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Old 03-12-2013, 02:32 PM   #211
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Every time there's a pic of Matt...

...with food, beer or an ice cream in his hands, he's got the biggest damn smile on his face just before he dives in.
It's amusing.
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Old 03-12-2013, 05:22 PM   #212
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Thanks for an incredible ride report. You all know how to live for sure.
Hope all is well Scott, heal up fast
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Old 03-12-2013, 07:27 PM   #213
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OK, now i'm hungry, i got to get out of here and get some hotdogs.

Next time, must add the Cabo Pulmo to Miraflores road to this section, that would add atleast 2 more hours of fun. Naranjas road was to easy eh. I had once road into Todo Santos with green slime all over the bike from all the water crossings, no such luck for you this time.

I only imagined looking down on you as i flew home overhead, that really sucked but, it was good to know you guys were still into it.

Great job on the pics... i really want a do-over!

Scott all is well here , healing up just fine.
It must have been a very melancholy moment for you Scott, flying over and knowing your buddies are down there without you.
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Old 03-12-2013, 08:23 PM   #214
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Melancholy moment, Yes for sure , big time! However, just being around Matt , Kelly and Bartek, and the fun we had so far, that feeling did not last long , it was great to ride with such compatible people. I really was having a lot of fun. We seemed to be all on the same page all the time. I was having as much fun as i have ever had and i wanted more, the fun was contagious , i still want more.

For example, early on, we spoke about riding the Vegas to Reno course from 2012. Problem was, i had said , that we needed an extra rider to trade off driving a support vehicle. I thought that if we had a rider that was unable to ride because of injury , then they could be the driver, pay their dues ya' know. Crap did i just say that , Crap! and as i sat in a chair all bundled up for the night , they had a good laugh reminding me that i did in fact say this. Ok , tag , i'm it. I miss out again.

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Old 03-12-2013, 09:32 PM   #215
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Melancholy moment, Yes for sure , big time! However, just being around Matt , Kelly and Bartek, and the fun we had so far, it was great to ride with such compatible people. I really was having a lot of fun. We seemed to be all on the same page all the time. I was having as much fun as i have ever had and i wanted more, the fun was contagious , i still want more.
scott good to see you're still in for the ride.....in spirit like the rest of us.
have a good and quick recovery.



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Hee! Those horns look fake.












that was a good one....

thanks for the info on naranjas rd. i've been wondering about that one for many years. i need to plan a trip similar to this one since you're killiing meeee..........kelly.

really thank you for taking us along.
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Old 03-13-2013, 02:17 AM   #216
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I only imagined looking down on you as i flew home overhead, that really sucked but, it was good to know you guys were still into it.
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It must have been a very melancholy moment for you Scott, flying over and knowing your buddies are down there without you.
Aw, we totally missed you too, Scott.
I pretty much did this ride report for YOU.



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...with food, beer or an ice cream in his hands, he's got the biggest damn smile on his face just before he dives in.
He's always smiling, but yeah - food is definitely his favorite!


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Thanks for an incredible ride report. You all know how to live for sure.
Hope all is well Scott, heal up fast
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thanks for the info on naranjas rd. i've been wondering about that one for many years. i need to plan a trip similar to this one since you're killiing meeee..........kelly.
Hi Joel, glad you liked the horns!

hope you get down here again...
Make plans for next fall!
Actually, right after the spring time change is good - the days are longer.
Less riding in the dark.










Day 7: 2/23/13 Todos Santos to Loreto
277 miles






The day started off with a trip back to the cafe...






As we walked, I couldn’t help but think of Goggles Pizano
for some reason.





Hi, Scott!










Pretty flowers for Ladybug







Can you see the guy up there?







There are a bunch of them around Todos Santos.
I imagine they are saints.






























I think that’s where Bartek found this sculpture.


photo by Barteknologie™





The Caffe is across the street. This is the front door (last time we went in the back way).


photo by Barteknologie™




















coffee.







Homemade bread with homemade marmalade.








That's a happy Bartek!
Starting the day right with a proper breakfast.
(Don’t get used to it! )







Matt had the same omelet. Something with meat in it.







I had a veggie omelet.







The service was pretty slow this morning. 
Plus, there were a bunch of local gringos chatting away next to us.
It was distracting.

I was happy to get out of there.







Interesting bench.







Love the bougainvillea.








Walked past Bob Marlin again...







Orange flowers this time...







I think this was at Hotel California, but I’m not sure.
Just saw something pretty and snapped a quick pic.








Here’s our classy joint...heh, kind of a dive.







But the bikes were right outside the window.








Packed up and headed out. We were at least 1 hr behind schedule.
And that’s why we never sit down for breakfast...


Stopped at the Pemex for gas.
We’re about to do a bunch of sand and whoops -
better check the oil.




