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Old 03-08-2013, 04:51 PM   #166
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I agree. Heck, someone could ride off a cliff in Utah and sustain less damage.
hypothetically speaking of course

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Old 03-08-2013, 04:54 PM   #167
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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
Matt's nickname is the cripple maker for good reason..

the 5 times I have ridden with him I have ended up on the ground at least 3 of them...
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Old 03-08-2013, 09:54 PM   #168
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Make sure you leave yourself plenty of daylight.....the colors of the road beds and canyons are truly something to behold.

Yes! They are beautiful - the greens and purples and yellows...it's reminiscent of the Artist's Palette in Death Valley.
Not to mention, the incredible Sea of Cortez...
I was really sad that we went through that part in the dark.


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This section of Baja to San Evaristo is on my to-do list, so thanks for the pics that were encouraging (scenery and singing frogs)....and the silt warning.
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I plan on camping along the way
You're going to have a great time!!
And, you can camp in San Evaristo, right on the beach!
The people are really nice. Just beware that if it's a friday or saturday, you might have some loud Norteño/
Tejano music.
The guys at the fish camp like to party on the weekends.


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Thoroughly enjoying your RR Wan. It's kinda like prerunning as I will be riding a lot of the same stuff on my month long solo (mostly) trip in April.
Wish me luck...
Scott
Haha - Scott!!
(you are kidding, right?)
Have a fantastic trip!

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Matt's nickname is the cripple maker for good reason..

the 5 times I have ridden with him I have ended up on the ground at least 3 of them...
Now, now Paul...

is that all Matt's fault??


heh heh. He says he won't take responsibility for breaking anyone except for me.
(I think my feet/ankles have been smashed on rocks like 6-7 times now )










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








I was glad it was light enough to see a lot of the canyon.
This area seems pretty lightly traveled.
The road from San Evaristo to La Paz gets a lot of traffic from the fishing collective
(the pangueros drive the fresh fish to La Paz on a regular basis),
but this Northern part - not as much.






Bartek was enjoying the ride, I think. He seemed a lot happier and was taking photos.





















You can see just a hint of the pinks and greens in this photo -







Zoomed in:









photo by Barteknologie™





cute goats.









photo by Barteknologie™






Blurry, but you can feel the excitement, can’t you??
Everyone loves motos in Baja!







The sun was really starting to get low now...














We may have missed a bypass just past those palm trees...





There was a road going down to the left - it looked like it had more traffic,
but didn’t feel right.


We turned around and went back up.
Took the road that had kept going straight.




It was pretty washed out.
 Deep, loose rock.
I tried to take a photo of Bartek here,
but it was so damn bumpy, my photo is blurred.






Then, towards the end, when it got better, we saw another road coming in from the left.
Matt said, Crap - I’ll bet that was bypassing all these rocks!


photo by Barteknologie™





So, that’s Isla San Jose out there in the distance.
It’s one of the buggiest islands around. Seriously.
The mangroves are home to some of the most vicious noseeums on the planet.
Pure evil!





I was doing some reading, and apparently the island is for sale - $38 million.
Not sure if it’s true, but that’s what this realtor writes in her article from 2009.





Even though it’s blurry, I like this photo.






So, as I mentioned, Matt and I did this ride back in 2007 (november)
(and he had ridden it a couple other times on his own 2006, spring 2007)
It was pretty easy back then. Smooth and easily traveled.


Not so this year.
We had that washed out section a few pics back,
but that was nothing.


I think we were seeing damage from Hurricane Paul -
Paul was supposed to hit Evaristo in October 16, 2012
and I haven’t found any photos of this road since then.
I did find reports about heavy rains and flooding from La Paz to Loreto,
so I’m assuming that’s what happened.



The section going down to San Evaristo was pretty F’ed up.
Loose, rocky (big rocks) and a real mess.
Unfortunately, it was a little dark for photos.
Also, I was busy holding on - it was steep, too!
I guess we could have stopped, but that’s not really our style.


Sorry!



Matt and Bartek both said they were glad we were riding North to South.
There was at least one steep, loose downhill that would have been a real mother to try and ride up,
had we been going the other way.
(keep in mind, this was after we did Mine Road)



Anyway,
I hope you guys go out there and give it a shot (in daylight),
so we can all see some pics.
There’s a chance that it will be fixed by then -
Matt said this was part of the Mexican 1000 in 2012 and 2011.
Maybe they will use it in 2013 (next month).
But, unless you see reports that say otherwise,
you might want to be prepared for loose and rocky (and try to go North to South).





