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Old 03-11-2013, 02:49 PM   #166
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...Check out these saddlebag racks I bought for my Dr 650....bolt on in 5 min. and cheap. http://www.ebay.com/itm/DR650-Side-L...item27cdb33371
Hah! A bargain--they're the same price as ONE Suzuki oem replacement side cover--which is the only option for the DR
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Old 03-11-2013, 04:24 PM   #167
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Wow I just found this RR and got caught up. Good stuff, and you've raised the bar by incorporating a soundtrack. It was perfect.
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Old 03-11-2013, 06:06 PM   #168
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Ordered the liners on e bay...$100 for 2 out of Atlanta Ga. unique outfitters is the store...Check out these saddlebag racks I bought for my Dr 650....bolt on in 5 min. and cheap. http://www.ebay.com/itm/DR650-Side-L...item27cdb33371
Small world. I bought a Husqvarna chain saw from them this morning.
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Old 03-11-2013, 09:15 PM   #169
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Nice ride report

We ggot back last night. Were you the 4 guys we saw on the road from San Ignacio to the Lagoon on Wed or Thurs? We were also a group of 4.
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Old 03-11-2013, 09:17 PM   #170
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Aw, I was hoping for pics of the good stuff (washouts)!...
You noticed the missing photos, eh? (yeah I really liked that photo too--thanks!)

It's not really a coincidence that I don't have any photos of the good stuff.

When I'm riding in stuff like that I have to focus 100% on what I'm doing
--I guess you could call it "flow"--and to stop just breaks that flow and it
takes a while to get back into that mental state. I really don't want to stop
and take a photo.

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...El Chupacobra can dive in and you'll be very unhappy.
That's hilarious! I really hope to meet Coco in person some day, thanks BD.
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Old 03-11-2013, 09:26 PM   #171
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Wow I just found this RR and got caught up. Good stuff, and
you've raised the bar by incorporating a soundtrack. It was perfect.
Hey, glad you liked the soundtrack. I'd originally thought of trying to make it a slideshow
with that as the soundtrack but the time cost was just too high.

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We ggot back last night. Were you the 4 guys we saw on the road from
San Ignacio to the Lagoon on Wed or Thurs? We were also a group of 4.
Doesn't sound like it--it would've just been the two of us, and we were on that road Jan. 23,
about 6 weeks ago. Hope you had a great ride!
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Old 03-11-2013, 10:07 PM   #172
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Good RR keep up the cool pics and narrative
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Old 03-12-2013, 07:18 PM   #173
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Good RR keep up the cool pics and narrative
Glad you're along for the ride...workin' on the next installment right now.
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Old 03-12-2013, 09:14 PM   #174
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Days 28-29, 1/27/13
Playa El Tecolote to Los Barriles



Today's goal: find a shower. The previous two days had been hot and sweaty riding and we were pretty smelly!
We were headed for Los Barriles near the tip of the peninsula but still on the Sea of Cortez side. I'd given up
trying to find a dirt route along the east side so we just headed southeast on the paved BCS 286. My maps
indicated there was a dirt road just past San Juan de los Planes that climbed over a ridge and then ran along
the coast all the way to Los Barriles.





It was a great day of dirt riding! The first climb and descent was rocky and rutty enough to be fun. We passed
a rider on an mx bike going the other way, and then a group of quads--I stopped and checked with them
just to make sure we were on the right road. We were!







We made it to the coast and were treated to magnificent views of the bay and coastline, as well as some pretty
extravagant villas perched on the cliffs above the water. The bay was layered in bright turquoise and deep blue,
and the houses were almost all vacant, and for sale. I have no idea why I don't have photos of this part of the
ride-----again, just focused on the ride, taking it all in, not wanting to stop. It's more about the ride than the
report, I guess.


Beautiful dirt roads, great scenery, a perfect day of riding. It was pretty warm though, and we were just
----tired. We'd now begun our fifth week on the road and it was catching up with us. Knowing that
we'd about made it to the tip of Baja meant also that it would soon be time to head back.


We made it to Los Barriles and found a combination campground/hotel called Marin Verdugo's Resort. There was a
nice spot for us tent campers--most of the place was filled by snowbirds and wind/kite surfers in RV's--and
we settled in.








