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Old 03-06-2013, 10:40 AM   #121
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Originally Posted by sion View Post

if you look real close, you'll see it says "Super" on the sidewall of that tire

Aww, man.
I suck.

Haha, sion - you get this year's Pain and Tension (paying attention) award!!

did you know that if you image google "pain and tension," Scottmac's booty award comes up??
It's way down there, but it's there.
(#1 for "pain and tension award")


Originally Posted by CB160 View Post
I vote for renaming that 'short cut' 'Paseo del WanKers'
Thanks, CB160!
glad to see you again.
haha - or "Paseo de los Idiotas"

Originally Posted by One Less Harley View Post
Little Wan- thanks for the great report, when are you gonna teach that big guy how to write. If that happened he might not bring you along anymore, better keep him illiterate.

Don't I know it!

I try and keep him off the computer as much as possible.
If he's trying to find some kind of information,
I grab the mouse and tell him, "Don't worry your pretty little head over that, Mr. Honey.
Let me google it for you..."

OK, guys - ready for today's post?

First, I have a little business to take care of.

Last night I received an email from Bartek.
“Kelly, all my family in Poland is following the RR,
but how do I explain them K-word [on page 6]??”

Oh crap.

I just put that word in to mess with El Bartek, and now he was in big trouble.
Sorry, Bartek.

Please direct your family members to this:

Drogie rodziny Bartka,
Jest mi bardzo przykro za moje korzystanie z k-słowem na stronie 6!
Twoja słodka Bartek jest bardzo dobrym chłopcem i nigdy nie używać takich okropnego języka.
Ja jestem jedna z brudnej ustach! Stawiam, że jako żart, ale nie zdawałem sobie sprawy, że jego rodzina to czytać.
Jestem głęboko przepraszam jeśli obraziłem Cię w żaden sposób. Proszę, nie złość się na Bartka!

Dear family of Bartek,
I am very sorry for my use of the k-word on page 6!
Your sweet Bartek is a very good boy and would never use such horrible language.
I am the one with the filthy mouth! I put that in as a joke, but I didn't realize his family would be reading this.
I am deeply sorry if I have offended you in any way. Please do not be mad at Bartek!

hope that helps!

Day 3: 2/19/13 San Francisquito to San Juanico/Scorpion Bay, continued.
259 miles

We led the guys to the Pemex with the roja
and they got us caught up on what had happened.
Bartek had been so low on fuel that by the time Scott realized they had missed the turn,
it was too late to go back.
As it was, they accidentally took the long route and he ran out of gas anyway.
Scott gave Bartek a gallon and he was able to nurse that along for 40+ miles.
They were lucky they made it to Vizcaino at all!

Matt and I were just glad that neither one of them had gotten hurt.
With this idiotic hobby of ours, accidents are always a concern.
Zooming around on bikes, anything can happen at any time.

We told them about the bank and wanted to make sure they paid for their visas.
It seems to be unusual for any official to ask to see the paperwork,
but the migración official in Tecate said we would be in trouble if anyone in La Paz (like the police) asked to see the visa and saw it wasn’t paid.
Apparently La Paz is known for being especially strict about this.
Everything is becoming computerized in Baja - he even showed us how they track passports now.
The official scanned Matt’s passport and when his file was came up, it was clearly marked “UNPAID”

I think the only time I’ve ever had to surrender a tourist card was flying out of Mexico (I’ve read that you can’t board a plane without a visa).
But, why take the chance?

While the guys were getting legit, Matt took another look at Bartek’s bike.

See that man in the background?
He was selling donuts and had the most obnoxious clown horn.
I thought Matt was going to lose it after 5 solid minutes of honking.

It worked, though. 
Bartek bought a donut and said it was “very good.”
Then again, it was way past feeding time - he probably would have eaten anything.

Somewhere along the line, Goggles Pizano had flipped his lid.
I mean, lost the cap to his reservoir.

We didn’t want any junk to fall in (or coolant to fall out),
so Matt and I taped some plastic over the top.
As far as I know, it’s still on there!

Check out Bartek’s Tractionator -

That old rusty nail managed to pierce the knob
without hurting the tube. LUCKY!!

Matt and I had been in Vizcaino for a while before the guys rolled in.
Now, after their turn in the bank line, it was getting late -
we had been in town over 90 minutes.
Sorry, boys - no taco time today.
They grabbed some quick snacks from the tienda next door
while Matt and I gulped down some trail mix.

Time to get back on the road!
I think Matt had some offroad stuff marked on the last map,
but we skipped it.
Apparently that section is so horrible they removed it from the race entirely.
Scott knew the area and said it was really deep silt and lots of rocks.
Not worth the hassle today.

