Baja again: Dos Pendejos

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by motoged, Jan 24, 2007.

  1. motoged

    motoged Been here awhile

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    La Paz: We didn't ride out of La Paz down to do the south cape loop as we initially planned...initial itineray ideas shifted when actually at a time and place....good plans can always be improved, and with Darren's flexibility, we shifted the schedule a bit.

    We spent 2-3 sleeps in La Paz before taking the truck and bikes down to San Jose del Cabo on Dec 30th...

    A day ride out to Tecolote was the only riding we did there....we seemed to be lost in "Ride Limbo" or something. Darren's guts were rumbling and I was just indecisive (between moments of clear and strong opinion):D

    A view north from town...

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    Too many days on the road and some things start to look good...

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    Oh yeah...margaritas were consumed from time to time...

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    The gloves I decided to buy at Malcolm Smith's Emporium on the way down were retrieved from their place in the gear bag as I thought the Spider Man motif was appropriate for night riding in town....

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    We lived on the edge of danger by riding w/out helmets that evening (as you know, tequila and such influences reduce the chance of serious head injury when riding in a new city at night....:deal)...until I noticed one of about 5 police hanging out on the malecon seeing us and :eek1:huh pointing to his head indicating helmets were expected....


    One day I noticed a BarBQue restaurant just east of the town square and suggested we try it....Darren agreed and, with a hoot, we set off for our last meal in La Paz before heading south again...

    I had been jokingly suggesting to Darren from time-to-time that he should get a haircut....not particularly because he needed one, but perhaps to help me feel more comfortable with my "desert ride bob" that I got just before leaving home (at 55 years of age I am starting to like my hair shorter than when younger....I no longer tear up when I get my curls shorn:clap)

    We had the bikes and some gear loaded on the truck that evening in prep for an early morning departure so we drove downtown and found a place to park (not easy sometimes)....on the way to the restaurant we passed a "Beauty Salon" and I suggested again he might get a haircut....to my dismay he agreed....some influences were at work...

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    and in we went....I tried my best to use my fundamental Spanish "sin verbo"
    to explain the plan to the lady....Darren sat down and asked me "What did you tell her?" I jokingly responded that I had told her to give him a military haircut and his look of horror was priceless...too bad most of those pics are blurred as I did not want to be rude and use the flash...

    I then reassured him that I was joking....but felt equally horrified when I saw her grab the electric clippers and take her first swath. "Holy Fok ", I thought...."he's gonna kill me."
    I was already rehearsing the mantra "Hey, it'll grow back" when I saw that she was starting to do a good job...

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    It didn't look so bad from a distance...

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    Darren's potential for fratricide diminished as time went on and the final cut looked not bad at all....but he could have had a little more off the top:lol3:clap


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    Feeling uncertain about his new look, we propelled ourselves to the restaurant and, upon entering, saw that it was a relatively upscale joint with a white table-clothed section in the front and an open patio section at the back which housed a large wood-fired barbeque kitchen with several chefs hard at work. The clientelle were mostly tourist groups...we decided to stay.

    The waiter that sat us promptly disappeared and no one seemed to give us much notice for about 5 minutes. As seasoned travellers :freaky, this seemed not too unusual....a different waiter seemed to take an interest in asking us what we would like to drink and, after going down the usual cerveza list, offered Indio beer (a primo dark beer that was recommended the day before by Oscar the Tangy margarita purveyor)...we ordered two and settled into the menus that I managed to find on a counter nearby....

    The beer was a while in coming and the original waiter who had seated us approached and asked if we would like anything to drink...we let him know that we had some Indios on the way...

    Looking at the menu (which looked like it would be good food offered), Darren asked what their soup of the day was (he was making a stellar effort at learning the language and applying it when he could).

    The waiter took a step back and, looking down his nose a bit, scolded us mildly saying...."Oh, we don't have soup here".

    Not having soup is understandable...the condescending attitude was the first we had encountered any where since leaving the USA...and was less understandable...

