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Old 06-13-2009, 10:39 AM   #121
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Proud to call you a friend and neighbor. Great report.
keep this up and he'll have to borrow Charla's helmet
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Old 06-13-2009, 07:30 PM   #122
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Old 06-14-2009, 05:39 AM   #123
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I’ve been at this turn before, and each time, I’ve gone to the right. But I always wonder about the road to the left, which is narrow and curvy and seductive. It meanders out of sight before long, but not so quickly that you miss the ways it might be interesting. Today, we’re turning left, and I’ve been looking forward to it for hours.

This place means a lot to me. It was somewhere around here that I really fell in love with Baja years ago. It was somewhere around here that I realized there was no particularly compelling reason why I shouldn’t try racing down here. The last time I was here, it was on this very bike, in the middle of the night, and I went by in a big hurry, giving scarcely a thought to the turn, as I was racing down to San Ignacio to get the bike to Pyndon. Racing a section makes it a part of you in a way that nothing else can.

These thoughts and others are circling in my head as we approach the intersection and turn left. At last, I get to see where this goes.

Immediately, the road braids into a wash. Mike and I have ridden together long enough to know this is a race without even glancing in the others direction. As it happens, he gets the roadbed, and I get the sandwash. We reconvene several times before the road leaves the bottom of the valley a few miles later, sometimes he is ahead, sometimes I am. The results of the race aren’t as important as the fact that it happened.

The road ends before we arrive, but we don’t mind. We fetch up for a moment and look at the water and consider what I suppose everyone considers when they face the water, the wonder and joy and mystery of it all. Sometimes you think about little parts of that equation, sometimes you think about bigger ones, but in either case, it’s hard not to be happy to be here.





We continue off-piste. I aim at a big set of dunes, work my way to the top, and realize I’m about to ride off a cliff into the ocean. Abort mission! Mike snaps a pic as I get the SE turned around. It feels big in the soft sand with no speed to stabilize it.



We find the perfect campsite, a hollow carved into the barrier dunes, surrounded by driftwood, ocean on the other side of the dune, safe in the feminine curve of the sand.







We light a fire and chat a little, but not much. We’re both content to be here. I go to sleep looking at the sky, so full of stars that there’s almost no black. It never ceases to amaze me, after I’ve been in the city for a while, how much detail we miss with all the light pollution we’re accustomed to. We are treated to light that left those stars millions of years ago, and we are left with so many questions as a result; are they still burning today? Is there other life out there? And most of all, do any of those other galaxies have riding as good as this?





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Old 06-14-2009, 06:17 AM   #124
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Great report & pic's also great writing of a great adventure once again...Ride On...
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Old 06-14-2009, 07:06 AM   #125
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Dude...what a report!

Obvious skills as a rider & nice work with the camera...what is most impressive however is your ability to express your thoughts and feelings about your life and what is going on around you. Very nicely done.

Hopefully the day will come when I have the opportunity to buy you a couple of cold ones....

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Old 06-15-2009, 12:19 AM   #126
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Hey Ned,

A buddy of mine clued me in to this RR. He thought I'd like it (and I don't like anything ). He was right. Thanks for taking us along and sharing your thoughts, pictures and experiences.

It isn't that often that someone conveys a message that is so clearly identifiable as a mutual experience/emotion, unless both parties were there, but this hit home for me big time: "Guests see “us” and “them”, and I’m neither. I’m still a ghost, still passing through these lives in a way that they can’t reconcile, except that dad looks jealous and mom looks worried."

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Old 06-16-2009, 08:15 AM   #127
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Old 06-16-2009, 10:30 AM   #128
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Old 06-18-2009, 05:15 AM   #129
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Old 06-18-2009, 05:44 AM   #130
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Old 07-02-2009, 08:26 PM   #131
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Alright, it's been awhile now, have we lost Ned to the cosmos?

Hope all's well, was really enjoying this thread.

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Old 07-03-2009, 06:38 AM   #132
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He's actually lounging around the plush offices of Motorcyclist

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Alright, it's been awhile now, have we lost Ned to the cosmos?

Hope all's well, was really enjoying this thread.

didn't anyone read the tech tips this month?
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Old 07-03-2009, 08:01 AM   #133
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Actually, I'm leaving on another trip today... so unless I get somthing done on the plane, it's gonna be a while before this gets the last few posts.

Of course, the beauty of a non-linear ride report like this is that no one can tell whether it is complete...
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Old 07-03-2009, 08:05 AM   #134
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Of course, the beauty of a non-linear ride report like this is that no one can tell whether it is complete...
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Old 07-03-2009, 11:30 AM   #135
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