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Old 11-19-2013, 08:20 PM   #16
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Very nice....

Sorry for the lost of your buddy
What a great reports
I love Baja story
Keep it coming please
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Old 11-19-2013, 09:09 PM   #17
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The rest of the fuel story

Well, I better finish off the 'fuel empty airplane' story so that I can get back to this trip report. Here it is.

We secured the plane, and the first car that came along was a ’68 Ford station wagon. A man and his wife and 3 kids were in the seats. We got to ride in the back. We were happy to not be walking. Once into town we got a hotel room right on the corner of the town square. There was nothing that we could do that night. We had dinner and some beers and watched the girls parade around the park till we went to bed.

I was the only one of us that could speak any Spanish, and that wasn’t much. Today was Sunday. We found out the night before where the Company boss’s house was. It was a mansion up on the hill. We didn’t figure that 'being Sunday' was going to help any. Somehow we made an appointment to talk with him. Any authorization to get Co Av gas would have to come from him.

We walked up to his house at the appointed time. 10am if I remember right. It was very formal. We had to wait a short time. El Jefe was in his finest white suit. The butler escorted us in, and we were invited to have tea. All this was in Spanish. I can ask for direction, food, beer or most anything to do with traveling in Spanish, but I was pretty poor with small talk.

El Jefe was very polite. He kept us away from the subject that we wanted to talk about for about 15 minutes of very uncomfortable idle chatter. Finally we got on the subject of Av gas. I found it uncomfortable that we were dumb enough to let ourselves run out of gas.

After 20 minute, El Jefe let us off the hook and began speaking English fluently to us. He’d been having a good time at our expense. I have to admit that we deserved it.

Sure enough he authorized 10 gallon of gas for us out of the company warehouse. He even loaned us gas cans from the warehouse, and had a pickup run us up to the plane. We couldn’t have hoped for more. We got off the ground , and made the trip home that Sunday, and to work on Monday just like nothing had happened....albeit a little smarter.

.....OK now back to my trip report....

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Old 11-19-2013, 09:23 PM   #18
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Thankyou, Scubalong, for the feedback. If you really like Baja stories, here's how it was back in the beginning when it started officially in 1967. BTW, OMB ran that race with a VW based dune buggy that he'd put a 90hp Volvo engine in.


http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=297667

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Old 11-20-2013, 11:32 AM   #19
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Continuing on...

I began Friday by travelling east still looking for where the race crossed HWY 3. It turned out to be only a few miles from the road to San Felipe (HWY 5). Here's the scene looking west from just south of HWY 3.

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I pulled off the road and spotted some gringos nearby, so I walked over with hope of getting some scuttlebutt about what had happened so far.

These guys were great...

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That's Trevor on the right and Jeff in the middle. Sorry, but I can't remember the guys name on the left except he has a Small KTM bike shop/dealership in Oregon.

Anyway, Trevor and Jeff had run a 450cc Honda off the starting line, and then Jeff took over and ran the second section. Jeff handed the bike off to a third rider who handed the bike off to a fourth rider to do the Laguna Salada run down to this road crossing.

All had been going as it was planned back in Oregon until the Laguna Salada dry lake piece. First it was an odd noise and then the engine seized tighter than a nun's knickers. Just like that, in an eye's blink, their race was over.

They'd gotten word just a few minutes before I got there. They had enough time to regain their composure, but it was clear that their heart's had taken a big hit.

In the old says of the 60s and 70s they'd have had to wait for hours till a rider came in with a 'Stuck Stub'. A tablet and pencil was issued to every driver so that you could write a message and give it to a passing racer, and hope that they would remember to hand it off at a check point. That was how communications happened back then.

.....but today the stricken rider got out his I-tablet, and communicated his situation to the team folks back in Oregon, and then that was passed to all the pit crews wherever they were in Baja. Probably took all of 5 minute to decide where they were exactly, and get a nearby pit crew underway for the rescue. Ah,.....it's a wonderful world that we live in.

I bullshited with the boys for a half hour or so. I could see in that short time their moods went from despair to what they could do better next time. I predict a bright racing future for these guys.

While I was there, a few bikes came thru. Anyone coming thru there now was at least a couple hour off their proper times. The first bikes came thru at around 3am. This was not much of a spectator spot, so I decided to move on down the road.

