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Old 01-07-2013, 11:35 AM   #61
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From Loreto we headed south again and ended up in La Paz.



we got straight up into a Torta - not 5 minutes after arriving at the beach



there were so many butterflies in the air on the way down, I could feel them splattering down the sleeves of my jacket. When we stopped, butterflies would fly out of my sleeves.



over all, La Paz is very busy, lots of traffic, almost no signs of any kind..... I wasnt that excited about it to be honest. That might have been also because they was an APPLEBEE'S there.



WTF?

in front of our hotel




we stayed with a nice Ex Pat lady - the view from her hotel







Whats some good transportation for La Paz you say? Why not a Hyabusa?



all in all - too touristy for me. I wasnt sad to move on

the next day we moved onto Todos Santos - which I liked much better. Way more local - down home.... real Baja

road to our hotel



our "walk" to the beach



gotta watch out for these...



and these...



the beach was something else though....







Todos Santos.... worth staying for a few days!



after running around all day - its good to stop and get an ice cream

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Old 01-07-2013, 11:40 AM   #62
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- this truck was easily going 70-75+ and had zero interest in letting us pass. It was insane - he was in the middle of the lane, totally hammer down. I slowed way down because there could have been another truck doing the same coming the other way and I did not want to have anything to do with a cataclysm like that...

Those trucks travel back and forth between a quarry just east of Ojos Negros and Ensenada multiple times per day. The drivers get paid by the load and believe me that they get to see all kinds of stupid shit on that road. When they are east bound (and empty) they are big enough and fast enough to simply let them do their own thing and stay out of their way. When west bound (and loaded) they are really really slow and so long they are hard to pass
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Old 01-07-2013, 12:16 PM   #63
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Those trucks travel back and forth between a quarry just east of Ojos Negros and Ensenada multiple times per day. The drivers get paid by the load and believe me that they get to see all kinds of stupid shit on that road. When they are east bound (and empty) they are big enough and fast enough to simply let them do their own thing and stay out of their way. When west bound (and loaded) they are really really slow and so long they are hard to pass
we were almost killed - and I mean missed us by inches - at least once on this road. Honestly I thought we were done.... it was scary
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Old 01-07-2013, 01:56 PM   #64
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we were almost killed - and I mean missed us by inches - at least once on this road. Honestly I thought we were done.... it was scary
Things get exciting when one of those trucks comes across something like this going the other way!:





Of course tagging one of those concrete poles is not an option! The guys in the 5th wheel were really lucky to have prolly the only cement shoulder on the entire highway right there when he needed it! Jajajajaja!

Nice write up BTW.

Oh, also Coco is bat shit crazy to say the least!
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Old 01-07-2013, 02:28 PM   #65
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Baja is a great part of the world....but a few comments....

it is in Mexico.....not California.....(".... middle of the desert - Baja, CA....")




And a guy needs to spend a bit of time looking around BoLA just to appreciate the variety of the desert there and the riding opportunities.... ("....once in Bay of LA I was surprised to see.... there really isnt much of anything there. I thought for sure it would be more of a resort area.... but there is just.... nothing.....")....

Too bad you didn't stay in town in BoLA ... my first impressions in 1994 were on a cold wet day and I didn't like it much either....but these days I think it is a great place to spend at least several days exploring the area...

("......I put the centerstand down and the bike just fell over....").....yep....its sand




(....we took the main road into town which just seemed to end near the beach.....)

..... Wow....too bad you didn't have a map with that crappy GPS....you TOTALLY missed Mulege....and landed up at La Serenidad Hotel near the mouth of the river and area where fishermen set out from.... Mulege is a gem if you like the more typical Baja....

A bit of research would have helped you enjoy this part of Baja more...

("A few years ago my wife came down here on a cruise and got suckered into one of those timeshare deals. The wife called me and it sounded like a good deal from what she said on the phone. I have her the green light for it but as it turns out the actual cost of the timeshare was about 10 times what she said on the phone.
Needless to say when I found out I was upset. We were in Loreto because one of the time share locations was there and we were there to take advantage of what we had paid for....")


("This place is reserved for super pasty-ass white people....)

