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Old 03-18-2013, 02:45 PM   #286
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woo hooo caught up !

did you guys get any pics of the mission ? I was sad to see how much it had decayed



did you sign the book at the mission ? I will look for it if you did
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Old 03-18-2013, 03:04 PM   #287
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baby chupacabra


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



hehehe

Good guesses!
Maybe we'll go with baby Bono poop...





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woo hooo caught up !

did you guys get any pics of the mission ? I was sad to see how much it had decayed

did you sign the book at the mission ? I will look for it if you did



Haha, there you are - I was waiting for you to post your photos!
You must have had a lot less water in april.



I was just in the middle of adding this stuff....



Nope. We didn't get to the ruins. Ran out of time and patience.
When we talked to Ralph, he said we were REALLY close to the mission.
It was just a little past the point where Matt turned around.
Dang it!

Oh well.



While we're waiting for Paul to post his photos (he will. )
edit: there they are!


Here's a photo of the ruins, swiped from a good 4x4 (Tacoma) trip report:


2007 photo by David Kier from vivabaja.com - tons of baja info there!



Read the report, here: Viva Baja - mision santa maria


I guess that really steep part is known as "The Widowmaker"



Another report, from Baja Bound: Santa Maria
(just noticed it's by the same guy - David Kier)


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Old 03-18-2013, 06:44 PM   #288
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Day 10: 2/26/13 Cataviña to Mission Santa Maria to El Rosario, continued.
162 miles









After Bartek fixed his flat, we went across the road to get more gas.







Uh oh - Johnny Ryall was still there.
He was on us like Bartek on a taco!
“Heyyyyyyy...I know you guys!”





At first I cringed at the thought of more stories from JD Rockefeller,
but you know what?
He had 2 biscuits in a plastic bag.


When this pretty brown dog came over,
Johnny said, “Oh, are you hungry?” and gave the dog one of his biscuits.




This was a sweet, friendly dog but I was still surprised by Johnny's offer.
It was such a kind gesture, by someone who doesn’t have a lot,
I realized that it wouldn’t kill me to listen to more crazy anecdotes.




I mean, look at this happy dog...
(Obviously, that was a yummy biscuit - he was on it like Bartek on a taco! )







Wow, that dude can talk.

Matt and Bartek went into the store to get lunch and I listened to Johnny.
I won’t bore you with all the stories, but my favorite one was about the time
Elvis and Cheetah (from Tarzan) got together in Vegas and bet on some fights.






One of the fighters was Sonny Liston (Cheetah's favorite)
And, together they won a total of $3 million.
It was Cheetah’s idea to invest the winnings in gold,
making him “The Richest Monkey in the World.”

"It's true! I"m not lying."
OK.






Somehow, this led to his sister (Marilyn Monroe),
inventing the Weed Whacker, but I can’t remember the details.







We went back to the tienda for “lunch.”
Did you know that the food you eat becomes energy?
Boom! that’s spaghetti!



After the morning's workout, Bartek was anxious to replenish his energy supply.
He was eating a bunch of pork taquitos.
If *BOOM!* was from spaghetti,
I don’t even want to know what kind of energy one gets from pork taquitos!




Matt and I were scared of the taquitos (after the bean ones we had at breakfast),
so we had bananas, apples and spicy cheetos.
Not exactly the lunch of champions.





Another pretty Baja dog. This one is not sweet, though.
Watch out for Mr. Bitey!







We opted to take some slab today.
It had taken all morning to do the road to Santa Maria.
Tomorrow was going to be our last day in Baja,
we needed to get further North.






We stopped at a Llantera so Bartek could get his tube patched.
The way he was going, it seemed prudent.
Matt and I had given him a new front tube -
but only if he agreed to accept FULL ownership and responsibility!



We weren’t going to take “credit” if he got a flat on this thing.













Wow, that’s a big group!






I can’t remember if it was before or after this pic,
but we hit a scary curve on this bit of highway.
It’s a pretty sharp right turn, with horrible speed bumps.
We were going a *bit* too fast and, with the bumps, the brakes wouldn’t slow us down.
Luckily, there was no oncoming traffic when we went across into the other lane.





