Baja Round 2 - 990 Two Up!

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  1. warp9man

    warp9man Gravel in my Travel

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    Only the highway is paved and everything else is a pond or mud. In the towns, even the pavement looks like dirt due to all the muddy cars driving up on it. John and Jacque do not like riding in the congestion of the busy towns as we head north. Patty and I ride ahead of the group but I tell John that we will pull off and wait for them as we enter Ensenada so I can navigate them to a hotel we had picked out.
    Some of Patty's pics on the fly.
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    There are commercial greenhouses everywhere!
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    I thought it didn't rain in Baja? :hmmmmmThat's because it pours!
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    A very nice ride...:D
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    This is a great detour! :clap
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    We pull into Ensenada at 5:40pm about dusk. We still have light out but it’s raining good now and we pull into a Pemex and take cover under the canopy while we wait for the others to come. I was riding the last section at a pretty quick pace so I’m thinking we’re going to be waiting for a bit. :*sip*
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    Waiting under the Pemex canopy.

    We sit and enjoy watching the variety of vehicles go by for about an hour before we see John ride by. It is fully dark now and still raining. :dogI pass Dave, Jacque and catch up to John. As soon as John sees me he pulls off the main road into a dirt parking lot. Dave and I follow him but Jacque doesn’t want to go into the dirt/mud due to her earlier wreck in the mud. To my horror…:yikesI watch as she cuts across 4 lanes of traffic, narrowly avoiding getting hit, to the other side of the street where there is a paved OXXO parking lot.

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    John says they are having a hard time seeing in the rain. Their flip up helmets are not good in the rain and they can&#8217;t see with the shields down, even using their finger squeegee&#8217;s due to the condensation and moisture on the inside of the shield. When they flip up their shields to see, their eye glasses get wet. If they take their eye glasses off, they can&#8217;t see anyway. :fpalm

    Dad asks me how far the hotel is and I tell him it&#8217;s about 6-7miles. He says we have to try and find something closer. I agree and tell Dad to go across the street to get Jacque and to start heading north. I tell him we will follow and pull ahead of them to find another hotel. Dad heads across the street while Patty and I franticly search on the Zumo and Blackberry for a closer hotel. :scratch

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    We look up a minute later and John and Jacque are already gone! Shit! :baldyI quickly ask Dave if he seen them pull out but he wasn&#8217;t watching them either. Now, I don&#8217;t know if they are already gone, or if they are somewhere around the OXXO station? We pull forward so we can see the other side of the OXXO but we can&#8217;t see them. Crap&#8230;they must have left already. I&#8217;m not sure how far ahead they are so we take off to try and catch them. I&#8217;m still not sure if they are even ahead of us? :confused:confused

    <o:p>When I pull out, Dave is right behind me. I go thru a couple traffic lights and have to stop but I don&#8217;t see Dave&#8217;s headlight? I ask Patty to look back for him and she can&#8217;t see him either. Shit! :beccaWhere the hell did Dave go?:huh I pull off into the dirt to wait for Dave. We haven&#8217;t gone that far and we haven&#8217;t made any turns? We sit in the dark rain and watch for him for a few minutes then we see him coming. I pull out behind the motorcycle and it is cruising. I think he is trying to catch up to me so he is darting around the cars. I ride like a mad man and pull up alongside him and look over. Fuck!!!! :ruskie It&#8217;s not DAVE! Just another local motorcycle out riding in the rain! Seriously&#8230;.what are the odds. :permazot I pull off into the muddy shoulder again.:dhorse I seriously don&#8217;t know what to do? My Dad and Jacque are some vague distance ahead of us but I&#8217;m not even sure of that and Dave is somewhere behind us? I sit there for a minute talking to Patty trying to figure out if I go forward to find my Dad or turn around to find Dave? :ddog We decide since Dad and Jacque are together and they have a GPS, they will be ok, but Dave has no GPS and is alone. I turn around and head back to find Dave. <o:p></o:p>
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    Patty sends a quick email to Jacque knowing if they find a hotel that Jacque will jump on the WiFi. We are the only ones that signed up for Mexico phones plans before we left. Everyone else keeps their phone signals turned off and we can&#8217;t call them.:ban
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    After several miles we spot Dave at a different Pemex station. I make another U-turn to circle back to him. When I pull in he is talking to the local Police. I ask him what happened? He said, &#8220;I stopped to get some gas. I didn&#8217;t know how far it was to the hotel.&#8221; HUH? :baldy

