Assignment Baja: Thump, Carnaval, Memorial

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by The Walrus, Mar 12, 2014.

  1. Bgunn

    Bgunn Mucha distancia

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    Mike....Mike...Mike

    Good solid guy and rider. And always had/made some mighty fine wine! He will be sorely missed.


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  2. chabon

    chabon Been here awhile

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    As usual, I'm playing catch up with the report. Not able to add all the story line, so thanks to ken for the commentary. So here we go..... Heading out to Tortuga, salt flats, deserted paved road, washboard gravel, all good.

    <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/ddmcginnis/13143420165" title="IMGP0791 by Doug McGinnis, on Flickr"><img src="https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3665/13143420165_190cce2bab_b.jpg" width="1024" height="768" alt="IMGP0791"></a>

    <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/ddmcginnis/13143426925" title="IMGP0792 by Doug McGinnis, on Flickr"><img src="https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2546/13143426925_3be4f21aca_b.jpg" width="1024" height="768" alt="IMGP0792"></a>

    We like Curvas Peligrosas!

    <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/ddmcginnis/13143583323" title="IMGP0796 by Doug McGinnis, on Flickr"><img src="https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7356/13143583323_42dab0c44c_b.jpg" width="1024" height="768" alt="IMGP0796"></a>

    Cant remember name of hotel, but you can't miss it, everything about it is 'pink'

    <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/ddmcginnis/13143462045" title="IMGP0797 by Doug McGinnis, on Flickr"><img src="https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3669/13143462045_794385c1e8_b.jpg" width="1024" height="768" alt="IMGP0797"></a>

    Motel Rendon, I stand corrected. Its right across from the Moroccan Resturant

    <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/ddmcginnis/13143469035" title="IMGP0798 by Doug McGinnis, on Flickr"><img src="https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7350/13143469035_87a401e648_b.jpg" width="1024" height="768" alt="IMGP0798"></a>

    No paved roads in this town. A couple of car washes, but why?

    <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/ddmcginnis/13143611663" title="IMGP0800 by Doug McGinnis, on Flickr"><img src="https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2808/13143611663_676039ba7b_b.jpg" width="1024" height="768" alt="IMGP0800"></a>

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    A bunch of people, lots of nice trucks, looks like the fishery (cannery?) is abandoned.

    <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/ddmcginnis/13143631133" title="IMGP0803 by Doug McGinnis, on Flickr"><img src="https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3790/13143631133_268db4a170_b.jpg" width="1024" height="768" alt="IMGP0803"></a>

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    The carnival was setting up down there on the right. They must have taken a beating on the washboard road.

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    Tasted a lot better than it looks....

    <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/ddmcginnis/13143676113" title="IMGP0809 by Doug McGinnis, on Flickr"><img src="https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3798/13143676113_92d0a15a7e_b.jpg" width="1024" height="768" alt="IMGP0809"></a>

    Mike has a view of the bay, the bay he never got to. Now he doesnt have to leave... nice spot, nice view, via con dios buddy.

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    The traditional 'Let's Go' breakfast.

    <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/ddmcginnis/13143708133" title="IMGP0813 by Doug McGinnis, on Flickr"><img src="https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7365/13143708133_1e09b52932_b.jpg" width="1024" height="768" alt="IMGP0813"></a>

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    Previous picture is the last one I got before getting to Gonzaga Bay. You see, as I was mounting the bike (horse style) my leg got caught on my gear and I couldn't get on or off. I high sided myself at a complete standstill. You know the debate about wearing a SPOT on your body or bike. Well I decided to start wearing it on my forearm pocket.

    As I was body slammed from standing on my pegs I landed with my arm under my chest. The combination of the SPOT and my arm &$(#%^ my ribs big time! I knew as soon as it happened something wasn't right. Adreniline got me the next 300 miles, 50 of it dirt and washboard.

    Got to give Walrus credit for the pain he had been going through the whole trip. What a couple of geezers, and the guys 20 years older could out ride, out drink, and under sleep us with no problem!
  3. chabon

    chabon Been here awhile

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    Make it to Gonzaga and get a palapa and some dinner (sorry ken).

    <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/ddmcginnis/13143750223" title="IMGP0818 by Doug McGinnis, on Flickr"><img src="https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3791/13143750223_59d3c4a340_b.jpg" width="1024" height="768" alt="IMGP0818"></a>

    <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/ddmcginnis/13143757113" title="IMGP0819 by Doug McGinnis, on Flickr"><img src="https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7380/13143757113_e440b52313_b.jpg" width="1024" height="768" alt="IMGP0819"></a>

    <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/ddmcginnis/13143771953" title="IMGP0821 by Doug McGinnis, on Flickr"><img src="https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3744/13143771953_864f4c0205_b.jpg" width="1024" height="768" alt="IMGP0821"></a>

    Not very crowded...

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    Take some Vicodin and get a little sleep. I think I made a lot of noise everytime I tried to move. I'm sure some of you guys have messed up your ribs and know what I mean.

    This is the last picture I took. Battery died. The tire change and off we went.

    <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/ddmcginnis/13143954954" title="IMGP0823 by Doug McGinnis, on Flickr"><img src="https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7362/13143954954_36989bafa6_b.jpg" width="1024" height="768" alt="IMGP0823"></a>

    300 miles to Yuma then another 400 miles home from there in the pickup. 700 long miles and I was home. Great trip, great guys, I'm ready to go again.
  4. Bgunn

    Bgunn Mucha distancia

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    4 trips to Mexico over the winter came in handy. With the extra pounds, the foot bead breaker just keeps getting better.

    Good times...I'll be back
  5. The Walrus

    The Walrus Gone and back again.

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    :wave

    Thanks to everyone for the positive vibes. And another cudo to the resident unofficial Ortho consult, it really meant a lot to me, my understanding and my outlook.....

    I had another successful microdiscectomy (different disc) yesterday afternoon and have my mobility back. I just need to be patient and heal, no new restrictions after 4-6 months so keep the rubber side down and let's plan another fall ride.....:ricky
  6. chabon

    chabon Been here awhile

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    Glad the back held up until you got home. Wasn't looking forward to having to drape you over the rear of my bike and haul your ass out of Mexico (and me with damaged ribs)! Here's to a speedy recovery.
  7. The Walrus

    The Walrus Gone and back again.

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    Right...........:rolleyes

    I fully expected Brad to want a test drive of the 690e if there was ever an excuse.....:wink:
  8. Bgunn

    Bgunn Mucha distancia

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    Good ride with good people. Get well and lets do it again !
  9. buzzardair

    buzzardair terraqueous Adventurer

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    Looks like a great time had by all. Thanks for posting.:clap