There's a dry/moat or cattle guard, or something, a huge grate over a pit. Not quite sure what they're trying to
guard against, but watch your step when you walk in this place...









There's also a different view of electrical systems in Baja. Exposed wiring is everywhere, again, it's
the land of personal responsibility. You'd better learn to be careful around outlet boxes........






There were laundry facilities, nice clean bathrooms with plenty of hot water, a pool
and patio right on the beach........we decided to take a rest day and try to recuperate a bit, and spent 2 nights here.

We filled the clotheslines with our laundry and spent our time watching the whates spout off in the distance,
swimming in the bay, reading under the umbrellas and playing cribbage. I'm getting better, but Bryn still wins
most of the time....


The view from our cribbage table:




There were well stocked markets here and we had a good steak dinner the second night at a nearby restaurant where
once again the owner and his family sat nearby, kids doing homework, grandma watching the Mexican version
of The X-factor on television. It was fun to see a young Mexican band do a Beatles tribute on the show.

I tried to get some antibiotics from a farmacia------I had this gnarly cough that wouldn't go away---only to learn that
Baja Sur has different laws from Norte--antibiotics require a prescription in Sur just as in the US. Oh well, the day of
rest did us good.





You got it-----we were living like kings.





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Old 03-12-2013, 10:16 PM   #175
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Mr. HWD,
Scrape turned me on to your ride and report. Thanks for sharing. I am really enjoying it, and looking forward to more.

Please tell all the family that Deb and I said "Hi!"
Thanks, and Good Riding!
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Old 03-13-2013, 08:49 AM   #176
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Mr. HWD,
Scrape turned me on to your ride and report. Thanks for sharing. I am really enjoying it, and looking forward to more.

Please tell all the family that Deb and I said "Hi!"
Thanks, and Good Riding!
Jim
Hey Jim! Really good to see you're here--and a nice surprise. Julie says hi to you and Deb as well.

Here's to rmd....

-Charles (where'd "Mr." come from???? )
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Old 03-13-2013, 09:49 AM   #177
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You found the best place to camp/motel in Los Barriles.

We stayed there while building our house.

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Old 03-13-2013, 09:57 AM   #178
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There's a dry/moat or cattle guard
Yup. Cattle gate. Keeps'm from wandering into your campsite and eating your comestibles.



Again.





I'm doing Alaska this year, but Baja is on the list for 2014! Looks pretty nice there.
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Old 03-13-2013, 10:29 AM   #179
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You found the best place to camp/motel in Los Barriles...
Cool. We liked it a lot. Amazing facilities available to us dirty dirt biking tent
campers. There's a unique vibe there, the place is full of kite/wind surfers
who live and die by the wind forecast--it was calm the two days we were
there and they were bummed, dude. The rest of the camping area was
the basic snowbird set that spends all winter there. It's a big place, I'm
guessing 100 sites or so, and yet it was absolutely the quietest campground I've
ever stayed in--so quiet I was afraid my typical morning salute (yeah, BigDog, I'm
a fart letter too ) would wake the entire neighborhood.




yeah, I know, TMI...

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Yup. Cattle gate. Keeps'm from wandering into your campsite and eating your comestibles...
That's what I figured, but dang, I've never seen cattle with 12 inch hooves. I was
hoping to see some sharks or sting rays, or maybe even some scorpions down in
the bottom of that pit, but only found trash.
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Hey Jim! Really good to see you're here--and a nice surprise. Julie says hi to you and Deb as well.

Here's to rmd....

-Charles (where'd "Mr." come from???? )
That made Deb smile. Thanks to you and Julie.

I figured that I wouldn't use your name, so therefore the "Mr". (I wasn't sure about how you personally used the forum.)

I think that I finally found (and got) DS ride that was what I required. A plated '01 KTM 520 EXC. It is geared tall enough to get out of the way on the pavement, while still strong enough to ride up slow gnarly hill climbs. (And, it still feels like a dirt bike when I veer off the pavement and jump the road ditch.)

Good Riding!
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PS. If you like that sort of humor, check out a recording of Gene Tracy's "The Crepintation Contest". It is humor of the next to the lowest sort. :-)
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