Looks like you found the right spot








("... also this is probably the only part of the trip that I can offer as being unique..." ).......

You are sounding a bit critical and cranky....hope your mood picks up so you can enjoy Baja a bit more...

Thanks for the pics and story......
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Old 01-07-2013, 02:40 PM   #66
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ing.....")Wow....too bad you didn't have a map with that crappy GPS....you TOTALLY missed Mulege....and landed up at La Serenidad Hotel near the mouth of the river and area where fishermen set out from.... Mulege is a gem if you like the more typical Baja....
well we went through downtown Mulege - all the tiny streets. It is beautiful and very small. We went all the way through town and you can see where the road had been completely destroyed. There was a kind of boardwalk or something there and a dirt road had been built around it but some of the original road is still being used. Just dont drive into the water.
There wasn't a place to stay that my wife was very interested in so we moved to the other side of town.
And yes the GPS is crappy.
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Old 01-07-2013, 05:52 PM   #67
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And yes the GPS is crappy.
I have to say I'm with motoged on this. Buy a map and your GPS will be much happier though the POIs and auto-routing for Mexico are still a little sparse.

Enjoying the RR, they are all different and unique to the author but the contradictions and ironies in this one boarder on humorous. Looking forward to the next installment!

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I have to say I'm with motoged on this. Buy a map and your GPS will be much happier though the POIs and auto-routing for Mexico are still a little sparse.

Enjoying the RR, they are all different and unique to the author but the contradictions and ironies in this one boarder on humorous. Looking forward to the next installment!

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I had tons of maps - when I can I like to navigate with both. To me the GPS isnt interesting - maps are interesting and get me excited about travel.

I understand how this thread can be ironic - Im a pasty white boy trying to escape pasty white people. I hate ugly Americans.... that just means I don't want to be one.
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Old 01-07-2013, 10:42 PM   #69
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I had tons of maps - when I can I like to navigate with both.
Guess I wasn't clear. I don't think it is fair to be so critical of a GPS (3X? so far in this RR) when you have not loaded detailed local maps to it. I always carry paper as well but having GPS with detailed maps has provided another tool for the kit.

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Guess I wasn't clear. I don't think it is fair to be so critical of a GPS (3X? so far in this RR) when you have not loaded detailed local maps to it. I always carry paper as well but having GPS with detailed maps has provided another tool for the kit.

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well the GPS came loaded with North America, just like my last Garmin. As soon as we crossed the border the lines and markings on the GPS no longer had anything to do with what was actually happening on the ground. Every now and then we would be driving on a "road" but usually it showed us in the ocean, up on a mountain somewhere but usually it was just an arrow in space.
It's my fault for not having done my homework more carefully but I just assumed that if a GPS company shows a road on the GPS, it might actually be consistent with where the road actually is.
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ok - the gps has the wrong maps, im a pasty white guy with no inner vision blah blah blah....

back to the trip


Here is one of the many Military stops on our trip. These guys were always very busniess-like but never rude or pushy. Many of them were genuinely interested in the bike and where we had been. Some of them could care less.
They almost always went through our stuff and we were usually on our way within minutes.

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Applebee's are all over Mexico as are Walmarts and plenty of other US corporations.
It's not like Mexico is in the dark ages and got indoor plumbing last week.
For a guy who hates ugly Americans you sure are ripping on what you find vrs just taking it in as it comes.
Sounds like ugly American syndrome to me.
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I had tons of maps - when I can I like to navigate with both. To me the GPS isnt interesting - maps are interesting and get me excited about travel.

I understand how this thread can be ironic - Im a pasty white boy trying to escape pasty white people. I hate ugly Americans.... that just means I don't want to be one.
I lived in Mexico for a year and every paper map i had sucked...and i'm a map guy. This is how I navigated all the time. http://www.bicimapas.com.mx/LatAm_Eng.htm I used my paper maps for the big picture and used my gps to accurately get them there.
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Old 01-08-2013, 12:38 PM   #75
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Thanks for taking the time to share the trip with us. I for one am enjoying this road trip. A Baja road trip is certainly on my bucket list after following some on here.

I'll have to get my wife to read this report. She is still a no go on Mexico.

I don't want a stinking Applebees across from my hotel either.
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