Old Man Buds 3 boys were going to be down south of San Felipe about 30 miles where they have beach houses. They usually have a big group that go out to the race course nearby and party while the race passes by. I decided to go there. It was only about 65 miles away.

On the way south to SF... Notice that slash of clear sky just over the mtns. It had gotten ahead of me in a southern direction as the clouds moved east.

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I gassed up in SF. I have a nearly 200 mile range, but it's a good idea to get gas when it's available. I continued south along the beach....some of the shrimp fleet was anchored off shore.

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These are working boats, and have passed the tests of time.

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I chased that slash of clear sky south, and I was gaining on it.

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I stopped at the boy's beach houses, and their plans to watch the race weren't going to materialize till 2 or 3 that afternoon, so I decided to go have breakfast at the one of the several cafes that have popped up there across from Campo Virgel.

While I ate I developed a new plan. Instead of waiting till the 4 wheeler came thru here at 3pm, I'd ride back to Valle De Trinidad and catch the first bike coming back thru on the way to Ensenada. They were due in there around 2 to 3 pm.

A headwind had been picking up as I rode south, but now I was reaping the benefit as I went back north along the Mtn.

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There's the fishing fleet again as I approach San Felipe harbor.

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I blasted thru town and back toward VT. That's Diablo Dry Lake out there showing some dust from traffic. Races have often gone across there at speeds report to be 130mph, but not this time.

Those Mtn peaks are at 10000+ ft and the dry lake is at 50 ft so that's one of the worlds tallest rises from the base around it. The Mexican Observatory is on one of them.

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I'm approaching San Matias pass at H on the map. There's 5 miles of great twisties there, but today there was a wind from the west really gusting thru the pass. It made riding not so Good.

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I had almost no traffic going my way, but I'd never seen so much traffic going east, as all the spectators and pit vehicles scramble to get where they wanted to be.....and as you might suspect, under these conditions, everybody is a racer. Caution is the word of the day.

I pulled into VT for gas. The gas station was lined up many cars deep, but there were 3 motos getting fuel on one side of the pump. I pulled into that group looking like I belonged with them, and got my gas without a bunch of waiting.

Those three bikes had an interesting story. I asked them where they were headed, thinking they were here to watch the race. Nope the race was a lucky happenstance to them. they were on their way to Cabo and had 2 or 3 weeks or....to get to know the Baja way.

We all pulled over to the event taco stand for a BS session.

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[left to right] Andy, Tyler, and Matt........We talked maps and how they had come to find themselves in this situation.

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Tyler and Matt had a fast food fish place up north...they'd started out together in a catering truck, and now had the fish place. Tyler had been a chef at nice restaurants, and now was having the time of his life in the less posh food business.

Andy had an interesting story as well. He was a union organizer currently dealing with the under represented nurses situation. He had also decided to come on this trip with the boys instead of taking a vacation with his girl friend. We all got a chuckle out of that for rest of our time together.

They wanted to go to Mikes Sky ranch to see Mike's and watch the race, but were nervous about going backwards on the course, and wondered if I knew the way in from the Simpsons Ranch side. So I told them what I knew about my trip thru there 20 years ago. Who knows what that roads like now.

In no time at all, Matt had an internet map of that route on his touch phone. I don't know how they do that. It's that 'wonderful world' thing again, I reckon.

The boys had done a lot of googling on the net, and had heard about the cliff road north out of VT. They wanted to see that, so I offered to show them where it was and lead them up it.

I've been up it many times, but the last time was maybe the late '70. It was a good deal rougher than I'd remembered. It's only a 1/2 mile long, and when we got near the top I found a wide spot in the road to tell them that that was all there was.

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It was about 12:30 now. The boys walked some of the course, and climbs boulder, while deciding what to do next.

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I new that I'd found my place to watch the race, and spend the night. The boy didn't want to abandon me, but I knew this was going to be much more boring than a ride up to Mike's Sky Ranch, so I told them as much, and they took off for Mikes. Three nice guys. I enjoyed my time with them.

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I set up camp and made myself some afternoon coffee...it was prolly 1:30 now.

