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Old 01-19-2011, 09:48 AM   #76
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Round Two, Start

All right, all right, all right…..so…..this year’s trip isn’t exactly a “proper adventure ride”.

Honestly I am not ever sure if it fits into the theme of this site but bear with me and follow along if you wish.

We decided to tow the bikes down to Bahia de Los Angeles and camp at Daggett’s.

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It’s not too hard to see why we made it home base.

I think I like doing it the way we did last time better. However having the extra resources is nice, but the real advantage is not having to ride with all the extra crap, especially when you’re riding the type of trails we like to ride:

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Skinny, Rocky, and Technical

I wasn’t even sure this trip was going to happen until the last minute. I had been trying to talk my better half into coming but she had other family obligations and wasn’t able to go. I had to scramble and find someone willing. My first thought was my boy BABs. He and I are kind of the next generation in a way, for our group at least. Both BABs’ father and my pops were riding with ArvadaGeorge before we were twinkles in their respective eyes. Now it is we who are left to carry the torch it seems, but I do have high hopes for our 3rd amigo to get his act together even if BABs and I had to tow him 60 miles last summer.

Here we are, maestro y estudientes:

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From right to left: AG and his 2002 DRZ 400, BABs and his 2006 Pumpkin 525 (Exxon Valdez edition), and me with my Old Amarilla 2001 DRZ 400.

As with anything, especially in Baja, you have to pay to play. Our trip was cut a bit short with a two-night stay at the Policía Station.

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But I will get into this next time. For now here is a little teaser of what is to come…..

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But unfortunately, like last time….

I HAVE PROMISED TO NOT SHARE ANY TRACK LOGS, PLEASE DON’T ASK!!!


Sorry guys.
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Old 01-19-2011, 07:22 PM   #77
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Track Logs

What about if i just cruise over to your camp? Can I tag behind?
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Old 01-19-2011, 08:51 PM   #78
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So when I saw 1400 mile in ten days, I thought, "140 miles a day... no big deal, could be a nice report." Then I saw some of the pictures and trails... "ahhh, now you have my interest!"



OK, so now I really hate you guys!

... I wana go.







Thanks for the ride! Really enjoyed the whole thing. I wana ride with you guys.

And as far as wanting to ride the nasty technical stuff, I have very good references.

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Old 01-19-2011, 10:00 PM   #79
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Great report and pics Looks like the weather was perfect.
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Old 01-20-2011, 02:11 PM   #80
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Ride reports such as these make me fully realize I can’t ride fo' shizzel! Must have been a blast!
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Old 01-26-2011, 02:27 PM   #81
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Thanks!

VxZeroKnots – Any time!

Cloud9 – Thanks for reading! I can take it, but who knows, maybe one day.

Baja Ho – Thanks a bunch! The weather was a bit cold and windy, maybe not the best for the road but perfect for the single-line.

Matteo2 – Here in CO there are lots of single-lines to practice on, thanks for reading.
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Old 01-26-2011, 02:32 PM   #82
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First, You Have to Pay…

BABs and I headed out of town a little latter than we hoped, getting out of town is always the most stressful part of the trip.

Mile after mile passed by, as we looked at all the little dirt roads to explore one day.

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We drove hard and pulled in late into to Ocotillo, CA, tired and aggravated of stupid laws. More specifically the 55mph speed limit if you have 3+ axles, tow anything, bla bla blaaa... After a few hours of sleep in the community park parking lot we made for the Tecate boarder crossing. It is about as easy as it gets, we rolled through the automatic gate and started to pull away before the guard walked out of the building and waved us down, looked at the registrations and glanced through the camper. We took the new highway and cut down to Mex 1 above Ensanada.

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After some long awaited fish tacos and loading up on supplies we headed south.

I’m a firm believer that you have to pay to play. It may be countless hours of practice, time wrenching, breakdowns, broken bones, or large monthly payments, but one time or another, singularly or compounded, you have to pay for your fun.

So we headed south of Ensanada through the construction zone, I sure didn’t miss the pilot car escort like when driving up north, and weaved through the potholes.

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We came down the hill and into the little town of Santo Tomas and luck decided it was my time to pay. We went over a little speed bump and all of the sudden there was an awful PA PA PA PA PA PA…. We didn’t know if a tire shredded and was smacking the wheel well or what. The first place to pull off the road was the parking lot of the Policía Station.

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They rushed out to see what all the commotion was. We figured out that one of the ignition packs on top of the spark plug was blown apart and found that the sparkplug didn’t have any gap.

The Policía get a bad wrap, but I have to say these guys were more helpful than you could imagine. They let me use their landline to call George who was still in California, offered to pick up the parts in Ensanada, let us use their restroom and had no issues with us camping in their driveway. They were by far the coolest cops I have ever met, doing everything they could to help. Although, I have to say, it is always weird to have assault rifles and handguns lying around an arms length away.

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3 trips back and forth through the Federali stop and construction zone on the bike, three wasted spark plugs and a day and a half of gut-wrench later wondering weather we were going to have to JB weld a spark pug in or tow the truck to a shop and risk calling off the trip we were still working on it well into the night under the lights.

