A Ride Thru' Baja to Cabo

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  1. David13

    David13 Been here awhile

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    I leave tomorrow for Baja, and the long road to Cabo San Lucas. I have contemplated taking the boat to the mainland, but possibly I won't. I do want to take a full two weeks. Maybe the mainland ride back would be better. I've got to think about that.
    Any suggestions along those lines would be welcome.
    Since I'm on an RT, I hope to stay only on pavement, except perhaps for road repair areas, and maybe the east cape ride back to La Paz.
    My first stop is Ensenada tomorrow. And I hope to post a photo from there, and maybe one from La Mirador, the one required stop on the road to Ensenada.
    And then make a leisurely pace down 1 from there since I'm in no rush, and just want to enjoy the ride.
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    bullittman281 Been here awhile

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    Enjoy your ride! I look forward to the pics!!
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  3. Ratman

    Ratman Lucky Rider

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    Baja is good
    My experience tells me that 2 weeks isn't too much to spend on Baja. It's easy to do 500 miles a day...or more, but I'd recommend 250 and see the sights. Baja has a lot going for it.

    Spend the first night at www.coyotecals.com . The road is good all the way out to the beach ten north along the bluff 3 KM

    Have a great trip, David. where are you leaving from?
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    Bgunn Mucha distancia

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    +1 Baja is nice this time of year. Take lots of good ones.....:clap
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  5. David13

    David13 Been here awhile

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    [​IMG]I got to Ensenada at 3:30. Cool, or cold ride, gloomy skies all the way here. So I didn't bother stopping at El Mirador. But I did stop to see the horses on the beach.
    Hopefully from here south it'll be nice and sunny, and warm. That's what I like.
    It was after 9 before I got going out of Los Angeles.
    Coco's. At the beach. But a different one where the horses are on the beach.
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  6. David13

    David13 Been here awhile

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    Well, I am in La Paz.
    I have taken no more photos. Just riding. And it was tough with some very strong winds.
    Mulege is a very nice little old town. But a bit on the tattered side.
    La Paz has grown tremendously since the last time I was here, but I guess that's to be expected. And it appears to have a lot of the problems of the big city.
    I'm about to leave for Cabo San Lucas, so I may start taking some photos.
    One GS and one Harley, a pair from Salinas now about to head north, from here, in the next room. Let me get a photo to post later.
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  8. David13

    David13 Been here awhile

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    I finally got some photos.
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  9. David13

    David13 Been here awhile

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    And an explanation of the photos.
    My machine in the 'compound' in La Paz. My first, and most important friend in La Paz. Donna and Kurt from Salinas leaving to take 7 days to get back to Salinas.
    The view from my room in Cabo.
    dc
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  10. SoosCreek

    SoosCreek Angle of Repose...

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    I am headed to La Paz next week. What hotel did you stay and what did you pay? Was it secure?
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  11. azcagiva

    azcagiva new orange flavor

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    I have been waiting for a chance to post this pic, I noticed your avatar. This was taken in san felipe on the malecon.
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    Looks like a nice trip.

    -John
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  12. David13

    David13 Been here awhile

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    Yes
    Maybe someone should start a thread about the Cats of Baja and Other Places, or something. I like dogs too, but sometimes ...
    I think the same two dogs followed me from La Paz and spent the night in Cabo, last night, outside my room, barking all night long. It sounded exactly like the same two dogs.
    The cats would never do that. One of them may have done a little something funny to my front tire, but other than that ...
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  13. David13

    David13 Been here awhile

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    Went over to Dan's (Bajaho) house yesterday with he and his wife. Beautiful, and for rent when they are not here. It is definitely a rental that is well worth the price.
    Today I went for a boat ride. A guy has to get off the boat sometime.
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    Baja Ho Been here awhile

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    David
    It was great having a fellow ADV'R stop by. Enjoy the rest of your trip.
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  15. JoeyBones

    JoeyBones Encouraging Entropy

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    I'll be doing something similar on my RT in just under 3 weeks.... Although I am taking the boat over to Mazatlan after checking out Cabo. Subscribed.
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    David13 Been here awhile

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    Joey
    I'll look for your report.
    Dan
    Thanks for the hospitality. I went back to Patagonia. It was again excellent. And the boat crew all went on Friday night.
    I left Cabo this a.m. and I'm now back in La Paz in the same room. I'm waiting for my cat to come around.
    Joey
    Since I had some tremendous wind on the way down, I did think of taking the boat to Mazatlan to return that way. In fact, I think I just heard that boat leaving; they were blowing the whistle, as they pulled out.
    But the racers from the Balboa Yacht Club race arrived at the same time I did, and said the wind was the worst they had ever seen, here, in Tahiti or Hawaii.
    So I suspect that was just some type of storm and that I won't have that much wind on the way back. Next time I'll take the boat to Mazatlan and that way back.
    I went to the beach yesterday. Two photos, and then my room in La Paz.
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  17. David13

    David13 Been here awhile

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    I'm in Mulege today, which is pronounced Moo lah HEY. Not Moo Lay Hay, like two gabachos told me today. I'll take a photo tomorrow to show about that.
    I had to move to a different hotel because the original one from last week is beside the town square, and they have a horrendously loud band for a quinceanera. And the management said they would go until 3 a.m.
    Which would mean I could not sleep. But now I'm close to the highway, which may mean the trucks may keep me awake all night.
    The hotel management recommended a place 2 km to the south, down a big steep hill, off the road, called Cuesta Real. Same price. But also same as here.
    I tried to get some photos going but the internet, which is too spotty here, doesn't want to do it.
    So manana, in Catavina, where they do have some reasonable internet.
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  18. David13

    David13 Been here awhile

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    Some photos.
    First, the malecon in Loreto. Then a street scene in Loreto, and an RT parked in the street. (Mine)
    And plenty of trinkets, baubles and souvenirs for sale, for those so inclined. I got a coffee at the Fandango Cafe.
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  19. David13

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    Last night in Catavina. No internet. No good explanation for it. There was the week before.
    Anyway I'm in Ensenada tonight.
    About 25 miles north of Catavina I saw a little rain coming so I stopped to put on my rain pants. There was a somewhat old Toyota 4 Runner. And a young lady. Sorta good looking. I noticed the front of her car smashed in. I asked and she said it wasn't running. She hit a vaca, she says. 2 really. And one fell down, got up, but didn't leave. The other just ran off.
    Across the road I see a bull with rather large horns. Him, she says. He looks angry, says I. Anyway, the debris indicated she was climbing a hill, and could see at least 100 yards. But apparently going so fast or not paying attention so as to run dead bang into a full size bull.
    I like to take it slow and easy.
    I could have taken the bulls photo, and hers, and the car, but it was starting to rain, and that bull really did not look happy and I didn't want to wait to see if he could get across the road. And not be happy I was taking his photo. He was looking at us. That was enough for me.
    Other photos later.
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  20. David13

    David13 Been here awhile

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    Now more photos.
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    The photos.
    First, Mario's on the road near Guerrero Negro. Big and beautiful. But it needs a roof. Mario said he was going to put one on.
    The former Desert Inn at Catavina. Beautiful Mission style with large rooms. In fine condition. They had redone it. Excellent job. An oasis in the middle of nowhere.
    And the bandera in Ensenada.
    Tomorrow I'm going to cross over at Tecate. And that's it. Til next time.
    dc
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