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Figuring that the bikes would average 50mph, meant that they could be here as early as 2pm. I gathered some firewood and prepared for another long night. I played with the camera and waited.....looking back at Valle De Trinidad.
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At 2:35 the first bike came thru. It was the team of, now decease, Kurt Casselli that had the lead by only a couple minutes over Udahl's team. Then the next bike didn't come thru until 2 hrs later. There were only 5 bike that came thru in the day light, and maybe a total of 10 by the time that I went to bed at 7pm. I couldn't wait for the lead Trophy Trucks to come thru at midnight.

Here's a corney little video that I put together of my spectating that night and the next morning. I can't embed it so you'll have to click the link.

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Old 11-20-2013, 02:20 PM   #20
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Thanks, Torags. Ha ha, can you believe anyone being that stupid???
Hehe "anyone being that stupid???" yeah me, but I haven't done the plane thing - that was hilarious. Great being invincible wasn't it?

I did my last hurrah... going cross country to bikeweek in 56 hours at 70 yrs old.

But I'm doing my last hurrah again @ 75 yrs old this coming March

BTW who said us old dogs can't chase the car...

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Old 11-20-2013, 03:25 PM   #21
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Running out of fuel in Baja. Holy crap! But funny thing is, is that it still happens. Late in the afternoon this last friday (the day before the race), Eddie Herbst decided to take a chopper (Robinson R-44) down the pacific side to do a last minuet scout. We got a phone call from him out in the parking lot at the Coral Marina that they were on the ground in Colonet, out of fuel, and could someone hurry and drive down with AVgas so they could return before dark. Of course the fog was rolling at the time....Are you F'n kidding me???? The chopper never did make it back that day Eddie had to drive back to Ensenada, the chopper can back Sat. morning.

Preston Petty was telling me the other night abou tback in the 70's landing his plane with car headlights lighting the runway in Mulege. The airport in Ensenada is stacked full of private planes that have been confiscated by the Government for such things. The law is you can fly at night but you can not land. In other words, if you have enough fuel to get you across the border you are good to go, but if you touch down....ouch, that's expensive!!!!
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Great being invincible wasn't it?

I did my last hurrah... going cross country to bikeweek in 56 hours at 70 yrs old.

But I'm doing my last hurrah again @ 75 yrs old this coming March
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You're holding up pretty good, Rags. Try to get the time down to under 50 hrs this time, and get one of them there IBA CC50 license brackets.

Last time I was making a banzai run to bike week I spun a main bearing in Fort Stockton Texas.... The time before that I had my kickstand throw me on the ground just a little further up the road at Ozona when I leaned the bike into an off ramp and couldn't make the turn. Yeah, that airplane thing isn't the only dumb thing that I've done.
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Running out of fuel in Baja. Holy crap! But funny thing is, is that it still happens. .............. and drive down with AVgas so they could return before dark.

Preston Petty was telling me the other night abou tback in the 70's landing his plane with car headlights lighting the runway in Mulege.
I was at Rancho Santa Inez watching the 69 BJ 1000. That's where I found out how easy racing Baja would be....took me 20 more years to find out it wasn't going to be easy. Anyway an airplane was heard above and he was losing altitude as if to land....some of the savey guys got buggies going to run up the runway to light up the end of the strip.

When the old bush pilot got on the ground he said the only thing that bothered him was all the buggies on the runway. Yeah, those memories are good ones. Might have been Preston Petty.... seems as though someone said he was a Harley pilot or summat.
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I saw the Herbst chopper on the ground at Colonet on Wed, low on fuel waiting for a fuel drop as well. They had another chopper fly in and siphoned from their tank to get back to Ensenada. Better safe than sorry.

While racing my section- Not sure why, but near race mile 650 where the course comes back onto the highway- the Terrible Herbst truck was stuck in the cobbly wash, and thankfully the co-driver jumped out and flagged me down warning that they had a truck coming the OPPOSITE WAY on the live course at NIGHT to help them. WTF? I almost got flattened/pinned when their other race truck coming straight at me barely gave way on the tight course (2 track rut with cactus on either side= nowhere for me to go). Not what you want to deal with when you have been on the bike for 7+ hours.


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Running out of fuel in Baja. Holy crap! But funny thing is, is that it still happens. Late in the afternoon this last friday (the day before the race), Eddie Herbst decided to take a chopper (Robinson R-44) down the pacific side to do a last minuet scout. We got a phone call from him out in the parking lot at the Coral Marina that they were on the ground in Colonet, out of fuel, and could someone hurry and drive down with AVgas so they could return before dark. Of course the fog was rolling at the time....Are you F'n kidding me???? The chopper never did make it back that day Eddie had to drive back to Ensenada, the chopper can back Sat. morning.

