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Old 03-17-2013, 12:20 PM   #271
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Re christened, Smartek.

I'll stick to my 500 on that stuff! I am loving this report, thanks for taking us along.

Smartek!

Smart Bartek...
Smooth Bartek...
Smiling Bartek...


I like it!


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Looks an awful lot like a cell tower......

Make Sand with Rocks your Favorite
haha!


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Absolutely best trip ever.
Cheers,
Hola Smartek!

Yes, we agree - best. trip. EVER.

And it was so thoughtful of you to clear the trails of all the metal debris.

Nice video you found of Santa Maria!
Now you know what to look for next year.




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You two are nuts. <<< Oklahoma, Oklahoma, Oklahoma!
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Dirty Rotten Scoundrels quote...awesome!


Thanks for the clue, sion. I was thinking - Ohhhh...klahoma!



But the nutjob Oklahoma!oklahoma!oklahoma! stuff makes a lot more sense.

Thanks (I think )!


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Dromedaries are great for carrying fuel but do offgas lots of fumes.

Thanks for the tips!
Once the dromedary is empty, it's not too bad.
We had the bag on the bike, locked in the trailer for the drive back to the bay area,
and couldn't smell any fumes when we opened the trailer up.



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Great ride report, waiting on my next dose.

Sorry, something came up this morning and I couldn't post earlier.








OK, without further ado....




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





Bartek was so happy to be this far down the road!
Twice as far as he had made it last time.







But, look what was in front of us...






Aw, man.
It was a virtual pond of yucky green muck water.






We had no idea what the bottom was like,
it looked as if it could be muddy and soft.
Matt wasn’t anxious to get wet feet (best case scenario)
or drown the bike in such a remote location (worst case scenario)




OK, looks like we’re hiking it, too.


Bartek was off in a flash.


Sigh.
It was not the most pleasant trek.
The pond was covering up the trail, so we were bushwhacking.







Looking down towards the canyon.







We had to squeeze between the bushes and rock here.
It was scratchy and pokey.
I was happy to have my gear on.








This hiking was not so great in Mx boots, though.







Sigh.







Eventually, we got back out into the open.







And onto a trail.
We dropped our jackets on a rock and started following the path...








Matt went ahead to try and find Bartek...







It sure was interesting out here. Neat rock formations...







Found some pretty flowers for Ladybug.







I can’t believe I took a clear, in-focus photo!!







Found some kind of mysterious poop, too.







It was getting warm and I was getting tired.
My boots are not made for walking.







Just then, Matt came back.
He said he had noticed that there wasn’t any sign of Bartek on the trail.
Matt was leaving huge footprints in the sand,
but saw none from Bartek.
We started yelling for him.
“BARTEK!!”


nothing.



Son of a biscuit!
This whole trail was taking much longer than we had anticipated.
I was starting to stress about getting the bike back up that hill, too.
We turned around and started back.







Little did we know, Bartek was hiking down in the canyon.


photo by Barteknologie™






photo by Barteknologie™





He had remembered seeing photos of the mission,
and knew the ruins were near some palm trees.


photo by Barteknologie™






Eventually, we heard Bartek yelling.
We met up with him, back where we had left our jackets.








Looks like there had been a fire in here at some point.







Can you see Matt? He blends in with the trees.






It was pretty wet and squishy in here.
Swampy.
But, we had already bushwhacked through the other side,
this side couldn’t be worse.







We hoped.







It was pretty, though.










photo by Barteknologie™





When it wasn’t horrible.
Matt found a nasty thorn-covered bush and got scratched up.
He was displeased.







OK. Back to the bike. Whew.







Now, the fun begins.



We had made it down to this point, completely 2up.
On the way back, I was not so lucky.


I had some hiking to do.







Matt got pretty far, considering.






El Bartek helped with the heavy lifting...
(muchas gracias, amigo!)







Taking a breather.







From this point, it was still pretty steep.
Looking up, you can see Bartek’s bike in the top left.







Matt made it with no problems...he was gone.

Me, on the other hand. Still hiking.




