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Old 08-01-2012, 09:45 AM   #16
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Dafoole, we had a couple new to dirt riders with us on our trip and they rode most everything. My thoughts are that you have quite a while Before you leave, maybe get him to do some local dirt roads to get comfortable. Put on some fresh TKC- 80 tires and go for it! Not saying do anything tough but if you guys have 3 weeks you should hit some of the out of the way places. Just my two cents though! Either way your going to have a blast!!
Talked with him about this yesterday. He's young, tough and thus stoopid.... Naw, in all fairness I did make him aware we were going to HAVE to do some dirt roads to see some good stuff and he is game. He didn't grow up on dirt bikes like I did and is thus a bit leery. I do plan on getting him onto a few dirt roads when we can get a chance in the next few months.

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TE=ADV Fool;19257964]Not only that but it would be good practice for the construction zones!!!
This is true! your gonna get dirt weather you want it or not![/QUOTE]

I agree... I'm pretty much game for anything except big rocks and deep sand. OK on DRZ, not so much on a loaded S10 with my old f'd up knees.

Still looking for recommendations on cool places to stay. Mostly hotels, a bit of camping. For sure visits will be Bahia Todos Santos, Bahia de los Angeles, Bahia Santa Rosalillita, Mulege, San Carlos, to name a few. Will probably bypass Cabo and maybe La Paz owing to the tourist influence (inflated prices...)
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Old 08-01-2012, 11:30 PM   #17
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OK here goes..................crossing at Tecate take the toll road down La Rumarosa then south to San Felipe. I like George's for a Motel and a must for great breakfast. Rice and Beans for dinner. Then ride south past Puertocitos taking the dirt road, lunch atGonzaga Bay then past Coco's Corner and out to Highway 1 at Laguna Chapala. South to BOLA and stay at Costa Del Sol..........see VIctoria for the room and a great margirita and dinner under the palapa. For Dirt in the morning go south on the Baja 1000 course and go to San Fransquito. From there take the easy way to El Arco and then out to Visciano. South on Hwy 1 and stay in San Ignacio or continue south if you can make it stay in Mulege. If you don't want dirt then double back and take Hwy 1 south to the next destination. In Mulege I don't remember the place's name , something like Carlos but you park in the courtyard and the rooms and food is great. In Loreto, I like the Oasis on the south end of the malecon. South and stay in La Paz which is a great city where Cabo is for the tourist. You can also do Los Barriles on the east cape there is a place call El Sol I think that has a nice pool and bar plus it is a lay back place. The roooms have great a/c and there is 3 meals a day included in the overall price.

Think this over and get back to me for more dirt roads or questions

Are you going to be GPS equipped ? If so I could give you some of the tracks especially for the dirt stuff.

The most important thing is remember to gas up every time you can even if you have only gone 50 miles. Gas in some areas could be a major issue at times.
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Old 08-02-2012, 07:08 AM   #18
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OK here goes..................crossing at Tecate take the toll road down La Rumarosa then south to San Felipe. I like George's for a Motel and a must for great breakfast. Rice and Beans for dinner. Then ride south past Puertocitos taking the dirt road, lunch atGonzaga Bay then past Coco's Corner and out to Highway 1 at Laguna Chapala. South to BOLA and stay at Costa Del Sol..........see VIctoria for the room and a great margirita and dinner under the palapa. For Dirt in the morning go south on the Baja 1000 course and go to San Fransquito. From there take the easy way to El Arco and then out to Visciano. South on Hwy 1 and stay in San Ignacio or continue south if you can make it stay in Mulege. If you don't want dirt then double back and take Hwy 1 south to the next destination. In Mulege I don't remember the place's name , something like Carlos but you park in the courtyard and the rooms and food is great. In Loreto, I like the Oasis on the south end of the malecon. South and stay in La Paz which is a great city where Cabo is for the tourist. You can also do Los Barriles on the east cape there is a place call El Sol I think that has a nice pool and bar plus it is a lay back place. The roooms have great a/c and there is 3 meals a day included in the overall price.

Think this over and get back to me for more dirt roads or questions

Are you going to be GPS equipped ? If so I could give you some of the tracks especially for the dirt stuff.

