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Old 07-09-2009, 03:37 PM   #16
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Old 07-09-2009, 06:46 PM   #17
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Mostly hard roads. With the wife and gear the big 990 gets to be a handfull at Dakar speeds... Dirt roads are fine though and will take them when ever possible! Just no rocky, rutty, sandy steep mountain double tracks with the wife on the back. Now, when shes at a Yoga class for the day thats another thing! Wheeeeeeee!

just a tip... if you feel like spending a night or so in La Paz (my favorite city in Mexico) I highly recommend the cabanas at Los Arcos.. you can make a res in advance http://www.los-arcos.com/rooms.html and it's across the beach from the water front for about $90 a night or less......
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Old 07-09-2009, 09:31 PM   #18
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just a tip... if you feel like spending a night or so in La Paz (my favorite city in Mexico) I highly recommend the cabanas at Los Arcos.. you can make a res in advance http://www.los-arcos.com/rooms.html and it's across the beach from the water front for about $90 a night or less......
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And thanks again for helping Jen buy me this bike!!!!!

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Old 07-10-2009, 08:33 AM   #19
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Thanks for posting this report.. I'm thinking of a run from the Bay area to Loreto for a couple of days of scuba diving and this report is very helpful..

Enjoy the ride !

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Old 07-10-2009, 09:35 AM   #20
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I just got back from a Cabo run.

I'd go through Tecate. Nice scenic ride.

Tourism is so slow right now you won't have a problem finding good, inexpensive hotels. I stayed in a new one on the very south end of El Rosario across the street from "Baja's Best". The hotel is white and the sign just says "Motel". I think it was $25. Very clean, hot water, comfy bed, etc.

I have a spare room and garage for the bike at my beach casa in Punta Banda if you need a place to stay just south of Ensenada on the way south, or north.

Have fun!
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Old 07-10-2009, 10:10 AM   #21
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From a fellow Marin Co. resident.....GOOD LUCK!

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Old 07-11-2009, 03:05 PM   #22
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Packed up and ready to go!!!

We are packed and ready to go! We drop off our daughter at the Airport early to visit the in laws for two weeks in NY. She loves it there and comes back a spoiled rotten brat!! I keep telling her we will be doing the same thing to her kids when she has them so payback is a mother!! Any way its great to be able to go on a trip like this and not have to worry about the kid. Fact is she would spend the entire summer there if it was up to her!

We are planning to leave Marin at 9:30 am. I wanted to blaze it down through the central valley on I-5 but The wife (Jen) suggested/insisted we take the more picturesque coast route hwy 1. She often needs to remind me that its not the destination, its the Journey. So hwy 1 it is! We'll just see how far we can get down the coast and plan on crossing the boarder into Mexico before noon on Monday. I really would like to get south of Ensenada and have my first Cerveza y Tequila before dark!

I will update our report whenever I can tap into an internet connection
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Old 07-11-2009, 03:13 PM   #23
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Old 07-11-2009, 04:49 PM   #24
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She looks way better on the bike then me!
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Old 07-11-2009, 05:30 PM   #25
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Ok heres the tools and repairs stuff list. Please tell me if I need anything else.

1) Tubes, irons, mini compressor
2) Chain breaker and extra rivet master
3) JB weld
4) KTM tool kit plus things I cant live without
5) small can of lube
6) electrical tape, wire and connectors
7) zip Ty's and duct tape

What else is absolutely essential??
several Patch kits, in case you run out of tubes
Tire pressure gauge
Flashlight
A few Misc metric screws and bolts
brake and clutch levers

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Old 07-11-2009, 05:32 PM   #26
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anyone know how I can load more then one pic at a time to an entry??
Don't attach images, load them to flikr or smugmug and use image tags
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Old 07-12-2009, 11:14 PM   #27
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Ouch!!

Friggin brutal!!!! II wrote an entry that took me over an hour with some nice pics but when I went to post it my session timed out and I had to put my password back in ......and I lost it!!!! Fuc!!!! Oh well I'll re write it in the am!!!

