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Old 03-07-2013, 10:07 AM   #136
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Ouch

Goggles, dood! Sorry to see that the flatland took you out after surviving all those huge rocks in the nmountains. Hope you are healing up well and get to ride again soon.


Thanks Wans! Your ride reports make it easier to put in the months to recover from this:

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Old 03-07-2013, 11:15 AM   #137
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Hey Jonathan,
I like the new boots.
Day late and a dollar short, huh.

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Old 03-07-2013, 11:36 AM   #138
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...Your ride reports make it easier to put in the months to recover from this:...
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...Day late and a dollar short, huh...

Well, I see I'm not the only one to buy a pair of SIDI Force Flex/Crossfire (?) boots AFTER a broken foot.

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Old 03-07-2013, 03:31 PM   #139
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When I was watching your video and you 2 came up on that slick stuff the first time it made me tense up knowing how quick you can go down in those conditions, bummed that it caught Scott out, hope his injuries were not to bad. On a different note who does El Bartek know at Klim to get his special jockey length Dakar pants
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Old 03-07-2013, 03:34 PM   #140
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"When I was watching your video and you 2 came up on that slick stuff the first time it made me tense up knowing how quick you can go down in those conditions..."

Me too !!!!! That salt flat road was freshly graded....something I hate to see most of the time on any road type.....ruts are filled with loose stuff, clay is polished and greasy, and it leads a person to think the road is improved.

While the MT21 is not my preferred choice for Baja....those conditions might lead anyone wicking it up to have the front tire take a detour.

I am looking forward to the outcome....you were looking for helpful gringos in San Juanico....it is ironic that the Mexicans were the ones who stepped up to the plate. The family with the Toyota truck saved the day, it seems.
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Old 03-07-2013, 04:08 PM   #141
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Hi Guys!

Thank you for all the well wishes and concern about Goggles Pizano!
I was kind of hanging back and waiting to see if he wanted to jump in,
but I think he’s pretty busy re-cooperating right now...



Scott had surgery yesterday!



His financée said it went well.
Took a little longer than expected to put his collarbone back together -
there was mention of needing extra screws.



I got an email from Scott (2:30am) and he sounded good.

He says he’ll have some really good X-rays in 2 weeks,
ones that show off all his new hardware.




Until then, here’s the one I have - collarbone is broken in 2 places.
Ouch!






Heal up fast, Scott!






I’ll be starting Day 4 soon, I know you want some new reading material...






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Old 03-07-2013, 06:08 PM   #142
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Hey Jonathan,
I like the new boots.
Day late and a dollar short, huh.

Get well,
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Yeah Matt, that's the only way I do anything.

An extra broken clavicle, Scott? Ouch. BTDT, too. Hurts a LOT when it happens, but heals up pretty well pretty quickly. Enjoy the shoulder harness (not).
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Old 03-07-2013, 06:14 PM   #143
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Flat is just too dangerous. At least here in Colorado, a guy could hypothetically hotdog a little bit, slide of a ledge, and be caught ever-so-gently by a strong, giant tree, preventing injury. Hypothetically.
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Old 03-07-2013, 06:30 PM   #144
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Flat is just too dangerous. At least here in Colorado, a guy could hypothetically hotdog a little bit, slide of a ledge, and be caught ever-so-gently by a strong, giant tree, preventing injury. Hypothetically.
I agree. Heck, someone could ride off a cliff in Utah and sustain less damage.
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Old 03-07-2013, 06:42 PM   #145
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While the MT21 is not my preferred choice ............

In over 40 years of riding motorcycle on dirt I would have to say that the Pirelli MT 21 is without a doubt the worst mud tire I have ever used. I bought a set 1 time. I don't know how ANYTHING with knobs sticking out could get so little traction on wet dirt.
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Old 03-07-2013, 07:10 PM   #146
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Muchas gracias amigos

Hey MAC, LOL, rough day today but only because i devoured a pizza and guess what, yep , been dealing with that mistake all day lol.

feeeling good, now, all is well, THANKYOU to all for the good words, it is a pick me up.

more CSI stuff later on but, a huge THANKYOU!!! to Matt , Kelly and Bartek for their excellent execution on dealing with my sitiuation, you guys are GREAT. Almost like you've done this before

Many several , very kind locals contributed to my well being, MUCHOS GRACIAS!

i feel a kinship now with all my screwed, plated and pinned brothers,

I AM ALWAYS GOOOD, much more later, NOW BACK TO THE RR
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Old 03-07-2013, 07:47 PM   #147
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Heal up fast, Scott!!!.....It sure is a DRAG to have to leave Baja early!!!.......Great RR as always! Thanks for taking us along Kelly!
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Old 03-07-2013, 08:20 PM   #148
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Great RR Kelly. Thanks. Heal up Scott. Sounds like all is well. Waiting on more . . .
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Old 03-07-2013, 08:24 PM   #149
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The nice people of Baja made a really bad situation alot better than it could have been.
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I am looking forward to the outcome....you were looking for helpful gringos in San Juanico....it is ironic that the Mexicans were the ones who stepped up to the plate. The family with the Toyota truck saved the day, it seems.

