Baja Single-Line Tour - 1400 Miles, 10 Days

Discussion in 'Epic Rides' started by Z_HARSH, Oct 29, 2010.

  1. Z_HARSH

    Z_HARSH Like margarine?

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    It’s hard to decribe what we were feeling that day. I have read some reports describing the strain and stress, the feeling of vunerability and nakedness, and pure excitement and exileration when pushing the limits of one’s riding abilities. Taking 5 guys through the route for the first time, wondering how to make it through each arroyo, sweltering in dehydration, and then coming to the wattermellon-rock hill, George was feeling it. I find it hard to fathom the pressure that must have been felt in some of the truely epic journeys thrugh Africa and Siberia told here. I don’t think Baja and the deserts of Africa are really comparable, but it doesn’t mean you can’t get the same feeling. The feeling Marco Pollo, or Columbus, or Lewis and Clark flet, in a day and age where you can download a picture of nearly any corner of the planet you want.

    Adventure, the name of this site says it all. We all feel it the first time down a new road, trail or over a new boarder, but the great help to literaly expand the horizon of possibility for the rest of us. They hire a plane twice to fly over a section of rocky wasteland and hours and hours and days and days of sacrafice to put a 40-mile section of trail in because they didn’t want to ride the road back. What BABs and I did was deffinatley strenuous and pushed our limits, but what guys like Jimmy, Bill and George, just to name a couple, have done is great.

    I think the main reason to write this whole thing is that I want to say thank you, thank you to all those that fight for the trails here in the States, and all of those that break new ones where possible. And also to all those that help inspire the rest of us to leave our comfortable routine, at least for a little while when possible.

    Thank you for making it possible, and for the inspiration.



    Yea…..so……I suppose I’ll step off my soapbox and continue on, I have a couple more posts after this.

    The next day we rested. We had plans to do the second half of another one of Bill’s little gems, but the logistics are a bit tougher. Our plan was to load up the bikes and tow them up to the highway, cutting out the 30 some klicks of pavement. But with BAB’s not having a reer break and getting in late the night before, we decided to put up a little note on the door of the camper to tell George we were going push our plans back a day, in anticipation of his famous wake-up calls. It almose worked too, we got half a knock and a cackle instead of the usual pounding.

    We slept in, had an excellent jalapeño pancake brekfast courteous of George, hunted down some break fluid and fish tacos in town, and soaked in the beauty of Bahia.

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    Then loaded up for the next day’s adventure.

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  2. ArvadaGeorge

    ArvadaGeorge Been here awhile

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    Nice job great photos
  3. prsdrat

    prsdrat Been here awhile

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    Loved your ride. Bahia may be one of the jewels of the world..............
    when the wind and that damned generator downtown , ain't blowing.
    I must get back down to see Javier and Chary.
  4. ArvadaGeorge

    ArvadaGeorge Been here awhile

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    They aren't at S/F any more



  5. Z_HARSH

    Z_HARSH Like margarine?

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    ArvadaGeorge – Thanks George, good seeing you the other day.

    prsdrat – Glad you liked it, Bay of LA is amazing indeed.
  6. Z_HARSH

    Z_HARSH Like margarine?

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    Waking up to our last sunrise over Bahia was bitter sweet. We were already loaded up with the three bikes on the trailer. After breakfast and a few more details we hopped in the truck and headed out to the highway. We had a couple ideas on where to stash the truck; you obviously don’t want to just leave it next to the road. We stopped by what looked like a junkyard and the guy selling gas out of jugs up the street ran over. I didn’t do a good job thinking over the negotiation beforehand and offered a high pice first, $10 now and $10 when we got back. I didn’t care; sometimes I figure they need the money more than I do and as long as everything was intact when we got back it didn’t matter. Afer the guy consulted with the man in charge for a few minutes he opened the gates and pointed us to the corner.

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    It was a bit ominious seeing all the casualties of Mex 1 piled up like that.

    There was just something about the sky that day, beautiful but foreboading on a cold and windy morning. But wind is always a good thing on a ditbike and the cold didn’t matter either because we were sweating soon enough.

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    We had planned to ride this last year but we didn’t have enough daylight and I also kind of lost the group that day too. Another one of Bill Nichol’s specials and he didn’t let us down.

    It was definitely some of the best miles in the saddle I can remember.

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    BABs framed that one well.

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    Through the arch…

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    Stupid paparatzi.

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    This trail is just fanominal. It is up and down, hilltop to hilltop winding through the desert. It is pretty amazing thinking about bulding it, you can look around in one section and there is only one hill that will work, the others are not rideable. Manking this trail must have taken forever, like, I don’t know, 22 days? It is also cool to see where you are going a couple miles ahead, being able to see the trail three, four, five hills in advanced.