    <o:p>We both had stopped earlier in the day and got fuel at the same time. The DR650 with the big tank has a lot more range than the KTM so I&#8217;m beyond confused? :huh My fuel light just barely came on so I don&#8217;t think he is even on reserve yet? I&#8217;m more frustrated that he didn&#8217;t tell me, pull up and flag me down or get in front of me, before he decided to just stop for fuel.:mrskbasa
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    We get back on the road again. I have no idea where Dad and Jacque are.:scratch We will just keep an eye out and if we don&#8217;t spot them we will just go to our original planned hotel and try to reach them via email or phone.
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    Several miles down the road we see John on the side of the road flagging us down. :waveWe spot him too late and have to make a couple U-turns and circle back. They had pulled into a hotel that said $200(peso) special? :dealWell&#8230;at least we found them but we are not too sure what kind of hotel you get for $200 pesos? We decide to check out J & J&#8217;s hotel room before we decide to stay here. We were really looking forward to a hot tub and good restaurant at the planned hotel. Dad&#8217;s room looks surprisingly good and we decide to stay. <o:p></o:p>

    It turns out the room is actually $550 pesos. The advertised $200 special is for a 4hr stay? Um..ok?:huh I don&#8217;t understand that? Is it like a one night stand special?:viking It was called hotel Aztec Inn and was just south of the Ensenada airport. We paid $600pesos in the Bay of LA for each hotel and this is much better than anything there. :thumb It took about 5 minutes to get hot water but once it started, it stayed nice and hot and never ran out.:clap It had a huge shower and comfortable beds. They even let us pull the bikes down a ramp and park them right in front of our hotel room. This was great, especially since it was covered so it got the bike and gear out of the rain!:smile6
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    Pics of the room...Complete with mud that we tracked in..

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    A Nice shower!
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    We grabbed a shower and decided to go find some dinner. The rain had stopped so we decided to just walk down the road. We walked down to a busy little place called Tacos Original (I think). They were packed&#8230;always a good sign. They didn&#8217;t wait on the locals but we must have stood out because a nice older guy came up, pulled out our chairs, asked us to sit and asked what we would like. Nice! :DWe each got two tacos and drinks. They brought out a full plate of condiments that included radishes, sliced limes, whole cooked green onions, pickled onions, cilantro and grilled jalepeno peppers.:eek1 I can&#8217;t say I have ever taco condiments quite like that before. I&#8217;m a whimp but Patty tried everything except the radishes.:beer It was pretty good.
    The best part is when we went to pay. We couldn&#8217;t understand what the amount was so he pointed to $90pesos we had in our hand and he would bring us change! I guess it was $85pesos! That is like $6.70usd! Sweet! :happay
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    We started walking back and stopped at a 7/11 to grab some snacks and ended up spending $100 pesos!:lol3 That was more than our dinner&#8230;lol.
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    Back at the hotel we made plans to ride MX 3 to Tecate, cross the border and ride back to Yuma on I-8.
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  2. DaFoole

    DaFoole Erudite inchoate...

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    This report is amazing!!! :bow

    Great pics, write-ups, stories.

    Thanks so much for all the hard work.

    Keep it coming!!

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  3. Dubl-A

    Dubl-A SuckerDucker

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    Great ride report so far! Be safe man and keep us updated!
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  4. The Walrus

    The Walrus Gone and back again.