Preston Petty was telling me the other night abou tback in the 70's landing his plane with car headlights lighting the runway in Mulege. The airport in Ensenada is stacked full of private planes that have been confiscated by the Government for such things. The law is you can fly at night but you can not land. In other words, if you have enough fuel to get you across the border you are good to go, but if you touch down....ouch, that's expensive!!!!
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I saw the Herbst chopper on the ground at Colonet on Wed, low on fuel waiting for a fuel drop as well. They had another chopper fly in and siphoned from their tank to get back to Ensenada. Better safe than sorry.

While racing my section- Not sure why, but near race mile 650 where the course comes back onto the highway- the Terrible Herbst truck was stuck in the cobbly wash, and thankfully the co-driver jumped out and flagged me down warning that they had a truck coming the OPPOSITE WAY on the live course at NIGHT to help them. WTF? I almost got flattened/pinned when their other race truck coming straight at me barely gave way on the tight course (2 track rut with cactus on either side= nowhere for me to go). Not what you want to deal with when you have been on the bike for 7+ hours.
It wasn't the Herbst chopper it was another that Eddie Herbst, Mark Post, & Jimmy Smith were using. Eddie is NOT part of the Herbst team (long story).

That was Larry Roseler who was broken down with a blown motor, his co-dawg Wade Weaver is a bike guy. The other driver was Ryan Arciero. I don't under stand your "barely gave way" statement. If you are saying that he passed you with little room to spare, you were in less danger than you may have thought, he's got much better control of that big pig than most would think possible. They can "thread the needle" so to speak.
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I'm new to the Baja 1000, but not to off road racing. I'm thinking that a support/chase vehicle probably should not be coming the OPPOSITE way on a live race course, and if it is, should probably YEILD/Get off the course/pull off to the race vehicle (me). I was tired, and nearing the end of my section, so it probably ticked me off more than it should have. Just proves you can't assume anything, and expect to practice self preservation and survival skills while out there. No harm no foul, just relaying my experience.

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It wasn't the Herbst chopper it was another that Eddie Herbst, Mark Post, & Jimmy Smith were using. Eddie is NOT part of the Herbst team (long story).

That was Larry Roseler who was broken down with a blown motor, his co-dawg Wade Weaver is a bike guy. The other driver was Ryan Arciero. I don't under stand your "barely gave way" statement. If you are saying that he passed you with little room to spare, you were in less danger than you may have thought, he's got much better control of that big pig than most would think possible. They can "thread the needle" so to speak.
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You're holding up pretty good, Rags. Try to get the time down to under 50 hrs this time, and get one of them there IBA CC50 license brackets.

Last time I was making a banzai run to bike week I spun a main bearing in Fort Stockton Texas.... The time before that I had my kickstand throw me on the ground just a little further up the road at Ozona when I leaned the bike into an off ramp and couldn't make the turn. Yeah, that airplane thing isn't the only dumb thing that I've done.
Fort Stockton... ahhh... I've seen that in passing...

Hehehe.. I was trying for a CC50, ... problem is Bikeweek is held in winter and the temp drops at night to below 30. I was running about 50mph in 26 degrees for a couple of hours with a sports fairing... I just had to stop... It cost me about 7 hours.

Five years ago trying the CC50 from San Diego, I was running about 80 in west Texas @ about 1am and the temp was dropping (good news is the critters are sleeping - mostly).

I had a heat vest that was helping. When all of a sudden my foot hit something and drove it into my hardcase. Damn I thought I broke my leg. I figured I better stop to sort things out & got off at the next exit.
I put down my stand a (BMWs allow that) and tried to go to sleep hung on the bike. Damn it started to get colder and colder and my heat vest went off.
So I walked in circles to work out the leg and keep warm. Did that til twilight
and then found I couldn't start my bike.

I was 15 miles outside of Iraan TX. That's where I had the bike towed and luckily the driver was a dirt biker and had a charger where I hung out before taking off.
While waiting for the tow earlier I topped off my oil.

