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Old 01-14-2013, 05:14 PM   #136
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Love is in the air...
OK, that's enough of that nonsense. You 2 are the most heterosexual macho guys that I know. This not the right place for letting out any deep dark secrets. You can PM each other about any repressed feelings, and that way we can all still respect you.

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Old 01-14-2013, 05:46 PM   #137
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Oh yeah, back to riding dirt bikes in Baja!

First little warm up ride out of Loreto.





Please note the new-larger-upgraded fuel cells that I picked up for this trip.





Pretty cool scenery.





San Javier mission.





This is a picture for those of you who prefer to spend your vacation dollars on the "safe" side of the border. See the dangerous drug cartel butterfly about to attack this poor defenseless little girl.







Apparently the last hurricane made some of the bridges a bit more fun for us adventure types.









This next picture shows the great sign-language system that Rollergirl and I have developed for riding. This is the sign for "I have almost had enough for today, Honey!"





I wasn't sure what the problem was, the road ahead was just starting to look good.





"OK baby, we can race back to Loreto!"











With all the tourists here for the Christmas holidays, it was hard to find a place, amongst the crowds, to sit down and eat a few post-ride tacos.

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Old 01-14-2013, 05:55 PM   #138
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Heading back to the little house we were staying at.



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Old 01-14-2013, 06:10 PM   #139
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Rest day.

Next day.





"Come on my love, I think it might go through!"





Nope!







"I will find you some nicer, more enjoyable stuff, my wonderful wife!"









"Yes baby, I was thinking of you when I said 'more enjoyable'."





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Old 01-15-2013, 06:08 AM   #140
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Old 01-15-2013, 04:57 PM   #141
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So there we were, just riding along, heading for a little place called Agua Verde, which is kind of out of the way of most things, and we came around a corner and saw this bus parked at the side of the road. The road got a little bad after this, so we could only imagine that all the happy passengers had to walk the remaining 10 miles to the beach.





We saw their campsite quite a lot later on the beach just to the right of the little hill in the middle of this picture.








When we got to the bottom of the hill there was a little village between the beach and the road. We stopped at this palapa and a little old lady came out to see who was making all the noise. I speak a little bit of spanish, and Rollergirl speaks a different little bit of spanish. Between the 3 of us we had the following conversation:
"Hello. Is this a restaurant?"
"Good afternoon. Nope.
"Is there anywhere that we can eat?"
"You can eat here. I will make you something."
"Thank you very much! Is there anybody here that sells gas?"
"Nope. But I will ask around. How many litres do you need?"
" 2 would be good. Thanks"

Then we sat down and entertained ourselves and the local kids while we waited.





This cute and happy little girl was in a wheel chair. She has a concrete pad about 15 feet by 25 feet, and then the rest of her world is sand. She had such a positive attitude and told us about her school and then helped us with a vocabulary lesson.




After our simple meal of eggs, beans and tortillas, with a glass of Coke, we paid the little old lady and Rollergirl gave Ellena a little gift.

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Old 01-15-2013, 05:26 PM   #142
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Old 01-15-2013, 08:31 PM   #143
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Old 01-16-2013, 12:29 PM   #144
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peter, i enjoy your RR. there's so much about baja makes it alluring. the raw beauty and uncertainty are just a couple of them.

good to see RG is rolling along with you....

thanks and keep them coming.

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Old 01-16-2013, 04:33 PM   #145
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As we got up to leave, an elderly gentleman arrived with a 2 litre soda bottle full of gas. I thanked him and asked how much.
"Nada. Nothing!"
I tried to pay him anyway, but he shook his head and walked away.
The little village that we are at is about 40 miles from asphalt, and about 80 miles from a gas station or supermarket.
The people that live here have a long way to go to get supplies. I was very happy to pay, with tip, for our little lunch. I felt that it was only fair to pay for the gas too. I went back to the little old lady and gave her enough Pesos to cover 4 litres at a gas station, and asked her to give it to the old guy. This far from a gas station, I am happy to pay double for the ability to go further.

I ride a beat up 2005 KTM 450 that doesn't get anywhere near enough mechanical attention. I change the oil sometimes, and have no idea how many miles or hours the poor thing has done. This bike is awesome to ride and has never left me at the side of the trail. If I am putting along, I get about 120 miles out of my 3.4 gallon tank.

Rollergirl has a 2.3ish gallon tank and we found on this vacation that she gets about 70 miles before going on to reserve if she is taking it easy. Usually when we are riding together, I try to be back at the truck, or at a gas station, before she runs out of gas. On this ride, I spent a lot of helmet time doing fuzzy math regarding miles/gallon and miles /tank and how far we were from where I hoped there was barrel gas for sale. I carry a spare gallon in 2 pepsi bottles, and had figured that we probably were going to run out of gas quite a long way from the nearest barrel. The 2 litres extra meant that we could keep going all the way to Agua Verde, and make it to where the hope-barrel gas should be.

So we went further!





Sometimes when Rollergirl follows me, I tend to beat her up a little. Sorry baby! She is an amazing woman, and only stays pissed-off for a short time. This is Agua Verde. Turn around point. This means we should have used 50% of available energy to get here. RG makes up for being past the 50% mark by being stubborn, competitive, and incredibly resilient. I haven't told her about the fuzzy math or the hope-gas.









Heading to hope-gas.





Hooray for wild horses. Seeing them helped with our energy levels.







Oh yeah, Hooray for hope-gas too. It was there in a big barrel, just where I had hoped.
This ride helped me to break through my need for control as far as gas is concerned. I now feel that I can be a lot more comfortable riding past the point of no return and finding hope-gas.
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Old 01-18-2013, 02:25 PM   #146
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Old 01-18-2013, 04:43 PM   #147
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Isn't whynwthen a wonderfully sappy husband.
I can't figure out why he only puts pictures of me looking at horses, putting along in a gentle stream and walking down horrible rocky sections of the trail. He doesn't put in the death defying sections where there is serious question as to whether or not I am going to make it..........but I love him and thank him for taking me to the edge time and time again, to the point where I don't know where my edge is but I am having a blast finding it.
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Isn't whynwthen a wonderfully sappy husband.
I can't figure out why he only puts pictures of me looking at horses, putting along in a gentle stream and walking down horrible rocky sections of the trail. He doesn't put in the death defying sections where there is serious question as to whether or not I am going to make it..........but I love him and thank him for taking me to the edge time and time again, to the point where I don't know where my edge is but I am having a blast finding it.
Not knowing where your edge is, is a fun place to be. Finding it and flirting with it is the ultimate. I believe your husband is not taking pictures during those edge moments because he is intent on making sure you don't go over your edge....
Its great to see you still searching for it.

His job is not an easy one but what you are doing is (pardon the over used word) AWESOME
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Old 01-29-2013, 06:07 PM   #150
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A lot of Baja ride reports have pictures of dusty bikes in hotel rooms. We don't have any of those.
This is where we stayed. This is where our bikes stayed.





This made us feel safe from any thieving Canadian tourists.



The happy cop that drives this car lives about 4 doors down.



We didn't meet any other people from the gun-toting capital of the world, but we did meet a lot of very nice Canadians. They apparently hadn't been told how dangerous Mexico is. We were treated as part of the family by a few groups of these uninformed folks.

Canadian joke time!
"How do you get 30 Canadians out of a swimming pool at exactly the same time?"















Ask nicely, "Everybody out of the pool please."




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