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    Very eventful ride.....great pics.....great report......

    One of my buddies did a prepaid ride through Baja Norte'....his experience was expensive but well guided and the bikes were kept in tip top condition....I've ridden north to south BOLA, San Francisquito, El Arco and I thought the section from BOLA to SF was the most challenging due to sand....how did you feel about it? I wonder how many options there are, your tracks would be great. Can you post your route or a Google/Bing map link?

    You got some interesting weather, can you imagine the hurricane conditions............:eek1
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  5. Bgunn

    Bgunn Mucha distancia

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    This is a mega adventure...Two up on a KTM, bad weather and Dave surely wants to see Mexico in his rear view mirror.

    Your a tough bunch :thumb
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  6. warp9man

    warp9man Gravel in my Travel

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    Hey DaFoole, thanks man. wait till you see the fog we encountered :huh
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  7. warp9man

    warp9man Gravel in my Travel

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    hopefully the next installment will be tomorrow, thanks for following.
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  8. warp9man

    warp9man Gravel in my Travel

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    Hey Walrus, i cant imagine the Hurricane that came thru baja. the water levels and damage done in Mulege was crazy. but guess what there was no goverment bail out, just all the locals pitching in to get there town fixed up.

    i agree the sand sections between San Franisquito and Bay Of LA were pretty bad 2 up. luckily it rained and mad the sand more tolerable. the cactus around El Arco are massive!

    the only vechicle we seen on that whole section of 150 mile dirt roads was the truck that rescued dave and his bike and took him into town. what are the chances of that? lucky him/us on that deal.

    id love to share my tracks, ill try to upload that section shortly.
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  9. warp9man

    warp9man Gravel in my Travel

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    Day 16 – January 27, 2013
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    I wake up to Dad knocking on the door at about 6:30am again, lol.:webers Of course we are still asleep. They want to get on the road so they are going to head out. They plan to go up MX 3 to Tecate as well. Dad knows we will most likely catch up to them later. :nod.
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    It’s raining again…bummer… We check the weather forecast to see if it’s going to clear up any time soon. Not really.:cry No point in delaying…we might as well get up.

    We get packed and decide to just eat some of the food we have with us so we don’t have to get in and out of our rain gear again.
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    We get on the road a little before 8am.

    We have a nice ride up the prettier sections of Ensenada coastline heading north. :clap
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    Still alot of standing water around.:eek1

    We turn off onto MX 3 and have some great riding.:nod
    Unfortunately the rain is coming down hard so Patty can’t get any pictures for a couple hours.:(:

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    Somewhere near or just past Valle De Guadalupe (I think) we spot John, Jacque and Dave’s motorcycles in front of a little restaurant. We debate briefly on whether we are going to stop and then decide we are hungry so I make a U-turn and head back.
    We are happy that the rain has stopped for a minute.:D

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    We chat with the group as they are finishing up breakfast. Patty and I grab a pizza.:dg John and Dave are telling me that they are going to Algodones to meet with a dentist today. They plan to ride with Jacque and cross the border in Tecate. She is anxious to get back on “American roads”. She is not very fond of the Baja highway maintenance, lack of shoulders and signage. They will all cross the border, cut across I-8, then John and Dave will head south to Mexico, while Jacque continues on to Yuma.

    We all get finished and get ready to leave. Dad says he will just meet us in Yuma tonight.:wave Dave, John and Jacque head out.
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    We leave just shortly after and head north. :ricky

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    We pass the others and make our way into the twisties! It is awesome fun.:wings I have to be careful with the wet roads and wish we could see more. What we can see looks pretty amazing. We are rolling thru the hill with lots of vineyards around.:D This would be fantastic on a sunny day!

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    We are climbing and I can see that we are heading up into a cloud/fog bank layer. :brow
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    We keep climbing up into the fog layer.:ddog This could be a bummer.

