The Baja Asylum Runs (BAR) were conceived three years ago by lasvegasrider and I while we were swilling a few cervezas in Creel - attending a Horizon's Unlimited meeting. The first BAR ran in March 2005, the next BAR in February 2006, and 2007's BAR was February 11th - 26th of 2007. This year's attendees were: Ibarra, lasvegasrider, Gypsyrider, jonz, BigDogAdventures.com, leewildwater, and I. A full crew - any more would be simply impossible to manage. The Magnificent Seven rides again. As would be the case, as the ride date approached, personal matters and business got in the way, and at the last minute, leewildwater and Ibarra had to bail out. Jonz could only run with us for a week, and that would leave just four riders for the LONG HAUL anticipated for the '07 BAR. And then there were five. Mark and I spent considerable time in the final two weeks mapping and planning a series of routes to use (or not use) as we traversed the Baja peninsula. We both were using Garmin 276C GPS units, which are really the best out there for now for our purposes, but we did anticipate doing a good deal of exploring and creating new routes as we rode. Jeff just acquired a refurb'd 2610 which Mark would program with our data when he arrived, and I emailed lasvegasrider the data to load into his trusty old Garmin V. Mark and I trucked west from Tennessee, hauling the BigDog Husky TE610, a tricked out XR650R I built for GyspsyRider, and a crusty old LC4e I bought recently and had yet to ride at all. I was a bit nervous about the LC4e, as I had a grand total of 3 miles on it since I bought it, and didn't have the time to go over the bike since I was preoccupied building the XR650R. It was a shoemaker's children sort of thing, I reckon. I had intended to bring my XR650R on this ride, but I just didn't have time to get it done. Anyhow, the LC4e was a 2000 model, with a little over 10,000 miles on the clock, and was largely bone stock - including the mainshaft ball bearing. I changed out the usual cracked DID wheels, and installed a Dunlop 756 front and a Bridgestone ED78 rear tire - always a decent combination for Baja terrain. We congregated the morning of February 11th in Calexico. At 0730, THE CALL came over my cell phone. It was lasvegasrider - his freshly rebuilt KLR685 had broken down enroute. He was out. And then there were four.