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Old 02-04-2014, 07:58 PM   #106
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Hi Thomas and Sandra!

Great report so far...waiting for more!!

Hope to have more beers and chat with you guys when you return to the states!!


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Old 02-06-2014, 02:00 AM   #107
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Hi Curtis, well we still have maintanance and some repairs to do when we come back, so we will be in ABQ for at least 2-3 days. We will definitivly let you know. Cheers Thomas

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Hi Mondo-Hondo(was it Roger?), we enjoyed meeting you aswell. I´m gonna be watching your report too to see how your trip went. Cheers Thomas

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Hi you others, for the shock repair and the cigar - I felt exactly the same.
On the other hand it was not quit as bad as it looks. The cigar was not burning anymore and I was standing next to him watching that no ash fell onto the shock parts.
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Old 02-06-2014, 02:22 AM   #108
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So we turned around and backtracked into the plain where we found a track in the direction to the normal gravel road that passes Coco´s and on to Bahia de Los Angeles.


I don´t know how Sandra made it between those rocks.



On the way back to the gravel road.





After Sandra explained to Coco where we tried to go in the morning he said we were crazy to even try.



Sandra with Coco.





Since it was in the afternoon already we only made a short stop at Coco´s to say hello, have a short chat, and then rushed on to reach Bahia in daylight.
Only 2 miles before we reached the tarmac I saw a Mercedes G-Wagon standing a couple of meters beside the track. The hood was open and the guy had his hands down on the engine. A couple of moments later I thought I could have asked if they needed help and then turned around. The world is a small place. It turned out that it was a swiss couple from a village almost next to the one we live in. They had a sudden loss of oil pressure and he was looking for the problem but couldn´t find anything quickly. He needed a place to take more apart. I asked if we should organize a tow truck for them. They were happy about that offer and we drove off. (We got a mail from them latter that the truck was by them only 2 hours after we had left.)
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Old 02-06-2014, 05:42 AM   #109
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A small world indeed.

Cool pic of Coco the map maker. Bet he describes the lay of the land often.

Like Coco's washing machine fire-pit tub. Many hippies did that in the '70s. Works good!

Thanks for the up-date.
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Old 02-07-2014, 08:24 AM   #110
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Because of the stop at the swiss couple and the time we needed to find a tow truck it was getting dark before we reached Bahia de Los Angeles. I hate this. The lights of the 640s are as good as about 2 candles so you are more guessing where to go than seeing anything. Of course there was a cow on the road that I almost hit. (Ok, I was just playing with the GPS and spotted it very late.) We finally made it and were just unloading at a hotel when I heard some bikes on the road. It was the two guys we had met and talked to in Gonzaga in the morning. We had a nice dinner and breakfast with them and they were the only other bikers we really met the whole trip.


The next morning we set out to try another track from the E32 map. I asked Sandra to look at the rating before picking one. She didn´t want an “easy” one but found a “moderate” one on the way to San Fransisquito. Ok, let´s try it. That was where we wanted to go anyway.
We headed south on a gravel road for some time before we found ourselves on a track with a couple of old tire marks and one fairly new bike track. It was a nice ride, too narrow for a 4 wheeler. A lot of it was sand some of it with whoops that kept you from going fast enough for the sand. That made it a bit exhausting because you had to struggle with the bike to keep your line. We had a couple of “let´s lay down for a minute” because some corners were so narrow that your speed was too slow and the front wheel just dug into the sand and you went down, but nothing tragic. When we came closer to the mountains the sand disappeared and we were on the rocks again.









Going through some amazing landscape.








And then we turned off onto the downloaded track.


It was a really scenic ride the whole day.




Although it wasn´t a day with many miles it was getting late and we were glad when we reached the gravel road that lead to San Fransisquito and we could speed up a bit. We were just hoping there was some kind of accommodation there and some food (we had no info about that) for it was too late to go any further.
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Old 02-07-2014, 08:56 AM   #111
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love the pictures! i have never ridden in Baja, looks like fun!
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Old 02-08-2014, 07:33 AM   #112
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Old 02-08-2014, 11:14 AM   #113
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I'm in. We were just in Baja on our bikes. Your Baja section is bringing back the memories. Looking forward to the rest of the report...
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Old 02-10-2014, 09:57 AM   #114
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By the time we reached San Fransisquito it was almost dark and a strong wind was blowing. I stopped at a house where a guy was just stepping out the door and asked him if there was some kind of accommodation around. I was really glad when he said he had a cabana for us. I was tired and didn´t want to set up a tent in this wind. He told us to have a drink in the restaurant until the room was ready. We were exhausted that day and the first two beers went in very fast. Then we unloaded the bikes and put everything into the basic room with no door but a woolen blanket hanging in the door frame and 3 additional woolen blankets on each bed. We were the only guests that evening but they set up a table and two chairs for us in the restaurant and made us some delicious fish tacos that went well with some more beer. We went to bed early that night and slept very well under our 4 blankets although the wind was howling.

Our room


Sitting alone in the restaurant


The cabana in the morning.

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Old 02-10-2014, 10:06 AM   #115
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Did you guys get to meet Howard?
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Old 02-10-2014, 11:08 AM   #116
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We woke up the next morning to another sunny day. But then bad luck was with us again. There was oil under Sandra´s bike. During a short inspection I found a small crack in the side case. During one of Sandra´s offs a rock must have somehow found its way through the narrow space to that place in the side case and caused a crack there. Almost unbelievable. We decided to go on and watch it as it wasn´t leaking too bad.




We left San Fransisquito early in the morning on a good gravel road with fast driving. In between we somehow took a short cut which was much narrower and washed out in parts but landed on the main route later again. After about two hours of riding we past a ranch that had a restaurant and stopped for a good breakfast. The oil was dripping a bit from Sandra´s bashplate and we decided to go to Guerero Negro for the night just in case I needed something for a repair. I did have something to patch it but it was a couple of years old and I didn´t know if it was still good and Guerero Negro is a bigger town with some shops where we maybe could get something else.



Getting more narrow.


Some salt lake on the way.



When we reached the town we checked into a hotel and went for walk and shopping for drinks and diner and waited for the engine with the crack to cool down. Later I went to work. Scratched the paint off the case, roughened and cleaned it, and patched the crack with something like JB weld. Now it had the night to harden.

Crack ready for the patch.

And the patch.
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Old 02-10-2014, 07:29 PM   #117
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Hi Mondo-Hondo(was it Roger?), we enjoyed meeting you aswell. I´m gonna be watching your report too to see how your trip went. Cheers Thomas
I'm Wiley, the one on the 990 in your photo of us. Looking forward to more. Hope your epoxy repair holds.
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Old 02-12-2014, 01:06 AM   #118
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Thanks everyone for your replies. Nice to know someone is reading this. Hope you enjoy it.
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Sorry Wiley, I got it messed up. So Roger was the other one? Right?

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Hi Toanq, how would Howard be?

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The next morning the patch looked good, but it still wasn´t our lucky day. We packed up and went to fill our tanks. Coming back to the bikes after paying I discovered this.



No, not again. I just couldn´t believe it. It was the shock again. We decided to stick to our plan and see how it went. We had a pretty uneventful ride on tarmac and fast gravel to Bahia de Tortugas. The shock stopped leaking after we got going but it would come back on us later that was for sure.

On the way to Tortugas.


The bay of Tortugas.


Along the sea the next morning.



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Old 02-12-2014, 12:47 PM   #119
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Nice pics, sorry you had some bike problems.
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Old 02-12-2014, 12:53 PM   #120
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Enjoying your report and your pics. Hope the bike troubles work out.
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