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Old 03-16-2013, 10:06 AM   #256
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My first crossing, on a bike, a week from today! Can't wait. Should be getting ready, but couldn't pass up your RR. Great Job, Thanks.

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Old 03-16-2013, 10:14 AM   #257
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Hi MasterMarine,
I was totally nervous about it, but the dromedary worked really well.


We only put 1.5 gallons in (and it's a 10 liter bag), and it wasn't very hot that day.
As long as you put the fuel into your tank as soon as there's room, it's probably safe-ish.
Matt has used it for gasoline a few times now, with no problems.
The best thing is that the dromedary is super light and compact when you aren't using it.


I wouldn't try and put it inside your GL, if that's what you mean. Once you use it for fuel, it will probably stink.
I don't know that for sure (you'll notice that we kept ours on the back rack), but I would imagine.
(by the way, ours isn't just held on by a bungee - it's strapped down at both ends, and across the top, too)


Anyway, as long as you store it strapped to the bike somewhere you probably won't even notice an odor. I didn't.
We didn't have any problems with leaking, either (there was no wetness).
It probably helps that we didn't crash.


After use, Matt puts some air in the bladder and lets it dry.
So far, so good!
I was not planning to put it in my GL but I am sure it would be strapped up close to it or on it to fit on my bike. I am mostly concerned about it making my GL and stuff in it smell gassy. It would probably suck to try to sleep in a gas smelling sleeping bag in a gas smelling tent for 8 days. I would definitely dump the fuel out of it as soon as it would fit in my tank. In the past, I have used MSR bottles and Gatorade bottles but they are a pain to haul when they are empty.

Thanks for your input!

Great report as always!
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Old 03-16-2013, 11:34 AM   #258
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Hello, I know many other said it first, but your report is the food of gods. Thanks for sharing your thoughts and pictures!
Just a small question, I noticed the Sena units on the helmets, did they work as planned, could you communicate well enough? What can you say about them?
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Old 03-16-2013, 01:16 PM   #259
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Great report! Alberto at El Dorado is a great guy, My favorite place to stay in Loreto
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Old 03-16-2013, 02:49 PM   #260
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All caught up agian.

Thanks for all the photos! Good luck with your new door opening, I'm sure you two can figure it all out. Still winter here but did manage a few short street rides on the V Strom this past week
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Old 03-16-2013, 04:20 PM   #261
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only about halfway through the ride report, awesome job!

we stayed in the same palapa at San Francisquito on the 21st, stayed in the same palapa with the hamburglar curtains!

Leonel and Rosa were so cool, we probably had 25 tacos and 28 cervezas!


San Francisquito is so cool!
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Old 03-16-2013, 09:45 PM   #262
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My first crossing, on a bike, a week from today! Can't wait. Should be getting ready, but couldn't pass up your RR. Great Job, Thanks.

Have a fantastic trip! Baja is awesome, you'll love it.


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Hello, I know many other said it first, but your report is the food of gods. Thanks for sharing your thoughts and pictures!
Just a small question, I noticed the Sena units on the helmets, did they work as planned, could you communicate well enough? What can you say about them?

Hi *REGO* Wow, thank you!

OK - we're actually using Interphone F5 units - they're all right.
We had issues in the past**, but for this trip they worked well (**You can PM if you want more details)
A good charge lasts about 8-9 hrs, but we were able to do longer days by charging at lunch or other stops.

When they are working well, they're great. Good sound, good bluetooth connection.
And they're pretty durable - we've had them in heavy rain, hail, temps over 105°, etc...
Wearing them day in day out for many weeks at a time.


Haven't tried Sena, but we hear good things about them.
Bartek uses one for his music.



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Great report! Alberto at El Dorado is a great guy, My favorite place to stay in Loreto
Hey CaptUglyDan -
Yep, the El Dorado is the best!


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only about halfway through the ride report, awesome job!

we stayed in the same palapa at San Francisquito on the 21st, stayed in the same palapa with the hamburglar curtains!

Leonel and Rosa were so cool, we probably had 25 tacos and 28 cervezas!


San Francisquito is so cool!

Thanks for joining us, burque magoo!
What's not to love - tacos, cervezas, hamburglar curtains and...cutest. PUPPY. ever!






Hi,
live2ridetahoe, Butcho and MasterMarine!
Thanks, guys!













Day 10: 2/26/13 Cataviña to Mission Santa Maria to El Rosario
162 miles






Today we were going to take a shot at riding to Misión Santa María de los Ángeles,
Founded in 1767, this was the last of the Jesuit missions.
Bartek had sampled the trail last year and said it was going to be kind of tough on a big bike,
but we wanted to take a peek and see how far we could get.


First, gas.







We just got a few gallons for now. We’d come back and fill up later.
Bartek had recommended that we all leave our luggage in the room.
He said that for this trail, lighter was better.













We went to the tienda to grab something for breakfast.



While I was waiting for the guys, I met an interesting fellow.
Rnrdozer calls him “JD Rockefeller,” but I thought of him as Johnny Ryall from the Beastie Boys song.

relevant lyrics :






The first thing he told me was that he wrote “I Left My Heart in San Francisco.”
“I wrote it for Frank Sinatra, but they gave it to that other guy.”
Um. Tony Bennett?
“Yeah. That guy.”
Also, Marilyn Monroe is his sister.



“No, really. I’m not lying!”
OK.







