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Old 01-11-2014, 07:19 PM   #1
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Wicked Beers, Tacos, Crashes, Bike meltdowns, xanax, and a no flats Baja ride report

I watched the drop of sweat fall from my face. Cactus, broken glass, bike frames, and sand slowly spun on the reflective surface, highlighted by the noon day sun. Took less than a second for it to fall about 6.4 ft.
The sand made quick work of that drop of moisture. The first it had seen in over a month. Moisture created out of frustration, anger and hopelessness over the last day and a half, gone in a flash.
My forehead would not stay dry as I patiently waited for the Xanax to announce its arrival.

A familiar rattle sound snapped my head up.
"Herredura" the rattlesnake was just making sure that I understood that we both shared the same small shady patch.
I did. I reached for a beer and a cigarette...

The bare carcass of the KLR 650 stared back at me..

But I digress.....

This trip was hatched due to a sense of frustration over a moto trip I did last Summer.
I needed redemption.
As I froze to death in my little casa just downwind from the major metropolis of Taos, an image of a beautiful, sleek, curvy, sexy leg kept popping up into my imagination.
Once the flu wore off I realized that my vision was a vision of Baja. It was Winter. I needed redemption. All that equaled Baja. Tada!

My regular crew was out due to other obligations (they knew better)
so I called up my buddy Rosa. I'd traveled all over Mexico and the USA with him on various kayaking adventures over the last 20 years.
In 2010 he bought my pimped out 2008 KLR 650 and had the moto bug bad. So bad in fact that he neglected to listen to any advice I sought to give him about the trip. He was in....

I was fired up. I read a bunch of Baja ride reports and had a pretty good loop set up that would stick to mostly mellow dirt with sand and washboards and wherever else the Baja Almanac cared to take us...
I had my 2006 super sick KTM 640 that was moded out beyond belief. It felt like a lighter but just as powerful 950.
B-Ross was the original owner and he spared no expense to make this bike downright insane.

Two of the ride reports that got me fired up to go to Baja.
Wan 1000
palopa chair

Oh ya, Rosa really liked to overpack when going on trips.
Just a warning and I warned him daily :)

Rosa drove down from Salida Colorado on Monday morning DEC 31st, 2013
We loaded our steeds up into my truck (the purists can stop reading now)
and headed towards Calexico, Ca.
About 13 hrs away....

Cold start...

Getting to Cali...

The worst hotel ever......But it was close to the border

Bedbug prevention...

The border crossing into Mexicali went flawless...

Our goal was San Felipe. About 120 miles dead south.
The pollution was horrible but made the mountains seem very romantic and inviting. . I could almost see treasure up in those hills.

Getting rid of the 45 ammo that I forgot was under the seat. Quite the moment of sheer panic...

Patiently waiting to braaaaaaap

But first we have to make it a bit farther south...

We arrived New Years eve at the most fantastic place. Rafael the owner arranged storage for our truck and we set up camp for the night right on the beach. Couldn't be going smoother..

2 dollar a day storage here:
Just down the road from Pete's Camp

We pretty much had the beach to ourselves New Years Eve.
Words just can't do the beauty justice...

Felt like home

It was...

As dusk settled in, the tide headed out...

and out...

till dark swooped down

and we had a mesquite fire, drank beers, reminisced about 2013 and hit the sack about 9pm

tomorrow we saddle up the steeds (or in one case, overload the pack mule) and head south........

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Old 01-11-2014, 08:06 PM   #2
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Great writing and pics, hanging on for more.
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Old 01-11-2014, 08:27 PM   #3
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Old 01-12-2014, 06:35 AM   #4
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Great photos. Makes me want to go back to Baja.
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Old 01-12-2014, 06:45 AM   #5
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Why are we stopping? We don't have time for that!
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Old 01-12-2014, 07:23 AM   #7
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Thanks everyone

Thanks everyone. Sorting photos as we speak. Day 2 installment portion will be served tonight.
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Old 01-12-2014, 10:33 AM   #9
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Old 01-12-2014, 05:47 PM   #12
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Laugh Day 2. Shakedown ride

I woke.
Didn't get much sleep.
I get rather anxious before trips and this leads to a lot of tossing and turning.
The sweet girl from San Diego that I met on the beach last night also didn't help with my sleep deprived night.