It looked OK - better check again once the bike warms up.





We were going to catch the 2007 Baja 1000
(which overlaps with the Mexican 1000 for a little bit)







You want a map?
Pink is our route...








I could just imagine the trucks ripping through here...








So could this guy! He came roaring around the corner...Yikes.







Good thing we were stopped at the time...
Checking the oil again, now that the bikes were warm.
Bartek was good and so were we.








Sandy.







With obstacles.







Moo?








More sand.







More cows.








Heading towards the water. It was cool (literally) to be on the Pacific side.







I’ll bet those palm trees are all scarred up...








We hit some deep, soft sand and things started to get crazy.
Had a get off here, hit the whoops too fast and lost our rhythm.
I was being a bad pillion, taking pics instead of helping to pick up the bike.





Haha, Matt says, in this stuff - if we aren’t *almost* crashing, we’re probably actively crashing.





It doesn’t look that bad, but you should try it 2up with luggage.















OK, lets try this again.








Hey, a grader.







We ran into a humvee full of army guys right here.
They stopped us and asked where we were going.
One guy wanted to look in our bags, but as soon as I jumped off and started to open them,
he said, “No, no...está bien” and told us to go.
I guess he just wanted to see if we were willing.







I always want to take photos of them - the guys are so young - but it’s a no-no.
Looking back, you can barely see them in the distance...
















We felt like we were in the middle of nowhere out here...







And then there was this stop sign.
Maybe it belongs to the Army guys?
















This is such the quintessential Baja road...
















Hey, regular cows. No fancy horns.







Where there are cows, there are gates.














Another humvee full of Army guys.
They just drove past, throwing hard looks.
I guess they patrol these backroads, looking for people who are trying to avoid the main highways.







It started to get soft here...and deep.







Bartek was happy to get through it!









We stopped here so Bartek could empty the Rotopax...






he put gas in the tank, too.









OK, it's late and I'm getting loopy.
I'll leave you guys here and we'll pick this up tomorrow.



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Old 03-13-2013, 02:40 AM   #217
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Another outstanding RR guys. I need to get down there for one of these Baja rides soon. Sorry to see Scott go down like that, but glad it all worked out in the end. My 990 is giving me the evil eye after sitting idle all winter. Maybe I'll see you all in Mendo, keep the excellent pics and narrative coming
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Old 03-13-2013, 11:01 AM   #218
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I thought that Matt was using the Klim Latitude Jacket. Did Matt change out for the Klim Adventure Rally? I am wondering how he likes it and what his motivations were for swapping i.e. storage, hydration pack etc. Also, any issues with the stiffer/bulkier nature of the fabrics used in the shoulder and arm areas?
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Old 03-13-2013, 11:48 AM   #219
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Another outstanding RR guys. I need to get down there for one of these Baja rides soon. Sorry to see Scott go down like that, but glad it all worked out in the end. My 990 is giving me the evil eye after sitting idle all winter. Maybe I'll see you all in Mendo, keep the excellent pics and narrative coming
Hey Jeremy!
Thanks for checking in - Baja is awesome, you'll love it!






Hi BeardThrone,
Good eye! Yes, Matt's normally in the Latitude.
I'll let him talk to you about the jacket...
(he'll post in a bit)









Day 7: 2/23/13 Todos Santos to Loreto continued.
277 miles







It sure is pretty out here. We had nice weather.
Sunny and clear.





















Horses!







and fancy cows.














We assumed this just meant, “don’t wander off the road.”







More soft sand.







El Bartek, getting ready to punch it...













This was a nice spot for checking out the beach.






It was perfect and pristine (until we got there)
Looking to the left...







To the right...







Bartek, eating a banana.








“If you head straight out that way for 3,000 miles, you’ll hit hawaii...”



















photo by Barteknologie™





All aboard!







Wait, one last bike porn shot...








*wolf whistle* Nice bike!


photo by Barteknologie™ (bartek, I fiddled with it a little, hope you don’t mind)






I have a little video of Bartek riding on the beach.
Short, but fun.

HD if you want it.









We weren’t the only ones having a good time at the beach...






















Once again...






It was all fun and games...






Until...







Bartek got another flat!






For some reason, I don’t have any photos or notes about what caused it.
Unusual for me. All I know is that it was a rear flat.
Matt can't remember what caused it either.





Knowing Bartek’s magnetic personality,
I’m guessing it was a nail or a screw.
Bartek?







I think I was distracted by the music.
Heh. Bartek cranked up his phone and we had tunes for this tire change.







I was also wandering around taking photos.








KTM orange flowers for Ladybug!








KTM orange Bartek for Mrs. Bartek!







The tube whisperer. Tell me where you’re hurt...







Trying to lube up the tire for setting the bead.
They got the bead to set with a LOT of air,
but then Bartek let a bunch out. Too much.






