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Old 02-21-2014, 07:17 PM   #61
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Glad yer not far away, Little Wan!
Nah, just try and get rid of me...



Matt is doing the heavy lifting on this one - and the story is all his (and lica, bartek and osito, of course)...
But I'm doing what I can to help out.

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Old 02-21-2014, 08:06 PM   #62
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I love Farmaggedon! Here is my version.

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Old 02-21-2014, 08:08 PM   #63
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Matt is hard at work on the next posts. He's got the photos uploading and he's typing away...









Since he's already got a full plate, I offered to take care of the maps.
Me.
Taking care of the maps.



I can't find my crayons, so I'll be posting some screen captures for you guys.
Some will be better than others...




As soon as Matt left, I was kind of a mess. I worry a lot when he's riding without me.

The SPOT was nice for that.
I was obsessive about watching his tracks and, whenever I could, I would zoom in and try and figure out where the guys were.

Except for a few sections on the Pacific coast, I had a pretty good idea of what was going on.
Either I knew the terrain and had been there in person, or I had seen Moto Vaquero's report
(on the mystery sections, I even got the 411 from Sancho himself - thanks, Scott! )




OK - so here's the SPOT map for Day 1: Tecate to San Felipe.




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Old 02-21-2014, 08:10 PM   #64
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What bike did Radek ride in KOM? I've been looking at some vids on Youtube, crazy stuff.
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Old 02-21-2014, 08:26 PM   #65
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Day 1 continued



This is the scariest part of riding Baja for me. The first 100 miles or so, when everyone is super excited and fresh. It is nearly impossible to hold back.
The roads in this area are flowy and fun. We had rain all night, the sand was wet and heavy, the tires were brand new. Just perfect conditions.

A week before we came down Dana Neisler
(stevodadevo) lost his life on this very road doing this very thing.
We didn’t know him personally, just through interactions on ADV. From all accounts he was just like us.
I planned on stopping at the Kurt Caselli memorial on the way into Valle T. another really nice guy taken far too early.
My hope was that talking about these tragedies would slow us down a little, maybe make us think before the next blind corner.
It would be more than I could bear to lose an Oso on one of these silly rides.


So, like I said it was getting colder and colder as we climbed up to Laguna Hanson.







Then we got the first snowflakes.






Baja in winter is a tough place to pack for. Of course we want to pack as light as possible, so we want to bring as little as possible. You just can’t plan for everything.
Summer gloves and mesh pants are not the best choice for a snowstorm. Ask me how I know.






The snow was fun at first, until the cold and wet really set in.











Eventually the pain in our hands would force us to stop and warm them with the exhaust.






Just when it was no longer fun anymore we dropped in elevation and things were better.




We came across some horses and a burro running down the road. They wouldn’t let us pass and they wouldn’t leave the road. Kinda surreal.





We were getting closer to Valle T. riding a very flat and unimpressive section of the Baja 1000 course when we found the Kurt Caselli Memorial.



I don’t have any profound prose or anything like that. All I can say is I felt a great sadness. It is horrible that such an unmemorable section of trail should claim the life of one of the finest riders in the country.







Next stop Tacos in Valle T.



The trail was a sandy track that funneled between some large boulders. I caught up to Bartek who had stopped and blocked the road.
He was very concerned that Osito was riding like a crazy man. Bartek explained how Osito blew past him, bouncing off one of the boulders and continued on, pinned.

When Bartek and I went around the next curve, we found Osito.



He went down pretty hard. He was a bit shaken up after being thrown a ways and hurting his shoulder.




The bike was hurt more than Osito though.








In Valle T. the taco stand was closed for the holiday and the only place open had 26 Jeepers enjoying lunch.



We warmed up a tiny bit and watched Osito stress about his once beautiful bike.







Our plan had been to ride Laguna Diablo into San Felipe, but with all the rain we thought better of it and just slabbed into town.


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Old 02-21-2014, 08:42 PM   #66
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A few more screen shots for Matt's last post...


