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Old 02-01-2011, 04:43 PM   #91
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More awesome pics, man I miss baja
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Old 02-05-2011, 06:14 AM   #92
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Osadabwa – Desert = Awesome – Although, I don’t know if it can compare to lions, hippos, giraffes, and rhinos it is beautiful desert. Who knows, maybe one day we can help each other out.

desertRdr – I assume it is merely due to logistics. I was going to guess that the Bill Nichol’s Rock trail was easier W to E but SP’s Dad already shared his expertise.

SP’s Dad – Cheers!

BikePilot – Thank you, thank you, thank you!


Maybe this is a good time to say this, BABs helped me a bunch this time by sharing his photos to help supplement this year’s report, thanks brah!
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Old 02-05-2011, 06:19 AM   #93
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Veintidós Días al Este

We heard AG rummaging around well before sunrise, just waiting to see the first light. At the first hint, we heard the BANG BANG BANG! “COME ON GUYS LET’S GET READY AND GO,” in his typical quiet voice. We had another one of Bill Nichol’s little gem’s, well at least the easy half of it, on the docket and it wasn’t going to be a huge feat but we wanted to make it back early for a New Years Eve dinner in town. Waking up early did give me a chance to take a few prerrrrty pictures of the bay.

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Pretty soon we hopped on the trail and headed out to the highway.

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This one is not too rocky or technical and can be ridden pretty fast. There is really only one little thing to worry about.

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It’s pretty amazing what the spikes can do, straight thorough a hand guard with out a problem.

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BABs soon remembered one good little thing to think about when doing bike setup for Baja. These are OK:

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But these are ideal:

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Before long we hopped on a fast 2-track and headed back for camp.

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I really don’t know how to explain it but there is just something about riding side by side with a good friend, power sliding around the corners, knowing that they will stay in their lane and just railing it. Perhaps slightly overstated, but Baja is the best place in the world to do this. There are so many fast, sandy 2-tracks. I won’t admit it but I kind had a little pumpkin envy riding next to the 525. Mainly, I just wish the ol’ DRZ had a 6th gear, I can’t tell you how many times I have wished that wish though.

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It is always cool seeing these “century plants” in bloom, and there is just something about the boojum tree.

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We made it back early, took a shower in maybe the hottest showers I have experienced in Baja, albeit with no water pressure, and rode into town. George, his wife, BABs and I all decided on the lobster.

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It was good but not exactly Mexico prices at $40 (US) with a couple drinks and lobster stuffed mushrooms for an appetizer, no complaints though.

We headed back and lit a fire but it was no use, there was no way we were making it till the New Year. Apparently there use to be a huge party in Bahia de los Angeles for New Years Eve but after “Papa” Díaz passed away, without his iron fist, things got out of hand at the parties so those days are gone, according to AG. So we just called it an early night.
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Old 02-05-2011, 07:13 AM   #94
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That all looks way too fun. love the report!
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Old 02-05-2011, 12:18 PM   #95
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I love that trail!

It is so much fun.

Great Pics!
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Old 02-06-2011, 09:29 AM   #96
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Hi Zach, Nice report. I am one of the guys you ran into at Santa Ynes. You did a lot better job on pictures than we did. We were really jealous of you guys riding light. I know what you mean about pumpkin envy, I am looking for 6th a lot
on my XR, but it's a good tractor.
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Old 02-06-2011, 06:30 PM   #97
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Look at this video that the guys on the Rip to the Tip put together on Bill Nichol’s Rock Trail, (post #2 on this RR). Keep in mind all of these riders are considered EXPERT OR ABOVE and are fully supported.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UamRbNs8v0E
Candy asses, I can throw a backpack on and ride down from My house in San Diego and do that solo.

Yes, I am the guy that pulls PAB out when he donkeys it in the silt beds......
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Old 02-07-2011, 07:36 AM   #98
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...in his typical quiet voice.
haha, gotta love AG.

Ride reports pretty spot on so far Z, lookin' good!
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Old 02-07-2011, 08:00 AM   #99
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Usually I wait, but…

VxZeroKnots – Thanks man, looking forward to seeing more of your photos on your report.

