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Old 12-12-2012, 04:33 PM   #31
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after a short stay in SD, we hopped on the incredible highway 94 over to Tecate. I really didn't to deal with the whole border crossing thing right there in SD and this road looked awesome on the map.....and when it looks awesome on a map....



it was awesome for sure. It was really strange to look at the GPS and see Mexico just over 'yonder and realize that we would very soon be rolling along IN Mexico.

we got to the border and quyen had to ask the border patrol guy a few things...

"So what if I swallow all the drugs?"





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Old 12-12-2012, 11:38 PM   #32
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it really is strange - when you roll into a different country on a motorcycle you really feel vulnerable. Having only been to Mexico once, I felt pretty out of place but I had been assured by many that everything would be fine.

First things first - I needed to find the highway that would take us down to Rosarito Beach. Easy. Type in Rosarito into the GPS and hit GO.



after I hit go - I see something I've never seen from a GPS "Cannot Navigate". Well what the hell is the point of a GPS that doesn't help you with directions?! So we set off in the general direction and eventually found the highway and this started my hatred of my brand new Garmin Nuvi - piece of shit.





there was a nice highway that took us down to Rosarito. These small cube style living areas seemed to be all over the place.



Rolling



we got down to Rosarito in no time....



when we got there we received quite a shock. The new Rosarito Beach Hotel looked like it was teleported from Vegas. Nothing in town is anywhere NEAR the size of this place.....



the rooms are nice though





the view is pretty good too....



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Old 12-20-2012, 01:19 AM   #33
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for those of you that are actually planning on reading this - I apologize.....I got hit with a cold and eating chicken soup and playing video games have been my priority for the past few days.



ANYWAYS....

We were in Rosarito Beach for two days on a Groupon that we had purchased online. It was $200 for two nights including two one hour massages, and a bunch of booze and food credits.... so basically free.

oh and FYI - getting a massage in Mexico is like being in a fight and you're not allowed to defend yourself....



SO. After two days we headed out. It was one of the three days on this trip that it was actually cold. Full gear - riding pants, balaclava etc...



Rosarito is right in the middle of fixing all the roads in town.... it was a pretty big mess





the new toll road near the old road



the toll road is awesome. very smooth and empty.











some of the views even here were incredible





we kind of skipped Ensenada..... it was busy and tons of traffic.... and kind of falling apart



and lots of pollution....



right away one could see how this could be dirt bike heaven!!



getting out onto the road - this truck was easily going 70-75+ and had zero interest in letting us pass. It was insane - he was in the middle of the lane, totally hammer down. I slowed way down because there could have been another truck doing the same coming the other way and I did not want to have anything to do with a cataclysm like that...




further on





gorgeous desert



heading into Valley de Trinidad



stoked to be a on real trip



our first road side lunch stop to practice our Spanish...

this place was cool. They were very friendly and nice.... food was good.... check it out!





further on....



down and through our first two military stops to the other side of the peninsula




heading into San Felipe











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Old 12-26-2012, 05:55 PM   #34
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Old 12-28-2012, 12:12 PM   #35
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yeah sorry for the delay..... its holidays so that means im doing a lot of slinking into corners and doing many dishes....

we will resume shortly!

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yeah sorry for the delay..... its holidays so that means im doing a lot of slinking into corners and doing many dishes....

we will resume shortly!



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Okay..... leaving San Felipe!



We had a lovely breakfast in the morning at a place of course that I cant remember and met with some nice folks from the US that had moved down there and they couldn't have been happier. For them it seems, they bought a place and started spending time down there. A few weeks a year turned into a few months a year and that turned into basically full time.

It makes you think....

we roll out of San Felipe not exactly knowing which way to go. Our GPS is nearly worthless as it shows us driving around in the ocean - so we follow the crowd and find the coast road.





lots of fifth wheel rigs down there...



there were LOTS of "creek crossing" signs down here and - I kid you not - were like Motocross Jumps. in fact, I have BEEN on smaller MX jumps. Had we not been given good advice warning us about these, we may have had our trip cut short after a long time in the air with a probable crash.

oh - there IS a trashcan in Mexico. We found it.











our map was showing that this road turned into dirt just 50 miles south of San Felipe - we knew we were going to run into dirt but we just didnt know when. We also knew that once we hit the dirt, we might have to turn around....so we were just enjoying what was in front of us.



what we were rewarde with was one of the best motorcycle roads I have ever seen - it gives HWY 1 in California a serious run for its money.










you can see the old road here - not bad at all. and what a view!





the desert we saw in here was PRISTINE...... so beautiful.



SO - there we were gliding along on this brand new ribbon of perfect tarmac....




then we come up on something in the road.....the guys were out there in the sun MAKING THE CURBS on the road. They looked up and waved at us "Buenos Dias!" everyone waved - we waved back.

so now we are driving along with no curbs



we are going along and see something else in the road up ahead. It's all the guys with the paving machines!
we wave. "Buenos Dias!" everyone waves - we wave back. Now we're on a graded dirt road....

finally we come across a guy with a truck and he is wildly motioning us to be off of the road.... and here is why....come around a corner and this is what we saw.



