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Old 03-12-2014, 12:52 PM   #1
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Assignment Baja: Thump, Carnaval, Memorial

Back to more northern climes after a fulfilling Baja ride........

The majority of the two weeks was spent in the company of Chabon and his mighty, mighty WR250R.

You should know that the final photos get posted first since I believe they convey the spirit of the trip.....





We spent the final three days with Burt, Brad and Lee who made a Gunn Run for a Memorial to Mike Gorman, a fellow rider on the Barronces del Cobre' ride a year ago.

Our two week tally was reflective of our self supported, dual sport intent. It included a mix of 70/30 pavement to dirt and a couple nights camped on beaches.



Good times was had.........
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Old 03-12-2014, 04:13 PM   #2
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Surprised to see myself smiling like that in the photos! Must have been masking 'the pain'.
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Old 03-12-2014, 06:18 PM   #3
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Surprised to see myself smiling like that in the photos! Must have been masking 'the pain'.
I was just listening to the Crossroads Guitar Festival 2013....guess which guitarist is one of the featured playas.....he's still alive......
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Old 03-12-2014, 06:45 PM   #4
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It's a long, and for the most part, fugly drive from the Wasatch Front to Yuma. I took off late Thursday afternoon, crashed on the cot at the Arizona Strip that night and motored in to Yuma on Friday.

chabon met me there at Burts hacienda. Gracias again Burt for letting us park'n'ride outta your spot. We ates some chickens and dranks a few beers. The next morning found us posing to head to Mexico.



See how clean and sparkly the bikes and us appear? Now you can appreciate the "before and after" photos....



So we zip across the border at Algodones where the bank is closed but the Visa(FMM/T) office is open. Antonio processes my paperwork and tells me to pay in La Paz...he then shows me an international gesture for women...I'm too shy to post it but I grin and leave the office. One tidbit is that the bank is closed when we get to La Paz for Saturday/Sunday Carnaval celebrations....then one of those border bees stings chabon.....thought he might swell up like a balloon but he takes it on the chin, or neck, and bucks up.



We ride through the agri zones and small towns looking for a banco to get him some gasolina pesos.....



chabon finds a spot, pays somebody's electric bill then puts his card into a real ATM and voila, he's got money to burn....at 13:1 exchange rate...



We push on for lunch and finally hit Mexico 5. I've always used Mex 2 and payed the toll to get to 5 and now I know why. We spent a ton of time threading through Saturday morning traffic through all the small towns heading south. Interesting sights and sounds of the border zone but not a quick and easy ride. Lunch was good. That's Mark Cuban drinking a Coke on the poster.....Tosta and drink special....



No sag wagon for us, we're on our own, tools, tubes, spare parts will be hard to come by....I think chabon has some photos of the unreliable KTM needing a turn signal repaired.....those racing bikes are such a pain to keep running.....just lucky to make it across the border.....any border....
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Old 03-13-2014, 11:17 AM   #5
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You aren't in Baja until you get further south and we finally made Pete's Camp our first night destination.



Our closest neighbors had a real tent home and the residents were great. chabon decided to try a brew and we settled in.

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Old 03-16-2014, 09:16 AM   #6
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Okay, need to take a break on doing my taxes, and need to get this report rolling.

Scene of the first 'rider down' (still in Yuma, Thanks Burt). No photo so this probably doesnt count.


IMGP0425 by DDMcGinnis, on Flickr

Ready to Roll


IMGP0427 by DDMcGinnis, on Flickr

Scene of the first KTM repair (still in Yuma), only a loose wire, collateral damage from the little mishap.


IMGP0430 by DDMcGinnis, on Flickr

Five minutes into Mexico and a bee finds the only 1/2 square inch of exposed flesh on my body and attacks at 50 mph. Pretty good aim if you ask me. Right in the jugler vein.


IMGP0435 by DDMcGinnis, on Flickr

Notice the new Revzilla Sand gloves? My birthday present from my wife . They worked out good. Nice and cool. I usually wear leather, but my hands are always hot and sweaty.


IMGP0436 by DDMcGinnis, on Flickr

First Mexico bike porn. It's actually a 2008 WR250X with lowering links, but otherwise pretty much stock.


IMGP0439 by DDMcGinnis, on Flickr

Onward to San Felipe, our first night in Mexico.


IMGP0440 by DDMcGinnis, on Flickr

This probably looks familiar to a lot of you..... dry lake.


IMGP0441 by DDMcGinnis, on Flickr

Stayed at Pete's camp. Pretty much had this end of the beach to ourselves. The neighbors brought us beer, water, crackers...


IMGP0444 by DDMcGinnis, on Flickr

Low tide


IMGP0445 by DDMcGinnis, on Flickr

Really Low Tide


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Tomorrow we ride to points south.......
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Old 03-16-2014, 11:55 AM   #7
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Wow, a week to end the first day.....

