Baja, Million $ Plane Wreckage, Lizard Lady & Dick Hansen!

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by KMA, Dec 9, 2008.

  1. KMA

    KMA KicksMyAss on BDS

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    My loosely laid plan was to start from Calexico, meet some other riders and make it to Mulege. However you quickly learn that Baja does not allow for any sort of firm plans. That being said it's all part of the adventure in Baja.
    So off we go & 120 mile or so slabbage hump to San Felipe, ugggh but not completely devoid of some nice scenery
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    A couple of good fish tacos on the Malecon in San Felipe
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    The new highway has pushed just past Puerticitos. You guys better get down there before it's paved all the way through to Gonzaga Bay and to HWY 1
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    I've heard this 36 mile stretch to Gonzaga Bay was pretty rough but who cares I'm finally on dirt! (this stretch on the way back isn't quite as fun)
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    Alfonsia's at Gonzaga Bay
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    Excellent Shrimp dinner
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    a little rough nights sleep but you can't beat free
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    I needed gas and look who helped me out, legendary Dick Hansen
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    Dick and Malcom Smith teamed up in last years 40th Baja 1000
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    Gassed up and on the road to Bay of L.A. I love these Cirios
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    Cocos but not a soul around. Sounds like he's not coming back and his place has been pillaged. Very sad
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    I make it to the to Hwy 1 and the turn off for Bay of L.A. I find these guys all from Utah at the little taco stand/house (side note-the guys selling gas at the junction are in my opinion shorting you on gas and charging $5 a gal)
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    Apparently they tried to make it through Calamuge Cyn and drowned a bike. A couple guys spent the night in the cyn and a couple guys rode here for help. They sent a truck in but they did get the bike up and running. The bike in question was a 1986 Yamaha something or other.
    Anyway after swaping stories we decide to meet up at Casa Del Sol in Bay of L.A. These six riders would from here on out be known as the six Utahrds
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    So we all meet up in Bay of L.A. at Victorias. The Utahrds, Jon, Alex, Bob, Dan, Tory, and Jim start wrenching on the 86 Yamaha trying to fix the rear brake. Seals gone and so is Jons rear brake
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    biker gang
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    So we start consuming beer etc. I'm hoping the Utahrds will jump in here for more commentary soon
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    watch some religious parade go by
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    Then a couple of riders roll in, guy and a girl. Bob all the sudden gets very excited and for good reason because it's the Lizard Lady, Kacey Smith!
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    Now the drinks and stories really start flowing. Kacey is a wealth of information and we pick her brain for as much beta as we can. A good time was had by all. The next morning (hung over) we are on our way to San Francisquito Bay. This is a an awsome ride!
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    My trusty Husky 610
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    getting close to the sea
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    doesn't get better than this
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    Jimzuma
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    with seven riders it's bound to happen sooner or later
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    I loved this little stretch through this steep canyon
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    scenery
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    the welcoming commitee as we pull into San Fran Bay
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    our digs for our stay. these would be the best two nights sleep I get on the entire trip
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    fully taking advantages of the amenities
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    we saw this from a distance and thought maybe because of the recent rains they put this up on higher ground. We were so wrong and the assumptions began
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    more soon...
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  2. sc-razor

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    A bellied in King Air in the Mexico desert. Interesting. Looks like a cool report. I'm in!
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  3. KneeKicker

    KneeKicker Long timer

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    :1drink waiting for more.
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  4. prsdrat

    prsdrat Been here awhile

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    Be sure to stop in at Rancho El Progresso and visit with Chary and Javier
    Tiznado. They ran the place at Playa San Francisquito for over 10 years.
    Great cook, great people and Jave is a multiple winner of the Baja Mille.
    If you do, please give hugs from Keg's dad.
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  5. tricepilot

    tricepilot El Gran Payaso

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    Just part of a movie set :lol3

    If not, the start of a great script!