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    It was a bit tight through here.

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    Evenmore, it is open enough to where you can stand on the pegs and go. Typically visibility is a main limiting factor on speed and you can see a ways on this one. Just be careful of the agave that lines the course. George tells a story of one going through his boot, through his kneepad and intho his shinbone. They had to take plyers to pull it out and a dime-sized chunk of skin came with it. And another story about one of the guys he was with plowing into one, throwing him over the handlebars and flattening both tires. It seemed like on half the corners I was picking up my feet so they didn’t hit the “century plants”.

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    Darn hitchhikers

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    And then at last, the Pacific…

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    We headed out to the beach for a snack and a break but my first parking spot was a bit too soft.

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    But BABs had the right idea

    (at least his kickstand won't snap off here)

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    then whipped out his sandwitch.

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    George was resting up, making the most of the soft sand.

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    But after a bit of playing in the sand it was time to head back.

    We did get to see a bit of silt but it wasn’t exactly the stuff of legends, sinking over the handlebars or anything like that. The invisible ruts will catch your attention though.

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    Then we hit the section I remembered real well from last year when I was racing the sun to the pavement.

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    It was nice to be able to stop and smell the flowers.

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    Then one last parting shot of the three of us. BABs and I were headed North planning our next trip with one more good day of riding left on this one, while George slabed it back to Bahia to finish up his vacaion.

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  7. Blurry

    Blurry Been here awhile

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    I'm no anthropologist but that looks like a seal skull to me...

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  8. Z_HARSH

    Z_HARSH Like margarine?

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    Blurry, thanks, I think you are correct. After my in-depth 2-second google search I would have to agree.

    This is a seal skull from http://www.connecticutvalleybiological.com/index.php:
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    This is the coyote skull from http://sibar.wordpress.com/2008/10/22/coyote/

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  9. Z_HARSH

    Z_HARSH Like margarine?

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    Not quite sure how that translation worked but it&#8217;ll have to do, I need to meed up with BABs and break in his shiney new KLR in an hour.

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    After we split up with George we headed back to the truck. We were happy to see all was intact. We loaded up and headed North to our home for the night at Santa Ynez. We pulled up close to the buildings like instructed and walked over to check things out and pay for a night of camping, $6 I believe. There just so happened to be a bunch of fellow bikers, well not in the chrome costume party sense, Baja bikers Mike and his buddy on Hondas and a couple guys from San Fran on big dualsports new to the dirt. After some good fellowship and story exchanges we hit the sack ready for out last day in the saddle.

    Last year this route was troublesome, George got swamped, we wondered aroung the rocky agave field for an hour or so and I though I lost the guys again when they were 50 yards away, the dry lakebeds weren&#8217;t (dry)&#8230;&#8230;not a long mileage day, just one of those with multiple setbacks, but really, aren&#8217;t those some of the best in the end?

    We were headed out for about a 100 mile loop, I&#8217;m not sure exactly on the story of this one but I&#8217;m pretty sure Jimmy had a big hand in blessing the fortunate few on this one. We had to decide which way back we wanted to take, some head out to the Pacific but since we were there the day before and last time was such a Kick Ass Tuesday we decided to head to the dry lakebeds again.

    So off we headed.

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    Just another day in Beautiful Baja

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    A quick pick of the namesake.

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    Its nice someone spent some time to kindly mark it, it may be difficult to follow otherwise.

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    Then we hopped on some old roads and wove through.

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    Then hopped onto a much less-defined section of trail. The kind that just comes and goes as it wishes, but we didn&#8217;t mind.

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    We had to disrupt some cattle&#8217;s dinner plans and were stared down for the audacity.

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    But this time we didn&#8217;t dilly-dally looking for the trail in the agave rock field; I knew what had to be done. But first we decided to soak in the sun for a minute and take in the view

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    After a fiding a spot to lie down between the pricklies we relaxed for a while.

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    During this time a little bumblebee decided to fly up my pants. I have the over the boot variety and all the sudden I felt something on my kneecap underneath my kneepad, without knowing what it was I swated at it, them I realized what it was as it retalieated with its stinger but I&#8217;m pretty sure I won the war. After a good laugh we saddled up and picked our way down the hill.

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    And into the beautiful valley&#8230;.

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    then through the first dry lakebed.

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    This one will keep you on your toes. The grass is just thick enough and long enough to where at any speed at all you can&#8217;t really see what lyes beneath. That in and of its self is not a problem; however the 2 foot deep sink holes speratically thrown in could prove troublesome.

    The next one was problematic last year, it could easily loure you in with the though of wide-open fun then grab you in the mud, but this year it was dry.

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    I couldn&#8217;t decide which one I liked more, this one or that one, so I decided to throw them both in, hope no one minds.

