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Old 03-13-2013, 03:15 PM   #226
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Old 03-13-2013, 06:15 PM   #227
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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....



I have asked a couple of times and they always have said yes... I bribe them with beef jerky

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They had a bunch of old movie posters...



Hi LittleWan,

Thanks for including these movie poster pics ...

Cary and I watched this very movie with the family in San Francisquito in '09, I think ... before we got married, anyway ... we were the only guests, and they made us a great dinner ... we don't speak Spanish, but it didn't matter ... spent two months in Baja on that trip ... happy memory! Had not thought about that evening for a while ...

thanks for another wonderful RR ...
see you at the Mendo Rally,
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Old 03-14-2013, 09:24 AM   #229
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Is this just the bovine "S" model?

Yes, since "S" is for sexy!




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I wonder what Todos Santos means in English.
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all saints
Glad you guys got that straightened out!


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Cary and I watched this very movie with the family in San Francisquito in '09, I think ...
see you at the Mendo Rally,
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That's a great story, John!
I'm glad to have brought back good memories!
Matt and aren't sure if we can make the Mendo rally this year (probably going to be out of state).
but I'm sure it's going to be a fantastic time!




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I have asked a couple of times and they always have said yes... I bribe them with beef jerky
Is that how Jill gets you to do stuff?









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








Map:




















We were on the way to Mision San Javier.







And it was only 4:20 pm, so we were going to see the mission before it got dark.







See, Bartek - we’re not going to let you down!













There are something like 29 water crossings (or potential x-ings) on this road,
but this time they were almost all dry.

We only saw water in a few of them, and none of it was deep.
It was kind of a let down.




















photo by Barteknologie™





It was still pretty, though.













The vultures were circling - not today, birds. Not today.
This was an easy ride, there would be no crashing.







Hope it was worth missing more of the Baja 1K coast riding...
I think El Bartek was okay with it.






























This shrine says,
“No estoy yo aqui, que soy tu madre”
It’s from the story of the Virgen de Guadalupe

























Mission San Javier


photo by Barteknologie™












I like this black and white. Nice, Bartek!


photo by Barteknologie™



















This friendly dog jumped up and hung out with Matt a little bit.








He also talked to these bored kids. They live in town. There are 13 children in their school!







When we left San Javier, we got a bit of a shock...
it’s paved now!







This used to be a nice dirt ride. Now it’s sucky pavement.




Too bad. We had timed it perfectly.
Could have ridden the last bits of dirt and still made it into Loreto in plenty of time.
Now it was just going to take a few minutes.













Where was all this water earlier?
































It wasn’t the best paving job.
I don’t think this road is very old, but it’s already pretty washed out.






No wonder. Look at how thin the asphalt is!








































Wow. There were a LOT of bikers at Borrachos.
That should have been a clue.








When we got into Loreto, there were even more.
Uh oh. Looks like we had managed to show up in Loreto in the midst of a Harley fest.
Crap.





We stopped at Motel El Dorado but they were full.
(not bikers, but full of whale watchers). Shoot. I like that place.
The manager was so nice, he called around until he found us a room.
He was worried that the parking might not be secure,
but said we could come back and leave the bikes in his lot if we needed to.
Thank you!




As we were getting ready to leave, Bartek noticed his Rotopax was gone!



Mother brother!




Scrolling through my photos real quick,
I saw that it was still on back when we had left the mission...
Had we known it was going to be the last time we'd see the Rotopax, I would have taken a better picture.






It must have fallen off somewhere on the pavement.
He thought maybe on the topes coming in to town.
Matt said we could go get the room if he wanted to ride back real quick and look for the Rotopax...
But Bartek said, forget it. He never liked that thing anyway.






So, we ended up at the Hotel Plaza Loreto.






Parking wasn’t a problem, we were able to leave the bikes in the courtyard.

























The hotel clerk gave us a recommendation for dinner.
He said the Super Burro was really good and didn’t see many tourists.
Perfect.













He did not steer us wrong.
Bartek was really excited about the homemade tortillas.
They were fantastic!







So good!







The guys split a papa rellena






I had 2 tacos arrachera.





Taco count - 94 down, 23 to go!








Afterwards, we walked around a little and hit all the tourist attractions.
Went by the Mission.











And, the Thrifty ice cream.











So, we found out why there were so many bikes in town...







It was the Rodando La Baja Rally.







The hotel clerk said it was mostly bikers from Mexico
(La Paz, Guerrero Negro, Tijuana, and as far away as Mexico City).