Johnny used to be on TV, starring in the Little Rascals.
And in the Tarzan movies.
He owned Cheetah the monkey.
And Petey the dog with the ring around his eye.



And then he let Cheetah have a baby with another monkey and they made Bubbles.
“You know Bubbles? That monkey that belonged to Michael Jackson?
That was their baby.”







Johnny also invented Harleys, Indians, air conditioning, eggrolls and Dom Pérignon.


And, when he was 2 years old, he went to China and started training with a martial arts master.
That’s where he met Bruce Lee.
They used to fight all the time. Johnny would always win.


“No, really. I’m not lying!”
OK.





He kept us company during breakfast.
Fruit and yogurt and more stories about stuff Johnny invented (Burger King, Dairy Queen, etc...)
Matt got something that Bartek called “taquitos” but I only ate part of one.
I gave my other one to Johnny.





We said goodbye to Mr. Ryall...
And then we were off to Santa Maria.






























photo by Barteknologie™















photo by Barteknologie™

































We stopped to check in with Bartek - how are you doing, Bartek?
He was happy.

Thrilled. He said, “I don’t even recognize myself!”
His riding had improved by leaps and bounds over last year.
Excellent!
























Matt stopped here so I could take a pic...








Of Bartek - here he comes!








It was pretty out there, but bumpy.







Very bumpy.








Ugh. My least favorite - sand with rocks.
We had a get off in this mess and I clunked my head on a rock.















Bartek was in photo mode today!


photo by Barteknologie™





photo by Barteknologie™





photo by Barteknologie™





Thanks, Bartek! I ran back and took one of him.




























For parts of the trail, we were leapfrogging to take advantage of photo ops...


photo by Barteknologie™






photo by Barteknologie™






















A little video of Bartek...
HD if you want








Again, Bartek was super happy.
He said it was so satisfying to be able to gauge his improvement...
Things that were hard for him last year were easy this year!

Yay, Bartek!!




That’s a great feeling!








The declines were getting steeper at this point.
I remember thinking that this one might not be as fun on the way up!







But that was nothing. The next downhill was even worse.
Steeper, looser, more rocky.
This picture does not do it justice.







Oh, and we had forgotten the GoPro camera.
Not that it would have worked, necessarily (it was dying on this ride).
But we didn’t even have the chance to try.





We rode down it, 2up. But I couldn’t do handheld video, I needed to hold on to Matt.
Couldn’t take a photo midway, either. Too steep to stop.
Oh well.





Maybe a photo from the bottom, looking up, will give a sense of how steep it was...





We were waiting for Bartek, I wanted to get a good shot of him coming down...
But he outsmarted us.


He said he didn’t even want to deal with trying to get his bike back up that mess.
He decided to leave it at the top and walk down.








Oh.
That was good thinking.


(Smart man, that Bartek)



Now. Hopefully, it wouldn't be too far to the Mission...



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Old 03-16-2013, 10:04 PM   #263
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Awesome

Re christened, Smartek.

I'll stick to my 500 on that stuff! I am loving this report, thanks for taking us along.
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Old 03-16-2013, 11:02 PM   #264
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Looks an awful lot like a cell tower......

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Old 03-16-2013, 11:09 PM   #265
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Hi,
Kelly, thanks for great RR! Its been only three weeks and I already miss Baja. Last year with JustPaul I went halfway and decided to return. It was to hot, me with out water and expiries to ride. I'm happy we did it this year.
The last section... ohh, Mules or burros might have been a wiser choice than our big bikes. That was one super-steep grade drops. The loose, big rocks and steepness would be the challenge for me on the return (going up).
Regarding all my flats - looks like my rims are made from strong magnets. At least now I’m the fastest tire changer.
Thanks Kelly, Matt and Scott.
Absolutely best trip ever.
Cheers,
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Old 03-16-2013, 11:21 PM   #266
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But that was nothing. The next downhill was even worse.
Steeper, looser, more rocky.
This picture does not do it justice.



Trust me, looking straight down at the tops of the palms in the wash shows how steep that is.

You two are nuts. <<< Oklahoma, Oklahoma, Oklahoma!
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Old 03-16-2013, 11:47 PM   #267
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Matt check this out. At the bottom in Palm trees there is a track but it has to be dry. We were not that lucky.
Maybe next year.
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Old 03-16-2013, 11:51 PM   #268
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<<< Oklahoma, Oklahoma, Oklahoma!

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels quote...awesome!
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Old 03-17-2013, 05:57 AM   #269
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I was not planning to put it in my GL but I am sure it would be strapped up close to it or on it to fit on my bike. I am mostly concerned about it making my GL and stuff in it smell gassy. It would probably suck to try to sleep in a gas smelling sleeping bag in a gas smelling tent for 8 days. I would definitely dump the fuel out of it as soon as it would fit in my tank. In the past, I have used MSR bottles and Gatorade bottles but they are a pain to haul when they are empty.

Thanks for your input!

Great report as always!
Roll your Dromedary up and put it in a gallon zip-lock freezer bag when it's empty.
Strap it on the bike outside your bags when it is full of gas. This keeps the gas smell off your stuff. Be careful of puncturing it on cacti.

Dromedaries are great for carrying fuel but do offgas lots of fumes. Don't even leave gas in it in your garage because you can smell gas in your house. Yuck.

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Old 03-17-2013, 09:30 AM   #270
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Great ride report, waiting on my next dose.
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