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    The next one was a lake and not a lakebed last year, not this year though, just wide-open fun.

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    There is one road section in there that I had forgotten from the year before. A real loose, rolley polley, watch your front tire with your life secion that was not fun tired with a bunch of extra crap on the bike, it deffinately wasn&#8217;t as tough this time but you still didn&#8217;t want to loose focus. Soon enough we were back to the highway. We sat there for a minute and a KLR blasted by, he slowed for a second but I threw up a shacka and he continued on. We brought our iPods in anticipation of the highway stint, I decided on Sublime and we headed back to the truck.
  10. Moto Vaquero

    Moto Vaquero Trail less traveled

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    San Diego & Stanley, ID
    Aww man... I sit here reading your excellent ride report with envy. We were leaving 3 weeks ago to ride the same area and many of the same trails, but...4 days before we were to depart I took a face plant in the dez and dislocated my shoulder, arrrrgh. I love that place, your story & photos has put me there as close as possible till the next trip. Thanks for the time and effort.
  11. ArvadaGeorge

    ArvadaGeorge Been here awhile

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    Nice job looking at the photos it seams like we are back there

    Thanks
  12. roadracer

    roadracer Been here awhile

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    I will never understand this kind of attitude
  13. Z_HARSH

    Z_HARSH Like margarine?

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    2x1foo &#8211; Man, that&#8217;s a bummer, sorry to hear. I&#8217;m glad to do what I can and I appreciate the kind words. Sometimes I think that it may have been better to not put the spotlight on them but I&#8217;m glad you and others enjoyed it, it definitely takes some effort. Although I have to admit that it has been fun reliving it. Cheers!

    George &#8211; With pleasure, but no, no, no&#8230;&#8230;THANK YOU!

    roadracer &#8211; Fair enough and I hear you loud and clear, not to be an ass, but I think a good way to understand it is to draw a line down the paper and put the &#8220;pros&#8221; on one side and the &#8220;cons&#8221; on the other.
  14. Z_HARSH

    Z_HARSH Like margarine?

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    Basically my point was that yes, it does make people feel excluded and that is never good. But on the other hand, from their point of view, the cons are much stronger. They are just not meant for the public domain, please don't take any of this personally.

    But enough of that though, BABs didn&#8217;t make the deadline last time so here are a couple more pics:

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  15. TemeculaRider

    TemeculaRider Been here awhile

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    Trust me, pal! No one's complaining about the pics. Keep 'em coming! :D
  16. Z_HARSH

    Z_HARSH Like margarine?

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    TemeculaRider – Thanks man! I’d love to…..but……unfortunately my Baja clip is about empty at the moment.

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    Well I guess I’ve drug this out for long enough. It’s time for the last little bit.
  17. Z_HARSH

    Z_HARSH Like margarine?

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    We had made it through the dry lakebeds and back to the road pretty quickly and didn’t really get slowed down at all. We got back early, took off our helmets and just then the owner of the camp came over. He asked how our ride was and then said if we wanted there was a little old mission maybe veinticinco kilometers abajo, muy bonito, mas rocas, mas rocas, hasta el arroyo, mas rocs!

    My Spanish isn’t that good and I’ve been slacking on my studies but were thinking a mission? About 12 miles away? Lots of rocks? It’s only 3:00? Hmmmmm…… We still had water and food left over, maybe 40 miles worth in the tanks, and not enough riding in yet….easy decision.

    So we headed out, but that didn’t look right so we looped back, that didn’t look right either, so we checked over there. Finally we went back to the camp and talked to an American lady that was loading up her car, I had a feeling she knew about it. I asked her if it was just up the arroyo?

    She said you haven’t been able to get there for many years now since the rockslide. “It is impossible now” and said we had to get there from the other side. (This is very interesting now that I sit here and think about it, but more on that in a bit.)

    Needless to say, it was pretty obvious what way we needed to go.

    Up the arroyo we headed…

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    Big, wide and fast it was.

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    There were a decent amount of tracks in it but still plenty of un-cut on the sides if you looked for it. I saw a few tracks cutting off to the left but I kind of wanted to keep riding the sand so we went a little further.

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    It cliffed out just up a little bit so we turned around and took the turnoff.

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    We saw two fresh motorcycle tracks and followed them through several corners on some good 2-track.
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    Climbed up a little rise, through a saddle and saw our last view of the Cortez.

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    Then dropped into the rocks, nothing but bowling ball to softball sized to pick your way over. We were a little tired and knew that it was the time when it’s easy to get hurt, but decided to go a bit further and came down into a gorgeous canyon.

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    Then I got a glimpse of the oasis; a big group of palm trees sprouting out of the rocky desolation. Knowing that they built the missions near constant water sources, we had to be close.