    Darren and I looked at one another...and decided an appetizer would clearly need to come in a different form than Sopa del Dia...

    The waiter offered the daily special as Cowboy Steak and something else...

    Darren ordered the special and I had my preferred steak....a Rib steak....

    Our beer came after we asked for them again and it was beginning to feel like something was mildly awry.

    Now, Darren and I are not high maintenance type guys (well, okay ....I am when it comes to some things :evil) ....but a tone seemed to have been set....

    We were enjoying our second beer when our steaks arrived. Everything looked good and we started....I thought the seasoning on my steak was the best I had ever had so I was a happy camper....Darren's steak looked good although I could not identify the cut (it was the size of my large rib steak ....and had a thin "vertical" bone in the middle...later suggested by others that it may have been a blade steak....a rather inexpensive cut of beef that is tough unless seriously marinated).... I was stacking up the inedible gristle and fat as I ate (as an omnivore, I decided years ago to not swallow flesh that was not readily broken down by simple mastication)....Darren saw this pile of stuff builing on my plate and, not being sure how to respond to my unusual eating habit, joked...."would you like my gristle, too?"

    I was raving about the flavour of my steak, but Darren did not think his was anything "Special".....the air was a little thick with tension it seemed, but I wrote it off to my imagining things....

    We asked por la cuenta and were confused and shocked when it arrived:huh:eek1...WTF ?????????????

    I recognized the $210 MX for my rib steak, but we were both confused by the $400 MX for Darren's ....

    Darren and I discussed our sense of this briefly.....Darren called the "We-don't make-soup-here" waiter to the table and DArren set to trying to solve this financial-culinary mystery....the waiter reassured us that, indeed, the Cowboy Special was forty US dollars...

    Darren pursued his concern that a steak of that nauture certainly could not cost twice that of mine....but the waiter's demeanour was neither helpful nor reassuring....

    We decided that we would pay the bill without further ado and accept the fact that the tip was certainly built in to the asking price.

    Before leaving, I walked over to the main chef at the fire grill aand thanked him for the steak that I had enjoyed and, as a feigned aside, asked him what the price was for the Cowboy Special. He looked over my shoulder to our waiter and stumbled around a bit, and offered the info that it was "$400-something....he wasn't exactly sure".

    I relayed this to Darren hoping it might offer some consolation....but it didn't....:ddog:kboom:boid:fight

    He was understandably feeling taken advantage of with this experience...we sauntered quietly back past the zocalo towards the truck...
    on the way we saw an ice-cream place and looked around....I was full and was not going to have any...Darren asked for some and, on his own negotiated two flavours....he got two separate cups with two separate flavours....this confusion only added to his sense of frustration and anger....he was NOT a very happy guy at that point....

    We returned to La Gardenia and, were reminded in hindsight that it is a good thing to ask the price of something first in such situations....

    When he processed the whole thing over the next day or so, he smilingly rationalized that HE, indeed, was "The Cowboy" in that situation...
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  2. motoged

    motoged Been here awhile

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    December 30th....we gladly got out of La Paz....

    Arrangements that I had made over the kindness of the Baja Nomads Forum
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    for parking the truck in La Paz for our planned week-long loop of the Cape Region were changed. Carol, an ex-pat building her third home in La Paz had been kind enough to offer parking....and the only thing she expected in return was a small trash bag for her new VW so her gum wrappers would not add to la basura floating around the desert.

    The day before we left, I drove west of town to where she was living and met her face-to-face for the first time. We had a brief but pleasant visit during which she shared her plans for the house she is building and some of the intricasies of such a project. I don't doubt she will have a well constructed home by the time she is finished as it is evident she is capable of manoeuvering the bureaucratic merry-go-round in Mexico...

    Thanks again Carol...y bueno suerte con su casa....


    On the road south...

    We were looking forward to using San Jose del Cabo as a base for 4-5 days of riding....and we headed towards Los Barrilles...