While we were waiting to make sure that Bartek made it through all the rocks,
I took this pic.
It is NOT representative of the washed out parts.
(This is more how the road looked in 2007. Maybe even smoother than that)






Looking back the way we came
(again, not the bad parts, sorry)







Another tiny peek at the Sea.







Here comes Bartek!







The moon was pretty full.







El Bartek in the dark.





Poor Bartek.
When we stopped here he said, “Kelly, you will have to show me some pictures of what this looks like.
I feel like it must be beautiful.”



Oh Bartek.
We’re so sorry you missed out on seeing this in daylight! Poor planning on our part.
But, you will be back. I know it. You have Baja in your blood now!




So, for El Bartek, I have a few photos of this area during the day.
They aren’t great. I really suck at taking photos unless I’m doing a ride report.
We hardly took any on our moto trip in 2007.




This is looking out towards the Sea of Cortez.
That’s Isla San Francisco straight ahead.
(one of my favorite places in the world).







This is looking towards the bay.






Matt and I actually know this area best from the water.
We have sailed down here a bit.
I thought since my land photos suck, you guys might like a couple from a different perspective.
Here’s a page from Charlie’s Charts (cruising book), showing the anchorages.








And some photos of the beach/fish camps, taken from the water.














This photo was taken from the hill above Punta San Evaristo,
looking back towards the sand dunes (see chart)







You can see the road out of Evaristo in this one...







Sierra de la Giganta mountains - the road runs long the coast here.






Finally - this photo shows the old road along the coast, to La Paz.
(looking back towards Evaristo)





This year, I swear the pavement started much earlier than in the past.
It was hard to tell in the dark, but this section might be paved now?
Again, it was too dark to know for sure, but I have a bad feeling...






OK, back to 2013...
It was pretty dark by the time we did the twisties.








Working our way down the mountain, towards the water.
Still loose and some parts were steep-ish,
the dark added an extra layer of complexity to the riding...
It was hard to see the edge of the road until the last second.
A little stressful!






Then it was long stretches of sand.
Pretty good road, though at one point we almost got taken out by a pickup.
He was flying!







We saw a bunch of lights, but knew they weren’t La Paz.
..







Turns out it was the barge/factory for the phosphorus mine.

from google earth







La Paz, here we come!







I like blurry night photos, so you guys get a bunch.






Approaching the Dove of Peace







The symbol of La Paz (the peace), it’s a dove/whale tail.














Blurry, but you can feel the happy!






We’re almost there!






Wow, La Paz is growing.
They were just starting this mall when we were here in spring 2011.
Mega! They have good produce.







The Malecón







We went right to The Med.
Matt and I have stayed there in the past and it’s close to Rancho Viejo.
They let us park in the courtyard, behind the locked gate.







They didn’t have a room that slept 3, so we had to splurge and get separate rooms.
Bartek had the Naxos, on the main level
and we were in the Corfu, upstairs.







Front sitting room (with mini fridge)







Nothing too fancy, but clean and cozy. A little pricey - $75 for us, $65 for Bartek.
We probably won't stay here again.







After dumping our stuff, we walked over to Rancho Viejo for dinner.
(they’re open 24 hrs)















We sat in the older section.







Cross 10 more tacos off the list!







The taco numbers are off because El Bartek got a chicken salad.
(also - we missed you, Scott!)








Day 4 is in the books!





We did it - we made it to La Paz in 4 days!
roughly 1055 miles.




And, best of all, tomorrow we would be visiting Goggles Pizano!







I know Scott really likes the Tejano music, so I picked this out just for him.








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Old 03-08-2013, 10:23 PM   #169
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...Not so this year.
We had that washed out section a few pics back,
but that was nothing.

I think we were seeing damage from Hurricane Paul -
Paul was supposed to hit Evaristo in October 16, 2012
and I haven’t found any photos of this road since then.
I did find reports about heavy rains and flooding from La Paz to Loreto,
so I’m assuming that’s what happened.

The section going down to San Evaristo was pretty F’ed up.
Loose, rocky (big rocks) and a real mess.
Unfortunately, it was a little dark for photos.
Also, I was busy holding on - it was steep, too!


Matt and Bartek both said they were glad we were riding North to South.
There was at least one steep, loose downhill that would have been a real mother to try and ride up,
had we been going the other way.
(keep in mind, this was after we did Mine Road)


All I can add is



I've been curious to see what you thought of that section, because we were surprised by how rough and loose and steep it was...
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Old 03-09-2013, 06:06 AM   #170
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Wow all caught up.