Now that I was sober, I better confront that situation.
I rolled over.
My helmet and moto boots stared back at me.
I blinked. They were still there.
Darn Dreams!!!

I rolled back over in the one man tent and unzipped the doorway.

Good morning 2014...

I got up. It was colder than I thought it would be. About 45 degrees.
Way warmer than back home but with the wind coming off the ocean, it was chilly.
I had packed my gear for the moto back home.
Rosa had however just chucked a bunch of stuff in my truck and was gonna do the final moto pack this morning.
Rosa is about 20 years my senor. He could be my Dad.
Dad's don't listen well to a son's advice do they?
Basically we had a couple hours before we hit the road.

I yelled good morning to Rosa and said pack light dude.
We also agreed to never ride in Baja at night. Gotta be at camp every day by 4 pm max!
Good talk...

I went for a walk.....

The tide was on it's way out again. 6 hr cycles.....

And then we ate......

It was time.
After a couple month's of dreaming, I was now astride my steed in Baja.
Rosa was beside me. His KLR 650 looked like a company pack mule.
I have never seen such a pile of gear piled atop a motorcycle.
I popped a Xanax.

It was rather disconcerting to hear that the Mex 5 road south to Gonzaga Bay was now paved.
It was a beautiful ride if you like Tarmac.
Tarmac is a way to get to dirt. Nuff said!
I only took one photo.

We blazed the 90 miles or so pretty darn fast. Every now and then a cow or horse would dull our speed. I called them the Mexican highway patrol.
As soon as you saw one or the other, speed dropped substantially.

We grabbed a taco and beer at Rancho Grande. The entrance hub to the Bay...

We had tentatively planned on camping here but it was darn early.
We went for a quick tour of the palapas...

It was pretty nice.

But we decided to head on out and hit our next option. Bahia de los Angeles.
The only issue was that the Pemex station at Gonzaga bay was closed for New Years Day.
We would be running on fumes by the time we got to Bay of LA.
It was day one on the bikes and the dirt setion was right in front of us.
We went for it.
My bike has a hard-on for dirt.....

The road to Coco's corner was a blast. You could bounce the washboard boogie, hit the sand sides, jump over to trails that ran along it.
I averaged 60-70 mph easy..
You can barely see Rosa's headlight.....

Rosa and the mule trucking along....

I think I was saying something along the lines of "okay dude, the faster you go the easier it is"
People just don't get that

back soon.....
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Old 01-12-2014, 08:06 PM   #14
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Awesome report and beautiful pics A-Tom Once you get a quality flickable Road Warrior with good brakes and suspension you will find that tarmac is not just a way to get to the dirt
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Old 01-12-2014, 08:29 PM   #15
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Okay. Editing video also.
Patience is not a virtue of mine.
I believe I was just expounding upon the idea of "going faster is mo better"

We then hit Coco's Corner.
If your headed South out of Gonzaga Bay you can't miss it.
it is part of Baja lore......
Lots of pics...

Coco dug our Steeeeeeker so much he put it on the cover of his guest sign in book. Cool....

Rosa and I were the first moto guys to sign the guest book on Jan 1st 2014. Cool....

Corona or Coca Cola are your beverage choices. We went with cerveza's...


cold beer that way

I must have been day dreaming about a duel.

It was time to head South. We needed gas and we might end up chasing light..

When Rosa and I hit dirt I usually blasted ahead and then hung out to make sure he was doing okay....
He was having a good time.....

Only one frigging selfie allowed per post....

Coco mentioned something about bay of LA being about 70 clicks away. Don't believe him.
We hit Mex 1 and blazed South. Looking for gas and the turn to bay of LA.
Dusk was not far away. Riding mex 1 or any Baja Tarmac at night was scary.
My headlights suck.
We went faster, chasing light...
I spied a sign...

So remember when Rosa and I made that agreement not to ride in Baja at night. It got broken the first day.
We pulled into Bay of LA in the dark after refueling via barreled gas on the side of the road.
We headed north on dirt out of Bay of LA looking for a place to camp.
Rosa's bike was cutting in and out.
Was that Foreshadowing?
We finally just turned down the most well light dirt road we could find.
We were unexpected but the fancy hotel owners made us welcome.
It was dark. Rosa dropped his bike in the parking lot.
They gave us a beer and posole.
Tomorrow we will find out where we are via daylight. Beers....

Our daily dose.......

Day 3 should go better right
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