    A pit stop was in order just past the junction of #1 and # 19 ...

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    as was some prep for the military checkpoints...

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    Somewhere along the winding and shoulderless road Darrens asked...

    "Is that San Ignacio Woman ahead???" when he spied someone ahead on the highway. Sure enough, we saw her riding along on a downhill section but couldn't pull over to reconnect with her ...


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    We just looked at each other and both agreed that we were:
    1) Glad she was alive;
    2) Sorry that we couldn't pull over at the time to reconnect;
    3) Wondering how she managed to get this far...by her own peddle power and/or by accepting rides from more sympathetic souls than us??? ...not that that mattered;
    4) Glad she was alive;
    5) Respectful of her determination and hardiness;
    6) Sorry that we didn't have a picture of her to immortalize her own adventurous spirit in this tale;
    7) appreciative of her ability to get that far without serious physical injury as riding bicycles on the highways of Baja may be something some of us have considered at times, but few have done...as some travelling represents foolhardy choices more than well-thought-out adventuring...
    8) Glad that she was alive...

    Our hats were off to San Ignacio Woman:clap:clap:clap:clap

    She was living her dream, riding her adventure, and doing it her way....and so far, was surviving it..

    Some folks think that motorcycling is too dangerous...so who am I to judge.

    It is experiencing folks like her on the trail that sometimes humbles me and reframes my perspectives.

    We continued and approached El Triunfo and stopped for some pics...


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    some remnants of the old mining and smelting days...

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    and some old buildings....if I had previous lives....some of them were certainly spent in adobe and brick ...

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    Back in the truck and MAchaca burritos at San Bartolo...a canyon area with sandy arroyos that beg to be ridden....next trip :wink:

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    We motored on south and made it to San Jose del Cabo about mid-afternoon and, after driving in circles for a hour or so due to the road changes east of town where they are building a new marina, we found another piece of paradise...a place i have always wanted to call home for at least a day or two...

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    And it was great...

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    That's it for now....I'm going to have some chicken burritos for lunch :freaky:clap:evil
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  3. Hammer

    Hammer Hawlin' aZZ

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    Ged,
    Fantastico!
    Izzat aword? I think so in my spanglish sense.... :huh
    Great report so far...
    I'm going down first time in March, and already contemplating another trip in June/July as the first won't have time for enough exploring

    If you're inclined to keep other adventurers on your ride list, put me down for some other trip....
    I ride summers up your way as there is some fine riding to do right there in your neighborhood......

    Keep the story comin'! :lurk
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  4. motoged

    motoged Been here awhile

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    Hammer,
    I thought I had had an adequate taste of Baja again with that much time puttin' around down there this trip....it took nearly three days before I began to research my next Baja ride...probably sooner than the "2 years from now" thinking I was lost in at the end of this trip....so going down twice a year makes good sense to me...:clap


    And the BC riding will be keeping me busy this summer....I will be organizing a ride Labour Day Weekend (first weekend in Sept/07) for some GS friends from your neck of the woods....you may be interested....reply off-line if interested..

    Some BC rides in that area...
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    Yech....slow connection here at work ....will post those pics when I get home later...
    Ged
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  5. motoged

    motoged Been here awhile

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    These pics are in response to Hammer's post at bottom of Page 3....a bit of a side track to this Baja story...

    Like Yogi Berra said, "If you come to a fork in the road....take it"...

    I took Hammer's fork ...



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    The Coastal mountain range at south end of Criboo Plateau above...


    and ranchland by Big Bar Ranch...
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    Fraser River Canyon ....on way to Big Bar Ferry...

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    Big Fokkin HD by Lytton....the guy that rides this has an inseam issue with ride gear :eek1...



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    Big Bar ferry...on way to China Head Pass...

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    Cap'n.....

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    4X4 road on way to China Head....

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    East side approach to China Head Mountain....


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    Trails outside Kamloops...

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    West side of Fraser River north of Lillooet...

