Baja March 2013 Trip Planning

Discussion in 'Americas' started by DaFoole, Jul 27, 2012.

  1. BajaBuzz

    BajaBuzz Adventurer

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    Hola Mate,

    If you are in SW Oregon you have tons of gravel mountain roads to prepare on. I will be doing a Cabo run in October as well so should have some more info for you after that. Also look at the 'Baja Almanac' for a little better insight.
    More to follow,

    Buzz
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  2. DaFoole

    DaFoole Erudite inchoate...

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    Thanks! Much appreciated info! Looking forward to your RR! :thumb

    I don't have any problems with gravel/dirt. I do that stuff all the time when I'm up in Oregon. It's my riding buddy who lives in CA that has the trepidation. We've planned a few overnighters for Sept/Oct to hit some dirt roads. Think I'm gonna have him do Fish Rock Road from 101 to Hwy 1. Should give him a taste that it's not such a big deal.... :evil Looking forward to your report. :freaky
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  3. Shibby!

    Shibby! Long timer

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    I agree. To find real adventure in Baja, you need smaller bikes.


    That being said, an easy offroad trip is to head from San Ignacio down to Scorpion Bay (San Juanico). You go across the salt flats for miles on end. Then hit up a gravel road that can be rough in spots, one or two small water crossings, and pop out in San Juanico. There is no sand which is what limits you and the big bikes you are on.

    Instead of racing to Cabo (which to me shouldn't be the highlight of your trip), take the hard packed sand road along the coast south of La Paz to Cabo.

    There are a few suggestions. Really your offroad experience will be based off what roads you're willing to take the bikes down.

    I find those who don't get off the slab really don't appreciate Baja for what it is. They just think it's boring desert and pile the miles on. It's so much more then that.

    I've only done it twice, but I'd be joining my buddies this fall if I had the peso's.
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  4. rides2little

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    Hey Foole, I was just looking at my maps and realized I had linked the wrong one earlier. I revised the previous post with the correct one. The other one is better for the mainland but will work in a pinch in Baja but you only need the first 5 pages for just Baja.

    The almanac is just baja and 22 large pages. Much better than most anything else have seen out there so far.
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  5. V@lentino

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    Thanks for starting this thread Foole.

    We are leaving 2up on our GSA heading for Cabo on Oct 26 out of Victoria BC. Plan to stop in Shasta to do a ride-in install on a Russell Day Long and a few days in San Diego. We were originally planning to head south (from Tecate) and stay more on the West side, but the previous posts are making me wonder if we should not head across towards San Felipe instead. We are not in a hurry, we have approximately 6 weeks. So lots of time to criss-cross and avoid tracing back our tracks on the same roads on the way back.

    Stickman, I would be up for some GPS tracks on dirt, just consider that we will be 2 up on a loaded for camping GSA. Does it matter East on the way down West on the way up? Roughly following your itinerary we miss the West stretch between Ensenada and El Rosario (south of Lazaro Cardenas). That whole stretch of dirt along the coast west of the Mex 1 seems like a really nice ride (at least on the map) :hmmmmm. Also from Visciano Instead of South on the 1 how about west to Bahia de Tortugas then lazily south to eventually loop back to Mex 1 from Pta Abreojos?

    Man it sounds like fun...

    Thanks to all the previous Baja travellers, keep it coming.

    Can't wait:clap
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  6. DaFoole

    DaFoole Erudite inchoate...

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    If this turns out as awesome as I suspect, I probably will be going back.......on smaller bikes....:lol3

    It's all good. Thanks for the tips.

    :freaky
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  7. DaFoole

    DaFoole Erudite inchoate...

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    THANKS, mate!! :D
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  8. DaFoole

    DaFoole Erudite inchoate...

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    You are aware, of course, your bike's too big.... :lol3

    Will be looking forward to your trip, pics and info! :clap

    :freaky
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  9. DaFoole

    DaFoole Erudite inchoate...

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    I'm having trouble figuring out which atlas you're talking about based on what they're saying in the descriptions...

