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Old 03-04-2012, 09:27 AM   #1
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el groucho tour baja 2012

As the winter wears on its time to leave the northern reaches and head south for some warm weather riding. A couple of the crew have invested in a big blue bus that capable carrying 8 motorcycles and 8 over aged riders. This years ride starts at San Felipe and crisis crosses down the baja for the 10 days and 2400km of roads and single track. Bikes loaded its time to headsouth.









A 36 hour nonstop drive to the warm weather of the Baja Mexico, all the frozen burritos one can eat mixed with a few cervesa's and we are ready to head out

But first we have to make it there. In the middle of no where California the bus develops a slight tire problem. A flat tire on a bus is far more of a pain that that on the bike. So the time has come for new rubber on the rear of the bus. A couple of hours later we are underway again this time with new rubber and no speed limit.






So after the slight delay and a brief stop in Calexico we cross the border into Mexico and head on south to San Felipe.

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Old 03-04-2012, 09:42 AM   #2
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Do you have to be over-aged to get on this bus?
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Old 03-05-2012, 05:46 PM   #3
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nope you don't have to be over age but it helps
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Old 03-05-2012, 06:05 PM   #4
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I think I could fit in here?
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Old 03-05-2012, 06:53 PM   #5
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Day one starts at Kiki's in San Felipe though laguna Diablo, san Matias stop at mike sky ranch for a cerveza and ending up in on the pacific coast in Vincente Guerrero for the evening an easy day ride to start.


Life can be tough for the wildlife in the desert we can across this decorated beast that long since needed a drink









Then there is always the military check point out in the middle of the lake bed. Not sure what they though they would find but they took a look through the bags but were fascinated with the gps on the bikes. i think it more of a diversion from the regular patrols and breaks up the boredom.







A short ride later its time of a quick stop at Mikes Sky ranch for a quick refreshment and then were off






From Mikes it's off over the freshly graded road to the next turn a few km down the rode









through the old oak forest then








locked gates???? it seems that a gringo bought the land and has now blocked the road off to all motor vehicles. After riding several km's down the rode there were the gates but the locals have made tracks around them so we continued down the road. but it seems that as the free access that once existed in the baja is slowly disappearing. after speaking to the land own we headed off further down the road only to be faced with another locked gate...;;;






bit of a water crossing then is back up to the higher plateaus








but there are still some great vista that can be had


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Old 03-19-2012, 09:35 AM   #6
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Hey Randall.

Looks like a cool place to ride. Ride safe.
Try the shrimp tacos they rule.

I was in San Felipe in 96 for the baja 1000. Lots of cool land scape.

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Old 03-19-2012, 10:52 AM   #7
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We saw your blue bus at Kiki's when we were down there a few weeks ago.
Nice set up!

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Old 03-20-2012, 08:18 AM   #8
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Looking good, more please.
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Old 03-20-2012, 04:09 PM   #9
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Looking forward to this one Randall. Sorry I missed you guys by about a week. I took the 990 on the Puertecitos to Catavina single track. Let's just say that it wasnt such a good idea.
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Old 03-20-2012, 08:49 PM   #10
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The gates are there it confound the drug couriers in their trucks but they are not there to stop the gringos on there motorbikes.
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Old 03-20-2012, 09:03 PM   #11
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well, as i was/am a participant to this ride i'm looking forward to alphajory's recounting of this very fun tale! damn, now i'll have to try and figure out how to load photos to this forum??
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Old 03-20-2012, 09:06 PM   #12
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TallRob,

Over the past 30 years, I have seen more and more fences and gates going up in Baja. Mainly northern Baja.

I hope you are correct in what you say about the gates mainly being there to obstruct drug runners in their trucks.

Any more info or details on that?

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Old 03-20-2012, 09:22 PM   #13
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Old 03-21-2012, 04:24 PM   #14
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The BBW rides again. (Big Blue Wonder)
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Old 03-21-2012, 08:34 PM   #15
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I took the 990 on the Puertecitos to Catavina single track
now that would really be a hand full. it would have been great to catch up with you once again. you still thinking of a ar ride to work this summer?
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