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    East side of Thompson River past Wallachin backroute....

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    Thompson River valley cactus....yep...cactus in BC:clap

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    Carpenter Lake on way to Goldbridge...
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    Glad it's dry....

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    Mike Paull's eleven-fiddy on east side of Fraser canyon on High Bar Rd...

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    High Bar Rd. south of Big Bar ferry...

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    Just past a water crossing west of China Head....

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    Camping at Tyax....

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    Early spring in the muck...

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    Enough of that for now....Back to Baja....and the South Cape area....:freaky:deal
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  6. motoged

    motoged Been here awhile

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    San Jose del Cabo offers a bit of civility sometimes not found in Cabo San Lucas. Los Cabos refers to "The Capes"....San Jose is where the main airport is and is an older pueblo...

    The East Cape road is an oceanside route that goes from San Jose up to Los Barriles to the north...with a range of housing and developments along the way...


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    And the ocean is certainly inviting....

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    And the locals also enjoy the sunny view...

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    Nice ass....

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    And Darren seemed to have a better way with his new friends...

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    More trusting of him than me, I suppose...

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    You must admit....they are cute little donkeys...

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    If you nose what I mean...

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    Up close and personal...

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  7. GB

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    Gorgeous pics and ride report.. thanks for the updates!! :super

    I've pruned one of the posts which I deemed inapparopriate for this forum. YFF know the rule... you have nothing nice to say, :stfu

    Thank you very much!! :thumb

    Now back to Ged's great ride.. I sure could use some warmth and sunshine right about now :vardy

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  8. motoged

    motoged Been here awhile

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    Riders,

    I apologize for responding to Hammer's post on a previous page with some British Columbia pics and comments....it threw some folks off thinking I had hijacked someone else's thread....:huh

    It was like taking a different trail on a ride and the guys at the back in the dust didn't see the marker at the trail junction:lol3

    I will maintain target fixation on Baja as best as I can...that way I will be sure to hit it despite the tendency to be divergent on occasion...

    Room at La Playita....great sheets and mattress....

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    The smell of boat gas wasn't a problem....

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    As we potentially added to the aroma in the courtyard....but actually, no gas leaks were noticed by us or any others....except for a few air-biscuits offered up due to the frijoles...

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    Off in the distance is the area where a huge marina project is underway....it makes for a dusty situation and has, unfortunately, caused grief to the management of this place....I would highly recommend La Playita to anyone who prefers to be off the beaten path and who enjoys the classical set-up of the place...

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    And while the pool was perfect...

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    The beach out front was a superiour location to get stupid without being a spectacle for others...

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    And, living dangerously without slipping on the tiles while running backwards without dropping my camera...

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  9. DaddyBigDaddy

    DaddyBigDaddy AKA -Evel Kneilson

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    Nice job boys, how about a photo of your route map and some hotel costs along the way

    Cheers!:lurk
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  10. motoged

    motoged Been here awhile

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    Hey Daddy-O,

    If I knew how to do that "draw your route on a map thing" I would...sorry....don't know how....

    Hotel Costs: $20 - $ 50.....nicer places = $50

    $20 for cabana at San Francisquito
    $35 at La Hacienda in Mulege

    Sand in bed....priceless:lol3
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  11. motoged

    motoged Been here awhile

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    An aside....

    This ride was never planned to be a gnarly single-track, pick-'em-up-over-boulder type of ride.....my experience riding in Baja has been the type of double-track posted so far.

    Some future pics coming up in a few days will show some rougher stuff, but in many of the areas off the beaten path means cactus flats or increased chance of injury....and you DO NOT want to be injured in the Baja.

    I informed Darren (a more skilled rider than I) ahead of time that the type of riding we would be doing and he was good with that (his first Baja ride)....after a week or so he commented that the stuff we were doing was "a bit pedestrian" and I had no problem agreeing with his description.

    Back home in BC we ride some serious single track where the technical stuff is la sopa del dia....