I took this one to show where they were on the Baja 1000 course,
then they dropped down to the highway to go into Valle de Trinidad.



The Kurt Caselli memorial was in that section, too, above track #27.




Here's where the trail comes out onto Hwy 3:







San Felipe







and Matt's check in/OK at Kiki's.






more San Felipe.







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What bike did Radek ride in KOM? I've been looking at some vids on Youtube, crazy stuff.
we'll let Radek tell you :)
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Old 02-22-2014, 07:19 AM   #67
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I subscribed to his youtube channel, so hopefully there are some gopro vids about to be published.
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Old 02-22-2014, 08:52 AM   #68
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Old 02-22-2014, 09:22 AM   #69
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Late to this one. Now you guy's are taking big "V" twin 400lb+ bikes on MotoVaqueros route that he did last year! Looks like the carnage has already started, I will be glued to this one.
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Old 02-22-2014, 09:50 AM   #70
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What bike did Radek ride in KOM? I've been looking at some vids on Youtube, crazy stuff.
OK, I got the info - I knew it was a 525 that had been modified...
looks like it's a KTM 540. Radek's report is here.

NSFW was volunteering at KOM and got a good photo of him (hope he doesn't mind if I steal it....thanks, Joel! )
Did you see that KOM thread in racing? Lots more pics there.

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Old 02-22-2014, 09:54 AM   #71
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Old 02-22-2014, 10:20 AM   #72
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As soon as Matt left, I was kind of a mess. I worry a lot when he's riding without me.

The SPOT was nice for that.
I was obsessive about watching his tracks and, whenever I could, I would zoom in and try and figure out where the guys were.

Except for a few sections on the Pacific coast, I had a pretty good idea of what was going on.
Either I knew the terrain and had been there in person, or I had seen Moto Vaquero's report
(on the mystery sections, I even got the 411 from Sancho himself - thanks, Scott! )
I was tagging along on Matts SPOT Tracker for a couple o days but I'm not sure how helpful I was to 'Lil Wans condition with input like; " Oh no, it looks like they're headed towards the sugar sand wash that will swallow those 990's like the Sarlacc Pit Monster!"

Poor 'Lil Wan probably chewed her nails down to the cuticles.
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Old 02-22-2014, 10:46 AM   #73
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OK, I got the info - I knew it was a 525 that had been modified...
looks like it's a KTM 540. Radek's report is here.

NSFW was volunteering at KOM and got a good photo of him (hope he doesn't mind if I steal it....thanks, Joel! )
Did you see that KOM thread in racing? Lots more pics there.
Cool. Thanks for the links, I didn't think about the race forum.

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Old 02-22-2014, 11:20 AM   #74
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I was tagging along on Matts SPOT Tracker for a couple o days but I'm not sure how helpful I was to 'Lil Wans condition with input like; " Oh no, it looks like they're headed towards the sugar sand wash that will swallow those 990's like the Sarlacc Pit Monster!"

Poor 'Lil Wan probably chewed her nails down to the cuticles.
- that's OK, Scott. I was happy to have any input.

It's just that between the things you were saying, what I could tell from the sat images,
and the bits of info I was getting from Matt (flats, bike issues, spills, etc)...
I knew that the potential for drama was pretty high.


Later, I said to Matt, "How in the hell do other wives/girlfriends do it?? How do they not freak out while watching the tracks?"
And he told me, "They don't know what you know."


Whew.
Ignorance is bliss.




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Cool. Thanks for the links, I didn't think about the race forum.
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Old 02-22-2014, 01:36 PM   #75
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NSFW was volunteering at KOM and got a good photo of him (hope he doesn't mind if I steal it....thanks, Joel! )
Did you see that KOM thread in racing? Lots more pics there.
haha...finally someone appreciates my pics....

kel, no problem, glad to share. great to see an OSO at KOM. agree, he's a canimal.


love to to see the OSOs ride again. we're going to miss you lw, but i'm sure some of the rider's comment will be plagiarized from your previous reports...


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