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We had to helicoil in new threads into the aluminum head; apparently this is a common problem with the 2002 era 5.4 L Tritons. We bored out the new threads and put in the helicoil to make the threads but the tool the helicoil kit came with to put it in was too short. Consequently we had to make a new one out of an old 3/8s extension.

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But when we tried to screw in the spark plug the threads were flattened. We pullet the helicoil out with the tap and tried it again, but same thing happened again. By this time we were all getting real worried. We decided to take a brake and cook some dinner. During the awesome steak and mixed vegetable dinner I got a good feeling. Maybe it was because I hadn’t really been eating much or an angle was smiling down on us but George in his infinite wisdom figured out what was wrong. He has done this hundreds of time on various motorcycles but he usually pulls the head if he can’t see well enough but that was not exactly desirable in this situation. We couldn’t see what was happening down in the hole and couldn’t tell if the helicoil was seated right. But it dawned on George that the tool we made wouldn’t let the helicoil free float on the tool as it was screwed in like the original tool would. So we spent some more time with the grind wheel on the electric drill and cut it out a bit more. We tried it again and it worked like a charm.

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We put everything back together and it fired up and purred like a kitten.

During this ordeal at least BABs had a bit of time to get out on the bike and snap a few pics of the surrounding hills.

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We woke up early the next morning, I wanted to give the cops something to say thanks but couldn’t figure out what to give them, then I remembered that my aunt gave me a plate of homemade brownies before I left and decided that would be the perfect thing, then we headed south.

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That night we pulled into Bahia de Los Angeles with relief, surviving the sketchy narrow highway down with everything intact minus AG’s driver’s side rearview mirror.
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Old 01-26-2011, 08:17 PM   #83
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I have never seen such beauty! It's like another world there!
Thanks for sharing and kudos on fixing the spark plug hole!
Excellent dudes!
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Old 01-26-2011, 10:29 PM   #84
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But unfortunately, like last time….

I HAVE PROMISED TO NOT SHARE ANY TRACK LOGS, PLEASE DON’T ASK!!!


Sorry guys.
Not sure where you got them, but thanks for not sharing them. Some of those trails could mean death to people that don't belong there. And other trails don't need to be beat to death. Great report and fun reminder of Baja.
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Old 01-27-2011, 06:52 PM   #85
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some of those pics look real familiar, like we were just there, huh Trey?

looking forward to the RR.
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Old 01-30-2011, 05:54 PM   #86
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I have promised to not share any track logs, please don’t ask!!!

It’s not because we didn’t go to kindergarten or because we are stingy, it is just that it cannot be done in good conscious.

Look at this video that the guys on the Rip to the Tip put together on Bill Nichol’s Rock Trail, (post #2 on this RR). Keep in mind all of these riders are considered EXPERT OR ABOVE and are fully supported.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UamRbNs8v0E

There are just so many different things that can go wrong, so many things to know about Baja riding and desert survival needed to do this, and that is not even considering the skill level needed to ride this stuff. Take for instance their mud incident. With 15 guys to pull you out it is not that big of a deal but could easily mean hours of struggling to get the bike out if you are lucky.

This is not like home where if worst comes to worst, you will have to hike out 20 miles to get to a major road for help and the hospital is no more than a few hours away. These trails are a day’s drive from the boarder, or a very expensive flight to San Diego from one of the dirt air strips every hundred miles or so. Like Trey650 said “Some of those trails could mean death to people that don't belong there.” It is not an exaggeration.

There is just no way in good conscious you can give these track logs out to someone you have never ridden with.

Also, the hill section shows how easy it is for these trails to get majorly torn up. If the guys who put in the massive amounts of effort to put these trails through want to try and limit traffic, I will obey their wishes. Sorry, it’s nothing personal.

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RideDualSport.com – Thank you kindly! It definitely feels like a whole other world at times.

Trey650 – Thanks for helping me reiterate it, hope to run into you one day.

SP's Dad – Thanks for tuning in again!
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Old 01-30-2011, 06:01 PM   #87
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A Short Afternoon Ride

After sleeping in and resting a bit after the stressful previous days we set up camp and decided to go for a short 65-mile afternoon ride.

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At least there was a bed to sleep in if anything went wrong

Bill said it took him about 12 days walking around, and hunting and pecking for a way through and then shovel and pick work to make it rideable. Thanks Bill, thanks Mark!

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I really wish I took this one in a higher quality setting, the other one just didn’t have the timing. Look how deep BABs’ tires are sunk into the sand.

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Not a forgiving place, as this coyote found.

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I need to think about keeping the camera straight when taking these shots while riding.

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Old 01-31-2011, 01:43 AM   #88
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Love it. Looks like a mix of N. Kenya & Namibia with the added benefit of Tecate beer and fish tacos... I must investigate sometime.
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Old 01-31-2011, 08:01 AM   #89
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Nichol's trail West to East?

I have yet to see a Rockman trail ride report of folks riding starting from the Catavina side. Is it doable in that direction?
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Old 02-01-2011, 05:20 PM   #90
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Nichols Rock Trail (IMO) is easier from west to east.

yes, I have ridden it both ways.
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