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    To the bottom...

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    And everything in between...

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    All of which frequently tires this FF right out by the end of the day...

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    But it ain't the Baja :evil ...different riding with different expectations...:wink:
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  12. motoged

    motoged Been here awhile

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    La Playita is not only a great place to stay, but just around the corner as you approach from San Jose it is a restaurant which provided one of the top 3 meals of the trip....

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    This place looked better than the other establishment and BOY DID WE MAKE THE RIGHT CHOICE :clap :clap :clap :clap :clap :clap

    They serve wonderful seafood and the Coconut Prawns were THE F'ing BEST I have ever had....los camarones were very big and succulent....

    Darren ordered spaghetti with a creamy prawn sauce :huh and kept staring longingly at my Coconut Prawns....I succumbed and gave him one....that is the only time I ever saw Darren with that expression of envy on his face

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    Okay....maybe it wasn't envy :lol3

    We were enjoying our pre-dinner cerveza when a gringo walked in with a big zip-lock baggie ....he had a face that glowed with several days of sun and an afternoon of drinking ...as there were only several other folks in the small restaurant, he quickly surveyed the scene and focussed on us.

    "Hey, have you guys already ordered?''

    "Yep", we replied (as this was BEFORE the Coconut Prawns hijacked my tastebud s and total foof focus).

    "Hey, I have a bunch of yellow-tail I caught the other day and I'm gonna get the chef to cook it up with lots of garlic butter....want some?...."

    Appreciating the offer and the situation, Darren and I deferred for an obligatory millisecond before accepting his offer....

    We began a conversation and heard the story about fishing, but not his afternoon/day of drinking...:D

    He was having such a good time, sitting several tables away, maintaining his narrative with us and enjoying a margarita....:freaky :clap :lol3

    Our meal arrived and the Coconut Prawns held my attention hostage for a while...so the fisher guy did not have our undivided attention for a bit....his meal arrived around the time we had finished ours....and the chef also brought out a second larger platter heaping with the remainder of the pescado con mojo de ajo....the waiter took the platter to Fisher Guy...and he redirected the waiter to give it to us.....the waiter seemed hesitant and said something about us having had enough to eat:lol3 , but Fisher Guy insisted....we graciously accepted two large pieces and I then directed the waiter to a local gentleman who had been sitting there with his meal in front of him ....and I suggested to the waiter that he offer the local some of the tuna...which he did.

    The local guy had been quietly and patiently managing to sit at his table between our table and that of Fisher Guy....he graciously accepted the tuna and nodded his appreciation towards me ... I quickly redirected his expression of gratitude to Fisher Guy and we all had a good laugh:lol3 :lol3 :lol3

    Darren bought Fisher Guy another margarita....and with that and a newly built tuna taco in hand, Fisher Guy let out a BIG " Aaarrrrgghhh"....

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    There was a sense of connection at that time , my friends:clap :clap

    The evening was concluded with some party favours and a pleasant dipping of the toes in the chuck....

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    and then some relaxation...

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    The next morning was the last at La Playita....and we had a good breakfast with the best beans of the whole trip.....

    "My grandmother taught me how to make them: said the cook, a very pleasant fellow....

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    From La Playita, we moved into a condo in San Jose that was offered free of charge for almost a week (a neighbour's place was vacant) by a friend who had moved to San Jose about 15 years ago and who teaches English and gardening there at a private school....BIG thanks to Maria-Elena...La Chingona del Casa:wave :bow

    Secure parking was a bit tight at times....

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    but it was a great place and we were treated well ....we were invited to attend New Year's Eve festivities, a wedding party potluck by the pool, and met some fine folks who were either tourists or local ex-pats...

    Darren and I were planning a BIg Ride Day on a route to Todos Santos....it was hot even at 9:00 am so we were eager to get the bikes out of the lot.

    Funny how it is sometimes when you happen to look at your rear tire while cinching your chin strap at the beginning of a highly expected ride and you see...

