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Old 10-18-2013, 05:19 PM   #1
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No plan - just head Baja solo on CRF250L

I took 3 months off work and decided I need to go on a trip. I moved out of my apartment in San Francisco (well, I am subletting it) and put everything into storage.

It's an open ended trip. I have some GPS tracks my friend and inmate Paul (justpaul) hooked me up with. (From http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=922187)

They outline some 20 odd days of off roading all they way down to the southern tip of Baja along the eastern coast and then back up the west side. But who knows, maybe I'll just keep going south... :-)

I'm leaving tomorrow, out of the Los Angeles area (Thousand Oaks). First stop, my sister's place in San Diego.

My 250L is super ghetto. Stock suspension, stock tires. But I don't care. I just want to ride.



Here's my tools.


Here's my camping gear


My suit, and electronics (taking a cheap ARM samsung chromebook laptop, garmin GPSMAP 62st, android tablet [why not :-)], kindle touch)


Here's me at my mom's house today, getting ready to go!


Here's my bike all packed up and ready to go

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Old 10-18-2013, 05:53 PM   #2
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21 days exploring Baja
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Old 10-18-2013, 06:02 PM   #3
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Good for you A trip you will remember forever. Avoid riding after dark if possible & have fun That Honda should take you anywhere you want to go.
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Old 10-18-2013, 06:32 PM   #4
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3 months? why stop at the end of baja?
bring all your paperwork and head on to Mazatlan and south beyond.
the road doesn't end until Panama.
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Old 10-18-2013, 06:42 PM   #5
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Old 10-18-2013, 07:41 PM   #6
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Old 10-18-2013, 08:44 PM   #7
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Bring it! Looking forward to following along. If you have any questions, just ask. No shortage of "experts" around here.
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Old 10-18-2013, 08:51 PM   #8
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I am in San Felipe now Going south, I'll be following along, maybe cross tracks somewhere...
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Old 10-18-2013, 08:58 PM   #9
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Good luck!! I am looking forward to the story. DD
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Old 10-18-2013, 08:59 PM   #10
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Old 10-18-2013, 09:01 PM   #11
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Sounds great Kyle, I'm so jealous! Looking forward to lots of pics! How's your spanish?
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Old 10-19-2013, 09:48 AM   #12
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Whose that guy in the picture?

Hi Kyle,

Mike Z here. I just about fell out of my seat when I saw this post with a guy in a picture I didn't recognize. HaHa. Last time I saw you (over a year ago) you looked like Jesus. Paul told me you were going on a trip.

Thats a cute bike but but it will get you anywhere and give you lots of options and should be easy to maintain. Best of luck on your journey and will be watching this report.

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Old 10-19-2013, 10:15 AM   #13
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Hi Kyle,

Mike Z here. I just about fell out of my seat when I saw this post with a guy in a picture I didn't recognize. HaHa. Last time I saw you (over a year ago) you looked like Jesus.
Same here!
Hi from Kelly and Matt (Mendo rally)

zeegman - 2nd from the left, Kyle on the far right



Matt said he ran into your roommate while riding at Carnegie, so we had heard you had cut your hair...
3 months off - - have a great time!!

ˇBuen viaje!
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Old 10-21-2013, 07:31 PM   #14
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Holy crap. That was a long day. So I don't think I'm going to try and follow Scott's tracks any more. Especially knowing what's in store for tomorrow, something called mines road.

I made it into San Felipe just as it was getting dark. It took that long :-0

I fell down in the sand 3 times today, all when going too slow. I haven't ridden in sand before. Baja is a good teacher...

With my stupid camping gear, I can't lift it up, so I had to take off all the gear and lift it up. Maybe I should have just foregone all the camping gear and planned on staying in hotels.

Baja is INSANE. And my 250 is such a little put.

But Mexico is very interesting :-) Time to go get a drink..



changing my tires in San Diego


Learning to ride in sand


very cool and refreshing water crossings


This was my favorite section
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Old 10-21-2013, 07:45 PM   #15
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