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Old 07-18-2013, 10:17 AM   #256
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Old 07-18-2013, 10:48 AM   #257
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Thanks MufflerBearing.
I agree. No need to ever stay at Mikes again.
We did stop there the next day for a picture and a coke.
They charged us one dollar each for small plastic cup of very flat coke. Service with a grimace too.
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Old 07-18-2013, 01:19 PM   #258
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Woke up Sunday morning after a really good night's sleep. Had an awesome home-cooked breakfast from Artemio's wife.

Headed to Mikes Sky Ranch for a picture and a totally unsatisfying cup of flat coke.





Headed south west over the mountains. Road got a little rougher.









Tacos and gas at Colonet, and then more SW to the ocean.

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Old 07-19-2013, 04:49 PM   #259
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Whynowthen, I'm planning to take a similar route to yours soon. How was the road between Mike's and Colonet? I don't use GPS, but I plan to ride the most obvious road (as shown in my Baja Almanac) past El Coyote over to Colonet on my XR650R. This will be my first time riding west to the coast from Mike's. Bad idea?
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Old 07-19-2013, 05:13 PM   #260
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Old 07-20-2013, 07:58 AM   #261
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Loving the riding. Keep it up.

Do you ride midweek or is it mostly weekends?
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Old 07-20-2013, 08:17 AM   #262
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I know it's nearly blasphemy to say anything bad about Mike's Sky Ranch, but I'll take Rancho La Palizada over Mike's every time. Don Artemio is a very cool guy and he's built a beautiful and peaceful little place to pass the night. With any luck, I'll be staying at La Palizada again in a couple weeks.

Whynowthen, I've been quietly following this thread for a long time, and have enjoyed vicariously tagging along on your Baja rides. Please keep it up.
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Old 07-21-2013, 08:27 PM   #263
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Old 07-23-2013, 10:52 AM   #264
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Whynowthen, I'm planning to take a similar route to yours soon. How was the road between Mike's and Colonet? I don't use GPS, but I plan to ride the most obvious road (as shown in my Baja Almanac) past El Coyote over to Colonet on my XR650R. This will be my first time riding west to the coast from Mike's. Bad idea?
The road starts off a little loose and rocky. Should be pretty easy to follow. Just stay on the "main" dirt road. As long as you are headed down-hill and west, you should come out near Colonet. Once you get to Colonet, make your way to the coast and head north to Erendira. Really cool ride along the coast. Stay at Coyote Cals!
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Loving the riding. Keep it up.

Do you ride midweek or is it mostly weekends?
Unfortunately I have a job that only sets me free on weekends.
The good thing is that we never see anybody on the trails, even on the weekends.
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Unfortunately I have a job that only sets me free on weekends.
The good thing is that we never see anybody on the trails, even on the weekends.
Not that many people seem to ride the same trails we ride.
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Now, where was I?

Oh yeah - cliffs west of Colonet!









This is Ted sensibly staying away from the edge and not riding over the small barrel cactus like I did. This is what actually went through my little pin-head as I felt the crunch of the cactus - "Huh! I wonder if that will give me a flat!"







Next we found a little slot canyon that I hoped would lead us to the beach. There must have been a spider web every 6 feet, spanning the little canyon. Being in front I cleared them all for Ted. There were soo many spiders on me. I could feel them on my neck and Miles Davis was playing while the spiders were crawling up the front of my helmet and coming into my field of view as they crested the chin guard.





We really pissed this little guy off!







It did lead to the beach! Just not quite as sandy as I was expecting. I wasn't sure how to ride on loose pebbles. High gear and lots of gas seemed to work well.







Once I hit the sand it was even better. My bike tops out at 77mph on the beach.





Getting around this spot was going to take a bit of waiting for the tide to go out.






Luckily I had a flat tire to fix while we waited for the tide.



Remember that crunchy barrel cactus? We sat and pulled a bunch of little white thorns out of the tire before putting the new tube in.
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Old 07-23-2013, 12:12 PM   #268
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Not that many people seem to ride the same trails we ride.
I'm really surprised that more people don't like trails that look like this:

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The road starts off a little loose and rocky. Should be pretty easy to follow. Just stay on the "main" dirt road. As long as you are headed down-hill and west, you should come out near Colonet. Once you get to Colonet, make your way to the coast and head north to Erendira. Really cool ride along the coast. Stay at Coyote Cals!
Sweet. That's the info I'm looking for. It's really difficult to know just looking at my map. And I do intend to stay at Coyote Cal's. The trails along the coast will be new territory for me. Thanks!
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Unfortunately I have a job that only sets me free on weekends.
The good thing is that we never see anybody on the trails, even on the weekends.
That's the reality of riding toys in rural countries where for better or worse most of the locals cannot afford the luxury. its a quandary for sure, however selfishly it keeps the crowds off the trails. If you ever get this side of the pond send me a PM and I can show you around the trails in Southeast Asia. Sorry I never got to look you up whilst in Southern California to enjoy some brews.

Loving the report. Any idea how many miles of trails you've been enjoying on your exploration rides "Near Romana"? Yours is one of the only reports I have read covering "near Romana" that have explored beyond the usual fireroads. Excellent effort!!

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Not that many people seem to ride the same trails we ride.
You guys are definitely in an enviable location and wonderful to see you taking advantage it to the fullest.

Traveltoad also a tip of the hat to you for providing your experiences with the Kriega products in their vendors thread. The arm is slowly coming together well enough to try and ride again after the three surgeries. Free at last on my first camping trip with the Kriega bags on the KTM 500.



Now back to the regular scheduled programming of fun trails Near Ramona.
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