Bartek bought some beer and he handed me one.
I was a little hesitant to walk around with an open container -
Matt got arrested for public drinking one time (in La Paz).
But, looking around, everyone else seemed to have a bottle or can.
OK - when in Rome...















This was a weird machine. It was hard to photograph...





The back had a seat for 2 people.




I got a better photo of it the next morning...





We finished the beer out front, watching the Harleys cruise around.






I noticed this sticker on the window.
hey, that’s from an ADV inmate...
It’s rnr dozer, right?







OK, Day 7 is in the books!






We thought that considering there was a biker convention in town,
it wasn’t that loud in the hotel.
But then at 3am or so, the people in the room above us came back
and started jumping up and down and throwing furniture around.
Awesome.


Us WanKers still slept pretty soundly, considering.
Long dirt days are the best sleeping aids...






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Old 03-14-2013, 03:09 PM   #230
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Day 8: 2/24/13 Loreto to Guerrero Negro
283 miles








We got up and realized that the bikes were stuck in the courtyard.
The back driveway was packed and all the exits were blocked.
And, from the sounds of it, the other guests were going to be sleeping in.


But, not a problem. The guys just took the front steps.



I was packing and missed the photo,
but they brought the bikes around back for easier loading.






A little something for the BMW crowd...






We were going for a quick breakfast today,
so we swung by the supermercado.







Fruit, yogurt, frappacchino knock offs, and donuts.







Bartek was stoked to find some “real bananas”
He said he watched a documentary and the standard bananas (Cavendish)
were meant to be “pig food.”






Real bananas are softer and very sweet.
I’m OK with pig food.





Speaking of pig food,





Donuts sounded good, but then they tasted like hot dog buns covered in granulated sugar.

haha, we fall for that every time.





Hey, look - there’s the crazy trike thing from last night...







On the way out of town, we went past the cemetery.
All these mausoleums make it look like a tiny colorful village...















The cars at this checkpoint were getting the full monty.
Pop the hood and the trunk, check the door panels (winding the windows up and down),
Check the interior, under the car, etc...





But, they didn’t really care about us.
Where are you going?
Guerrero Negro.
OK.






Matt and I really wanted to stop by one of our favorite anchorages.
We’ve only been there by sailboat, but Matt found the road on google earth.



This looked like the entrance.







We promised Bartek it would be beautiful.







Aw, crap.




Well, that’s not right.
We were going to a public beach, we’ve always seen campers there.
Including the military.
Army guys with humvees are alway goofing off on shore.





Bartek was game.
He was around the gate and down the road before we knew it...







Oh, maybe this was the wrong road?
This other one must be what we wanted.







It didn't matter - Bartek was off!







OK, this is it!







Here’s Charlie’s Charts.
We were going to the North end, near the pinnacles...








It’s a great beach.
We waved at a guy in a van (oregon plates)
those must be his kayaks...






This tree at the end is called the “cruiser’s shrine.”
Sailors who stop here leave junk with their boat name on it.
It’s mostly just an eyesore, but I had something I wanted to photograph for this report.







See up there on the cliff?







That guy gets around!








This poor tree.







Lots of weird stuff in there...






















It’s so pretty here. Peaceful and relaxing.
All we could hear was the water lapping against the rocks.
Maybe a few birds...






Time to just soak up some sun...














I took some photos while the guys relaxed.






Even coney got in on it...







Found a heart-shaped rock.







Took some tire pics...
Bartek’s










Ours












Matt and I wanted a photo.
We put the camera on the bike and took this shot.







Bartek was busy.







Eventually, he woke from his coma and we got ready to go...







Sigh.
Bye, Caleta San Juanico.















That was a nice visit!











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Old 03-14-2013, 04:00 PM   #231
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Old 03-14-2013, 06:07 PM   #232
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Aren't those crazy horns??








OK, had a couple PMs -
Here's a little more info regarding Caleta San Juanico...




Boaters know it as San Juanico, but it looks like it's also called San Basilio.
This thread (2010) from BajaNomads indicates that the owners don't mind people camping on the beach: here.
Photos from the rental villa up on top of the hill: here.




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The main road is in and out - we went in a questionable way (thanks, google earth ).
Probably a shortcut for the people who live in the fancy houses.


Not sure if the way we went is actually "private,"
but take the main road to be sure (shown in pink, below)
You should be able to find it on google using the landmarks in my blurry maps...





The only waypoints I have handy are from the book (i.e., for boaters).