Charged I took off for Rt10. Just before getting on I checked my rigging and found my pants leg full of oil from the blown out cap I didn't screw back properly.

I had to call the tow truck again... we had laughs about the second call.. he was a good guy.

Spent a few days in Iraan waiting for the cap to be shipped from San Francisco. Didn't make it that year to Daytona. Went west to attend the Tennis matches in Palm Desert with my bride

I got back on the freeway and tried to find what I hit. I found a few deer carcuses on the road and figured I must have sliced through one. I remember they had two deer on the deer warning signs - that means watch out...

Stoooopid... is hard to cure...
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I'm new to the Baja 1000, but not to off road racing. I'm thinking that a support/chase vehicle probably should not be coming the OPPOSITE way on a live race course, and if it is, should probably YEILD/Get off the course/pull off to the race vehicle (me). I was tired, and nearing the end of my section, so it probably ticked me off more than it should have. Just proves you can't assume anything, and expect to practice self preservation and survival skills while out there. No harm no foul, just relaying my experience.
OK got you, it was a chase truck coming the wrong way on the course. And you are absolutely right, going backwards on the race course is something that is completely wrong.

Most of the car guys have little respect for bikes that have been caught by cars, I would go as far to say that many prolly hate them. Any team vehicle going backwards on the race course yields a DQ, the problem is if the car is terminal, they will go in backwards to retrieve at night because they can see the lights of the on coming race traffic and safely pull off. Even going in backwards, it took them 2 1/2 hours to get in to the broke car. The way they saw it was that 2 1/2 hours on a chase road, and a short distance backwards on the race course was less invasive than 4+ hours on the race course with traffic.

What they were doing was wrong, and I, in no way support what they did. Another huge part of the problem is that with Terrible Herbst is that in that chase truck least 2 of the guys are full time employees of the race shop. Both of them have 20+ years of full time offroad racing experience (both driving and co-driving top race cars) and there tends to be a wee bit of an arrogant attitude projected at times.

I apologize as best as I can as being a member of that team and am glad there was no harm nor foul.

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Old 11-21-2013, 11:40 AM   #29
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The Last Episode

......Ok, I need to wrap this report up.

The boys had left and I was at a place of peace and solitude waiting the arrival of bikes and eventually cars that would have been racing for at least 14 hr and 700 miles. It didn't figure that there would be a pack of vehicles in a short period of time. The action was most likely to be slow.

I'm pretty good with my own thoughts at times like these. It gives me a chance to solve many of the world's problems.

It was colder today than last night as I was 2000 ft higher, and that by it's self accounts for 3.5° per 1000ft, plus a cooler wind had come in from the northwest which accounted for another 10°.

The first 2 bikes came thru at 2:35 separated by only a couple minutes. First a KTM

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... Then a Honda

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....2 hours later a Kawasaki....

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It was time for a fire. The boys had helped me gather some firewood before they opted to go to Mike's so it didn't take long to get a fire going up in the rocks, from where I took this picture, so I could watch the action. It was rough as a bitch down there on the road.

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Ah,....There that's better.

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As the day turned to night, I reflected about the important things in life. A simple campfire....you can't hardly get away with making a campfire these days to stay warm by in the US. Baja is one of the last frontiers.

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The action (I exaggerate) had slowed down, and you can't see much once it's dark, so I moved from my rock back to camp and boiled up dinner, Ramen and canned chicken. Camp cooking is the best.

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Earlier I decided that I needed a chair for a proper campsite, so I move a rock by rolling it across the road from those bushes on the right (It was the closest rock)....to where it is next to the fire. That SOB musta weighed 300lbs. It was all I could do to get it up the berm on the left of the road.

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Then the rock needed a proper top cap....and I'd be ready. My dual sport touring seat doubled here as the 'coup de resistance' top cap.

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I was setup for the night.

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Another good night was had as I listened to 'Coast to Coast' on the radio when I'd wake during the night. I woke briefly every time a vehicle came thru. I sleep good though, so the racers didn't bother me much, hell, it was usually time to turn over anyway.

...I was up at first light. I had just enough water for my morning coffee. I watched some more racers come by. The average interval was probably 15 minutes. A covey of quail crossed the road not far from me, and went up on the hill behind me. I could hear their calls. Only this one seemed to want to watch the race.