SP's Dad – Thanks again!

satmike – It was awesome BSn with you guys that night, good fellowship there indeed. Those Jap bikes need to get with it, but if I remember right, my old KLX300 had a 6th gear. Hope to run into you again one day.

BDKW1 – LOL, awesome! On your KLR, I mean KLX of course.

BAB's – Welcome n00b, now we just need your contributions…….
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Old 02-07-2011, 09:25 AM   #100
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thanks for a great report !!
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Old 02-08-2011, 11:04 AM   #101
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Ahhhh Beautiful Baja

Thanks Guys for not sharing the GPS files............. Gee I told G.G. not to share them........ but he did, with you......... so it's the last he'll EVER get from me.........especially not the new 110 miles of new trail G.G. doesn't know about. Baja Dog Jimmy Sones
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Old 02-08-2011, 02:41 PM   #102
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Nice photos & RR. Those were perfect conditions and absolutely gorgeous with everything so green and in full bloom. Now I'm all hyped up for our ride next month. I'm actually going to hook up with the Rockman himself for a few days of glorious single track, many of the same ones you guys were on. The guy is a 70 yr old stud and I havn't ridden with him for 8 yrs when we were "burning in" the "rock trail" and "window rock trail"
As far as "sharing trails", I think it's better done in person (without a gps), It's more fun that way. I've only taken a gps down to Baja one time over the years and I really didn't need it then.
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Old 02-08-2011, 07:30 PM   #103
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Thanks Guys for not sharing the GPS files............. Gee I told G.G. not to share them........ but he did, with you......... so it's the last he'll EVER get from me.........especially not the new 110 miles of new trail G.G. doesn't know about. Baja Dog Jimmy Sones
So when can I get a ride on the new section?
As far as I'm concerned, GPS really takes the adventure out of it. I have never owned one and never will. I do all My navigating prairie dog style, stand up on the pegs for a better view and decide where to go from there. Most of these guys couldn't find the trails again if you took away there GPS's anyways.........

My one concession to modern technology is the spot tracker. As much stupid stuff as I do it may come in handy some day.......
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Old 02-08-2011, 09:41 PM   #104
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Thanks Guys for not sharing the GPS files............. Gee I told G.G. not to share them........ but he did, with you......... so it's the last he'll EVER get from me.........especially not the new 110 miles of new trail G.G. doesn't know about. Baja Dog Jimmy Sones
Awesome that you are here on ADV. I wanted to say that the DA have much respect for you and the things you have created that others, like me, get to enjoy.

We are trying to keep up the Baja tradition of loving her and taking care of her. I hope to make roost with many of you some day soon.

Not sure who is claiming they pull me out of the silt but yeah sometimes things happen and I've only been pulled out of the silt in Loreto recently so I'm guessing T the SCORE course marker or B who is his sidekick.

GPS... sure you guys are gnarly and say you don't need anything with you..... but..... I think I remember better than most but when the chips are down or it's dark and there are no land marks I admit I have some back up. In this day I think it's dumb not to have a GPS, Sat phone and a Spot Tracker... I don't care what you call me, I have my style and you have yours.

I will never share a GPS route no matter how many times asked. There are too many places many people shouldn't be.

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Old 02-13-2011, 12:42 PM   #105
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Thanks!

Just Paul, 2x1foo, BDKW1, PAB – Thanks guys, much appreciation.

Personally I wouldn’t be able to find my own house if I didn’t have it marked as a waypoint, but I always figured that the only ones that don’t like GPSs don’t because they can’t figure out how to use them.

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Dear Mr. Sones,

I don’t know you, but I know that you are THE MAN. As one of the main contributors to these majestic single-lines I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for all that you have done. I know how much hard work goes into making trails, BABs and I both do. Plus, don’t worry about little old me; I didn’t even spin out the rear on the opening hill of the Rock Trail, on George’s bike or mine, and maybe put my feet down twice on two trips up, promise.

Even more, George made us deposit our GPSs in the scorpion pit nightly for safekeeping, each morning they were whipped clean with the next day’s route on them. I still don’t know how he got them out but you know George, he’s crazy.
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