The most important thing is remember to gas up every time you can even if you have only gone 50 miles. Gas in some areas could be a major issue at times.
THIS is the kind of thing I've been looking for... Appreciate it!
Have heard the same and plan to do so regarding the gas. We'll each be carrying a spare gallon as well. As far as GPS I have a 276C which I have to check as far as wether it's got Baja coverage loaded. If it does I'm sure it's pretty out dated. Not sure if I'll need to buy one of the $$$ Garmin chips....assuming they still make 'em... Kind of stoopid when it comes to the finer uses of GPS. I usually use maps and just use the GPS for confirmation.
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Old 08-13-2012, 02:46 PM   #19
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Any Baja Guides worth buying? Have seen several. Also, got a AAA Baja Map (waaay fun just looking at places...) but was wondering about the National Geographic maps. Good reviews except the "logo" issue on the northern map. Any thoughts?
BTW, for anyone wondering, we're not too intent on being at any specific place at any specific time nor are we worried about where we're staying each night. I'm used to "Baja time" having sailed there and will keep everything pretty loose. Just want to neatest things to see, best places to stay and eat! Thanks all.


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Old 08-16-2012, 08:11 PM   #20
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http://www.baja-almanac.com/

This is a great resource and more than just Baja. Was indispensable when chasing for the 1000 a few years ago.

The yurts in San Ignacio are awesome but you will probably want to make reservations. Couple from Canada run them and have wifi. A day ride out to the west coast from there is great and you can do some whale watching depending on your timing.

Loreto is a great place to hang for a day or two as well. Remember that distances/times become skewed down there. Give yourself more time than you think and you will be glad you did. The time tables in the atlas are honest.

You should be able to load LBmaps onto that Garmin just fine, only they aren't routeable but have any road you will want to ride on, and topo, and way cheaper than anything from Garmin.

I will be on the Compadre Road in October and will get you some photos to show your partner.

Have fun!

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Old 08-19-2012, 10:22 PM   #21
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Hola Mate,

If you are in SW Oregon you have tons of gravel mountain roads to prepare on. I will be doing a Cabo run in October as well so should have some more info for you after that. Also look at the 'Baja Almanac' for a little better insight.
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http://www.mexicomaps.com/mexico_roa...so?itemid=8395

This is a great resource and more than just Baja. Was indispensable when chasing for the 1000 a few years ago.

The yurts in San Ignacio are awesome but you will probably want to make reservations. Couple from Canada run them and have wifi. A day ride out to the west coast from there is great and you can do some whale watching depending on your timing.

Loreto is a great place to hang for a day or two as well. Remember that distances/times become skewed down there. Give yourself more time than you think and you will be glad you did. The time tables in the atlas are honest.

You should be able to load LBmaps onto that Garmin just fine, only they aren't routeable but have any road you will want to ride on, and topo, and way cheaper than anything from Garmin.

I will be on the Compadre Road in October and will get you some photos to show your partner.

Have fun!
Thanks! Much appreciated info! Looking forward to your RR!

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Hola Mate,

If you are in SW Oregon you have tons of gravel mountain roads to prepare on. I will be doing a Cabo run in October as well so should have some more info for you after that. Also look at the 'Baja Almanac' for a little better insight.
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I don't have any problems with gravel/dirt. I do that stuff all the time when I'm up in Oregon. It's my riding buddy who lives in CA that has the trepidation. We've planned a few overnighters for Sept/Oct to hit some dirt roads. Think I'm gonna have him do Fish Rock Road from 101 to Hwy 1. Should give him a taste that it's not such a big deal.... Looking forward to your report.
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Old 08-20-2012, 05:55 PM   #23
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Your bikes are too big

I agree. To find real adventure in Baja, you need smaller bikes.


That being said, an easy offroad trip is to head from San Ignacio down to Scorpion Bay (San Juanico). You go across the salt flats for miles on end. Then hit up a gravel road that can be rough in spots, one or two small water crossings, and pop out in San Juanico. There is no sand which is what limits you and the big bikes you are on.

Instead of racing to Cabo (which to me shouldn't be the highlight of your trip), take the hard packed sand road along the coast south of La Paz to Cabo.

There are a few suggestions. Really your offroad experience will be based off what roads you're willing to take the bikes down.

I find those who don't get off the slab really don't appreciate Baja for what it is. They just think it's boring desert and pile the miles on. It's so much more then that.

I've only done it twice, but I'd be joining my buddies this fall if I had the peso's.
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Hey Foole, I was just looking at my maps and realized I had linked the wrong one earlier. I revised the previous post with the correct one. The other one is better for the mainland but will work in a pinch in Baja but you only need the first 5 pages for just Baja.

The almanac is just baja and 22 large pages. Much better than most anything else have seen out there so far.
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Thanks for starting this thread Foole.

We are leaving 2up on our GSA heading for Cabo on Oct 26 out of Victoria BC. Plan to stop in Shasta to do a ride-in install on a Russell Day Long and a few days in San Diego. We were originally planning to head south (from Tecate) and stay more on the West side, but the previous posts are making me wonder if we should not head across towards San Felipe instead. We are not in a hurry, we have approximately 6 weeks. So lots of time to criss-cross and avoid tracing back our tracks on the same roads on the way back.

