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Old 11-10-2013, 12:04 AM   #1
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Minneapolis to Costa Rica

I started my trip two weeks ago in Minneapolis and posted some ride reports to Facebook - but I entered MX two days ago and have started posting to my blog. The blog also has my last two US legs.

I'll try to post more detailed stuff here about hotels and tracks. In the meantime, I'll post a link to new stories here.

http://mplsmoto.blogspot.com/2013/11...-day-1920.html

I'm still mastering my GPS unit, but you can check my tracks here (although they will auto delete to the latest). No tracks today, forgot to turn it on.

http://share.findmespot.com/shared/f...p4JIate54nHZD5
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Old 11-10-2013, 12:44 AM   #2
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So I realized that those of you following here on the forum may benefit from details of my trip that I don't want to post on my blog.

I stopped for a few days in San Diego to stay with an old friend. It was a good opportunity to thin my load and tie-up some loose ends.

I switched my tires from the stock Pirelli Scorpions to a Mitas 07 rear and a TKC80 front at San Diego BMW. A bit expensive at $75 tire, but great service. I sent the old tires home via Kinkos/FedEx as they still have 5K or more left, I bought a roll of plastic wrap off the shelf and bundled them together. $75 for shipping. I also made color copies of my registration, passport and vaccination.

Following advice on the forum I went to Discover Baja and prepaid my visa and bought full coverage insurance for the bike ($475 - $200 for liability. 6 month policy). Monica was great, I highly recommend this route.

I entered at Tecate, no problems, no inspection even though I got the red light. When you finish with inspection just go around the block to the right and pull back into the immigration office. You'll see the parking to the right as you exit but it's a one way - just go around the block, there's a guy there who will make room to park. Your bike will be out of site so make sure you're stuff is secure.

No problem getting stamped, but make sure to take your receipt from Discover Baja. I couldn't find mine, but they let it slide.

When you exit just take a right back onto the same road as the crossing and go to the T, take a left and another right and you'll be heading out of town on MX-3. I went to Ensenda.

In Ensenda I pulled into the main drag on MX-1 and stopped at a nice little pizza place just around the corner from Starbucks where the cruise ships dock. Free wifi, get the small pizza - homemade bread comes with the meal. I booked a room at the San Nicholas - $70 cash. Great place, friendly English speaking, 3 spas and a great pool. The have a 16' high cage to store your bike with 24 hour security.

Heading to San Filipe go out Ensenda Blvd and it runs into MX-3 east. I picked up fuel twice, really didn't need to as I carry 6.3 gallons - but keep in mind the last fuel stop is Lazaro Cardenas - although my map showed a Pemex at Francisco Serrano I didn't see the station from the road.

One of the attendants at Lazaro tried to rip me off for 20 pesos but her coworker chided her and gave me the right change.

It's a desolate hike from there. The road for 50 miles coming into the turn into San Filipe was full of potholes - I was fine with my big front wheel but be careful if you're not running 21's.

There's a military checkpoint just before the turn south. Friendly guys spoke English, didn't tear-up my pack. I passed a half-dozen campgrounds on the way into SF but opted to go into town as I was hungry. It's a great little town, quite the opposite of the touristy/shady Ensenda. I ate shrimp at a ubiquitous Mexican restaurant facing the beach with wifi and found a few close campgrounds.

There's a kids soccer tournament in town this weekend, so tons of kids at Kiki's - so I opted for a room. There are three other camps by Kiki's on the north side behind the lighthouse - and one on the south end. I drove around and landed at Don Jesus (as recommended here). Clean, simple, friendly and they have security (maybe just because of the Baja 1000?). They let me lock my bike right out front to the railing. $50 (750 peso) for a double, said they didn't have a king (600 peso) but I guess he split the difference as the exchange is 1.3 right now.

Love this little town. I was approached by no less than 12 people selling trinkets during dinner, but the atmosphere on the beach front was warm and friendly with many musicians and lively sing-alongs.
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Old 12-19-2013, 10:41 AM   #3
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I've posted a new ride report.

http://mplsmoto.blogspot.com/2013/12...rt-day-25.html
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