Baja para dos - Nine-day adventure in Baja Mexico.

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  1. atwater1

    atwater1 perpetually lost.

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    Fantastic ride report!

    I'm working to convince my wife that we should take a trip down that way to explore the less traveled (...read less touristy) parts of Mexico. I think I might point her towards this RR for further convincing!

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  2. crashkorolyk

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    Brilliant R.R. and pictures,thanks for sharing,looking forward to getting back there some day,you`ve reminded me how great it is down there!
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  3. TravisGill

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    Same thing happened to us but I didn't include that detail in the ride report. In the ten minutes that we waited in line there were three folks (two in cars, and one vendor) who told us to go to the front. Since Chantil wasn't comfortable doing that I just silently stewed inside my helmet wishing she would get on board.
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  4. TravisGill

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    You're welcome. It was fun reliving the adventure through the ride report.
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  5. TravisGill

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    Thanks! I completely agree with you about Baja; odds are highly in your favor for not having any problems.

    Fear: False Evidence Appearing Real
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  6. TravisGill

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    Thank you. PM me, perhaps Chantil would like to share her story with your wife?
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  7. TravisGill

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    Thank you. Baja is worth more than one trip for sure.
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    Baja post-trip summery:
    This ride report has allowed me to contemplate on our short nine-day adventure in Baja. I have the following comments to share:
    • Baja was not as scary as I imagined. I recently came across a quote by an unknown author… Fear: False Evidence Appearing Real. How often do we let fear keep up from letting us reach our true potential? I nearly let fear keep me from having a memory of a life-time.
    • There is a very different vibe the further south you travel in Baja. Border towns like Tecate and Tijuana are a melting pot of US and Mexican cultures. Because of this I feel that prices are inflated and local folks tend to be less patient with tourists. The further south we traveled the happier the locals seemed to be; they were interested in our journey and went out of their way to welcome us into their country.
    • Baja can be pretty inexpensive. We spent a total of about $900 USD for our nine-day trip. The largest single expenses were the insurance on the bikes ($119 USD each) and the whale watching trip ($48 USD each). Food was incredible cheap (and delicious). Hotels were also very reasonable. Gas was a bit more expensive than what we pay in California. Considering that a Baja motorcycle tour package can go for $3,500 each person (not including bike rental), a couple can save themselves a substantial amount of money by planning and supporting their own trip.
    • I still dislike deep sand!
    • Baja California Sur is calling… We would like to give ourselves at least three weeks to properly explore it. On second though, three weeks isn’t enough - perhaps three months?
    Until the next adventure,
    Travis
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  9. CanadianX

    CanadianX Oh!? That is deep.

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    Great ride report! My wife and I are thinking 2up on the GSA either late Dec 17 or Mar 18. I think the weather might be better in March and could be a bit cool in Dec. Regardless your trip looked awesome. Thanks for posting up.
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    Good summery, and I agree, the farther from the border you get the better it gets. Two years ago I took my wife to Baja camping for the first time, her first time in Mexico not going to a resort. I wasn't sure what she was going to think or how she was going to like it. We spent ten days camping in our tent trailer on the beaches of Northern Baja for Christmas. She loved it, all of it. The people, food, dogs and the beaches. We are now talking about renting a house and spending the winter there after I retire. There is something magical about Baja for sure.
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  11. TravisGill

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    Sounds like a fun future adventure! Thanks for the comment!
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  12. TravisGill

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    For sure! Here's to future adventures in Baja!
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  13. outlaws

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    This is awesome, great report and photos! You got a great eye for photos. Thanks for sharing.
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    Thank you for the kind words. I'm glad you enjoyed it. Until the next adventure in Iceland...
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  15. Dusty41

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    Travis Gill fantastic trip, a couple of us want to try the same loop, could you attach a file withe gps track file. thanks Jim
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    Jim, PM me and I send you what I have.
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    Almost 6 months ago we returned from Baja with a lifetime of memories and over 90 GB of videos and photos obtained from my GoPro, iPhone, and Mavic Pro drone cameras.

    I went to work almost immediately after returning to try and determine which hours and hours of video was going to make the cut. The best videos either had to help tell a story or had to have cinematic value. After many sleepless evenings I had successfully paired-down the videos to just 14 GB of the best stuff.

    Unfortunately, the videos sat waiting… Waiting for the song that wouldn’t come…

    I listened to hours upon hours of Latin songs in the search for the one that seemed to capture my feelings of Baja. The song had to have a Mexican flair without being too traditional. It had to have sections that captured the way Baja makes you slow down a bit but also have sections that seem to capture the excitement of discovering new things. After months and months of searching, I began to wonder if such a song existed…

    Well, just last week I was searching again and I found the song!! It’s called El Toro by JMK Instrumentals and it is darned near perfect! In just a short week I went to task of marking the song track in sections, determining what video would be a good fit for each section, and then painstakingly worked the timing of the videos to correspond with the music. I think it turned out well and I’m pleased with the results.

    Well here it is… Baja para Dos - a Nine-Day Motorcycle Adventure. Enjoy!

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  18. Dusty41

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    Hey Travis fantastic job on the video, I've got our trip mapped most of it follows your track, we cross the border on the 23rd of November. I can hardly wait.
    Thanks for the help JD
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  19. TravisGill

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    JD,
    Thanks for watching and the kind reply. Enjoy Baja!
    Cheers,
    Travis
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    Well Done!
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