Lots have happened since last time, Your CSI photo of Scotts incident was really something ,I can only imagine....Barteks Black and White photo of you two is Awesome!
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Old 03-09-2013, 07:18 AM   #171
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Old 03-09-2013, 07:55 AM   #172
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Thoroughly enjoying your RR Wan. It's kinda like prerunning as I will be riding a lot of the same stuff on my month long solo (mostly) trip in April.
Wish me luck...
Scott


Haha - Scott!!
(you are kidding, right?)
Have a fantastic trip!


Afraid not, but it's not too late to file for a name change is it? When I cross the border I will become...Sancho...

I'll have some daylight photos when I get back since you have been stuck out in the dark a couple of times
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Old 03-09-2013, 08:05 AM   #173
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Gack!
I just found this thread and I'm already late.
I'm on page one and everything points to an awesome Ride Report.
Another Wan Ride Report.

Happy!

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Old 03-09-2013, 10:16 AM   #174
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I'm with you Questor, I think there should be a general announcement or something when Kelly starts a new RR. You know one of those airport PSA over the speakers.

"Ladies and Gentleman, please expect general delays and loss of productivity as Little WAN is now starting another ride report. For those of you interested in puns, mayhem, and general crazy bike rides please direct your attention to the ride reports section of Advrider."

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Old 03-09-2013, 11:39 AM   #175
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Hey Little Wan and friends,

I'm hooked. Your reports make me feel like I am along. Even have a broken tibia in the same spot as Scott's, but no displacement. It still aches but no metal.

Keep it coming and thanks. KJ

PS: Just told my wife that I had to get on the bike for a short ride after reading the Wan's Baja story. Being only 3.5 weeks out from the break she scolded me and then scolded me again:( She is an RN and I wasn't surprised. Still I am going to suit up and if I feel good about it I am just reckless enough to do it. To my wife I explained that I am intelligently reckless not stupid:)
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Old 03-09-2013, 03:02 PM   #176
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Hey guys!!

I just found this RR. Looks like a great time. I just read through the whole report. I have had several trips to Baja, tho none with as much offroading as you guys. I too love the people down there. They have such a great sense of family/community. The kids were great to interact with. I brought stickers for them as well.

We had our share of breakdowns as well. Well, just bike breakdowns, not bodily breakdowns. I always held back a bit, as I didn't want to F-myself up south of the border.

My window for going to Baja this year is closing quickly. It's tough planning things between the family and making trips to Tahoe. Just Paul has a group going in April, I am looking at my calendar and hoping to make it work out. Fingers crossed.

Cheers,

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... we were surprised by how rough and loose and steep it was...

I assume you were there in daylight, so I hope you took photos!

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Lots have happened since last time, Your CSI photo of Scotts incident was really something ,I can only imagine....Barteks Black and White photo of you two is Awesome!
Whew, yes - Scott went all out on that one. <------ scott don't watch for 6 months!!

We thought Bartek's photo was great, too! Thanks, Bartek!



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Haha - Scott!!
(you are kidding, right?)
Have a fantastic trip!


Afraid not, but it's not too late to file for a name change is it? When I cross the border I will become...Sancho...

I'll have some daylight photos when I get back since you have been stuck out in the dark a couple of times
OMG! another Scott??

OK Sancho - have fun and be careful!!




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Another Wan Ride Report.

Happy!

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yay ! So glad you found us!
You've been working too hard...




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I'm with you Questor, I think there should be a general announcement or something when Kelly starts a new RR. You know one of those airport PSA over the speakers.

"Ladies and Gentleman, please expect general delays and loss of productivity as Little WAN is now starting another ride report. For those of you interested in puns, mayhem, and general crazy bike rides please direct your attention to the ride reports section of Advrider."

David
Aw, David.
You're too kind!
I'm happy you enjoy the RRs, they're my little contribution to society.
Encouraging short attention spans, "you clicky on linky", and general stupidity.
Hastening our slide into Idiocracy.





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Hey Little Wan and friends,

I'm hooked. Your reports make me feel like I am along. Even have a broken tibia in the same spot as Scott's, but no displacement. It still aches but no metal.
Hey knobbyjoe - I think that tibia was motoged (our Scott has a broken collarbone),
but thank you!

Oooh.

Don't over do it too soon - let your leg heal!