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    Now, changing a flat is a drag at any time, but when it happens when you are That Guy on the day of one of the prize rides of the trip, and when your riding partner is chomping at the bit....it is Way bummer:eek1 :cry :puke1

    Darren was gracious about it and helped with the repair....

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    and offered the "let's use the barrel technique"...

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    Now, for many of you out there this is no big deal....some folks get it off the bike, repaired, and back on in 4-5 minutes....but I come from a different planet, I guess, as it takes me a while in good conditions.

    This task was something I had been dreading ever since I spent 45 minutes getting the rear Trelleborg off the bike in April '05 after last using them in the Baja.....

    I have chosen the Trelleborg as my enduro guru Al Perrett (Baja class winner--Husqvarna - a buncha times- and Kamloops resident) replied when I asked him why he uses them, "I just haven't found anything that lasts longer." It is tough as hell, has a high sidewall and is a real Tootsie Roll of a tire...("Chewy and lasts a long time")....

    I expected a rough time with the stiff tire, a Bridgestone Ultra Heavy-Duty tube, and my low skill level.

    I was stunned at, after a 5 minute period of circling the tire like a WWF contestant eying his opponent, the bead breaking and tube removal process went a whole lot easier than expected....with a bit of dish soap mixture under the tire rim, it went on smoother than........ (you fill in the analogy)...

    Trelleborgs are difficult to find in the USA I have been told, but are relatively easy to get here....made in the same place as Mitas, but have different rubber compounds.

    Trellie w/ red stripe....you have to ride them until you wear off the red stripe :

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    This is a pic of the Trellie I used in '05 that had 2500kms of Baja...and I would say it had about 1/4 of the tread left...

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    And as you can see....I had not ridden the red stripe off yet:lol3

    The day was not lost....Darren came up with the brilliant idea of riding east along the East Cape Road and find a beach so we could chillax in the right atmosphere...

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    It took some time to encourage Darren to relax from the ride...but this guy is Two-Wheel Guy from an early age and he likes to WATGATT

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  13. DRS Canada

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    I never realized I gave the finger that much. The report is coming along nicely, the photos are great as I am seeing yours for the 1st time. Its hard to decompress from this trip as part of me wants to be there now (instead of working, go figure). I'll get up to speed here and pick up my commentary moving forward. Al the fisherman is a great memory. I mean we've all been "that guy", but he was a piece of work, happy, harmless, and hammered. As well, Gary from Wisconsin was the gentleman on the '07 Goldwing in La Paz. He was basing out of La Paz from Oct - Feb, happy trails Gary !


    Later, Darren
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  14. GB

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    Another great update!! Thanks for the sunny and funny pics and the report.. it sure warms us up here in the :vardy and snowy homeland.. :thumb
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  15. motoged

    motoged Been here awhile

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    Darren, you don't give the salute THAT often.....but it appears here as a punctuation mark :deal ...kinda like me comatose and holding a quart of beer on the beach at night :freaky....or wearing my water jug party hat....or do we do those things that frequently ????:clap:wink:

    Glad you have begun to fill in some of the spaces of the trip with some of the more specific details.....ever since that incident at the airport with those guards and that bump on the head, my memory has been a bit different:lol3

    As this ride report has kicked up dust, Irecognize that there are some great stories yet to be told.....and they have been either shelved for legal reasons:lol3:freaky:wink::clap:ear:deal or due to editorial malfunction....

    but many of them are yet to be kickstarted....and will roar to life before this damned story is over:eek1

    There are the ones about The Beauty...

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    and The Beast....

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    The kind faces along the road...

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    ... and the hospitality of the innkeepers...

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    ....and the spiritual experiences along the way...

