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Old 03-16-2013, 07:06 AM   #46
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Tony,

Epic first ride day! That's a lot of miles and a lot to take in on one day of Baja let alone the first day!


You are correct that was the location that we had to turn around in 2010 after the hurricanes that had destroyed many roads in northern Baja that year. It had taken us over 2 hours to ride the first 4 miles of the road out of Mikes to the Observatory highway when the road just....ended. We walked for a mile or so looking for it to continue, but nothing. Just devistation. Not knowing what was up ahead and with all the washouts we had already ridden through we thought it best to just turn around and find another way to the Pacific side.

Kevin working through rocks left behind after the flooding



This was our turn around point...no more road. Glad to see it has been re opened now!
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Old 03-16-2013, 07:13 AM   #47
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[...] Magoo said something about the Mag-Whoops and bar to ground contact. [...]
Well, since the bar-to-ground contact wasn't *observed*, it's not a 5.


Again, love the pics!!

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Old 03-16-2013, 07:30 AM   #48
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Well, since the bar-to-ground contact wasn't *observed*, it's not a 5.


Again, love the pics!!

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Good call Laurie!


No pics...didn't happen!
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Old 03-16-2013, 08:55 AM   #49
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Great pics keep coming! I couldnt imagine riding along side the ocean like that.
How large were the cliffs, they looked massive.
Amazon chicks are so awesome.
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Old 03-16-2013, 04:26 PM   #50
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jumping ahead, thread-stealing post.......puppy from San Francisquito!

this little pup was soo cool!!



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Old 03-16-2013, 05:22 PM   #51
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I had a chicken Caesar salad.

That's not really enough food for a guy who's been riding all day, is it?


Haha - I've been waiting for the puppy photos, but I thought they were going to be new ones,
not ones that I took...


I'll keep waiting.
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Old 03-16-2013, 05:33 PM   #52
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soon, grasshopper.....---loving your ride report!....
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Old 03-17-2013, 07:36 AM   #53
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This was probably the most scenic day through the mountains.
When Big Sproket was stuck at the edge of the wash out , I thought I'll help him turn his bike arround and ride it through the wash out to pay him back for all he has done. Can't believe I dropped his bike!!! Well sombody had to crash it, because Kevin wasn't going to do it. He and Bruce were the only riders not to take soil samples on this trip. I'll have to re-pay Kevin in another way.As for the chica in the bar, what happens in Baja stays in Baja!!!I gotta go now , someone is blowing a whissle outside , he's probably lost.....
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Old 03-17-2013, 08:45 AM   #54
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Gotta go now , someone is blowing a whissle outside , he's probably lost.....
Was it three longs, three shorts and three longs? Did you find a note?

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How large were the cliffs, they looked massive.
Amazon chicks are so awesome.
I would say maybe 60 feet average. Those previous sea side photos it was a long ways down.

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Haha - I've been waiting for the puppy photos, but I thought they were going to be new ones,
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Ms Little Wan, you guys riding that big bike two up and ripping through technical sand and rock stuff is amazing. Your hubby is a big dude who certainly can handle the bike and the weight. You guys ride together very well.




Read Ms. Wans report here: http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=867128

We crossed many of the same trails as you guys.

Here is the puppy shot. We suggested that the dogs name should be Magoo?


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Old 03-17-2013, 09:31 AM   #55
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We crossed many of the same trails as you guys.

Here is the puppy shot. We suggested that the dogs name should be Magoo?


Awww, so cute!!

Magoolito!



Hey, thanks for the plug (and the very kind words)!
I try and take lots of trail pics, I know it's fun to see that stuff later.
Oh, I think we went into Mike's close to the way you went out...
(except we found an easier way through that ravine/creek.)
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Old 03-17-2013, 12:39 PM   #56
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Ride Day #2



Today we ride along more Pacific coast side beaches and cliffs, then we head to Moma Espinosa's Restaurant in El Rosario for brunch. From Mom's we head inland, cactus forest single track, silt city riding and wrecks.



The day was a bit dreary and I think it may have rained over night?




As we near the cliff sides and start our ride along the beaches we got this picture, misty.


Picture bomb coming........




Surfers paradise maybe.
















