I will preface this ride report by stating that this is not a tale of the light and the fast as would be implied by the title, but rather a story of the moderately quick and heavily laden. Two years ago I started to envision a ride of minorly epic proportions that would entail the relative circumnavigation of the Baja peninsula. Starting out of Mexicali, winding down the Sea of Cortez, a brief respite in Cabo San Lucas to meet friends and family on my 40th birthday, then back up the west coast and back home through Tijuana. Camping was to be the order of the day, along with some possible spear fishing and general lounging if conditions permitted. It wasn't all to be about just riding the roads, but exploring the peninsula. Hence there was much planning and two volunteers agreed to make the journey with me. Only one would actually go, and I will protect the guilty by not revealing the identity of he who opted out. (albeit for debatably good reason.) I've been riding for about 18 years, but all street, so this dirt thing was gonna be new to me. I picked up a KLR250 to fool around on while I looked for the bike that I would want to use for "The Ride". Evenually I found a '97 KTM 400 rxc\e. It is sturdy and cheap with low miles and I was able to equip it with most things LC4. My riding buddy Paco on the other hand is a new rider, doing the MSF course and getting his license just for this endevor. So I was a little worried about the size bike that he would end up on. Overly powered and heavy could be a disaster. So following some advice from various sources he settled on a '98 DR350SE. Good power, electric start, short inseam and light. He loves this bike and has turned out to be a very good dirt rider, having many years of experience picking lines on mountain bike trails. These two bikes were to become our pack mules. Outfitted as such and thankfully, strong and reliable. KTM and Suzuki have places in our hearts forever. So with out further ado I will drop the first teaser pic and the logo that my daughter came up with in her graphic arts class to put on shirts for us and stickers for the kids of Baja. The "Trip to the Tip" guys beat me to the application of "my" idea. An unnamed "punta" on west coast of Baja Sur near Rancho Los Innocentes Posting of the trip log and pics begins tonight when I get home from work, stay tuned.