Bartek was behind us and had it even worse.
He couldn’t slow down either, but he ended up in a car sandwich.
He said it was really close.

Thank goodness the S and R models don’t have ABS brakes.
With ABS - shudder- there would have been no stopping at all.





We couldn’t wait to get back into the dirt!
This was a loop that JustPaul used last year - Bartek said it was fun.

















photo by Barteknologie™






Bartek loves it out here.














The only problem was the pork taquitos...
He was not feeling so good.
Bartek said, "If I start to go really fast, you'll know it's the taquitos..."






















The ground was so soft right here.
Bartek parked close to the edge and as soon as he put the bike on the kickstand,
the ground started crumbling out from under it!







Um. We’ll stay back here, thanks.










photo by Barteknologie™







After this morning, it was kind of nice to have some fast, easy riding.















Nothing slow, nothing hard.







Just mindless cruising.















Some nice ocean views...





























It’s maybe not the safest road as you get closer to town (El Rosario).
As we were going over a hill, Bartek (who was ahead of us) quickly raised his hand.
Matt barely had time to move over as a pickup came flying from the other direction.
If Bartek hadn’t given us a warning, we might not have cleared it in time.

Scary.





Bartek said that last year on this road,
one of the guys from his group was stopped on the side of the road (taking a photo)
and a pickup came around the corner and hit him.
Luckily, the rider wasn’t seriously injured (just his bike),
but it could have been really bad.



As much fun as we were having in Baja,
we were all making peace with going home.
In one piece, hopefully!





We pulled into El Rosario and got a room at The Cactus.







Matt checked it out first and was pretty stoked.







$41 - que una ganga!
Bartek said these beds made him feel like a King.







More beds upstairs.






















Fancy toiletries - too nice for dirtbags like us!














The hotel clerk recommended this green restaurant - La Pasadita.
It sounded great to us.













We were so hungry, I didn’t get photos of anything except
Bartek’s quesadilla appetizer.







Guess what we had for our main course?
(Don’t play around, ‘cause I am super hungry)
We had tacos, tacos, tacos. Not chorizo, but fish/shrimp/carne asada.
They were really good.



Obviously, we were all ON them - not a single taco pic!


Taco count -

106 down, 11 to go!




Afterwards, we stopped to get beer to bring back to the room.

Bartek was in a big ass hurry - he even left his blinker flashing at this mercado!
Need beer, now!!



No luck there.





But the next place had plenty of ice cold Pacifico.




Ahhhh.
That hit the spot.




Another low mile one, but...
Day 10 is in the books!








Tomorrow would be our last day in Baja - we were gonna make it count.


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Old 03-18-2013, 06:58 PM   #289
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Where do you find all of your video snippets? They are so right on to your story. Thanks for all the efforts you put into your reports.
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Old 03-18-2013, 09:11 PM   #290
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Old 03-18-2013, 10:13 PM   #291
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Haha, there you are - I was waiting for you to post your photos!
You must have had a lot less water in april.



I was just in the middle of adding this stuff....



Nope. We didn't get to the ruins. Ran out of time and patience.
When we talked to Ralph, he said we were REALLY close to the mission.
It was just a little past the point where Matt turned around.
Dang it!

Oh well.



While we're waiting for Paul to post his photos (he will. )
edit: there they are!


UGGG you were like 80 Yards away... those blackened trees are super close.. next time
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Old 03-19-2013, 10:57 AM   #292
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Where do you find all of your video snippets? They are so right on to your story. Thanks for all the efforts you put into your reports.

Hi Ol Man,
I'm glad you like the clips! They're stupid, but fun.
Some are old favorites that Matt and I quote all the time (Chorizo tacos, Jeri Blank saying "goddammit!").
Some I've found randomly (the japanese banana ones, the bee with a stomachache - I've been saving those since the last ride report)

and some just come up in the searches.
That weird beer commercial with the guys running at each other -
it came up when I typed in, "beer."



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Sticky photos here.

I think that photo shows exactly when the taquitos kicked in!





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UGGG you were like 80 Yards away... those blackened trees are super close.. next time
Aw, man! We knew you were going to be there in April, too.
We wanted to leave a funny message for you in the book!