    Is this it?? http://www.baja-almanac.com/

    Can you give me a hint.....:lol3
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  10. stickman1432

    stickman1432 Crusty Adventurer

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    Hey Da Foole that is the correct map book for Baja http://www.baja-almanac.com/


    Hey ac_elite give me a pm with what you are looking for and I'll see what I can do for you on the GPS tracks, plus how adapt are you 2 at off road riding 2 up in sand, rocks etc. I can give you some easy tracks all the way up to you wish you didn't take that way kind of hell ride. Let me know your needs and abiltiy level. It is tough down there sometimes with no one to bail you out of trouble on the dirt roads.:eek1:eek1

    I am leaving on a trip in one week and will be gone for 2 weeks so try and be patient if you fall into that 2 week period while I am MIA.................:lol3


    Also for those going GPS in Baja chaeck out http://lbmaps.com/ pretty good shit for only $40
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  11. thetourist

    thetourist Just passing thru

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    Need some reading material and some pics.

    Check the Baja link in my sig. 20+ bikes from the NW to Baja in March. A flock of routes and types of riders.

    We had an excellent time. Baja is good even if all paved. Take some fruit to Coco. Tell Nano Fong I said hi.
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  12. DaFoole

    DaFoole Erudite inchoate...

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    Sweet! Thanks!!
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  13. V@lentino

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    This is the quote I received from DiscoverBaja for 2008 GSA Canadian citizen with ongoing provincial coverage.

    The premium would be: $291.86
    Deductible for damage: $500 and deductible for total loss: $ 1000
    Liability: $ 70K
    Legal aid and bail bond $ 20K
    Road assistance: $ 300 dlls

    Nothing for rider and pillion, but I already have Insurance for accident/sickness/hospitalization, plus emerg evac with the Global Star (SPOT) policy. So no need for anything else than above.

    This is for a year, I think it's a bit high, but It looks like shorter term policies are even more expensive. Mexadventure gives various instant quotes between 380.00 and 514.00, depending on deductible and liability amount and hospitalization for rider and pillion.

    Those are US companies, I wonder if I would get a significantly better price if I get the insurance from a Mexican vendor after crossing the border.

    Saying this I know the nature of insurance, so will likely not need it, and paying more does not necessarily mean a better policy.

    I also plan on to leave for Argentina around Sept-Oct 2013, and will go through Mexico again, so a year policy would actually make sense.

    Just wondering what others have done in the recent past.

    ???:ear
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  14. DaFoole

    DaFoole Erudite inchoate...

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    The ones I've tried won't even give me a quote until it's less than 6 mos.....
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  15. DaFoole

    DaFoole Erudite inchoate...

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    I LIKE your style. Mellow and plowing on through!!! :clap

    Bonus....old/slow guy....MY style!!! Excellent!!

    :D
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  16. DaFoole

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  17. craig haggart

    craig haggart Old guy having fun

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    Hola Senior DaFoole! I did a short jaunt to Baja from the Bay Area last year and posted a ride report here:
    http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=689604

    It's an awfully long report for such a short, easy trip, but I made sure to put as much useful info as possible into the summary at the beginning for anyone considering a similar trip. Hope something in it is helpful to you. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions.
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  18. DaFoole

    DaFoole Erudite inchoate...

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    Thanks!! :clap

    Will peruse and send you any questions!

    :freaky
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  19. muddyrabbit

    muddyrabbit Lost Boy

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    We found Loreto quite nice. Camped on a beach called Playa Coyote just south of Mulege for 2 nights as well. There is a guy from Colorado named Mark that camps at that beach every year. Each morning a pick up truck with 2 ladies comes by selling Tamales and Empanadas. Then the truck with the guy selling fresh fruit and fire wood comes by.

    Also recomend going to Bahia de Asuncion on the west coast and renting a casista from Sheri.
    http://m.facebook.com/Asuncioninfo?id=244893345598288&soft=side-area&__user=1584781339
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  20. Baja Ho

    Baja Ho Been here awhile

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    Don't forget Mission San Javier, out of Loreto. It is paved most of the way now with some gravel road toward the end. DaFoole, if you make it to Cabo send me a pm, I should still be down there at that time and I will buy you guy's a cerveza. Dan
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