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Old 05-25-2015, 09:48 PM   #1
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Back to Back weekend rides......Expo to Baja

Now that I am back to being a Workin Man.... I have to share a couple of weekend rides that happen to be back to back.

Last weekend was overland Expo in Morman Lake, AZ (just south of Flagstaff). I attended last year and did a couple presentations. This year, I received an email entitled "Radioman to the bat phone". Tiffany Coates wondering if I would be attending as we have corresponded for a few years from many different places in the world, but out paths had not crossed in Person.

So I packed up my bike and decided to head out Thursday Afternoon to get a jump on the ride and catch up with Clark whom I met in Ecuador and rode with for a week. He happens to live in Prescott.



The weekend before I needed to replace the rear Wheel bearing, chain, Sprocket, and front sprocket.



As I rode east across California, I reflected on how much I love to get on my bike and ride. Street, Dirt, it does not matter. Arrived into Prescott, AZ in time to meet Clark and his lovely Girlfriend for dinner at Ravens Cafe. Fo some crazy reason, we took no photo?

Friday May 15th, I rode through Sedona to Mormon Lake. Rain, sun, Rain... And later in the evening it snowed at the Overland Expo.



As i wandered around the Expo.... it was 34 degrees and everyone was seeking cover and warmth. Of course I spotted Simon and Lisa's Bikes.



at Happy Hour I finally found Tiffany Coates. With a nice Photo Bomb by Nick :) We had a great chat, and it was like an old friend talking!

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Old 05-25-2015, 10:18 PM   #2
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Now that I am back to being a Workin Man.... I have to share a couple of weekend rides that happen to be back to back.

Last weekend was overland Expo in Morman Lake, AZ (just south of Flagstaff). I attended last year and did a couple presentations. This year, I received an email entitled "Radioman to the bat phone". Tiffany Coates wondering if I would be attending as we have corresponded for a few years from many different places in the world, but out paths had not crossed in Person.

So I packed up my bike and decided to head out Thursday Afternoon to get a jump on the ride and catch up with Clark whom I met in Ecuador and rode with for a week. He happens to live in Prescott.



The weekend before I needed to replace the rear Wheel bearing, chain, Sprocket, and front sprocket.



As I rode east across California, I reflected on how much I love to get on my bike and ride. Street, Dirt, it does not matter. Arrived into Prescott, AZ in time to meet Clark and his lovely Girlfriend for dinner at Ravens Cafe. Fo some crazy reason, we took no photo?

Friday May 15th, I rode through Sedona to Mormon Lake. Rain, sun, Rain... And later in the evening it snowed at the Overland Expo.



As i wandered around the Expo.... it was 34 degrees and everyone was seeking cover and warmth. Of course I spotted Simon and Lisa's Bikes.



at Happy Hour I finally found Tiffany Coates. With a nice Photo Bomb by Nick :) We had a great chat, and it was like an old friend talking!

One of the Light vendors had a crazy bright set of LED's headed to the heavens. With the snow falling it was really amazing to watch!

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Old 05-26-2015, 07:07 PM   #3
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At the expo. Got to catch up with a few other folks including Sam Manicon


Sam and Nicole!!



As I was packing up. Skiflyride and his family stopped by for a chat! They had followed along my RTW ride, and was a really pleasure to meet them!!



My friend Clark.... Stuck in the mud.




On the ride back, I had a 4 rainbow day!! (4 different rainbows along the ride.... just stopped to photograph one of them...) Made me smile!!




..... Thats the first weekend in this RR. 1,000 miles riding. Nice!
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Old 05-26-2015, 07:08 PM   #4
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Few days of work, then repacking to .... Memorial day weekend ride to Baja

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Old 05-26-2015, 10:34 PM   #5
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Super interested on your trip to baja. It's a shame that I live so close and have yet to make a trip down there.
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Old 05-27-2015, 07:21 AM   #6
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Saturday Morning 6am of Memorial day. I meet up with ScubaLong (whom I have become friends with after he was reading my RTW thread, and invited me to stay on his return to USA ! Yah ADV).

