be okay to store our camping gear somewhere and they nicely said "Si".
so with lighter machines we happily trekked off down Mex 1 to LaPaz and the cutoff for Todos Santos. Todos Santos is a neat little town and i would like to have seen more of it but, alas the road beckoned.the road was in excellent condition and we were able to knock off the miles quite easily. the volume of traffic increased steadily the closer we got to Cabo. okay this is not fun. it reminds me of home and the knobs who drive there. with what i am sure Steven took as expert navigation (aka 'luck'), we located the wonderful Hotel Mar De Cortez.


hey what can i say? desperate times call for desperate measures!

checked in, bikes parked in secure parking and we are ready to walk the town. the hotel was conveniently located about 3 blocks form the harbour. most of the shops are tourist traps with vendors selling everything from t-shirts to silver and little dolls. but we were on a mission and i had to focus on the objective. I could sense the Hooters was nearby. now we just had to find it. the sign helped.
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