    Bob :jose
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  6. ThomasRizzo

    ThomasRizzo anonymous

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  7. rob1313

    rob1313 Still learning

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    I was just there, I was talking to a couple who lived just down the beach from the plane. It was on a run to get a patient. The piolet stoped for fuel and asked the attendant top fill it up. He got back in his plane and noticed the guage was at 1/2 He ASSumed it was a malfunction in the guage and took off. Not surprizingly he ran out of fuel and had to force land with no engines on that resort airstrip. No engines means no brakes.
    No injuries, just the guys job, and his pride.....
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  8. sc-razor

    sc-razor Long timer

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  9. sc-razor

    sc-razor Long timer

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    And there you have it. Kind of ruined what we were all thinking:D
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  10. Fleg

    Fleg Fleg in 2012

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    neat
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  11. GB

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    Great ride!! Gotta love those Baja trips.... I knew I'd seen that bellied plane on here recently, thanks for the info :thumb
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  12. KMA

    KMA KicksMyAss on BDS

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    So the story goes this 28 yr old mexican pilot ran out of fuel at 27k ft, distressed called out and Cabo told him SanFran was the closest air strip. He made a radical move to lose some altitude (bad move) came in hot, bounced the aircraft 3 times on the runway and just didn't stop until the hill stopped him. Good news is that everyone walked away but the pilot probably won't be flying again anytime soon. What happens to the plane now is anyones guess
    the guys jokin around
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    Cervezas and nice big Cabrilla fish filets for supper. At dinner we decide that we will naked up the bikes and do a day ride to Santa Barbara, about a 85 mile round trip ride
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    after a great nights sleep we are on the trail to Barilla and SB
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    yours truly and we are in it now
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    BTW everything is always rougher and steeper than it looks!
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    Now down in a valley it really begins to get green and lush
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    So Tory and I decide that because we left Jon back at a gate (Jon decided that he was at his limit) we would head back being just short of the Ranch at the end of the road. Bob and Alex made it the rest of the way and met the owner of the Ranch. They both felt that he and is wife were a little to well dressed and that the Lexus in the barn was odd.
    Tory on the KLR. BTW Tory really went above and beyond handling this bike back in this rough terrain
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    But not without a few mishaps
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    Me and Tory
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    look close and you'll see Tory heading up this hill
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    heading back for happy hour
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    after another great meal and thank you to our host Juan, we hit the hay.
    Next day we are heading, we think to San Ignacio. More soon...
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  13. HMR71

    HMR71 Significant Pickle

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    Great report!
    Awesome pics!
    Keep 'em coming!



    Crazy story. FWIW- King Air brakes work fine with or without the engines running. :wink:
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  14. sc-razor

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    Not if the gear is up:D
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  15. HMR71

    HMR71 Significant Pickle

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    :rofl
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  16. AZcacti

    AZcacti Dope on a Rope

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    Great Pics! :clap
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  17. NativeSon

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  18. BikePilot

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    Great pics, thanks for posting! Shame about the plane, sounds like the usually story of several pilot errors adding up to a bad situation. At least no one was hurt. Perhaps I can get them to hire me to fly, I'm at least good at dead-stick landings (some time in gliders lol).
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  19. KMA

    KMA KicksMyAss on BDS

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    OK here we go as I sit in my hotel room on the way back to Oregon, I should make it home by tomorrow or friday.
    Last morning in San Franciscuito I took this from my cot. No need to get out of my warm down bag yet
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    these guys were are neighbors for the night. they are team aspen from colorado
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    these well heeled folks were also our neighbors and were off to some other exotic locale in baja via their winged ride
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    So now we are bound for San Ignacio, fingers crossed
    Love these guys hiding in the cactus
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    So we are headed for El Arco and the ride so far is not dissapointing
    'm personally naming this "sphincter rock"
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    from el arco we were headed south and down this narrow sand road
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    to me the conditions were awsome but I was in the lead. Pretty soon the guys were all stopping behind me and wanting to turn back, hmmm? OK so we turn back to el arco and now I know why. Being in the lead the conditions were great but being last the sand road was torn up and a real challenge.
    If there wasn't moisture it would have been really really bad
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    So we make it out to hwy 1 and Alex has a flat, no biggie but.. Jim leans over to look at something on the rear of his bike and flat out falls to the ground unconcious. Stuff races through your mind but we have a medical person with us and he takes over and all turns out OK, thank god. We change plans and head up to Guerro Negro for the night and had a blast in that crap hole cross roads town
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    As a matter a fact I think we all would recommend Mallerimos for nght or two
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    AFter a good stinky guys gym room type nights sleep I tell the guys I am heading south to San Ignacio. They are all heading back up to Bay of LA. So we divise a regrouping at Gonzaga Bay and we are off on our own
    90 slabbage miles to San Igancio
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    The mission
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    The infamous Rice and Beans for lunch
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    more..
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  20. ernest t bass

    ernest t bass Been here awhile

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    +1 Mallarimos in G Negro

    Good Restaurant
    Safe Guarded Parking
    Clean Motel
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