Yes, definitely!
Rolo was awesome - as we would find out later, they went above and beyond for Scott.
I believe Scott's exact words were, "I made friends for life!"



The bad vibe we got at Scorpion Bay was definitely unusual.
That was one of the few times we've felt truly uneasy in Baja.
90% of the time, we feel safer in Baja than we do at home in the bay area.



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Good for you Scott for treating the little kids. It's the little things in life sometimes that mean so much to someone in their future.
Yeah, Scott's a good guy. He made those kids so happy!




I’m falling behind in the comments - sorry!
just a quick wave to some new folks -

hi PinkPillion! Hi eggroll - glad you found us!
hey jnyrav, K_N_Fodder - thanks for joining in




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On a different note who does El Bartek know at Klim to get his special jockey length Dakar pants
Ah, he just does that to show off his shiny new boots.
After all that waxing, he needs people to see them.



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Thanks Wans! Your ride reports make it easier to put in the months to recover from this:
Speaking of boots...

Aw, man. Every ride report, we get someone who is recovering from a broken leg/foot/ankle!
Heal up quickly!

Sorry this report is a short one, but I'll do my best.


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but the silt can get a guy, too.... if you take the high road:
Those staples! Ack!
Hope you're all better now.
Silt sucks ass.




Oh, 3 more comments snuck in -

Mac - um. Flat sucks ass?

Joe - Falling off a cliff sucks ass!


and rufus - MT 21s definitely suck ass!




OK, caught up with the comments!





oops - P.S.

Hi Scott (goggles pizano)! Thanks for signing in, I know everyone was anxious to hear from you
Hi Scott (dingweed)!
Scott and scott...

Uh oh. I'm starting to think that guys named Scott need to be especially careful going south...
watch out scottmac and Scott_PDX











Day 4: 2/20/13 San Juanico/Scorpion Bay to La Paz
279 miles







After a long night of tossing and turning, we got up pretty early.
I think everyone was anxious to see if there was news from Scott.


We hoped the hospital had fixed him up and that he was snug in bed at his mom’s.
It still weighed on us that our group had separated.
(and if he’d been murdered by crystal meth tweakers...
well, then we’re shit out of luck)




Bartek checked his phone and there was an email from Scott, via his fiancée!
It said that Scott was good, he had spent the night at the hospital
and now he was at his mom’s place in La Ventana.
She assured us that he didn’t want us to worry and said
Scott wanted us to continue on and enjoy the rest of our ride.


We were in room #1 (with the open door) - 600 pesos or $48.





After reading that message, I think we all felt a little better.
A lot lighter.
We still missed Scott terribly, but at least we knew he was safe.




So, back in post #1, I had mentioned a broken subframe and a broken rider...
Now you know who the broken rider was...but can you guess who had the broken subframe?



It wasn’t the SE (though they are known to have light subframes) and Scott’s bike took a serious tumble.

It wasn’t the 990S with the 2up couple (a.k.a. the overloaded school bus).


It was Bartek’s 990R.

Which didn’t make a lot of sense since he always packs light and never does 2up.
But, the Rotopax must bounce around a lot or something.
Scott was the one who noticed it - he asked if our subframe moves around at all.
Nope. Ours is rock solid.


Bartek's broken frame


In essence, the back part of the subframe had broken off.
It was being held on by the fender.
We worried that all the washboard and rocks and whatnot were going to break that, too.
Our host at the hotel said he knew of a welder in town,
the boys jumped in his van and went to go check it out.





I took some photos for you guys while I waited.
Here’s the hotel gate - it was nice having the bikes hidden from view.






Casitas de San Juanico - info here.






Friendly resident kitty cat






Taqueria Cristi directly across the street.






Matt came back shaking his head - the resident welder was not up to the job.
Very nice man, and more than willing to try, but he was working with primitive equipment.
Arc welding with a generator was a bit rudimentary for this task.




Originally, we had planned to take the road from La Purisma to Loreto,
then Loreto to San Javier, out to Hwy 1 (til we caught the road to San Evaristo).
With Bartek’s broken subframe, we decided to wait on San Javier, and go straight down Hwy 1.












Our best bets for MIG/TIG welders were going to be Ciudad Insurgentes,
Ciudad Constitución, and La Paz.





These giant bird nests crack me up!












I hated being on Hwy 1 - it was so dangerous.
We saw all kinds of things to hit in the road - burros, cows, horses, live dogs, dead dogs...
Here’s a horse that freaked me out.






We stopped here for gas.






Poor Bartek was starving. It was way past feeding time.
Later on he told us that this morning was his first time skipping breakfast. EVER.







He was so unlike himself, it was hard to tell if it was low blood sugar or the lack of Scott.
I think it was a little of both. Goggles was definitely missed.







We stopped in Ciudad Insurgentes and Bartek asked about welders.
This guy couldn’t do it, but he did know of someone.