Oh well. Take lots more photos when you go back.








Day 11: 2/27/13 El Rosario to Tecate
293 miles






We got up early enough for a sit down breakfast.
Today was going to be a long one for sure.







I had planned to bring 3 pairs of socks, 3 pair of underwear.
But, I accidentally had 2 pr of socks, 4 pr of underwear.
It worked out okay. We all did sink laundry on a regular basis.
Matt only had 2 shirts, and I think Bartek only had 2 pr of socks, too.

Sometimes, we did have to get “creative” with the clothes drying...








El Smartek, looking forward to a real breakfast...







El camarón feliz (the happy shrimp)








Oh my god, you guys - you won’t believe what was on the TV...
Manamana!!
(if you read the Summer of Stupid, you’ll remember I was really into Manamana)
(you can watch it here!)




Also - our waitress was wearing a heavy parka this morning - see her?
It had a fur lined hood and everything!





Our last day in Baja!
We were all super happy. The trip had gone really well (except for losing Scott ).
The riding was killer.
The company was excellent (and we knew Scott was safe at home).
And, we were almost done (with no more incidents! )







Hueveos con Chorizo







Huevos Rancheros







Hueveos Mexicana






Everything was delicious!




Bye, Cactus Motel! That place is awesome.







Today we were trying to hit some of the 2007 Baja 1000 course...
But first, we needed to find a bank and get a few more pesos.






Military checkpoint.






Agriculture.







Candy and balloons.








El Bartek. Just wanted to get another photo of him with a Baja background.







A field of flowers for Ladybug!







Tire photos while at the bank.
Tractionator.





IRC







D908






Rally







So, 2007 was a long time ago.
We hoped that these Baja 1K tracks would still be good...
































Bartek went ahead and did this watercrossing, too.
Even though it was the wrong way (and not on the tracks).
Oh, Bartek...
OK, bonus crossing!







I think he wanted some spectacular splashing...a la Goggles Pizano.
But, we let him down. Matt didn’t want to have wet feet all day.








OK, back across...







The GPS tracks wanted us to go up that canyon...
But we couldn’t find any sign of the trail.







There was just a lot of sand (with rocks). My favorite!







Bartek found a place to cross.







Unfortunately, once we got to the other side,
the road looked pretty washed out. It did not seem promising.
Bartek was willing to scout ahead.












But, it only got worse.
He said that the trail completely disappeared.
Nothing but rocks and more rocks.







If it had been at the beginning of the trip, we probably would have kept going.
But, today, the last day...
Nah.







OK, back across the water...








Bartek really committed to this one!
HD if you want it.




But he got hung up on those plants.












Back through the rock filled sand...







to the sand filled sand.







Back on the highway -
looking for another spot where we could try and catch the 2007 course.







Small cemetery.







The turnoff was up here, to the left.







Down a nice dirt road.







To a gate.








The sign looked friendly...






But the lock did not.
Son of a biscuit!







It was starting to feel like a snipe hunt.
Oh well.






Snack time!





Nothing could dampen our mood today.
It would have been great to ride some of the 2007 course,
but we didn’t really care either way.


We were just happy to be riding.
On our last day in Baja.







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Old 03-19-2013, 12:14 PM   #293
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I've been enjoying your RR so much...

I had to have TACOs last night for dinner.
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Old 03-19-2013, 06:58 PM   #294
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It's always an emotional thing....that Last Day In Baja....

You folks covered a lot of ground in a relatively short period of time....and shed some light on a few areas (like that beach north of Loreto)....

Gracias
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Old 03-19-2013, 08:47 PM   #296
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Catching up after a long weekend 2-up with wife914
No off-road , but lots of twistie two-lane backroads and we did get within a couple hundred yards of Baja


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But always, always nice.


Love that section of Pacific coast between El Rosario and Santa Rosaliita. The ~20 miles at the south end sucks, but the rest is scenic and remote.

Tons more I need to explore out there

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A really old rusty nail.


Thanks for continuing the road hazard cleanup effort
Picked up an old square nail in CO last summer. Amazing how they will lay there for years, just waiting for an m/c to pass by

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... I met an interesting fellow ... “JD Rockefeller”

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.”