Did I give you this map yet?

We hit a military checkpoint as we went towards San Ignacio.

It wasn’t a big deal at all.
I think the guys at this one only asked where we were going.
They’re only looking for guns and drugs, that’s pretty much it.
As long as you don’t have either, you’re fine.

Blurry pic of driving into San Ignacio...

It’s pretty there. Very tropical feeling.

Goggles Pizano

he reminded me of a Pelican, stretching.

(swiped from the world wide web)

For some reason, these basketball courts are found all over Baja.
Even in remote villages.
I don’t think I’ve ever seen anyone actually using one.

Drive by shooting of the San Ignacio Mission.

We stopped Bartek and Matt asked if he wanted to see the Mission.
Bartek said it was alright, we didn’t have to.

I feel bad that he didn’t get to see anything, so here a few quick pics from 2007.

Information sign.

The entrance is really cool.

This guy is in one of the alcoves out front.

And there are more guys inside.

I love their little faces.

We followed Scott out of town and towards Laguna de San Ignacio.

Scott was excited about doing this upcoming section.
He had been telling us all kinds of stories about his experience racing through this part on the real Baja 1000!

I think all this pavement is new (well, new since last time Matt was here).

Then, it goes back to dirt.

Mostly sand.

Scott got tired of being behind us...

So he shot out to the side road.

Blurry pic of the water.

That sign says “San Jose de Gracia”

Matt knew it was a going to be a long stretch between San Ignacio and Loreto
(our planned stop for the night)
So we had all gotten extra gas in Vizcaino.
Bartek had filled his 2 gallon Rotopax and this seemed like a good place to empty it.

He had only used 1 gallon so far, so Scott agreed to “hold” the rest until Bartek needed it.
Thanks, Scott!

Wow, the road was freshly graded - it was as if they knew we were coming!

Someone was anxious to get going...



We have a nice video for you guys...
HD if you want it.

Haha, can you tell everyone was having fun??
The conditions were so great - and little-to-no dust.

Afterwards, we celebrated with snack time!

Dirt riding and cookies - what could be better?
Life was good for the Baja WanKers.

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Old 03-06-2013, 11:08 AM   #122
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Originally Posted by LittleWan View Post
We followed Scott out of town and towards Laguna de San Ignacio.

I'm glad to see that photo, I remember as we left SI and headed for the Laguna thinking "this sign can't be right--it's taking us up an alley " Then we're on this piece of race-track pavement...where's the frickin' dirt road???

That was a fun stretch of high-speed dirt
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Old 03-06-2013, 07:41 PM   #123
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Day 3: 2/19/13 San Francisquito to San Juanico/Scorpion Bay, continued.
259 miles

Those salt flats were a ton of fun,
but some areas were scary slick.
90% was nice and dry, but that other 10% - holy crap.
Matt and I almost ate it a couple times when the rear broke free.
we slid and slid one way,
then slid and slid the other direction...
before finally recovering.

After the second near crash, we slowed down.

photo by Barteknologie™

We came to a small fishing village at the edge of the water.

Scott had mentioned this village to us - he was looking forward to stopping here.

He had brought along a bag of stickers (“steeekers”) just for the occasion.
Now we just needed some kids...

Not a problem!

He had also brought a special tee shirt to give to a lucky kid...

Can you read it? It’s a collector’s item.

Goggles Pizano made a bunch of new friends that day!

I wish I had gotten a photo of the bag of stickers - it was huge!
Must have been a half a pound of decals in there.

Eventually, he gave the bag to the older girl in the yellow and asked her to finish doling them out for him.

I’m sure there’s a wall in that village that looks like Mike’s Sky Ranch now!

We had an excited escort as we left the village -
the dogs in baja were funny the way they timed their “attacks”
This guy was pretty good.

Goggles, snapping a pic with his invisible camera
(on day 2, he discovered there was no SD card in his real-life camera )

I think I’ll take this opportunity to thank Scott for adding some excitement to the ride report.
He must have sensed that the report was going to get humdrum and pedestrian around Day 3.
So, in the ultimate sacrifice (El Sacrificio), he threw himself under the bus...

(okay, it wasn't really a bus - it was an SE)

He was zooming around the flats, with grace and style and skill...
when he hit one of those scary slick patches that Matt and I had already experienced.
Matt and I were right behind him and had front row seats...
as his SE slid out from under him.

There’s nothing he could have done - it was instantaneous.
One second you’re King of the World,
the next second you’re a rag doll wearing a backpack.

