Baja March 2013 Trip Planning

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

  1. ADV Fool

    ADV Fool Been here awhile

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    If time permits, San Javier Mission is a great ride and really not that far. I was there last month really wishing I was on my bike! The ride to and from would be a ton of fun.
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  2. DaFoole

    DaFoole Well Marbled...

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    Now I guess I gotta join facebook....:cry :lol3

    You, sir, are on!! :freaky

    Looks like the mission will be on the agenda!
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  3. muddyrabbit

    muddyrabbit Lost Boy

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    In Loreto the Hotel Plaza Loreto has nice, clean, $51/night rooms with 2 beds. They also have a 24 hour front desk so you bikes are safe on the street, and they did let us put ours in the courtyard at night.
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    http://www.loreto.com/hotelplaza/index.htm

    It's walking distance to most everything, a little family owned coffee shop is a couple doors east, and a bitchin hot dog stand is about a block west. Also only a couple blocks from the historic mission and old town square.

    I recommend Baja Bound Insurance. After you enter your info they give you a nice chart of policies from several carriers that are easy to compare.

    I HIGHLY recommend contacting Shari in Asuncion. She has several rentals, plus she arranges whale tours, and they have their own fishing boats if you would like to do some ocean fishing. You should be able to view her contact info on the fb page without signing up.
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  4. DaFoole

    DaFoole Well Marbled...

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    GREAT info!!


    Thanks mang!! :thumb
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  5. rides2little

    rides2little Braaaaaap

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  6. offtheback

    offtheback Chocolate Starfish

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    Friend and I returned from Baja on 24.Oct.12, after some great weather and a small hurricane. Felt completely safe the whole time. The road to San Javier has been destroyed in several areas so plan on some construction and reroutes. We waited out Paul at Bahia del L.A, and then headed south. If you head to BdeLA I recommend Mission Borjas, the road from BdeLA has some sand and rock but the mission is nice and the decaying adobe one from ~1600's is interesting. We took the road from there to the highway because it was after the rains and it helped with the deep sand on that road.

    Also, on the way down the East coast we stopped in Portecitas (sp?) and Rancho Grande (best shrimp meal of the trip) for gas but on the way back Rancho Grande was closed and the pemex in Portecitas was closed for not paying for supply. The 'get gas when you can' is true. I rolled into San Felipe with ~1gal in my tank, not counting the 2 gallon emergency tank.

    The hurricane definitely destroyed some roads, mostly S of Loreto, and really made for some fun water crossings on the way back up the West side. We did not make it all the way to Cabo and headed back up at Insurgentes. Let me know if you need any other info. We were on 950 Adventures btw. Not sure if I want to post another 'We went to Baja' trip report.
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  7. DaFoole

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    Did you not go to Cabo by choice or as a result of roads? :ear I'm sure the road situation is pretty fluid based on damage that has (and will) occur.

    We don't really need to go to Cabo and don't even plan on staying there...it's just the concept of making it all the way south that appeals...

    I'll be packin' 7+ gallons o' gas but we've already determined (as you noted) get gas whenever it's available. I'll give a shout as I gather more info.

    Thanks!! :thumb
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  9. azcagiva

    azcagiva new orange flavor

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    If you do stop to see Coco get him a box of drywall screws. He uses them to fix up his place. You can get them at the little hardware store in San Felipe on the right as you come into town.

    -John
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  10. DaFoole

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    Will do! :thumb
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  11. offtheback

    offtheback Chocolate Starfish

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    It was time. We planned on 4 days to come up the W side and it only took us 2. Hit some towns and there was NOTHING so we pushed on. And much more was paved than we thought..
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  12. muddyrabbit

    muddyrabbit Lost Boy

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    The Pemex in Puertocitos is closed for a 2 hour ciesta every day. The gas in Gonzaga Bay is closed on Wednesdays. Once you pass Coco's and make it out to Mex 1 there is a pick up truck with barrel gas at the abandoned Pemex by the turn off to Bay of LA, and a Llantera (tire repair) a couple miles south of there, and a Pemex in 20-30 miles. I made it from Guerrero Negro back to San Felipe on 3.5 gallons of gas, plus a borrowed 1 litre bottle. It was Wednesday and I neglected to fill up at the barrel gas, and didn't know about the Wednesday and ciesta closures.

    When you get to Coco's ask about the guy who proposed in his book of signatures.
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  13. offtheback

    offtheback Chocolate Starfish

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    Puerticetos is also closed on Tuesdays. We were aware of the expected closures but for some reason Gonzaga bay was closed when we left on MONDAY morning after 10. While eating at Cinque Isles the owner told us no gas at Puerticetos because they did not pay the supplier.

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  14. DaFoole

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    GREAT stuff, guys!! :clap

    Thanks!

    :freaky
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  15. muddyrabbit

    muddyrabbit Lost Boy

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    That thing about being closed for not paying seems strange to me because as I understand it the Pemexs are owned by the government? Not sure though.

    I can tell you if you get to a closed station and really NEED gas, what I have been told is to ask around, the man with the keys is usually close by and someone can round him up. I've also learned not to stress too much about the gas in general. My bike only has a MAX 200 mile range in ideal conditions. I did roll into San Felipe on fumes last time, the bike actually died 3 times and restarted, and then when we rolled into the first Pemex at the edge of town they were closed! Managed to make it to the one on the roundabout. Then the Canadian guys we have met on previous trips rolled in (Baja is wierd like that). One of them had given me his last litre of fuel in Puertocitos, only to run out himself just south of San Felipe! Anyhow, my point is this, be prepared with adequate fuel, try not to get down below a 50 mile range, but don't stress out and go crazy, even if you do run dry it will work out. Seems like everybody down there has a siphon tube.
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    Especially me....:evil
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  17. muddyrabbit

    muddyrabbit Lost Boy

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    Oh, and if you are on the town square in San Ignacio after visiting the old mission (worth the side trip) and need to use the restroom, look for the sign on a store front on the west side that says "bano 5 pesos". Just beware of the paraplegic Chihuahua in a wheelchair.
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    :lol3
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    muddyrabbit Lost Boy

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    Dude, don't laugh, he VICIOUS!
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  20. offtheback

    offtheback Chocolate Starfish

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    Live music on Saturday night on the square with some lovely local sights there. :D Stayed at motel within walking distance for 300 pesos/ night.

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