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Old 07-12-2009, 11:17 PM   #28
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Friggin brutal!!!! II wrote an entry that took me over an hour with some nice pics but when I went to post it my session timed out and I had to put my password back in ......and I lost it!!!! Fuc!!!! Oh well I'll re write it in the am!!!

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Ouch.

Sometimes you can get it with the back button.
I had that happen on a long RR and ever since now I type it in word or notepad or something and then copy paste @ the end.
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Old 07-13-2009, 06:46 AM   #29
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Wooo hoooo! The California coast is always a treat! We left at 10:30 and took Hwy 1. I have ridden to Big Sur many times on 1 but it has been years since I have been on it south of Big sur. Living in California and in the Bay area you start to take you surroundings for granted. A few hours ridding a motorbike down 1, through some of California's most picturesque roads will definitely remind you how lucky "us" Californians are to live in a place like this!

We did about 9 hours on the bike today. We stopped in Santa Barbara for dinner at a place a place downtown called Roy....inside it said "The Jolly Tiger" so I'm not sure what the name of the place was. Food was good and we where right in the middle of Sunday a groovy evening in downtown SB....Verry coool town! We left SB and thought about getting down to OC for the night. Well at 8:30 we hit brutal traffic on 101 and decide to find a place for the night in Ventura. Motel 6 it is. Camping would have been nice but not having to break camp and get an early start sounded like a good Idea.

The Bike...... When you load your bike down with gear you have to remember it turns into a different beast. I forget, so for the first hundred miles I kept thinking something was wrong with the bike. The front end is super light and breaking distance is twice of what it normally is. I could hardly keep the bike upright while coasting to a stop at stoplights! By the time I hit Pacifica all was good and I figured it all out. It's friggin amazing that the bike will still easily hit triple digits loaded down and with a passenger!

To the Boarder in the am!