The backpack must have prevented him from sliding,
instead it sent him into these crazy, lopsided rolls -
More rolls that we could count.
(see this for an example - the guy at :30 has it down pat) <------Scott: DO NOT watch this for at least 6 months

It was so scary to watch. And there was nothing we could do.

Considering how fast he was going, it could have been much worse.
When we got to him he was coherent, feeling pain, and on his feet.
The first thing he asked was, “Is my nose broken?”
He must have hit face first and his sunglasses had cut the bridge of his nose.
There was also a huge bruise forming on his forehead.

Mostly, he had severe pain in his right shoulder.
Scott knew that something was seriously amiss.
Dislocated, separated, maybe a broken collarbone.
He wasn’t going to be riding out of this one....

It was already getting late in the day and we knew we had to act fast.

The initial plan was to send Matt back to the village and find someone with a truck.

We needed to get Scott and his bike North - to San Ignacio at the very least.
Then to whatever hospital is closest (Guerrero Negro?)
From there, Matt would go back to Tecate and get the truck and trailer.

The important thing in our minds was to get Scott closer to home. North.

Scott, on the other hand, wanted to go South. To La Paz.
Not only was there a good hospital in La Paz,
but his mom was living in La Ventana, 40 miles south of La Paz.
He knew it would be the best for both him and his bike.

Regardless of where he was going, we needed a truck. NOW.

Luckily, Matt had the presence of mind to think of Scott’s pain.
Before he even took Scott’s helmet off, Matt dipped into our first aid kit and got the vicodin.
He popped 2 pills into Scott’s pezhole before jumping on the bike to ride back to the village.
We hoped all those stickers were going to pay off...

Meanwhile, Bartek and I tried to get Scott comfortable.

I snapped a couple CSI photos for future reference.
This is the best one.
Matt and I made some notes...

The full report isn’t back from the lab yet,
but preliminary findings indicate that the blame falls on Pirelli Tires....

And not on Goggles Pizano.

I'm gonna git you, sucka!

When we went to look at the marks, Bartek stepped in one of the slippery patches and almost went down himself.
That stuff was slick. Like ice.
Scott never had a chance.

Bartek and I were a little worried about having sent Lassie BigWan for help...
WTF were we going to do if Matt crashed on the way to back to the village?

But, he didn’t let us down.
Not only did Matt find help, he found the best help in all of the village.
A super nice guy with a brand new 4x4 truck.

Roldolfo (“Rolo”) was great - he didn’t hesitate and acted quickly.
Immediately, he gathered his family, packed up the truck,
and was on the scene just a couple minutes after Matt got back.

Matt had struck a deal with Rolo to drive Scott and his bike to San Juanico,
where we hoped to find some helpful gringos.
That was the initial plan.

However, after seeing the beautiful truck and sensing an ideal opportunity,
we all pushed Rolo rather hard to consider taking Scott all the way to La Paz.
After all, he already had his wife and his daughter in the truck with him.
Scott was certain he had broken something and he REALLY wanted to go to La Paz.
Rolo agreed.

With Scott safely ensconced in the truck, chatting with Rolo’s wife,
The guys helped Rolo load the SE.
The SE was running, but Matt said the steering was out of whack
and the rear brake didn’t work.

Because Rolo was so nice, and had his family along,
we felt Scott was in good hands.
Had it been just a guy and his buddies, there’s no way we would have sent Scott off with strangers.
But, we felt these were kind people and would take care of him.

Still, it was so difficult to watch them drive away.

I had really thought we were going to be meeting Scott in San Juanico.
The plan had changed so quickly, I don’t think it registered right away.

Right here, it dawned on me.
Oh crap, he’s going on a 7 hour drive
and we don’t know when we’re going to see him next.

We were going to be traveling on the same road for a while,
but the bikes were much faster.
Until Bartek got a flat, that is.

As the guys were working on his tire,
Matt discovered that Bartek’s spare tube (the only one),
was a patched front tube.
Wait, 2500 miles in dirt and that’s your spare?

(K- word!)

When he heard Rolo’s truck approaching, Matt stopped them and hijacked Scott’s extra tubes.
A brand new front and rear.
Thanks, Scott!

I didn’t get a photo of the exchange because I was holding down Bartek’s bike.
(eventually, matt piled some rocks on the back)

We were all pretty frazzled by the whole experience
and after this flat everyone was spent.
Guess the adrenaline wore off.


Bartek - 1
Scott - 0
M + K - 1

When we got to San Juanico/Scorpion Bay, we tried to go out to the point and get a cabana.
Matt had been there in the past and said it was a gringo surfer hangout.
Not anymore.

