Baja 1000 from Portland

Discussion in 'Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet.' started by Thunder Tuna, Sep 29, 2017.

  1. Thunder Tuna

    Thunder Tuna Been here awhile

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    I'm thinking of riding down to catch the race and then make my way to Bahia Conceptione. Anyone in the PNW thinking about heading down?

    Also have a truck and could trailer some bikes down and back for a fly and ride.

    Just thinking about options.



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  2. HellsAlien

    HellsAlien a has-been that never-was

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    Thun T,
    Yeah, I have been having similar thoughts. Sounds like you are thinking of watching the race up north, then heading south?

    I've been thinking head south and watch near checkpoint 7 on highway 1, about 20 miles south of the end of the Bay. But that is as far as I have taken it.
    Bikes leave at midnight, so should be daylight down there when they show up.

    Traffic on 1 is muy loco that week, many wanna-bees making blind passes with support trucks, some on radio, some not!
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  3. peterman

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    I rode down from here two years ago.
    Last year, 4 of us went inna van/trailer set up which we dropped at the border in a storage place.
    It was a lot more pleasant in the sprinter sharing the driving on the way south. We did it, non-stop, in twenty hours or so. You arrive at the border much more relaxed and rested. I am headed down this year as well, but have not made plans as to when and how just yet. Need to gather some money first. If my KLR sells, I may spend the winter there.
    [edit] I know, I know, Al.
    I should sell the KTM and ride the KLR down,,NOT!
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  4. Gryphus1

    Gryphus1 I'd rather be riding

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    Hmm,

    I was trying to hitch a ride with a team down, but they didn't have the hauling capacity. If you're down to haul a bike down I would be interested in blasting around for abit and riding back.
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  5. Thunder Tuna

    Thunder Tuna Been here awhile

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    Pretty much open to whatever. Have one work thing I need to make sure won't be in the way, but otherwise I'll be wide open timewise.



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  6. Whodatschrome

    Whodatschrome Long timer

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    Here's a option to think about if you get your wife's/ girlfriend's/ mother's permission to stay down South an extra week...
    http://www.labarstowvegas.com/
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  7. HellsAlien

    HellsAlien a has-been that never-was

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    Who,
    I have done that, early 90's, it was epic ride and adventure. We flew into LV early, got on bikes hauled down, and rode Death Valley/Mojave to Pasadena, then up to Lancaster for the LA-B to V. Great time: cold/hot, snow/ice in the Tehachapi mtns, broken/wounded bikes, and a whole new meaning to the term "monkeybutt."

    End of B1000 thread hijack!
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  8. Jungle Man

    Jungle Man frenzied adventurer

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    I would be interested in riding/ or hauling down. Work is a big hurdle and i'm on a weestrom so not too offroad capable depending on riding style. Who knows, maybe I'll buy a bike.
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  9. HH

    HH Hurricane Harry

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    Riding down would be easy. Its knowing I would have to come back to winter in the PNW that would be impossible.
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  10. peterman

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    ^^sounds like you been there, done that.
    Last year on the return trip we were all a bit worn and kinda glad to be coming home. All happy ,happy, no crazy, and proud of ourselves for being successful adventure-ears!
    We crossed over the Sisky-yoo pass into Orygun, and exactly one mile in,,it started to rain! Welcome to orygun!
    There was a huge collective,,WHY?,,as in,,why did we come back here? And thatsa nuther problem,,the longer you stay in Baja the colder orygun seems,,,Itsa known scientific fact!
    "I ain't goin back there until Junio",,,problems arise. who will be there to pay the light bill while I am gone for 4 months?
    These preguntas and others must be addressed b4-hand.
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  11. HellsAlien

    HellsAlien a has-been that never-was

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  12. Thunder Tuna

    Thunder Tuna Been here awhile

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    Drive and ride sounds like the better plan. I've got a 2014 ram that gets about 25mpg on the hwy, less w 3-4 bikes. Also friends in San Diego who would probably let me leave a truck trailer at their house.

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  13. Kootenai Rider

    Kootenai Rider Gentleman of Liesure

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    If you guys come down....look for 305X....Probably one of the few teams from the PNW!
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  14. celltech

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    Whodat,

    Dang it, now u got me thinking. We did the lab2v in 2015, it was my first and what a great time that was. That is a pretty good plan if I can swing the time. I'll be watching this thread.
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  15. Thunder Tuna

    Thunder Tuna Been here awhile

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    Well, work got in the way again. Some year Baja...

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  16. HellsAlien

    HellsAlien a has-been that never-was

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    Bummer, but at least you get paid to stay here! Was/still is a good plan.

    If you can swing time south later through March let me know, I will be in the Bay of Conception area. Won't have to worry about getting run over by trophy trucks or support crew crazies. :freaky
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  17. Romanousky

    Romanousky Been here awhile

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    I'll be headed south out of the valley on the 10th. I have nothing to offer anyone as the truck and trailer will be full but if you see us say hello! Will be on a BMW X-challenge, KTM 1090, and Husqvarna 701. Will be hanging around in Baja Norte for about 2 weeks. Priorities are fish tacos, tequila, and offroad riding.....
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  18. Thunder Tuna

    Thunder Tuna Been here awhile

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    Well the good news is some of the extra money turned into a ktm 400exc.

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