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Yea….. Ok check out the picture and tell me what you see. Jen snapped it just before this event. Oh and first put yourself in a state of mind that your crossing a foreign border and your hoping none of your very close friends decided to slip a doobie, roach, coke or friggin Viagra in your bags before you left just cause they thought it would be funny if you got caught with it crossing the boarder…..Yea I have friends like that! Ok what do you see???????? I said wow the Mexicans keep the place clean and have washed down the road ahead of me so that I have a nice clean, Swine flu free road to ride on!… Well as soon as I hit the dividing line between Mexico and the good ol US of A I realized that was some truck drivers entire tranny fluid on the super smooth concrete that I was sliding on with my head right down on the road! Yes! I crossed the boarder into Mexico on the side of my bike, not on the wheels! The Federalies and Mexican boarder people didn’t think anything of it….WTF!!!! Put some friggin grease sweep or something on that shit, or at least close that lane off!! Ok, but I digress……I crossed the boarder on my crash bars and under my bike and first thing I did is snap to my feet to make sure Jen was Ok… Well, she seamed to see the whole thing at a distance and simply hopped off at the most opportune moment and watched me slide the thing over the boarder. Cool! She’s more then ok and I have a big heavy bike in the boarder control area of Mexico on it’s side…. Were standing up but the shit is so slippery that its like we’re on ice. We get the bike upright and push it out of the line of traffic and try to wipe some of the tranny fluid off the tires! No friggin way, the shit is soo thick and slippery it aint happenin! Wonderful turistas ask if they can help and hand us towels to try and get some of the fluid off us and the bike! I could give a dam what the hell there red light Green, light bullshit says, I’m getting the bike and Jen somewhere safe, soon. We get rolling and end up in TJ at a Costco…Costco? I haven’t been in TJ since being stationed at Camp Pendleton but there was never a Costco! Ok TJ is a lot like San Diego now but with more Mexicans….No Disrespect intended! I like Mexico better!
We leave the Costco and try to find the road to Ensenada. I plug in Ensenada and try to follow the GPS but the program tries to send me the wrong way down one way roads. I decide I’ve got no Pesos so I hit an ATM for the best exchange rate. I put my card in and get out $1500 pesos…..Shit that’s only a hundred and fifty bucks…..I better get some more. I put the card back in and the atm says NO no no you need to call your bank. Westamerica is not use to customers using atm’s in mexico and shut my card down as a fraud threat….mor on that later. Shit I’m in Mexico for 10 days with $150 bucks…..I can do It I’ll blend in…..Many Mexicans get by on less, no problem! Oh wait….That’s not gunna happen I’ll figure this one out later, I gotta get the Fuc out of TJ! In the first 25 miles I either saw or was a party to a few “ALMOSTS”. There really are no driving rules, The lines dividing the lanes are really just decoration and not meant to separate traffic. Hummmmm….It takes a bit of getting use too, but I’m on it…When in Rome, right? We stop at an over look north or Ensenada and evaluate what we have just been through.. We are both cracking up that we crossed the boarder in a crashing sliding motion. Beat that ADVRIDERS!!!! Wait no don’t ever try to do that!
We find a little place by the coast to get some food and cerveza. Jen has been very quiet for the last 50 miles, which means she’s nervous…..I can tell the whole boarder crossing and driving in TJ freaked her out.. Maybe the food and Cerveza will chill her a bit. I had Chicken Mole which I friggin love and she had pork bones and enchilada sauce…..hummmm well at least Ill get some beer in her! We had a crazy driving adventure in San Jose Costa Rica once that was bad, but not like TJ……
We bolt off out of lunch and hit Ensenada. Ensenada is real cool right now, unless of course you need to feed your family from American touristas. The place is a ghost town. We could camp for $25 or stay at a hotel in the middle of it all for $50. I’m getting soft and go for the hotel. Besides we have just been through a traumatic experience crossing the boarder on our sides, we deserve a nice bed and AC….Right?
We put the bike to sleep in a nice secure garage with a guard and go out for happy hour and dinner. I try to figure out how to “not” look like a tourist. I always travel with a beard or some weird “facial fun” chops and crazy soul stripe just so the locals think I’m some freak and wont try to sell me a time share……It works, try it!
This is where it gets a bit strange. ….We walk up and down the streets checking things out and have a few shots, cervezes and margaritas….not necessarily in that order. We find a place that looks good for dinner an go in. Great stuff. The bill comes and its way too low. I ask, and he waiter says yea that’s it, bla bla bla something something..WTF??? OK…We have been eating a whole bunch of fish tacos and cerveza for $20.??? Hummmmmmm? The waiter goes on to tell us his boss owns the whole street and he would like to show us the other clubs . Finish your meal and drinks and I’ll show you. Hummm? Ok. We like to club it up in LV…Does it show? Yea, ok let me finish my Pacifico and we’ll go. But listen I’m in shorts and the wife will not going clubbing in what she’s wearing, we need to go back and change. No problemo, new best friend says….let me just show you the clubs and come back later. Ok. We walk down the street and this guy is throwing Federalis out of his way like there……well federalies. On our way he tells us that he spent 20 years in prison in Fresno…… Note to self….Never ask a dude in Ensenada with a whole bunch of gang tattoos how he learned to speak such great English.
Ok….aaaaa….. yea ….. the clubs are all strip clubs! WTF?! We try to pull it off as “oh cool yea we will totally be right back” Theses are super cool clubs! He showed us three different clubs, from the best to the worst up and down the block. Not sure why we would want to even see the worst but we now know where it is, just in case! I could see if I showed up in Ensenada with a bunch of dudes on a bachelor party moto trip….coool, dude thinks were looking for some talent for the entertainment, but ahhhhhh that’s my wife, Ex Con New best friend guy. Friggin weird chit. Its all and Adventure!!!!
Tomorrow we go off road to Sa n Felipe and the Gulf of California!!
 
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