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Old 03-02-2007, 10:09 AM   #1
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Cool2 Baja Asylum Run 2007 - Dirt to the Tropic Of Cancer

The Baja Asylum Runs (BAR) were conceived three years ago by lasvegasrider and I while we were swilling a few cervezas in Creel - attending a Horizon's Unlimited meeting. The first BAR ran in March 2005, the next BAR in February 2006, and 2007's BAR was February 11th - 26th of 2007. This year's attendees were: Ibarra, lasvegasrider, Gypsyrider, jonz, BigDogAdventures.com, leewildwater, and I. A full crew - any more would be simply impossible to manage.

The Magnificent Seven rides again.


As would be the case, as the ride date approached, personal matters and business got in the way, and at the last minute, leewildwater and Ibarra had to bail out. Jonz could only run with us for a week, and that would leave just four riders for the LONG HAUL anticipated for the '07 BAR.

And then there were five.

Mark and I spent considerable time in the final two weeks mapping and planning a series of routes to use (or not use) as we traversed the Baja peninsula. We both were using Garmin 276C GPS units, which are really the best out there for now for our purposes, but we did anticipate doing a good deal of exploring and creating new routes as we rode. Jeff just acquired a refurb'd 2610 which Mark would program with our data when he arrived, and I emailed lasvegasrider the data to load into his trusty old Garmin V.

Mark and I trucked west from Tennessee, hauling the BigDog Husky TE610, a tricked out XR650R I built for GyspsyRider, and a crusty old LC4e I bought recently and had yet to ride at all. I was a bit nervous about the LC4e, as I had a grand total of 3 miles on it since I bought it, and didn't have the time to go over the bike since I was preoccupied building the XR650R. It was a shoemaker's children sort of thing, I reckon. I had intended to bring my XR650R on this ride, but I just didn't have time to get it done. Anyhow, the LC4e was a 2000 model, with a little over 10,000 miles on the clock, and was largely bone stock - including the mainshaft ball bearing. I changed out the usual cracked DID wheels, and installed a Dunlop 756 front and a Bridgestone ED78 rear tire - always a decent combination for Baja terrain.

We congregated the morning of February 11th in Calexico. At 0730, THE CALL came over my cell phone. It was lasvegasrider - his freshly rebuilt KLR685 had broken down enroute. He was out.

And then there were four.

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Old 03-02-2007, 10:17 AM   #2
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Old 03-02-2007, 10:20 AM   #3
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I went back !!!

Send money, tires, chains and sprockets to San Francisquito--Baja, Mexico--population 1

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Old 03-02-2007, 10:23 AM   #4
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Day 1: Asphalt BeGone - We Want Dirt

Day 1:

It was pretty much unanimous - no one wanted to ride that godforsaken stretch of asphalt known as Mexico 5. To make matters worse, the previously mangled and delightfully destroyed road from San Felipe to Puertecitos has been re-paved.

We needed to go another way. as luck would have it, BigDog and I had some tricks up our sleeves.

Jeff arrived promptly at 0830, and Mark quickly programmed up his 2610 with the data while Jan Marc finalized his packing scheme for his new XR650R. We crossed the border into Mexicali at about 1000, and got tourist visas for Jeff and Jan Marc.





Finally ready to roll, we headed west out of Mexicali at the crack of 1030

Why west? To the Laguna Hanson route? Nope - something special is planned for the BAR '07 riders.



BAR 2007 is underway.



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Old 03-02-2007, 10:30 AM   #5
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Sounds like a great way to mainatin your sanity!!

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Old 03-02-2007, 10:38 AM   #6
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More jealous-ness.

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Old 03-02-2007, 10:54 AM   #7
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About 15 miles out of Mexicali, past the PEMEX refinery a ways, but before the climb to La Rumerosa, is the northern end of Laguna Salada - the dry lake. We turned south off the highway and our tires touched Mother Earth for the first time.



gaspipe [the original] - back in his element once again. My home away from home, perhaps.



Our plan is to work our way south, to the Hot Springs in Guadalupe Canyon, and after that, back to civilization for fuel. Gas was going to be a bit of an issue, as the IMS tank for the Husky 610 was still not released, limiting BigDog's bike to about 150 miles of range. My 640e was a total unknown. I had *no idea* what it could or couldn't do. Not too bright to test it here, but I didn't have much choice.

Jonz and GypsyRider are carrying well over six gallons each, so they'd be our tankers.....if we needed it.....

[more later]
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Old 03-02-2007, 11:07 AM   #8
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Old 03-02-2007, 11:22 AM   #9
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Old 03-02-2007, 11:47 AM   #11
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Old 03-02-2007, 12:04 PM   #12
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THE CALL came over my cell phone. It was lasvegasrider - his freshly rebuilt KLR685 had broken down enroute. He was out.
Dammit!
Poor Mike, that sucks.
I wonder what happened to his bike?

On with the report, por favor, amigo.

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Old 03-02-2007, 12:07 PM   #13
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Dammit!
Poor Mike, that sucks.
I wonder what happened to his bike?
Piston skirt problemo, I think. Hopefully Mike will stop on by and chime in [that's a hint if I ever saw one].
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Old 03-02-2007, 12:11 PM   #14
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Hey, Bruce! That sucks about Mike's KLR. I hope this isn't a problem area for the 685 kit- I know several people are doing or thinking about doing the upgrade (?).

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Old 03-02-2007, 12:17 PM   #15
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Looking forward to another epic adventure of some sort... What type of twists and turns will this one have?

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