1. MaParkerColo

    MaParkerColo Been here awhile

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    My wife and I were discussing my impending 48th birthday recently when she made the comment "Wow, you're almost 50?!" :bluduh (Please note the this young lady is claiming to be turning 29 for the 15th consecutive year so she is no that much younger! Still VERY hot though :raabia )

    This led to a discussion of things we wanted to do/have yet to do. My response was "I want to ride my dirt bike in Baja while it's still easy for me physically."

    Her response was "Why don't you go for your birthday? You don't care if you aren't here for it or Christmas anyway right?"
    :eek2

    So, sometime around Dec 21 or 22 I will be heading to points south of the border with the 4Runner and KLX300.:ricky

    So, I'm starting this thread for a couple of reasons. First, while I have been combing through other threads looking for routes and other advice, but I hope to maybe posts some questions here. (Yes, I know about Trip Planning, but have always preferred the friendly nature of the Rockies group. )

    Second, to float a tentative inquiry about anyone else who might be going or who might be interested in going. Maybe you too can get a hall pass for Christmas:happay

    Mark
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  2. princess jamaica

    princess jamaica OLD DOG-NEW TRICKS

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    If you get down to Mulege,shoot me a pm.Tim.
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  4. goodburbon

    goodburbon Been here awhile

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    There is a similar thread in the Northern Colorado Adventure riders Facebook group that wants to leave on the 16th-ish.

    I want to go, but I've got to know now to request the proper time off and I'd have to split the gas with someone (or 2 to make it more affordable). I have the 18th-24th off just from my work schedule and can request another week off in either direction.
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  5. LApilot

    LApilot Been here awhile

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    :clapI wish I could join you this year. Good luck with your trip. Looking forward to a ride report in early January. With pictures. Lots of pictures.:-)
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  6. eakins

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  7. MaParkerColo

    MaParkerColo Been here awhile

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  8. MaParkerColo

    MaParkerColo Been here awhile

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    I'll send you a PM so we can strike up a conversation!
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  9. eakins

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  10. eakins

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    Where are you parking / crossing?
    You've got Guadalupe hot springs to start with in the north
    http://guadalupecanyonoasis.com/
    Mark / Big Dog can give ya all the beta.

    One option is to park in the Yuma area and cross in the smaller Algodones or San Luis crossing and work your way east to the springs. You avoid the larger Mexacali this way.

    Another is Tecate crossing as it's very easy and you might do a big loop and end up back that way anyway in the end. Lots to see on the west coast and even a night at Coyote Cal's.
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  11. MaParkerColo

    MaParkerColo Been here awhile

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    I'm a big fan too, I have always gone with the family though and do the beach, scuba, family fun type of vacation. Love the Caribbean side for that Cancun, Playa, etc. This trip will be very different!
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  12. eakins

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  13. eakins

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    Indeed it will be. Drier and more remote.
    I know the mainland west coast area well.
    We use to live in Sayulita for awhile.
    I've also traveled inland extensively. Use to live in Guanajuato for awhile. Real de Catorce, Las Pozas/Xilitla, Bernal & La Huasteca blew me away.
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  14. 1litre

    1litre In over my head

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    Does your wife have a sister? I've been wanting to run away to Baja for about three years but I guess it will need to wait a few years more. Best of luck and enjoy! Can't wait for a ride report.
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  15. MaParkerColo

    MaParkerColo Been here awhile

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    Ha! Yes, she has two...unfortunately for you both married with children!
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  16. jwrover

    jwrover Been here awhile

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    For research purposes I'd reach out to Dusty at west38moto.com. He guides big bike trips down there a couple times a year and knows the lay of the land really well.

    Had the family down in Rosarito over Thanksgiving. Kinda forgot that Baja gets better the further south you go...
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  17. MaParkerColo

    MaParkerColo Been here awhile

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    Thanks for all your replies, great info. Been busy trying to finish my sons CR125 basket case rebuild and haven’t been checking this.
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  18. trailwerks

    trailwerks Missing Two Wheels

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    That is what we did last year and I highly recommend it. We stashed the tow vehicles at Gila Ridge Storage in Yuma and were very happy with the arrangements. Short easy ride to the crossing from there and we can provide tracks that bypass the main road out of Algodones making the traverse even easier. Once through town, it is really easy to head west towards the springs or south to San Felipe.
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