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A pool of water from due got my ass wet when I sat down next to the morning fire.

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I watched a few more cars come thru. There probably hadn't been 30 cars and bikes total past me so far. This was slow action even for me.

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As I watched I made a corporate decision. There was possible light rain in the forcast, it was a bit cold, and the sun didn't look like it was coming out. I'd had my Baja fix, my date with nostalgia. I decided to go home. I packed up camp and hit the road.

Well, all except that the bike wouldn't start. Yesterday when I'd gassed up in VT I hadn't turned the IG switch completely off for a minute or so before one of the boys told me. Then I started it down there which used more battery (even though it started), and the run up to camp last night was a slow rpm hill climb that didn't do much charging. Luckily there was a hill of sandstone rock for good bump start traction.

....a road crossing just north of Independencia....

From 1 Baja 2013


I figured to go almost back the way that I came, but this time thru Laguna Hansen and out to HWY 2 at La Rumorosa.

..... as I road west I thought about the higher altitude (colder) at Laguna Hansen. I had my electric shirt, but with the battery issue, I didn't like that Idea. So I eventually just decided to bomb on back thru Ensenada and up the toll road to San Diego.

I cleared Ensenada, and as I approached the first toll booth, I saw backed up traffic just beyond it. I didn't want to get into some traffic jam so I made a quick decision to U-turn across 3 lanes of traffic and go back south to take the free road thru La Mision.

so that's what I did. From the overpass on that free road I could see that the traffic tie up was just a few cars backed up at a drug checkpoint just north of the toll booths. I was committed now so it was La Mision for me.

I saved a couple of bucks and had to do 7 more miles than the toll road. Damn, no one told me about the 5 miles of construction with flag men and stopped traffic. All and all I probably lost a half hour with that panicked decision. Oh well, what you going to do? In Baja, anythings possible.

I'd been noticing a lot of decel popping from my exhaust, and it seemed to have gotten worse in some of that construction, so while stopped at a flagman, I took a good look down. Seemed like there was a crack in my header pipe just before it went into the muffler. It didn't look bad.

I expected some header problem some day as I'd been on the beach some and to the Bonneville Salt Flats a couple times. the header pipe and that clamp showed bad signs of rust. Oh, Well, I though again. I'll have to do something about that. I even bought another header pipe off Ebay a year ago or so. It'll be a simple swap.

...further up the road around Rosarito the muffler back firing got 10 times louder....WTF? I knew there was a bigger exhaust leak so I stopped to make sure the exhaust wasn't burning something.

I couldn't believe it, the whole header pipe was gone. It didn't touch my leg or I didn't hear it hit the road or anything. The good news was that the exhaust straight out of the head wasn't hitting anything. It was time to test out the old wives tail about warping valves if you don't have an exhaust pipe. I continued on.

I have been noth thru TJ for quite a few years. I usually do the Otay Mesa crossing, but it's gotten more complicated these days so I opted for TJ this time.

Speaking of going to TJ, just south of the Rosarita toll booth there is a side road toll booth to a road that goes northeast and a sign that said Tijuana. Does anyone know where that goes???

Anyway after the last toll booth, I went along the border fence toward the border crossing following the signs that said San Diego. I did the winding around and over roads right near the border and then I didn't see anymore San Diego signs.

Now I was seeing 'return to TJ central' signs. It was an all new WTF moment. It took me a few blocks in order to get redirected back toward the border for a second try. This time I got to the line of traffic that is the border.

I began snaking my way between cars and vendor carts. Soon A couple vendor guys showed me where I could go up the side to the front of the line. Cool.

I got to the gate guard and he enters my license plate. The bikes registered to me and has been for the last 15 years. He says, "Is this your motorcycle?" I said 'yes'. 15 more seconds go by while he's watching has 'puter. He asks me again if the bike's mine. Now I'm thinking maybe the bike registered in my wife's name. He finally take my passport that I'm trying to hand him. He looks at it and then sends me on my way. I got all nervous for nothing. Maybe I'm getting too old for this.

Sixty more mile of an open header run up I-5 had me at my doorstep in Oceanside by 1PM. I survived the 'Jaws of Death' in Baja one more time.

.....and that's my story and I'm sticking to it.

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While racing my section- Not sure why, but near race mile 650 where the course comes back onto the highway-
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