When we pulled up, the building was dark and deserted-looking.
There was a small group of young Mexican guys hanging out.
They were friendly enough, but a few were pretty thuggish.
We got a really weird vibe and wanted to get the hell out of there.

They told us where to find gas and said we should to go to Lupita’s and get a room.
One guy offered to show us the way, which normally would seem friendly, but something was wrong.
We declined.

The hairs on the backs of our necks were standing up and we just wanted to get gas and leave.

No luck here.

But we did find gas further in town.

Matt was ready to ride to La Purisma, then on to Loreto.
But Bartek really needed some food.
We found a taco stand.

Added 8 tacos to the tally (Matt also had a hamburgesa)

Even after eating, we were zonked.
All we could think about was Scott.
Maybe riding 115 more miles of the course was a bad idea.

The super nice guy at the taco stand suggested the hotel across the street.
Wait, there’s a hotel across the street?
We hadn’t even seen a sign!

Just as we were preparing to walk over there,
the “friendly” guy from Scorpion Bay drove up.
He had been driving around, looking for us, and asked if we were going to Lupita’s.
He really wanted to know what our plans were.
It was creepy.
Bartek told him we were going to Loreto, knowing full well we were simply crossing the road.
The guy seemed disappointed and drove off.

We got a room at the gringo-run hotel and called it a night.

We tossed and turned, worrying about our friend.
Nobody slept well that night.
Especially Scott.

Hey, Goggles - next time you want to add some excitement to a ride,
just lose your wallet or something, OK??

Get well, soon!

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Old 03-06-2013, 07:44 PM   #124
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Haha, sion - you get this year's Pain and Tension (paying attention) award!!

whooohooo....I'm well and truly honored by this great award....I just hope I can live up to the expectations of the awards committee

thanks Kelly

man, I can't wait til next year...I'm doing Baja in April of 2014...a Wan report in Baja is good therapy to help me wait.
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Old 03-06-2013, 07:48 PM   #125
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Glad I am not too late. I would have been hella freaking out when the guys were missing.
Love the architecture shots!
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Old 03-06-2013, 08:04 PM   #126
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Dang. I HATE it when pain happens. Thoughts go out to Scott, hope the healing goes well and fast.

Originally Posted by LittleWan View Post
When we got to San Juanico/Scorpion Bay, we tried to go out to the point and get a cabana.
Matt had been there in the past and said it was a gringo surfer hangout.
Not anymore.

When we pulled up, the building was dark and deserted-looking.
There was a small group of young Mexican guys hanging out.
They were friendly enough, but a few were pretty thuggish.
We got a really weird vibe and wanted to get the hell out of there.

Yeah, we got that same vibe when we stopped we were interrupting something and then being sized up...

Like you, we got "the hell out of there" and didn't look back.
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Old 03-06-2013, 09:10 PM   #127
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scott, hope you'll be ok; heal quickly. we're enjoying this rr and we're going to miss you.

yeah, kelly i felt the same way too. thanks for sharing it, it reminds us that adventure riding is not all fun and experience. there are setbacks, we are all vulnerable and will get hurt regardless we're careful or not.
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Old 03-06-2013, 10:40 PM   #128
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UGG Get well soon Scott !

The nice people of Baja made a really bad situation alot better than it could have been.
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Old 03-06-2013, 11:25 PM   #129
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Scott, sorry to hear about your get off...all of us hope you heal quickly!

LW, brilliant RR, thanks for sharing.
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Old 03-06-2013, 11:47 PM   #130
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Hi Kelly and Matt,
Really enjoy your write up !
I wish your friend recover quickly!

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Old 03-06-2013, 11:49 PM   #131
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Killer ride from Gonzaga to Coco's....truly . I salute you four for doing that on big bikes

That salt flat road to San Juanico has very greasy spots, for sure......but the silt can get a guy, too.... if you take the high road:

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Old 03-07-2013, 12:07 AM   #132
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Wow I gotta get insomnia more often! A Wan ride with familiar faces in Baja! Jeeze sorry to hear about your dirt nap Scott, no bueno :(
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Old 03-07-2013, 07:07 AM   #133
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Wow, quite the chapter there...

Heal quickly Scott, bummer way to end the ride for you. Good for you Scott for treating the little kids. It's the little things in life sometimes that mean so much to someone in their future.
Great RR Kelly. Ride on.
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Old 03-07-2013, 09:03 AM   #134
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Holy crap. I hope Scott is OK.

Originally Posted by LittleWan View Post

One second you’re King of the World,
the next second you’re a rag doll wearing a backpack.

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Old 03-07-2013, 10:04 AM   #135
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My prayers to Scott

I am very sorry for the freak accident. My prayers that it will be a speedy recovery.
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