Mama's



She is a legend in Baja


Delightful food


The unofficial Baja 1000 museum is part of visiting here.









Coming up next we leave the coastline and head for single track awesomeness.

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Old 03-17-2013, 12:53 PM   #57
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I've enjoyed the first two days of your ride and am looking forward to the rest of the adventure! Thanks for sharing it with all of us!

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Old 03-17-2013, 04:39 PM   #58
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Mama Espinoza's was a highlight on the Baja ride, along with Mike's Sky Ranch, San Francisquito, Coco's Corner, and Gonzaga Bay----

A ton of Baja memorabalia inside Mama's, I spent about 20 minutes walking around checking it all out!

Vintage old Honda XR500 at Mama's:



I had the same bike (not nearly as clean or race-ready) back in the day:



(garage refrigerator is sporting a brand new steeker from Mama's!)


a small fraction of the wall art at Mama's!



we figured it was Day 2 of the ride, time to make sure that Captain Nemo had the ADV salute down properly, so we had him practice at the end of the day (after a couple of cervezas).......



Here's a great picture of our ride leader, Big Sprocket, halfway through Day 2:




I'm gonna let A-Team elaborate on the awesome singletrack and sand that we rode after brunch at Mama's, ending up in Catavina for the night:
(barrel gas is the first order of business upon arrival in Catavina!)



somehow, LittleWan was able to provide us with a picture of the blonde Amazon from the bar in Hotel de Jardines in San Quentin...



this was after Captain Nemo had showed her his moves......
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Old 03-17-2013, 08:20 PM   #59
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Great stuff Captain Magoo.

After leaving Mama's, a highlight for sure we continued south along the coastline. Bahia Rosario was on our right, a really pretty bay leading to a geographic point on the coast until you get to a huge bay and whale watching hot spot; Bahia de Sebastian Vizcaino and Port of Guerrero Negro. A long ways south from where we were but soon to visit there. We immediately fell in love with a large group of tourista's from the US of A.










Burq Magoo


MacGyver.


Nice shot of our guide Kevin.

Knowing techy stuff is ahead, Chuck and I gave Magoo a trials lesson. I think we were talking about peg pressure and angulation or the Amazon woman?


Speaking of practicing good form. Chuck's practice was paying off, look at his form, nearly perfect.


We said goodbye to the ocean and headed for what Big Sprocket said is very fun single track. There is a pattern developing here. When Kevin says single track and really cool in the same sentence, beware Team Magoo.


The setting sun cast a nice shadow on Kevin.


The road is easy.


But this kind of riding didn't last long. It became awesome.


Rubber necking.


What is Chuck doing here?


A meeting of the board.










Wow, this is just a great picture.


Cactus forest riding was supreme but changed quickly. Dry sandy trails with big black round nappy headed rocks were semi buried in the sand. Some rocks would move and others were solid. The riding was first gear, very difficult. El Spockito lost the trail near some farm land and the silt & powder riding was intense. We came across a couple of ranchers burning stuff. Not sure what the hell they were burning and or why, but the trail was very hot, very dusty and very hard. I think Magoo had several slow speed drops, wrecks, dismounts or in trials; a five. I had my first and last slow speed get off. I thought I had it saved but the bike was just too heavy and it stalled. Chuck was right behind me, I know he was laughing at me. This trail sucked, it was not fun and it changed a lot. Out of the powder and up onto hard Oboma Head rocks. Although a bit better in control, the beating the bike and body took navigating through these land mines was hard work. At least we would not have to go back and ride this stuff again, so keep moving down the trail, keep pressing on. There is little doubt that the second day of riding was going to end in the dark. Not good to be riding at dark in Baja, but we were in Baja so bring it on.

We make it to Highway 1, the road into Catavinia.


If I never ride in deep silt again, that will be too soon. Barrel gas is obtained.


Check in at the Hotel Mission Santa Clara. It was a great place and good food, as standard so far.


Mr. Speed control issues Sutton had to ride a bit of trials on the porch at the hotel.


Dinner was great.



And the bikes were secure.



A great day of cactus forest riding, beach side beauty, silt and powder hell, a few wrecks, killer sunset coming in on the slab.



Tomorrow is finally a beach ride!!!!! More Oboma head riding and we stop in Guerrero Negro.

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