We left LA area and rode south to San Diego, and then out Hwy 8 to Calexco/Mexicali border. Knowing it was a 380 Mile ride plus border we just slabbed it south as fast as possible. We are headed to Gonzaga Bay on the eastern coast of Baja.

Has some unexpected rain and cold as we headed up into the mountains.



Arrived Calexico at early. Had to stop and get some Pesos! The first two change shops had no pesos for sale



But then we had success. Long happy to have some Pesos



Back on the bikes and we head through the border crossing.



Through the border is a breeze. No passports shown, just waved in.



wahoo! sun is shining, 75-80 degrees as we ride south in BAJA.



in a couple hours we arrive in San Felipe. Good place to stop for lunch!





Some fresh fish and Fish Tacos! Yummy :bg



While having lunch the bikes attract lots of lookers.



This lovely Moroccan woman was thrilled when I suggested she take photos while sitting on my bike.



She started doing the sexy poses .....



Then off we go. another couple hours ride south before we can set up camp!



Stop for gas at the Pemex.



We turn off the road, and ride into Punta Final on the south side of Gonzaga bay. Now the adventure begins



its 7 miles of deep sand to get to the beach.



...... More later.
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Old 05-27-2015, 08:09 AM   #7
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Long was riding two up, and in the deep sand he had to work hard.



We were also not sure exactly which way to ride.... so we took a few paths, and then Long went down (no photo, so it did not happen )



Long story short. Long rode toward the camp, while I waited with his lovely wife Monique until one of his friends with a truck could come and get Monique. It was hot and after a long day of riding we did not want to get hurt. Fortunately after riding sand on my RTW ride, plus some Jimmy Lewis tips... I did well riding in deep sand!



But we made it to the camp on the beach. Longs friends were already there and all set up!



Yea!! We are here!!

Then ready for the awesome sunset.

Nice cold beer waiting us as we arrive!



Set up camp.



Then the sunset!!



Beautiful



Next morning awake to a great view ... time to enjoy the beach!



Long cooking breakfast for the group! This is living!



While the kids play at the waters edge!



Nice breakfast spread!!



Then a day to enjoy the beach



Long and Monique enjoying the beach!





Then a restful evening







and of course a fire on the beach.



Then some Nighttime photography fun!




This was fun.....







.... What a great time on the Baja beach, with Long and Monique and their friends! Wonderful way to spend the weekend!


..... Will wrap up the RR later
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Old 05-27-2015, 08:20 AM   #8
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Monday Morning. Awoke as the sun was coming over the mountains.



View from inside my tent! Left the rain fly off, as the stars were amazing!!



Note: spotted Long with tripod taking early morning photos!



Had to get the fresh ground coffee going ....



Not bad at all!


Having coffee before anyone else is awake!



Nice morning along the beach.



After we packed up..... We rode back out to the main road, on the rode that we should have ridden in on Saturday




But the adventure is not over yet..........
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Old 05-28-2015, 10:31 AM   #11
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Had to get the fresh ground coffee going ....


Looks like a nice quick trip. Can you please give info on your coffee setup?
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Old 05-28-2015, 10:46 AM   #12
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Looks like a nice quick trip. Can you please give info on your coffee setup?
I am interested on the coffee setup as well. Nothing like a great cup of Java in the morning.
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Old 05-28-2015, 12:34 PM   #13
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Will post later tonight the details. Bought the hand grinder and compact coffee pour through filter at REI. Also have the French press option on my jetboil. Small plastic sealable square Tupperware for beans. Insulated mug. Just missing the milk or half and half but I usually have it in a medium squeeze bottle!
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But the adventure is not over yet..........
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Old 05-28-2015, 11:19 PM   #15
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But too late to continue the adventure. Will have to wait until tomorrow...

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