Met the same guy in Catavinia back in 2008, only then it was 'Hey Jude' by the Beetles

Epic stuff on the big bikes out to Mission Santa Maria
That is def on my small bike bucket list
(Must remember to bring hedge trimmers.)

Did I miss the map from Catavinia to El Roasario?



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Old 03-20-2013, 12:47 AM   #298
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I had to have TACOs last night for dinner.

That sounds good!

It has been long enough so that the taco pics are starting to look yummy again...



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It's always an emotional thing....that Last Day In Baja....

You folks covered a lot of ground in a relatively short period of time....and shed some light on a few areas (like that beach north of Loreto)....

Gracias
De nada, motoged!

It was an action-packed, fun filled trip - our best Baja visit, yet.

I hope people check out Caleta San Juanico, it's a really nice spot.



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Did I miss the map from Catavinia to El Roasario?



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Hey M, sounds like you had a nice weekend!


Hmm. I must have skipped that map. Sorry, I'm pretty much over maps at this point.

Oh, wait. yeah. I started it, but couldn't remember where we turned off for the coast...
I think I was zoomed in too close but didn't feel like breaking out the camera again.
Anyway, we were on one of those coastal roads going into El Rosario...








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Hi effensteve!
You're very welcome! thanks for reading (again?).









Day 11: 2/27/13 El Rosario to Tecate, continued.
293 miles









I did a half assed map for the day.
293 miles is a fair amount. It’s over a quarter of the peninsula!








Here are our tracks.
You’ll have to use your imagination to combine the 2.
As mentioned, I’m pretty much over maps at this point...








We decided to bail on trying to ride the 2007 course,
and headed over to El Coyote to catch the back road into Mike’s.








Isn’t this green? Not what one usually thinks of when Baja comes to mind.









For pavement, it wasn’t horrible.








I mean, it was very pretty. And no one else was around.
















But, we were glad to get back to the dirt.








Just as pretty, but more fun.


































photo by Barteknologie™






This one is kinda blurry, huh?








There were ruts to fall into and washouts to avoid...















Some baby whoops.

























photo by Barteknologie™






Beautiful.















It’s always fun to see trees in Baja.















We needed to cross this ravine -
it looked like most people went here...







Over to that section there.








GoPro version of the ravine...








Hmmm. Wonder if there’s a better way...







Bartek thought so.








OK. past the rock...








Bartek went to the left, but it was really steep.
Matt went to the right, through the mud puddle.








Ugh. The mud was nasty. I was glad I had walked on my own.


photo by Barteknologie™








photo by Barteknologie™







Yuck. It was stinky, too.
















This road is super scenic. I really like this screen shot with the twisty ribbon of road, heading towards the mountains...























A few screen shots of the rocks...































photo by Barteknologie™












I guess this is a good place for the video...
We had so much fun on this road!
It was hard to edit out all the maniacal laughter, but we got most of it.
HD makes it better!








































There was a little bit of snow left in the shade!
















Here we are - Mike's Sky Ranch.








When we got there, it was deserted. No one around but this friendly dog.







Steeeekers!







Hey, hey! I finally spotted one!







It was pretty hard to miss it, though. Right in front of the pool.







We hung out for a little bit and had some snacks.
Bartek sure likes bananas!













Oh, we bought our 15hp outboard from Arjona (la paz).






OK, still have a ways to go. Better get on it!

Leaving Mikes...










































Looking back at the gate...







We swung by Valle de Trinidad for some taco time.
Our last one!







Hey - once you see one, they're everywhere!







He was on those things like Bartek on a taco (or 5 - taco#117 not shown)!







Four for Matt...







And 2 for me.







OK - that's it!
Taco count...

117 down, zero to go!

No mas tacos.

At the time, it made me happy...
Now, it makes me sad.




I guess I'll leave you with some tire pics...

Tractionator.





D908






We're almost in Tecate, you guys!
The end is in sight.


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Old 03-20-2013, 06:51 AM   #299
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Thanks for sharing. Looking forward to my next trip ...and yours.
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