The sunrise was spectacular over the Sea of Cortez.



Our neighbor, Pamela, gave us an Adventure farewell and we headed south to visit Coco.



We wheeled through San Felipe to check out the Sunday morning malecon view.



The pavement ended at the Gonzaga Pemex that day, it extends further now. A bit overcast to start the day but we never did see more than a few drops.



Lava rock bike porn....



The only real bike drop of the trip for me was in some thigh deep sand after Gonzaga. No pics but full disclosure....

I thought the road after Gonzaga to Coco's was in bad condition. There were two 18 wheelers stuck at the bottom of the wash. They had the road pretty well blocked for any larger vehicles. chabon didn't seem to mind.



Coco was in a playful mood......"What, more people who know me?"



The road out to Chapala was in better condition, there was another 18 wheeler there with another broken axle. And then we stopped in the Cordon forest to see if a big black bird needed to take a shit....I don't think chabon trusted her....

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Old 03-16-2014, 11:00 PM   #8
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OK, let's finish day #2



cause everybody knows the salute......

And we've got to get to somewhere......



Even if I skipped two Pemex stations with no Premium (rojo)......

The bikes get tethered together in the Villa gravel and we had flushing toilets and hot water.....life was good.....clean up and get ready for the morn......which would take us somewhere where the bitches aren't raped 5-6 times during the night.....dog city.......No......bahia de los angeles....and where was the Adv buddy who could meet us there?



Good thing the ride to the mission only entailed the wall behind our beds.....

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Old 03-16-2014, 11:54 PM   #9
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Old 03-17-2014, 05:59 PM   #10
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Goooooooooo
Alrighty then......

The next morning looked great



The kids were having a parade and we had seats on the veranda.
Good thing the kids had Policia to keep the unruly crowds at bay...oh ya......the Bahia de Los Ageles.....



Elementaria....



This is the stuff of why I'm here..........

But then we're out of here and back to the junction where there is a group of GS riding, mainland Mexican motos. chabon looks thrilled to make their acquaintance, possible' since he has taken a detour into the cactus on a side road?



Welcome to the machine....Kenneth is Gaelic for El Guapo..............and that is me........



?Edit: if chabon don't kick back in...I have access to his photos and I will post them up.......
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Old 03-17-2014, 06:34 PM   #11
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I'm being punished at work for taking vacation. Seems like I have to make up all the hours I was gone. Makes a vacation kind of pointless! So I got even with them by turning in my retirement papers! That will teach them . I still have 72 working days (who's counting?). But if I take my 24 vacation days and get sick for 6 days that helps.

If you need to take some of my photos go for it. I will try to catch up a little bit tonight.
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Old 03-17-2014, 07:02 PM   #12
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Back at day 2. The Score 250 will be in San Felipe the next weekend. We get out of town ahead of them.


IMGP0453 by DDMcGinnis, on Flickr

Ken made me take his picture.


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Nice ride down the coast, cloud cover made the tempertures nice.


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Slow down for Coco's


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A little washboardy, but pleasant.


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A bit rocky in places


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the crow never moved. Not sure if it is real or fake


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What was Ken say about skipping a couple gas stations? Glad I had the Rotopax. At least I got rid of the old California gas I had been carrying around for 6 months (did I mention that to you Ken?). Slight miscalculation on his fuel tank size.


IMGP0474 by DDMcGinnis, on Flickr

See Ken's laser beam headlight? You could see it for miles. All I had were a bunch of high visibility stickers for joggers. You may notice them in other photos, I stuck them all over the place.


IMGP0475 by DDMcGinnis, on Flickr

Made it to Bay of Los Angeles. Don't call this place BOLA in front of Coco, or maybe you should, just to see his reaction.


IMGP0477 by DDMcGinnis, on Flickr

Happy dolphin tiles We checked out all the hotels in town. Everyone seemed to be staying at an expensive one down by the water. We negotiated a deal at another spot. We were the only guests that night. Had a nice dinner there.


IMGP0480 by DDMcGinnis, on Flickr


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A little White Zin. Nasty jail house brew. Think it was made with plums. Used it for mouth wash, but ended up leaving it for the maid.


IMGP0487 by DDMcGinnis, on Flickr

Tomorrow we head to San Ignacio.....
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Old 03-17-2014, 07:26 PM   #13
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Is that the LA Getto wine.....?



Probably the WORST wine I've ever had the pleasure of drinking and brushing my teeth with.....

Good to see that you're back on board for the RR....of course the JOB will penalize you for enjoying your vacation. That's their job and just one of the reasons that "I'm retired" from the Bullshite.....don't flunk retirement.....


Keith Richards is still alive........as of this time/date.......
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