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Are you going to be GPS equipped ? If so I could give you some of the tracks especially for the dirt stuff.
Stickman, I would be up for some GPS tracks on dirt, just consider that we will be 2 up on a loaded for camping GSA. Does it matter East on the way down West on the way up? Roughly following your itinerary we miss the West stretch between Ensenada and El Rosario (south of Lazaro Cardenas). That whole stretch of dirt along the coast west of the Mex 1 seems like a really nice ride (at least on the map) . Also from Visciano Instead of South on the 1 how about west to Bahia de Tortugas then lazily south to eventually loop back to Mex 1 from Pta Abreojos?

Man it sounds like fun...

Thanks to all the previous Baja travellers, keep it coming.

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I agree. To find real adventure in Baja, you need smaller bikes.

Then we'll have a fake adventure in Baja....

That being said, an easy offroad trip is to head from San Ignacio down to Scorpion Bay (San Juanico). You go across the salt flats for miles on end. Then hit up a gravel road that can be rough in spots, one or two small water crossings, and pop out in San Juanico. There is no sand which is what limits you and the big bikes you are on.

Sounds like something worth checking out.

Instead of racing to Cabo (which to me shouldn't be the highlight of your trip), take the hard packed sand road along the coast south of La Paz to Cabo.

We're not racing to Cabo. Only going to the tip to say we did. Earlier I said we planned on avoiding Cabo. We have three weeks and are going to be farting around and doing the best we can despite our handicaps...

There are a few suggestions. Really your offroad experience will be based off what roads you're willing to take the bikes down.

I find those who don't get off the slab really don't appreciate Baja for what it is. They just think it's boring desert and pile the miles on. It's so much more then that.

We'll be doing the best we can with what we have. I don't disagree with you at all but I still think we'll have fun dawdling down the peninsula.

I've only done it twice, but I'd be joining my buddies this fall if I had the peso's.
If this turns out as awesome as I suspect, I probably will be going back.......on smaller bikes....

It's all good. Thanks for the tips.

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Hey Foole, I was just looking at my maps and realized I had linked the wrong one earlier. I revised the previous post with the correct one. The other one is better for the mainland but will work in a pinch in Baja but you only need the first 5 pages for just Baja.

The almanac is just baja and 22 large pages. Much better than most anything else have seen out there so far.
THANKS, mate!!
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Thanks for starting this thread Foole.

We are leaving 2up on our GSA heading for Cabo on Oct 26 out of Victoria BC. Plan to stop in Shasta to do a ride-in install on a Russell Day Long and a few days in San Diego. We were originally planning to head south (from Tecate) and stay more on the West side, but the previous posts are making me wonder if we should not head across towards San Felipe instead. We are not in a hurry, we have approximately 6 weeks. So lots of time to criss-cross and avoid tracing back our tracks on the same roads on the way back.



Stickman, I would be up for some GPS tracks on dirt, just consider that we will be 2 up on a loaded for camping GSA. Does it matter East on the way down West on the way up? Roughly following your itinerary we miss the West stretch between Ensenada and El Rosario (south of Lazaro Cardenas). That whole stretch of dirt along the coast west of the Mex 1 seems like a really nice ride (at least on the map) . Also from Visciano Instead of South on the 1 how about west to Bahia de Tortugas then lazily south to eventually loop back to Mex 1 from Pta Abreojos?

Man it sounds like fun...

Thanks to all the previous Baja travellers, keep it coming.

Can't wait
You are aware, of course, your bike's too big....

Will be looking forward to your trip, pics and info!

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Hey Foole, I was just looking at my maps and realized I had linked the wrong one earlier. I revised the previous post with the correct one. The other one is better for the mainland but will work in a pinch in Baja but you only need the first 5 pages for just Baja.

The almanac is just baja and 22 large pages. Much better than most anything else have seen out there so far.
I'm having trouble figuring out which atlas you're talking about based on what they're saying in the descriptions...

Is this it?? http://www.baja-almanac.com/

Can you give me a hint.....
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Hey Da Foole that is the correct map book for Baja http://www.baja-almanac.com/


Hey ac_elite give me a pm with what you are looking for and I'll see what I can do for you on the GPS tracks, plus how adapt are you 2 at off road riding 2 up in sand, rocks etc. I can give you some easy tracks all the way up to you wish you didn't take that way kind of hell ride. Let me know your needs and abiltiy level. It is tough down there sometimes with no one to bail you out of trouble on the dirt roads.

I am leaving on a trip in one week and will be gone for 2 weeks so try and be patient if you fall into that 2 week period while I am MIA.................


Also for those going GPS in Baja chaeck out http://lbmaps.com/ pretty good shit for only $40
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