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    It clears for a bit and I have hope, maybe we just skirt the fog?:hmmmmm

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    Nope....We are soon in this dense misty wet fog. :dhorseVisibility is not great.:nah
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    OK...This pretty much sucks..:uhoh but somehow freakishly cool too. :dllama


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    Patty grabs this video before the mist makes the camera angry.:D

    I’m more worried about someone slamming into me. I turn every light on the KTM. :popeI see a few cars go past with their hazard lights on and think that is a brilliant idea so I turn those on too. It looks like stunning scenery, when we actually get to see it.:lol2 The mist is pissing the camera off so Patty can’t get much for pictures as we motor on. :waysad

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    It seemed like we didn’t go very far and soon we are in a town. I’m not paying too much attention to the Zumo, just following the directions. It takes me up a street with a bunch of hazard cones across it so we can’t go down it?:scratch It takes a minute before we figure out we are IN Tecate and AT the border! :roflThe Zumo shows all the streets to get to the border crossing but they are all blocked off. We head east trying to find a street that is not barricaded. After several blocks I decide this is stupid and just ride between the barricades! :super:D


    There is no line at the border at all, maybe 4 cars. They still flag us down to the front of the line…sweet!:clap Maybe because it is still raining? One bored Mexican guard stops us and has us get off the bike? Then another one comes over. They want to go thru all the saddlebags. They even have me remove the seat? Weird? The strangest part was Mexican guards were not searching a single car?:huh I guess we look like we can smuggle a lot, lol.:lol3 Isn’t the USA supposed to search you on the way in? Anyway we get to the USA border agent, she checks our passports, asks the standard questions and sends us on our way. It took maybe 10 mins.:thumb

    The official end of our Baja Adventure. :2cry We finish our ride Stateside.
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    We continue to have great scenery all the way up to I-8.

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    The weather is starting to clear up. As soon as we hit I-8 we are in a notorious windy section. Not a big deal but sometimes annoying. We have lots of gusty cross winds but it is getting sunny and warm. :D We stop in El Centro for gas and continue to Yuma. We arrive back in Yuma about 2pm.

    In Yuma we find out from Grandpa that Jacque called and was rather scared in the high winds on I-8 and got separated from John and Dave. She ended up riding on the shoulder of I-8 with her hazards on at a lower speed where she was more comfortable (partly due to her ribs killing her).

    John and Dave went to Algodones. Jacque stopped in Yuma to get her ribs checked out from her fall a few days earlier and confirmed 2 ribs were broken.:cry


    We packed up, ran some errands, grabbed a bite to eat and did not see the rest of the group til after 7pm.

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    Dave has plans to fly out early the next morning and we are a day behind schedule and have to get home tomorrow as well. I won’t bore you with the details of that.:lol3
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    We had quite the adventure, seen a lot of new places and made some great memories! :clap
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    *Extra Kudos to Jacque! She just started riding motorcycles at age 58 and now at age 60 she had the drive and courage to go on this ride.*

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  10. JacqueTanis

    JacqueTanis Sassy

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    Well, maybe four of us can be included in a "Tough Bunch". I'm the marshmallow of the group. :cry As an inexperienced, slowwwww, scared of strong gusts of heavy wind, deep gravel, sand and mud I pretty much held everyone up and slowed our progress down considerably. I fell in the sand, in the gravel and in the mud ... thankfully I had a husband, son and daughter-in-law who were patient and encouraging. They took care of me and pretty much babied me all the way, although I'm sure there was some major frustration that they were careful not to show. :bash

    Hmmmmm, does driving 780 miles with two broken ribs qualify me for the "Tough Bunch Club" LOL :clap
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  11. vintagespeed

    vintagespeed fNg

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    hell yes it does, well done!

    great report all of you, thanks for sharing. i've been trying to get to baja for years and my buddies always seem to sway me with the "danger" talk. my mind is set though, after TAT this year and the EDR next, it's baja time. then maybe Alaska.... :evil
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  12. JacqueTanis

    JacqueTanis Sassy

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