Baja 10 Day Trip 3 ADV Bikes

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  1. Dusty41

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    We started our trip on November 23rd 2017 Thanks Giving. Arriving at the Tecate border first thing to do was get some pesos, there are several casa de cambio's at the border. Next we needed to enter Mexico and get our FMM stamped. We had already received our paper work from Vagabundos and had receipt for payment. So it was just a stamp needed.
    Our riding group consists 3 of us total, I'm riding a 2012 990 ADV r, Scott is on a 2017 1290 Adventure r, and Joe is on a 2011 Triumph 800 XC. We all have the Sena headsets that are great, if you haven't tried them you should.
    This is the first time that i have laid out a complete route turn by turn for the whole trip, it was all done on Garmin Base Camp and E32 Cartografia a company in Mexico that has topo off road maps for the Garmin.
    So now on the road in Tecate following the track we leave town going East, It's easier to stay off of the toll road and just use the free road. Around 15 miles East you turn South on the Compadre trail, this is the begining of the dirt. It's just a wide graded dirt road that 2 cars can easily pass, the road is in good condition. The next waypoint will be Hacienda Veronicas where cocktails, dinner and our beds wait. Follow the track and it will take you right to the lobby where you pay and get the rooms. The cost was about $70 per person for a double occupancy room. We pulled the bikes right to the rooms, unloaded showered and headed for the bar. About the rooms, it seems that many of the hotels in Mexico are never quite perfect, our recurring problem was not enough hot water. Everything else is great. Also Veronica seems to be very secure. Since we were there on Thanksgiving there was the 3 of us and maybe 4 other people staying that night. So we were the only ones in the bar restaurant.
    Dinner was great and cocktails cold and strong. Around 10 pm I went to bed.
    Next morning I got up around sunrise and started checking the place out and taking pictures. Around 7am I got someone to open the restaurant so i could get some coffee. I think around 8am they were ready for us and had Huevos rancheros.
    After that it's time to load up and head out Ojos Negros. (one small note on the track, follow the track that brought you in to Veronica's, when you join with the main dirt road you'll turn right and head to Ojos Negros, dont follow the track as i laid it out leaving Veronica's) IMGP2883.JPG
    The Picture above we are just leaving Chatsworth Ca. for the ride to the border. IMGP2889.JPG Just arrived at Hacienda Veronica IMGP2899.JPG Main entrance to Veronica IMGP2894.JPG Joe at the bar.
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  2. Dusty41

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    Day 2 heading for Ojos Negros and mikes Sky ranch. The road remains easy 2 lane graded almost all the way to Ojos Negros, as you turn west and are only a few miles from town it gets a little sandy, just look for the packed tracks from the cars, stand up and carry a little speed, piece of cake. There is a good restaurant in Ojos Negros IMGP2917.JPG IMGP2931.JPG