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Just Paul has a group going in April, I am looking at my calendar and hoping to make it work out. Fingers crossed.

Cheers,

Jeff G.
Sounds good, Jeff!
I'm sure JustPaul will be glad to have you along!




Hi Redog1!!!




Hola Amigos!




OK, so Day 5 was a rest day. A lay day. A day off.

After over a thousand miles and a lot of riding in the dark,
the guys needed it.







We didn’t do much besides eat and visit La Ventana.

It was Scottastic.

Gogglicious.



and mostly,
Chillaxical.




So, if you’re only here for the riding, sorry.
We did 40 miles of nothing pavement.
You’ll have to come back tomorrow....
I’ll probably have a video for you.









Day 5: 2/21/13 La Paz to La Ventana.
40 miles (80 for Bartek).








The next morning at The Med...
Here’s Bartek’s room - Naxos







Our room was at the top of this insane spiral staircase.
It was pretty frickin’ sketchy walking these in full gear, carrying our luggage.
No heavy drinking if you’re staying in the Corfu room!






Flower for Ladybug!






The bikes were safe in the courtyard, so we walked to breakfast.







Good thing dogs can’t spit.







Went back to Rancho Viejo, sat in the new section this time.
Ahhh. Coffee.

Goes well with chips and hot salsa, eh? We actually got used to it.







Breakfast - the boys had bacon with their eggs.








Afterwards, we walked down the malecón.
Bartek had never been to La Paz.







Things just haven’t been the same since Los Arcos closed down.
It feels like La Paz lost a lot of International travelers with its demise.







Spencer Tracy from The Old Man and the Sea.







There were a couple new things out in the bay, including this pier.







Mural.







La Fuente ("the fountain").
Lots of good memories here.
One time my mom and my aunt were asking a female employee
what kinds of milk were in the “Tres Leches” flavor ice cream...

They started guessing them -
mom: “leche de vaca?” cow’s milk.
worker: sí.
aunt: “leche de caballero?
worker:

Apparently my aunt was thinking of “cabra” (goat),
but instead she had asked if it had “gentleman’s milk.”

For years afterwards, that lady would smile when we came in and would ask about my family.







It was a little early for ice cream for me and Bartek,
but Matt got a cone. He said “you never know. it might be the last time.”
Ice cream photo for oldtrucks!


cool photo by Barteknologie™





This guy.
He made a big deal about riding up and parking his bike just so.
Later, when we were walking back, Matt and Bartek stopped to look at it.
Turns out the bike had proximity sensors, as soon as they got too close
(not touching, just close)
all kinds of alarms went off.
I saw the guy sitting at an outside table - smiling smugly to himself.

He must come from a long line of douchebags!







I liked this jellyfish.







It was a little breezy in La Paz.







This woman looked like she was a little chilly in the Wonderbug.







Fancy door.







Nice ship!







Time to pack up and head to La Ventana.


Quick tire pics - 1055 miles
our D908






El Bartek’s Tractionator
(he likes his chain lube)







It was just a short ride to Scott’s mom’s place.
Down by the beach...







Took some pics of the interesting gates along the way.





















We weren’t sure how we were going to find Scott, exactly.
But he said, “Don’t worry - I’ll hear you guys!”




He did, too.
we had gone by already, before Scott could stop us.
But then he and his mom jumped into their friend’s VW bus and tracked us down.
“Follow us!!





We're gonna see Goggles Pizano and meet his mom!






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Old 03-09-2013, 06:52 PM   #178
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Your pictures of the Malecon brought back nice memories of taking a walk with a friend along the water last year during the Mexican 1000. We stopped at the same ice cream shop and visited with the Old Man of the Sea too. I liked La Paz, maybe one day I will get back and spend more than a few hours there.

I'm glad you did a little bit of sight seeing along with blasting from one end of Baja to the other.

Waiting for more.....
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Old 03-09-2013, 07:33 PM   #179
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I like the statue of the....

...Mermaid and dolphin. Very cool. Douche Bag with the Indian, has a fortune invested in just the leather work, nice bike but he doesn't have to be smug about it. I'm sure you have a lot more fun on your rides.
It looks so peaceful and relaxed down that way. I think this has to go on my bucket list, maybe in a few years.
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Old 03-09-2013, 07:56 PM   #180
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AWESOME just read whole thing what a ride STILL cant imagine riding 2UP thats inasane thru that sand , the arm pump yikes. Very inspirational i have wanted to do this ride for awhile. Very well put together thank you for taking the time was great read
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