When I got to the top, the guys were chatting away.
Oh, hey - those were the bikes I had seen out front at the hotel.


It turns out that Matt knew them!
This was a couple he had met on his solo trip to Baja in 2006.
What are the odds? That’s crazy.







They recognized him, even though he was on a blue 990 (not an orange 950).
That’s Katy on the left, and Doug (dave?) on the right.
They had never been to Santa Maria
and had lots of questions about what lay ahead...






Before we said goodbye, Katy said that they had been snowed out of Hanson.
Six inches of fresh snow and they were slipping around.
Couldn’t get through.
Wow, hope we weren’t going to run into that...





OK. I have to leave you guys here.
we have a busy day today.





If you want more Baja, Matt and I watched a fun video the other day.

Three girls from SoCal took 2 dogs on a road trip down to Cabo.
They also had an 11 day trip, but it's completely different from ours.
Camping, snorkeling, kayaking...


The girls did a good job and it's a fun video for a sunday afternoon.

3 girls and 2 dogs Baja Road Trip 2012 Video.


Enjoy!


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Old 03-17-2013, 02:53 PM   #272
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From this point, it was still pretty steep.
Looking up, you can see Bartek’s bike in the top left.

When they look steep in the photo...dammit!
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Old 03-17-2013, 03:53 PM   #273
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Thanks for the clue, sion. I was thinking - Ohhhh...klahoma!



But the nutjob Oklahoma!oklahoma!oklahoma! stuff makes a lot more sense.

Thanks (I think )!

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels is a very funny movie...if you havent seen it, do so immediately.
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Old 03-17-2013, 06:22 PM   #274
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So, if Matt was suspected as being the Bigfoot in BC is this a picture of the fabled Chupacabra?

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Old 03-17-2013, 06:37 PM   #275
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The nice thing with Bartek on the ride, we finally get to see pics of Matt and Kelly on the bike together. You guys are great team.

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Old 03-17-2013, 06:41 PM   #276
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Awesome looking trail...

The kind of stuff I like but that one does look STEEP!
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Old 03-17-2013, 07:18 PM   #277
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Awesome ride Wans and Bartek

Lots of neat plants and rocks out here.















FWIW I think this is called a Century Plant. I have seen them in the south west, specificly the Grand Canyon.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Century_plant

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Old 03-17-2013, 09:10 PM   #278
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Century plant is correct. Apparently, they bloom in 100 years and the seeds start a new tree or something like that.

Dang you guys are hard core. The terrain around Catavinia would be so much fun on a trials bike. Please note fellas, your big ass 990 is NOT a trials bike. I suppose know one explained this to the bikes huh?

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Old 03-17-2013, 09:27 PM   #279
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Old 03-18-2013, 12:33 AM   #280
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All caught up. Fantastic!

Yes, best to stay "unplugged" from phone/internet while on "vacation" -- good plan!
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Old 03-18-2013, 10:20 AM   #281
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Hey LW, I am very glad to see a fresh report on the 7 sisters. That area on the Pacific north of Santa Rosalaita. Years back we did that same ride and but took the right hand route on your Map to get to Catavina.

Still great fun and the scenery is awsome. Fantistic RR.
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Old 03-18-2013, 12:27 PM   #282
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When they look steep in the photo...dammit!
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The kind of stuff I like but that one does look STEEP!
Hi Diggerled! Hi redog!
Yep. Billy goat time.



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Dirty Rotten Scoundrels is a very funny movie...if you havent seen it, do so immediately.
I had seen it a long time ago, but thanks to you and larryboy - I think it's time for another viewing.



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So, if Matt was suspected as being the Bigfoot in BC is this a picture of the fabled Chupacabra?
I'm pretty sure he's way too big to be a Chupacabra...
But, there have been Yeti sightings in Mexico...


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The nice thing with Bartek on the ride, we finally get to see pics of Matt and Kelly on the bike together. You guys are great team.

David
Thanks, David!
Yes, it was really nice of Bartek to take all those photos.
I can just snap pics as we go, he had to actually stop and get off his bike.
It took a lot more effort on his part.



