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Old 02-10-2012, 03:02 PM   #31
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Wow, you guys did the rock garden to Comondu on big bikes?

That area kicked our asses in '09 on an overpacked XR650R & TE610. Spent hours there pushing and lifting--while the rockstar Canadian kids on their lightly-packed 450s sailed through with minimal difficulty. Well done!
I'm thinking the same thing.....we rode out of Comondu Valley to Loreto through a rock garden supreme on XR650R's with full luggage.........one of the longest days of our trip.....
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Old 02-10-2012, 08:14 PM   #32
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You guys are doing a great trip

Camping really opens up a great way to experience Baja. You have picked some killer routes....good on ya for taking that backway to Commondu ...I wondered what it looked like
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Old 02-11-2012, 07:05 AM   #33
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Great report. You're capturing it well. Thanks very much.
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Old 02-11-2012, 08:24 AM   #34
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Great RR!!!! Thanks for sharing.......

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Old 02-11-2012, 11:28 AM   #35
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You have me itching to take my XR650R south of the border where it belongs and hit those roads. Thank you.
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Old 02-11-2012, 03:01 PM   #36
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rnrdozer,
Can you comment on the condition of the road N (from San Isidro) of Commondo vs the one south out of town (to San Javier)?

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Old 02-11-2012, 04:50 PM   #37
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McNut,
I can....last February this is what that road was like....scroll down a bit to post #93:
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showt...=666961&page=7


It starts like this:




goes like this after a kilometer (take left fork up hill....the right fork takes you to that rock garden route the Big Pigs took)....



Gets a bit rough right after that....




smooths out really nicely midway...




Gets ugly for 100 yards....











gets nice again ...




as you get into San Isidro to La Purisima....




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Old 02-11-2012, 05:01 PM   #38
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Thanks for all the replies! The whole trip I kept thinking how much more fun it would be on a smaller bike. I think a 640 or a 650 setup right would be the perfect weapon. It would take a section that you’re really struggling on the big bike and make it fun. But I was carrying a lawn chair and an ice chest full of beer too!!!
The comondu route was a workout on the big bikes but if you think back it’s always the tuff routes you remember the most. It did seem that someone had fixed some areas with a bulldozer so maybe its not as bad as some of you guys remember. It is however really rocky for what seemed like forever.

McNut, We took the route 11 miles in from hwy 1 left to Comondu this section was by far the worst section. the road from Comondu to San Javier wasn't nearly as bad. Motoged's pictures are bringing back some memories though!
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Old 02-11-2012, 05:17 PM   #39
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Thanks, my wife and I rode the south bit at Christmas and while she cleaned it, the route was all the challenge she needed 2k miles from home on vacation. We did the northern bit before the hurricanes totaled it.

The area is very special and there are a several route options but the N-S one has it's challenges and as you say you may need some fillings replaced after, it does seem to go forever especially at the end of a long day. E-W no problema.

We did see some evidence of dozer & survey work on the S bit but still far from a freeway.

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Old 02-11-2012, 05:56 PM   #40
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Ruff Trip

Dang, I think that changes everything, it's all about the destination. That stuff sounds and looks ruff. Hope you took hwy home.
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Old 02-11-2012, 06:54 PM   #41
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Great RR. It brings back some good memories. It seems like your pals ditched you! "Quick, let's get ahead of them and not slow down!!"

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Old 02-11-2012, 07:30 PM   #42
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Awesome ride report! I'm dying to get out there. Just need to find people to go with haha.
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Old 02-12-2012, 09:36 AM   #43
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Good stuff and routes for my trip the end of month.... Thanks for the posts..
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Old 02-12-2012, 10:37 AM   #44
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Thanks again for all the repies! I finally got a chance to work on this ride report again!


January 16th


Evaristio to La Paz

I woke up early and waited for the sunrise. I figured it might be a spectacular one with the cloud cover that had moved in overnight and I wasn’t disappointed! It was easily the most spectacular sunrise I had ever seen. After taking way too many pictures we got packed up and headed for La Paz. The road along the ocean is beautiful and in many places climbs back up in the hills providing stunning views. As we get closer to town we see a large phosphorus mining operation. We end up getting to the hotel Perla at about noon to find Ron and Steve just getting ready to leave. We make a plan over a couple beers to meet them south of Cabo Pulmo at Los Frailles to camp on the beach. Ron and Steve blast off and we get a room at the Perla. We had dinner at Buffalos and as usual it was very good.

Warning! you might get sick of seeing this sunrise but it was awesome






It kept changing as the sun came up, I couldn't keep from taking more pictures!


Then I turned around only to see this beautiful sight.


It got even better with a rainbow



We finally had to make our way to La Paz along this awesome stretch of road




I love this picture of Eric, we were all stopping around every corner to click off pictures.


This is a good picture of the terrain headed south to La Paz






Dave and Dez enjoying the view


There's the bike lineup! does my bike's butt look big?


group shot!


There's these weird green rock formations along this route. I have no idea what kind of rock this is?


This is where they load out the phosphorus from their mining operations


Finally rolled up here to the hotel Perla. the rooms aren't cheap though, about $85 us per night. we would only spend one night then its back to camping.


The Malecon is beautiful in La Paz






This is the view from the hotel


The best part of this hotel is the parking in the garage under the hotel


Some shots of the city


Left over from Christmas time?




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Old 02-12-2012, 11:13 AM   #45
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La Paz to Cabo Frailes

As usual I wake up way earlier than anyone else in our group so I head out for a walk around town and to find a cup of coffee. I end up running into Dave so we walk up town to the local bus station and find a small coffee shop pumping out coffee to all the locals headed off to work. We had a long day ahead of us as we wanted to ride out to La Ventana to check out Baja Joes then head over the mountain and back to the sea for some more dirt roads. The road turns to dirt just past La Ventana and climbs up in the hills for some more great views. We road dirt all the way to Las Barriles then had to hit pavement for a small stretch then back out to cabo pulmo then south to Los Frailes. We found Ron and Steve camping on the beach so we set up camp next to them and enjoyed an evening on the beach. We met some local fisherman that were set up on the beach and they told us they fish this area all year long, no vacations for them. We end the evening with some stories and music and once again in bed by 9pm.


First we had to ride north of town to show the guys the beaches(playa la blandra) and (playa Tecolote)




This is Playa La Blandra (mushroom rock)






We then took hwy 286 out to La Ventana

this is Baja Joes


If your into Kite surfing this is the creme de la Creme, I guess La Ventana means (the window) it was really windy!


We didn't stay long as this place was full of americans, it sort of felt like Cabo to me.


As we headed south over the mountains it got beautiful again, after a ways down you start to see some homes along the ocean




This house was for sale, I wonder how much? I think if you have to ask you can't afford it!






As you can see the road is right on the ocean!


We finally made it to Cabo Frailes and guess who we found? Ron and Steve!!


Here's Ron with his camp setup, it seemed like he and Steve had become quit close as they were traveling together. they were cooking up some shrimp when we got there.




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