THIS is why they dont want you travelling at night - you come around a corner and there is 50% of a bridge.... or a pile of cows.

so we got off of the new highway and back onto the old road. Here is the way they tell you to exit the highway....



SO - back on the old highway!



and into Ganzaga Bay!

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Gonzaga Bay is a very interesting place. I really liked it there. Might move there....soon.





This guy has a plane in his parking spot! so cool



here is the pic of the airstrip. please keep off....









we went down to Alphonsia's and got a room. The view from the room.....




it was so funny. we got the room and asked where the keys were and they laughed. Key? What key? Why do you need a key!?



I DONT KNOW!!















view from our bed






unfortunately some of veggies I had from Alphonsia's had made me sick so I spent that night with my face in the toilet and then tryin to take a shower with water pressure like fairy piss which was either scalding or freezing.
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Have you seen the movie, Blood Diamond? It's about Diamond trafficking in Africa. Anyways, the story goes on to tell of all of the horrible things that happen to everyone in Africa and the theme of the movie is TIA - This is Africa.



So throughout this trip we were always saying, TIM - This is Mexico.

Got sick from the veggies you ate the night before? TIM.

Your shower is barely a trickle of scalding water? TIM.

You round a corner on the highway and there is;
A) A speeding semi truck already in your lane
B) A pile of cows
C) a Motocross jump
D) a beach that has wandered into the road
E) all of the above


THIS IS MEXICO!

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Great stuff!

Keep it comin'!



T-minus 8 weeks for me....
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Great stuff!

Keep it comin'!



T-minus 8 weeks for me....


where you goin??
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where you goin??
3+ weeks in Baja = pretty much everywhere....

providing there's no deep sand....

No real "goals" except to bounce off (and then leave) Cabo San Lucas to say we were there.

Plan lottsa down time...

Any suggestions greatly appreciated.....

(Yep, going to Gonzaga...)
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Love the report. The pics are really nice. We would love to take a trip to Baja, It is just so danged far from us. Keep it coming.
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3+ weeks in Baja = pretty much everywhere....

providing there's no deep sand....

No real "goals" except to bounce off (and then leave) Cabo San Lucas to say we were there.

Plan lottsa down time...

Any suggestions greatly appreciated.....

(Yep, going to Gonzaga...)
YES - Gonzaga. ummm, forget about Cabo and make sure to get to adjacent San Jose Del Cabo and Cabo Plumo et al (Dirt road that runs the eastern tip of the peninsula) Mulege' is pretty cool even though it was fairly destroyed in that hurricane a few years ago. Todos Santos is was pretty cool.....

lemme keep going with this report so you get a better idea...

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Alright - I gotta get my shit together because DaFoole is getting ready for his trip and he needs info and ideas.... so here goes.

We stayed the night in Gonzaga Bay but I could have retired right then and there. What a spot. You really dont want to leave. EVER.

HOWever - it was my wifes Bday that next day and she wanted to move on. Mostly because she didnt want to spend her Bday on a bike in the dirt (ahhh how ironic it is because i usually WANT to spend my bday on a bike in the dirt)

There was a crew of guys there from Colorado on dirtbikes - well if you can call a KLR a dirtbike. They were nice guys but kept mostly to themselves.


so we set off on the only actual adventure part of the trip. we had no idea what the dirt was goin to be like and if we couldnt make it back to the highway, we were going to have to backtrack all the way to Ensenada.... and we did NOT want to do that.
So off we go into the desert.



the road was doable, two up on a GS if you had some experience. Solo GS would be pretty easy - almost good for a newish rider. On a dirtbike almost boring.

two up with food, gear, tools, oil, water, camping equipment and wife.... trickier.

As it turned out, we were actually on the Baja 1000 course from the weekend before, so it was pretty rocky and beat down.







I was geeking out about the race arrows and MADE quyen get off the bike and take a few pics









the desert out there is legit desert. Not this pansy-ass California desert we have. The desert out here is the real deal.



I started getting comfortable in the dirt and we hit some sand so I wicked it up to 35 - 40 -45 mph. All was well till we hit a really deep patch of sand which sent us into one of the biggest slides of my life at about 50 mph on a 1000 lb. bike. I thought for SURE we were going to crash - and it was that feeling when you KNOW it's going to be a bad one and you regret trying to be cool on a GS in the dirt. After all, I have always said "When you start to think you're cool in the dirt on a GS is when you crash".
I dont know why/how - but I managed to save it and we did NOT crash. I would like to call it skill but I'm not proud enough to admit it was probably just luck and I thanked who/whatever was necessary for allowing us not to crash that day. It would have been ugly. It would have looked like a KLR garage sale for sure.
I popped open my windscreen and explained to my wife what a "Pucker Moment" is. She agreed and I continued on if first gear.

Celebration for the save of the month.

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