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  16. Trixie

    Trixie No, not that Trixie

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    Ged,

    Great trip,

    if I turned any greener, they would have to amputate me....:lol3


    Here I am, stuck on the treadmill, waiting for the end of college tuition for the girls, and a chance to enjoy such an experience... :baldy


    Sigh...someday...
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  17. motoged

    motoged Been here awhile

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    Trixie,
    I don't know how many girls you have or how many years of indenture you are consigned to, but you might just trade one for a good bike:lol3

    Or if that is too drastic, buy some old dirt biker's gear and sit in that basement pretending to be recovering from the Paris-Dakar....something like that:wink:


    Glad it is making you envious....it is driving Darren and me nuts recognizing the rides we let slip by as we review the trip...
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  18. motoged

    motoged Been here awhile

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    Meanwhile, back at the beach....

    On the road east of town I discovered an invisible tope with my front wheel that ejected me off my seat and had me hovering at the balance point over my bars at about 40 mph.....it was only good fortune that allowed me to regain proper instead of having a serious dump with the bike rolling over me....

    We scouted some potential locations and.....

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    And not wanting to rile the "Private Property gods", we rode over some downed barbed wire to find a spot that offered us sun, sand, seclusion, and a VERY fine afternoon of playing in the waves...
    We parked the bikes sort of out of sight of the local traffic and reminded ourselves....beaches can't be private....what if we were shipwrecked....

    well, rationalizing got us through a lot of similar moral dilemmas...

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    We made friends on the beach...

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    Until they turned on us...

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    The beach was totally deserted ....

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    and had a good wave program that we enrolled in...although this pic does not do the waves justice...

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    The hills hopefully will escape the developers for a while...

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    As the days got a bit jumbled .... another day....another beach day with waves a bit less thrilling... but some more challenging beach parking...

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  19. DRS Canada

    DRS Canada Adventurer

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    Nice work Ged. I have to ask what WATGATT means ? I have to assume it deals with speed, style or grace but maybe you could enlighten me. I'm looking forward to whats yet to come. The cast of characters steps up a level shortly. Craft your story well Yoda, may the you be with the force...:freaky :lol3
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  20. motoged

    motoged Been here awhile

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    Darren,

    "Wear All The Gear All The Time".....code talk, eh?! ....meaning full of style, grace, and .......

    As you can see from some of our story here, I have jumbled a few of the days up.....your recollection may be more accurate, but I know I am following the geographical progression....north to south....and south back up to the north....


    Read on.....

    San Jose del Cabo offers some good restaurants....one of our other "Best Meals" was in a restaurant "upstairs somewhere downtown"....my directional recollection was hampered by Darren pouring "BIG" rum and Pepsis all evening ...

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    and, when I was ready to fall asleep (8:00 pm or so), Darren announced we should walk the 5 blocks into town for dinner.:freaky:lol3:1drink:deal

    Well, I appeared to have agreed and we made our way....he later joked about my "stiff-legged walk as if I was leaning into a gale-force wind"...
    a nice way to recognize my staggering....(which I later tried to at least partially attribute to my deteriorating knee cartilage problem...to not much avail).

    On the way we passed a hot dog stand and I ordered two for us as Darren had not yet enjoyed the culinary treat of street-stand Mexican hot dogs...we inhaled them while sitting on a curb before heading towards the aforesaid upstairs restaurant where we had an exquisite filet mignon that could be cut with a fork.....a steak that almost made up for the Cowboy Steak Special in La Paz the week before....

    San Jose was the turning point of this adventure....midway in terms of our month on the road and midway as it was the southern tip of the Baja....from here on in any riding or travelling was on the downhill side of the trip....

    A well-rolled smoke from time-to-time makes any day a bit more enjoyable...imported is always better....

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    A good breakfast is always a treat...

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    The courtyard of the same place in San Jose....

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    and the detail....

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    A Mexican GSer from Chihuahua (currently living in Colorado) with his cousin from France...

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    The Super Pollo delivery guy with a chain slipped off the sprocket....

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    The other guy NOT WATGATT...

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    Buzzard's Bar and Restaurant on East Cape Road after a beach day...


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    With some pretty birds...

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    ....and a nice view...

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