We were teasing Bartek about having 3 flats to our 1,
but he said, “Oh, this is Scott’s tube. So, this is Scott’s flat.”
hahah.
There’s no arguing with his logic.

Poor Scott wasn’t there to defend himself so...



Flat count -

Bartek - 2

Scott - 1

M+K - 1






Aw, Goggles - I think you’d better practice your salute.
Or, are you holding up 3 fingers for Bartek’s 3 flats??


photo by Barteknologie™





Might as well have a mojo bar while we're here.








Bartek got his tire changed just in time for more deep sand.








Whew. That was hard work.








Another SCORE marker.






At this point, we checked the time. It was getting late.
First that slow breakfast, then a flat.




We were falling further and further behind schedule.
OK, unless we want to get to Loreto really late, we’d better get to the highway.
Matt and I had felt bad about making Bartek ride all these pretty roads in the dark.
The road to San Javier is nice, so we wanted to make sure he could see something.



We asked this nice vaquero (cowboy) how to get to the carretera (highway).








And then it was back into the sand.






Eventually, we got onto the highway and then it was just boring slab.
Yawn.





We stopped in Ciudad Constitución and grabbed some quick - you guessed it - tacos.
(they had a big red tarp that made the colors all weird)






Taco count - 4 for Bartek, 4 for Matt, 2 for me.

92 tacos down, 25 to go.




Got fuel. Cute dog at the Pemex station.







Bartek really needed to get more air in that back tire.
Might as well get that tube patched, right?
So, we stopped at a Llantera in Villa Ignacio Zaragoza.







This little boy was so cute. He was REALLY into the bikes.
Bartek was sweet, he gave the kid a bag of M&Ms and made his day.
There were lots of big smiles, but I missed them.







Oh, yeah - that reminds me.
Hey, Scott?
Bartek says you owe him 50 pesos for fixing your tube!





Whatchu talkin’ ‘bout, Bartek?







Haha - Scott, don’t blame me, blame El Bartek!

I’m not making this stuff up for the ride report,
Bartek was totally serious about “working on Scott’s account” for these flats.


Matt and I were dying.




See, I told you - we still kept thinking about you the entire ride!


It was just like you were there.


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I thought that Matt was using the Klim Latitude Jacket. Did Matt change out for the Klim Adventure Rally? I am wondering how he likes it and what his motivations were for swapping i.e. storage, hydration pack etc. Also, any issues with the stiffer/bulkier nature of the fabrics used in the shoulder and arm areas?
Yes, I have a Latitude jacket and like it quite a bit. For this ride however, we needed to carry 3 litters of water each and I wasn't going to be able to fit a back pack between us.
Klim had this early Rally jacket lying around that they didn't know what to do with. It was a return or an old test jacket, either way it was in rough shape. I think the choice was between throwing it out or getting a tiny bit more advertising from it. If you ask me, I think they chose wisely
I didn't think I would like the Rally jacket, since this version doesn't have arm vents like the Latitude does.
As it turns out I really like the Rally, the cut is a little less fitted so air circulates pretty well and I didn't get over-heated in temps up to 90°. I actually liked the heavier fabrics in the shoulder and arm, not a negative at all.
The jacket I haven't tried yet (which combines the best attributes of the Latitude and the Rally) is the Badlands. I'm hoping there's one collecting dust in a forgotten corner of the warehouse.

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Yes, I have a Latitude jacket and like it quite a bit. For this ride however, we needed to carry 3 litters of water each and I wasn't going to be able to fit a back pack between us.
Klim had this early Rally jacket lying around that they didn't know what to do with. It was a return or an old test jacket, either way it was in rough shape. I think the choice was between throwing it out or getting a tiny bit more advertising from it. If you ask me, I think they chose wisely
I didn't think I would like the Rally jacket, since this version doesn't have arm vents like the Latitude does.
As it turns out I really like the Rally, the cut is a little less fitted so air circulates pretty well and I didn't get over-heated in temps up to 90°. I actually liked the heavier fabrics in the shoulder and arm, not a negative at all.
The jacket I haven't tried yet (which combines the best attributes of the Latitude and the Rally) is the Badlands. I'm hoping there's one collecting dust in a forgotten corner of the warehouse.

Thanks for the reply on the Rally! I have the Badlands and so far it works really well for me. I have worn it with just a t-shirt in temps down to 34 degrees and didn't get cold because it blocks the wind so well. It's also thick enough so it doesn't flap at high speed which I have found to be an annoyance in other non-leather jackets. I will find out how well the three vents per arm work this summer.




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I have a little video of Bartek riding on the beach.
Short, but fun.





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Day 7: 2/23/13 Todos Santos to Loreto
277 miles
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There are a bunch of them around Todos Santos.
I imagine they are saints.



...
I wonder what Todos Santos means in English.
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