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FWIW I think this is called a Century Plant. I have seen them in the south west, specificly the Grand Canyon.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Century_plant
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Century plant is correct. Apparently, they bloom in 100 years and the seeds start a new tree or something like that.

haha, you guys were on that plant like Bartek on a taco!

Oops. I knew that was a Century plant, I just failed to share that info.
Sorry.


But, what about the mystery scat?



No guesses there?



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Please note fellas, your big ass 990 is NOT a trials bike. I suppose know one explained this to the bikes huh?



Hmmmmm. Are you sure? They only weigh about 500 lbs...





Hey, Hotmamaandme!



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All caught up. Fantastic!

Yes, best to stay "unplugged" from phone/internet while on "vacation" -- good plan!
Hiya RedRockRider!Oh yeah. I like to be unplugged, even at home.




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Hey LW, I am very glad to see a fresh report on the 7 sisters. That area on the Pacific north of Santa Rosalaita. Years back we did that same ride and but took the right hand route on your Map to get to Catavina.

Still great fun and the scenery is awsome. Fantistic RR.
Hola cuneesity!
Is that what it's called, "7 Sisters?"
Good to know. Nice area!











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









Bartek had gotten bored and had jammed out of there early.
We hurried to catch up.


When we saw this:






Matt and I said, “Uh oh...”




But he was fine. Whew.

Just got caught on some stuff.
Matt gave him a hand.








And then he was off!








I was tired from all the hiking, and I couldn’t remember what I had already snapped on the way in...
But, I did take a few.





















Ugh, here’s my “favorite” spot again...










I think this is where the video goes.
Trying to visualize the trail on the way back is making my head hurt.
But, I’m pretty sure this is the right section.















The light was much better for photos on the way back,
but I didn’t want to bore you guys.








We had another get off around here. Sand with Rocks.
Our front tire must have hit a rock that was partially hidden in the sand.







I landed on top of these rocks here.
Thank you, D30 armor! It protected my back and shoulder.

I’m so happy I did the upgrade.
I did whack my hand pretty hard, though.
When we got back to the hotel, I had to use some lotion to get my wedding ring off before my fingers got too swollen.







Back through the eye-rattling rocks...


photo by Barteknologie™














photo by Barteknologie™







photo by Barteknologie™






And, we’re almost out.








We ran into this nice gentleman as we were leaving.
He said he heard us when we first came through, and he was happy to see that we made it out.








This is Ralph. He has lived here for 30 years.
He said he likes to have people check in with him before they head to the Mission.
That way he knows if he should go look for them if it’s getting late.
One time he broke his ankle out there (and had to kickstart his bike ),
so he knows how bad things can get.








Ralph is always willing to go get someone (in his truck), and has done so countless times.
Googling around this morning, his name comes up a lot in Baja/4x4 forums.
I’m not totally clear on where his house is,
but I think it’s near here - maybe down the road on the left?





he said you can’t see the house from the road, it’s hidden in some trees,
but if you go slow and make lots of noise, he’ll probably hear you and come out.



We told him that Doug and Katy were still in the canyon
and he said he’d keep an ear out for them.

Thanks, Ralph!








We went back to the hotel to pick up our bags.
El Bartek decided to take another shower,
so we had some time to kill.







Metal cacti.














I went to the lobby to get a soda and I heard a bunch of yelling.
After showering, Bartek had gone out to his bike.
Only to discover...He had another flat.











Super taco.








Looks like he nailed a sharp rock.













Tractionator.







Our D908








Oooooh. Bad news, Scott - Bartek was using the front tube he got from you...
You know what that means...


Flat count -

Bartek - 3

Scott - 2

M + K - 1






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Old 03-18-2013, 12:44 PM   #283
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Hola cuneesity!
Is that what it's called, "7 Sisters?"
Good to know. Nice area!


Yup, 7 right point break bays.......
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Old 03-18-2013, 01:05 PM   #284
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But, what about the mystery scat?



No guesses there? [/COLOR]

baby chupacabra


edit: google image searched for chupacabra scat and got this result:



hehehe
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But, what about the mystery scat?

Feral house cat.
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