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Old 10-25-2013, 11:25 AM   #31
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VERY cool!
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Old 10-25-2013, 12:27 PM   #32
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In San Ignacio. Will upload pics later. Having a blast. Need to get a beer first!

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Old 10-25-2013, 02:41 PM   #33
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Leaving San Felipe... thinking cool! Getting the hang of riding on the sand! No.


Ran into barbed wire.


Just a few minutes later, fell trying to dodge a tree


Then after a long sandy section (which I was ROCKING) I got cocky on the wet gook sand and slipped out and tweaked my knee a little (it got caught somehow on the front handlebars when I fell)


Had to bend this guy back, thank god for honda steel :-)


Really fun riding through this section


The food at Alfonsinas was AMAZING


Too cheap to stay there though, so camped across the way


Beautiful view at my campsite
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Old 10-25-2013, 02:57 PM   #34
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Woke up early and packed everything up and had some Huevos Rancheros across the way and was ready to GO! No problemo, si?

No.


I noticed after a whoop that my rack was whooping extra. Here's why:


So I limp along to Coco's corner.


That guy is the best. He helps me rig up a trail fix. Drilling a hole through some steel and then going to attach it with wire and a rusty ass bolt he happens to have.


Arrive safely at Bahia de Los Angeles, just happy that my luggage situation hasn't wrecked my trip yet. I realized I had brought way too much fucking shit. 4 pairs of underwear. Is this why there is underwear hanging up everywhere at Coco's?


I find a nice campsite. Archeon I think it was called. Just a beautiful spot.


Tons of birds making a ruckus and providing entertainment for me. Chat with passersby who tell me about the ol' days of baja before yall had paved roads.


Obligatory selfshot


Get my rack welded on in the morning and head out to Francisquito!
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Old 10-25-2013, 02:57 PM   #35
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Gotta love Gonzaga, or is it Gazongas.
Is Alphonsinas still trying to charge $60 or $70 for a room?
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Old 10-25-2013, 03:05 PM   #36
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A super leisurely ride today

Vista


Lots of just coasting down roads like these, listening to music


I arrive at San Francisquito! And fall while looking at my GPS. Luckily I don't care that much, now that I have mastered the technique of picking it up without needing to take off the luggage :-)


3 planes landed just after I arrived. I asked them about their habits. They said that there are more expensive hobbies. Those guys burn 55 gals of gas in a day, easy :-) I wonder what they think is more expensive. Still, that seems like the way to see Baja, that must be glorious.


The poor place is pretty run down, but there's a family living there that provides cold beer and food, and coffee in the morning :-)


This dog hangs out by my tent while I take an afternoon beer nap


My camp
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Old 10-25-2013, 03:12 PM   #37
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Then after a long sandy section (which I was ROCKING) I got cocky on the wet gook sand and slipped out and tweaked my knee a little (it got caught somehow on the front handlebars when I fell)
Haha, matt always says, "keep the cocky in the pocket!"

(but then again, he's married )


Looks like you're having a great time!! San Francisquito

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Old 10-25-2013, 03:15 PM   #38
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Okay, finally caught up to today. I woke up earlier than ever today and headed out


More music heading down nice flats like these


Was really enjoying the vegetation and the morning poop I had right next to these


Came across a ton of vultures on the trail and realized why. It looked like this poor guy had dysentery.


The trail got super rocky and sandy alternating between small white rocks, washes, big black rocks, and deep red sand, and going over white sand washes. I ALMOST fell today but strained my back a little lifting a half-fallen stopped bike just so that I could say I didn't drop it today :-)


Pretty challenging riding with my huge rear rack.


more roadkill


Arrive in San Ignacio, which is an OASIS!!! Seriously this place is amazing. The room I have is wonderful, the town is great. I had 3 beers and some freaking amazing tacos for like $4 and then some awesome ice cream and stumble back to this great room and write my reports. So many palmas


The mission.

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Old 10-25-2013, 04:38 PM   #39
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I've been in La Paz for two years now. Let's get together. I live right behind a motorcycle shop and we can drink some beers.

Very glad to hear that Coco is okay.
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Old 10-25-2013, 05:29 PM   #40
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You ride sand like I do ----Someone told me to make sand my favorite so I roll around in it a lot.

Keep the stories and pictures coming, they're great.
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Old 10-26-2013, 12:41 PM   #41
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Is Alphonsinas still trying to charge $60 or $70 for a room?
yup.. think it was $60

Mikes is more now... $75 but includes steak dinner and breakfast
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Old 10-27-2013, 07:53 AM   #42
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San juanico. Is the best. My rear subframe is sagging and I think I will be proactive about reinforcing it. Pics and stuff to come later!

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Old 10-27-2013, 10:15 AM   #43
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Hi Kyle,
Nice solo ride. Baja is amaizing.
On my last trip I had a 2gal Rotopax that cause to brake my subframe.






$30 later I was ready to roll

Have a safe trip,
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Old 10-27-2013, 10:52 AM   #44
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"Broken down" in San Juanico

This place is just great. I don't mind taking a break. It's domingo (sunday), so I'm waiting until tomorrow to try to get the subframe fixed. Got a $300 peso hotel to store everything and just enjoying the day now

learning a little spanish...



The road to the laguna ignacio started washing out here. Tons of guys were out working on the road at various points.


More road work


Made it out to the coast. Where be the whales? There was a small fishing town right after this where I got a midday corona to cool me down. It was hot out!


Riding through the lagoon, tons of flats like this and then small sections riding through dunes and then back to more flats, for miles and miles and miles. tons of fun.


It gets a little wet (and I almost fall while trying to take a picture while riding, slippery when wet!)


Riding full throttle through the long "north road" to san Juanico. This road is pretty well groomed, and I was able to go full speed (only 55-60 mph according to the speedo!) and this is probably how my subframe sort of cracked and went limp... we'll see tomorrow


Agua! There was a cool little oasis town


El Burro


A lot of tequila bottles


My subframe sagged and left the turn signal right in the exhaust, which got hot going through the lagoon sands full throttle. thank god that plastic didn't go up in flames and cause my gas tank to explode :-)


made some friends by the corner store and drank some beers with the locals and local gringos. learned that the airport was closed because of drugs apparently.


dinner. perfecto sabroso rico


tons of fishing here


camped right on the beach. totally free


people are riding up and down the beach on their quads
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Old 10-27-2013, 05:48 PM   #45
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I always scan through this section for Baja reports first. Thank you for sharing your trip with us. I appreciate the fact that it's heavier on pics than text - I should learn something from you. Did you pass through El Datil on your way down the coast from San Ignacio to San Juanico? I'm interested in hearing your impressions of that place.
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