This one should be the NW anchorage (near the tree full of crap).


N 26° 21.490
W 111° 24.400



Hope that helps.
It's beautiful out there.
Just make sure you bring lots of water if you're going to camp.


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this beach looks pretty cool too:

http://goo.gl/maps/y8TfA
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Old 03-14-2013, 08:01 PM   #234
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this beach looks pretty cool too:

http://goo.gl/maps/y8TfA



There should be a hiking trail from the cruiser's shrine,
up and over the hill to that beach.
Just watch out for rattlesnakes.








Day 8: 2/24/13 Loreto to Guerrero Negro, continued.
283 miles







We took the main road out. It was a little longer and more interesting.






A little sandy














These big rocks were cool.







Looking back at them...







Closing the gate.


photo by Barteknologie™











And, back on the highway...







The rest of the day was mostly slab.
But, at least this part was pretty.














We stopped to look at Isla Requeson








Bahia Concepcion.







Another nice place to anchor.








Our favorite spot is just above the “o” in “hot springs”
(near Ranco El Coyote)







Oh, there’s Bertha’s.







Home of the giant pancake. It's like a huge slab of yellow cake, rather than a normal pancake.
We didn’t stop this time, we thought we could find something better in Mulege. Sorry, Bartek!!















The water is so pretty here. But there isn’t a lot of sea life left.








Santispac.







The snowbirds love this place.








El Bartek, showing off his little banana.







Heh. We’d better find some real food soon!
Bartek was hoping for some nice coffee, too.
Um.

maybe?

but, probably not.






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Hey! not all snowbirds... That is me, farthest on the right :)
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Hey! not all snowbirds... That is me, farthest on the right :)
Wow, you spotted yourself quick...
You were a long way from home!
Thanks for the pic - that's pretty cool.








Day 8: 2/24/13 Loreto to Guerrero Negro, continued.
283 miles







We stopped in Mulege to look for a cafe for El Bartek...








This made me laugh. Hotel Squid.

I imagine it’s full of crotch rockets.








camión de bomberos para Bob!













But, the only cafe we saw was closed.






We continued on to Santa Rosalia.
Old mining train for the train nerds!








Eiffel-designed church for the for the church nerds!








Historic bakery for the bread nerds!



They were out of their famous baguettes but I got a few muffins.





No pics of the muffins (forgot), but they were really good with coffee.
Pumpkin muffins, maybe?







Lunch was rotisserie chicken. Served with tortillas and sides.
It was delicious.

I meant to take better photos, but we ate it all too fast.








And, then it was back on the road.








Hey, I’ll bet this guy was in Loreto...
we waved as we went by...
It was frickin’ windy today, he must have been miserable...








We stopped in San Ignacio for gas and these dogs had fun barking at Bartek.







Here we are. Guerrero Negro.







Matt had been here before...






but only to camp in an RV spot in the back.







This time we were getting a room. 600 pesos for 3 people (50 bucks).








Safe parking for the bikes.







And on-site food.














Nautical decor.








I had the fish soup, Matt had Steak Milanesa, and Bartek had the flounder.







Go, Bartek!









Day 8 was pretty boring, but it doesn’t matter now - it’s in the books!





Luckily, we'd have more dirt on Day 9.

Thank goodness.



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Boring??? But the food looks great! I hope it was....
Following along wishing I could be there too....man, I need to get a life....
Thanks for takin' us along for the ride!
Hope Scott is doin' well....
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Old 03-15-2013, 12:39 AM   #238
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An absolutely awesome ride report. Makes me feel like I'm right there along for the ride! Motivates me to get my 990 back together... And quickly. Keep up the great RR.
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Old 03-15-2013, 08:21 AM   #239
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OK, thought i would had a little here. i am doing great. The two weeks just after the break and before surgery, really sucked. However, just a few days after having the collar bone fixed , it felt great. It is now stable and getting better everyday , back at work a week after surgery. I just wish that i could have had it repaired right away but, as you know the story i am very fortunate that everything worked out as good as it did.

I am amazed just how fast it is healing , but i will need to give it time to get strong. Ofcourse i will add the x-rays when i get them. The bike is completely fine, one small broken brake stop bolt.

Yes, i am amazed that i crashed where i did , unexpected and not prepared , bad combination.

Thanks Kelly for the great RR , see ya soon.

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Personal question Matt and Kelly, so feel free to tell me to mind my own business. What do either of you for a living (not live to ride ), to pay the bills?
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