Julio Ortiz was the man for the job.
Check out his new welder!






The boys stripped the bike and got it ready for Julio.






Matt and Julio in consultation.












In yesterday’s video, you saw Bartek ride out into the salt flats...
Look what the salt did to his chain in one day... Rusty!






Welding. That’s Julio’s son on the far right.






Isn’t this a cool Passport?







Bartek’s pipe is jacked! Thank you, Mine Road.






Here’s the initial welding. Nice, huh?
Julio did a beautiful job. He took real pride in his work.






Matt asked Julio to add some reinforcement - “una torta de alumino, por favor”
Huh? Looking that up, now - I see that Matt asked for a “cake” of aluminum.

un sándwich de aluminio, por favor.






It was feeding time again, so we left Julio to his work and went in search of food.







Ley was perfect.







Bartek was going to f*** that tamale up!







The guys got pork tamales...






and, corn. Man, the corn ones were sooo good. Sweet and tender.







I liked these things.






Some kind of plant thingies.







Julio was finished when we came back.
He would have cleaned those up more, but we were in a hurry.
Bartek didn’t mind, they are covered up anyway.







Great job, Julio!
He only asked for 600 pesos (400 for the initial weld, 200 for the sandwich). $48 - Que una ganga! what a bargain!
Bartek was even able to fix his broken pipe hangers.
Julio and Rojelio Ortiz







Now, we could get off the highway and back into the dirt!







This road was great.
Until we hit the silt.
Matt and I were going 60-65 mph when we hit this bit.






There was a giant, blinding *POOF!* cloud
and then we whipped from side to side.
There were hard ruts under all the silt.
It was so horrible - can’t believe we didn’t crash.


Silt sucks ass!


I jumped off and ran to warn Bartek.
(looking back at the silt - why doesn’t it ever look as deep in the pics?? must have been 2 feet deep - I could barely walk in the middle part)







but Bartek had seen the dust explosion and knew to slow down.







It was just sandy gravel after that...






We missed you, Scott.
I think Bartek was especially lonely without his CHiPs buddy (OK - which one of you is Ponch? )












We stopped at Misión San Luis Gonzaga and took some quick pics.










Our bike took this one. not bad!











Bartek had fun, fooling around with his camera’s filters...


photo by Barteknologie™









In the past, Matt and I have left the mission this way - through that water crossing...






This time, the tracks were taking us to the right - past this blue building.
(wow, this one is blurry! but you get the idea)












Unlike Scott, I didn’t have any stickers to bring, but I did have a bunch of temporary tattoos.
They were pretty light and easy to carry and I hoped they would be fun to give to kids.





Sample dinosaur tattoo on my wrinkly hand.






As we were riding past this house, we saw these girls waving.
Matt said, Tattoos!






We stopped and talked to the family. They were confused at first, but were happy to chat.


photo by Barteknologie™ (he was still having fun trying different filters)




I gave the whole bag of tattoos to the mom and told her how to apply them
(had a cheat sheet written out [in Spanish], which I left with her).
Bartek was so sweet, he shared a bunch of his cookies with the family - they were a hit!




The dad told us that their daughter (in the pink) was doing so well in school,
they call her “güera” (white girl)
Having met and talked to the family, I wished we had had something more useful for them.
(not just stupid tattoos)
Something like batteries or flashlights or toothbrushes and toothpaste...
It’s hard to carry stuff on the bike, but next time I would stop in Constitución just for that.




Look at these cool arrowheads - the family had a bunch of them.
They had been collecting them for a while.
We just thought they were sharing some local history with us,
but looking back, maybe these are for sale? 
We didn’t ask, we just assumed they were prized possessions.
Each one was a masterpiece. A treasure.






They invited us into their home, but unfortunately we had to decline.
I explained that we were so sorry we couldn’t -
we were trying to get all the way to La Paz, via San Evaristo.
They understood.
It was already 4pm and they knew we were going to be getting there way past dark.




Once again, the people of Baja California are the best.
So warm, so friendly, so open.
If you are ever fortunate enough to ride this road (Mision San Luis Gonzaga to San Evaristo), allow more time than we did.
Try meeting some of the families who live on the route - it's easy when the kids come running out, smiling and waving!
You won’t regret it.
And, bring them a little something, if you can.


Matt says he's pretty sure the GPS waypoint for that family's driveway is:

N 24°46' 877
W 111°11' 355




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Old 03-07-2013, 08:27 PM   #150
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Holla amigos. Great adventure hombres!
Did someone forget to tell the road builders of baja that cobble stones are supposed to be MUCH smaller! Good job getting through that.
I wanted to be on that ride with you guys so bad.

Oh Goggles! NO! Let's just say I know how ya feel, and I've been there. At least you made it south of San Ignacio unlike me. On the bright side, I did my ankle in in November, and am ready to ride already, so you'll be back in no time. In fact I'll be seeing you Scott in a couple of weeks as I'm coming down to do the V2R ride.
Hey Scott, at least now we have a driver ;)
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