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    Day 2 after lunch and heading to Mikes. Follow the track and it'll take you straight to the Pemex. Fill up, at this point you'll probably get inspected by the military. My experience they have been very professional just be courteous. And don't carry contraband, Guns, Drugs, Large amounts of money you'll be fine. Follow the track to Valle de La Trinidad and turn right, it's about 70 miles out to Mikes and back so fill up if you need it. This part of track gets a little more challenging, and there is some sand, not bad, just a sandy graded dirt road, we all made it without crashing even though Joe was a little puckered, he has almost no experience with sand. Stay on the track and you'll end up at Mikes Sky Ranch.
    The plan was to hit Mikes on a Friday just so there would be other riders there. It worked, there was a big group from Upshift internet magazine all on big adventure bikes, really cool guys, nice equipment and we got some free swag, stickers, beanies. If you never been to Mikes , go , it is a motorcycle off road icon dates back to early 60's lots of history. The people at Mikes are the best.
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    Day 3 heading west towards San Quintin . Leaving Mikes I used a different way out just to break it up, this is a little easier than the road in to Mikes. You'll end up in Valle de la Trinidad again, at this point fill up with gas and follow the track. This road is also in great shape and easy two lane graded dirt road. Today was bitter sweet, Joe had the suspension serviced at Race Tech on His 800 Triumph, about 15 miles west of Valle de la Trinidad the rear shock completely puked out the oil. He just had a big spring no dampening, his trip was over and he had to back track to Valle de la Trinidad and take the pavement home. So just the 2 of us pushed on Just stay on the track till you hit highway Mex 1. Follow Mex 1 and the track, now is where it starts getting fun, You'll head out to the coast and follow south, you'll see millions of rocks being collected. The riding gets a little more technical, but remember the locals drive their two wheel drive cars up and down these roads all day long. IMGP2937.JPG IMGP2942.JPG IMGP2960.JPG IMGP2938.JPG
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    Days 3, we came into town for a second and then headed back out to the beach, this time the plan was to ride on the sand right next to the surf. We had no idea how this would work out, high tide ? to soft? who knows what could go wrong. The track takes you to a boat launching area and cars are driving up and down the beach. This is a easy place to get on the sand. This is a great experience we traveled about 15 miles south, speeds up to 70 mph, hardly anybody around. So fun!!!. Now the only thing is my tracks are not perfect and the exit area requires some skill as a rider, because its steeper to get out. So if you get stuck or decide its to hard just return to where you started the beach and exit on the boat ramp. Don't miss the beach if you have the chance. Remember my tracks are good, but there is always some common sense needed. The track that I show after you exit the beach you'll come to a sharp right turn onto an unimproved road, don't turn continue straight follow all the car tracks, you'll get into a large storm channel that's dirt but easy riding continue to the bridge, at the bridge turn right and go up the bank to the highway. IMGP2970.JPG IMGP3006.JPG IMGP3019.JPG
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    If you haven't noticed i'm calling this day 3, but the GPS log shows 2. This is actually day 3 on the trail. After terrorizing the beach you come into the north end of SanQuitin, we had planned to stay at the Hotel Viejo Molina which I hear is really nice, But the industry guys at Mikes were Staying at the Hotel Mission Santa Maria La pinta at the south end of town, it's very nice, they let us park in the front of the Hotel next to the entrance. Great food, rooms are very nice. IMGP3021.JPG
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    Day 4 leaving San Quintin heading south, the track is showing another day on the beach sand, we did not ride this section instead we continued on the highway. Heading south on Mex 1 the next way-point is the sea lion beach it's hard to explain, check out the pictures IMGP3024.JPG
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    From the Sea Lions we headed south to El Rosario, fill up at the Pemex, the next real Pemex is 200 miles away. You can get gas from a 55 gallon drum in Catavina, and it seems to be ok, cost about $5 per gallon. In El Rosario stop by Mamma Espinoza's, another one of those baja icons, lots of racing memorabilia also they have great food and drinks. Head south into the desert bring water it can get hot. The next way point is where we spent the night in Punta Santa Rosalita. It's a really small fishing village, they only have a 4 room motel next to the Tiende (market) they are both owned by the same family. It is named after the wife and she runs the place Hotel Maru. Room was very cheap and clean but did have a weird smell and very little hot water. Don't get there at dinner time, they completely shut down and you just have to wait. Town is very small, the only way to find it is look for the building in the pictures. We had barbecued bologna, cheese , salsa, tortillas and beer for dinner. IMGP3089.JPG
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    Day 5 , The next Pemex is about 45 miles South. Stay on Mex 1 into Guerro Negro, Its a big city, if you need repairs or something specialized this is probably the place. I have way point for the pemex, bank, restaurant and coffee shop. Probably should fill up in Guerro Negro. Head south following the track, the track will take you out to Punta Abrojos a small fishing village and surf point. Probably spend the night there. IMGP3128.JPG
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    Day 6 as you leave Punta Abreojos you leave the pavement and follow the pole line graded dirt road for about 40 miles total, the surface is sandy a little technical. The next town is La Bocanna a very small fishing village. In La Bocanna there's a great restaurant called Cafe Chunky and the owners are super nice. Stop by you'll love it. IMGP3147.JPG
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    Day 6 continue on the track out of La Bocanna to Bahia Asuncion on the graded dirt pole line another small fishing village. We stayed in Bahia Asuncion because we ran the loop backwards. IMGP3125.JPG

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    Day 6 leaving Bahia Asuncion follow the track towards Lazaro Cardenas

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    At this point we could not follow our route out to El Arco and Puerto San Francisquito because of the 50th running of the Baja 1000. We heard from locals that the road was destroyed with big whoops and sand. So we decided to ride north on Mex 1 past Guerro Negro to Rosarito. it's about 47 miles north of Guerro Negro. At this point we turned to the east and followed the dirt road, you'll need a map at this place. This road takes you to Mission San Borja easy ride to the mission it's about 20 miles to the mission. After the mission continue east to Bay of LA it's another 30 miles. IMGP3162.JPG

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    Day 7 After spending the night in Bay of LA at Guillermo's Hotel. Just my opinion, didn't have enough hot water, the room was a little on the high side. But on the plus side food and drinks are great, and the area is very secure. We left Bay of LA heading back towards Coco's corner. And then to San Felipe for the night IMGP3179.JPG

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    Leaving Bay of LA we stopped by a dry lake and raced around, IMGP3257.JPG

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    We headed off to Coco's IMGP3274.JPG

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