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Old 02-12-2015, 07:45 AM   #1
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Once More Unto The Baja, or...

...Who Has The Current Total On The Taco Count?

Hmm, this post needs music.


Getting close, 6 days, 7 hours, etc as of this post; and counting down.



This all started with a thread in Trip Planning to see who else wanted to go ride tacos and eat sand. We ended up with 2 inmates from Pennsylvania that are driving to our place to get aboard.

Participants for this round of nonsense:
  • Muddyrabbit (Me), on a 2013 Tiger 800-XC
  • Mala Bunny (Spousal Unit), on a KTM 690-SSAT

  • BK575, (Nutter #1 from Philly area), on a KTM 950 Adventure
  • John861 (Nutter #2 from Erie), On a KTM 690 Enduro
  • Steveoch (Old Nutter from behind the Lentil Curtain), on another KTM 690 Enduro
Hmmm, seems like I brought a box of biscuits to an orange kool aid party....


Rough plan:
BK575 and John861 are driving to our place on Wednesday the 16th from their respective homes in PA. Our bikes will already be loaded on the USS Ronald Reagan, err, I mean, my sensibly sized truck.


When they get here we load, and as soon as my wife gets home from work, go. SHOULD be rolling by 6pm, COULD be rolling by 5:30pm, but reality has a way of creaping in at the last moment, so I'll be happy with rolling by 7pm.

Steveoch lives in some weird place called California, and plans to meet us at the border so he has riding companions. B

Big cab on the truck means room to stretch out and rest in the back seat, which allows us to switch drivers and keep rolling. If we can average 60mph with stops, we could theoretically be in Yuma in 37 hours, or 6am local time Friday in Yuma... Once again reality tends to be different, so I am thinking realistically before noon on Friday would be just peachy.

From there we store the truck and ride over the border, at which point this becomes to trips. Mala Bunny and I are doing more of a road trip, the most serious off pavement action will probably be the road from BOLA to Punta San Francisquito, then out to Hwy 1 the next day. We plan to visit Santa Rosalia for a couple of days, then back to G.N. for whale watching with Shari Bondy, roll up the coast and check out Ensenada for a few days, and finish with a couple nights sleeping in a palapa at Kiki's in San Felipe. Historically our route plan goes out the window the first time we fall in love with a particular beach though..

Meanwhile the Tres Nutters plan to be off road as much as possible, and see where the trail takes them each night. We plan to all meet in San Felipe sometime on Thursday March 5th, and roll north for the border together early on March 6th.

Some interesting things that have happened since we started planning this trip:
  • I told the Nutters from PA to make sure they get their Mexican tourist visa by mail through Baja Travel Club to avoid doing it at the border. Then my lovely wife procrastinated about getting her passport renewed until THE LAST MINUTE, so now we are doing ours at the border. I love you SOOO much Dear...
  • Mala was supposed to riding her venerable Honda NX650 Dominator, then someone slipped her some orange kool aid and we decided to buy her a 690 Enduro and build it into a lightweight ADV Tourer for her. You can check out the build HERE. So the bike has had a VERY short shakedown ride since assembly. What could go wrong? Seriously, when you look at this pic it seems like a GREAT idea, right?


The highlight of our trip is a very special planned stop at the orphanage supported by the Malcolm Smith Motorsports Foundation. At our annual No Tuckin' Furkey Day party we passed a basket and took donations for the orphanage, plus a few ADV Inmates mailed contributions. Staff from the orphanage have welcomed us to stop in and visit, they also said we could hit a candy store to bring a treat for the kids. Like many other riders, Baja has become very special to us, and we wanted to give something back. Please check out the link and if the spirit moves you, make a donation via paypal.



Muddyrabbit & Mala Bunny's Spotwalla feed is here.



The actual ride report starts on page 5.

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Old 02-12-2015, 09:39 AM   #2
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Looks like you are in for a awesome trip. Have fun, be safe and eat some tacos!!!

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Old 02-12-2015, 06:43 PM   #3
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Exciting Trip!

Sounds like you've signed up for a great trip! Enjoy the scenery and food. Post a bunch of pictures.
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Old 02-13-2015, 08:28 AM   #4
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Translation "Once more into the lower"
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Old 02-14-2015, 06:05 PM   #5
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4 days to go before we depart. It's snowing like mad outside, the high tomorrow will be 0deg Fahrenheit, not factoring wind chill, and I am supposed to load the bikes...
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Old 02-14-2015, 07:51 PM   #6
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What's snow?
Ha ha just kidding.
Excited to read about your trip!
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Old 02-14-2015, 08:25 PM   #7
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What's snow?
Ha ha just kidding.
Excited to read about your trip!
Why don't you meet us in San Felipe or Yuma? You can visit the half of your 690 that is now bolted to Mala's 690!
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Old 02-14-2015, 08:27 PM   #8
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Also the next clown from behind the Lentil Curtain that makes a crack about snow is going to find out that I can haul 4 bikes and enough snow to fill his car on this truck.
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Old 02-14-2015, 09:24 PM   #9
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Why don't you meet us in San Felipe or Yuma? You can visit the half of your 690 that is now bolted to Mala's 690!
Man its tempting....

If I can't come make sure to eat an extra 6 or 7 tacos for me!
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Old 02-15-2015, 02:57 PM   #10
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Why on earth would anyone drive all the way from Ohio to Baja just to go ride?




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Old 02-16-2015, 08:29 AM   #11
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-24 degrees this morning. Is it Baja yet?
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Old 02-16-2015, 10:57 AM   #12
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Its going to be 84 here in Yuma. I think our winter is long over.
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Old 02-16-2015, 09:51 PM   #13
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Old 02-18-2015, 05:37 AM   #14
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Departure day is upon us!

Oh good, it's snowing again. I was very worried that it would not snow anymore before we leave.


Our bikes are loaded and packed, and the guys from PA are driving in. They should be here at about 3:30 & 5:30 respectively.

One of the advantages of wood sides on the truck is the ability to deck screw 2x4 wheel chocks and bike rails down:

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Old 02-18-2015, 04:06 PM   #15
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We are officially on our way!! Yay!

Cuz screw this fuooucking cold weather!!!

San Filipe here we come...
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