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    We came to the top of a particularly nasty, rocky hill. I stopped, looked over to BABs, he nodded and I went for it.

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    Then we came to this:

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    The track went straight through. This type of thing is not something to take lightly out here, the last thing we wanted to do was get stuck an hour of so before dark. So we parked the bikes and set off on foot to investigate.

    It is pretty amazing finding such a lush oasis in the middle of the desert; it almost felt like we were all the sudden exploring in the deep jungle for a lost temple. We walked almost to the end of the main clump of trees and didn’t see anything on the other side. The track went through the water for a hundred yards or more and neither of us really wanted to wade in.

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    The two fresh motorcycle tracks led right into the water however. I looked at it for a little bit but it just wasn’t worth trying. It was a good thing too as we would later find.

    We walked back to the bikes and headed for camp.

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    The rocky hill out of the valley was a good one. I flopped it like a fish a couple times and dabbed my feet a couple times, but at least I didn’t kill the bike (BABs;). You had to be careful and watch the traction because one spot didn’t have it and another did. Wheeling over backwards is only good if you are catching it on camera, and neither of us had ours out...well, let me take that back, BABs had his helmet cam now that I think about it (not to try and throw anybody under the bus or anything). We made it up without a problem and kept moving.

    After pulling into camp, happy with a good 125-mile day, we started to change out of our riding gear.

    Just then the friendly local came over again (he had stopped by that morning as we were headed out) to talk for a while. The first thing he asked is how far we got. We told him about the water and the two tracks we were following and how we hiked around a bit but decided to turn around. He just started laughing. Said that we were only about a mile and a half from the old mission and it was a good thing that we didn’t try out the water. He said that the Godfather himself was there the day before and swamped out his bike trying to make it through. Apparently it is doable but extra deep at that time.

    He also asked about the hill. Apparently when he takes people down there they tie ropes on the front of the bikes to make sure no one wheelies over backwards. According to him, he has rescued more than one person from the road back there; it’s deffinatley a nasty one, I’d have to agree.

    He said there are rumors of a way out to the Cortez through there but he didn’t believe it. According to him the only way would to be to lower your bike down by ropes, mentioning he has hiked it several times. (Looking back, it is interesting that the lady we talked to earlier said you had to come in from the other way)

    We also learned about a little swimming hole with magical bright green water just below, the owner of Santa Inez (who also owns the pink hotel, you can tell by the bathrooms) even has a picture of it on his business cards. Either way, more investigation is needed as far as I’m concerned.

    But all we can do now is dream about the deep sand, fast arroyos, endless rocks, dry lakebeds, and barren wastelands.

    It was sad to stare at our last Baja sunset.

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    We loaded up the bikes that night and got as much packed for the trip north as we could. I’m not quite sure what time we actually hit the road the next morning, all I know is that we were in the outskirts of San Quintin by the time the sun actually came up. I have to say it was pretty sweet driving in the wee hours of the morning like that. The traffic was next to nothing that early but I still managed to drop the trailer tire off the side of the road moving over for a truck with its mirrors hanging over into my lane. Luckily it didn’t cause any damage and we were eating our last fist tacos in Ensenada around 10:30. After a bit of shopping and making sure to top off the truck with gas before heading into CA we were sadly saying goodbye. We decided to go through TJ this time and sat in line for about two hours after having to loop back around because we accidentally got in the wrong lane that led to the police officer checking for medical cards to allow you to skip up in line. Down Town TJ really didn’t seem too bad…or we just got lucky…who knows?

    We crossed over with no problems even though I actually forgot my passport. All I did was have my better half scan and email a copy of it to me. I printed it out and showed it to the guard with my driver’s license and after a thourough check of the truck we were allowed back in. We traded off driving and sleeping in the back seat, stopped at In-N-Out for the first time (honestly I don’t know what all the hype is about), pulled off the highway and crused The Vegas Strip (too bad BABs was a month shy), and pulled into Denver at about 8:30 the next morning. Not a bad 27-28 straight through.

    And that’s that, the end of another well served set of tires.

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    The Santa Maria mission was the last mission built by the Jesuits before they were expelled from Mexico for political intrigues. The area, which includes freshwater springs in a valley named "Cabujacaamang" by the Indians, was first seen by Father Fernando Consag in 1746, when he discovered Bahia San Luis Gonzaga on the Sea of Cortez. The mission itself was built in 1767 by Father Arnes and Diez as the third in a string of remote missions. It was designed to replace Mision Calamajue which was built in the previous year, but was found to have water that was too highly mineralized to sustain crops.

    Although built in a wide canyon surrounded by volcanic rock and granite, Mision Santa Maria was the only mission built by the Jesuits mainly of adobe bricks rather than stone. After the Jesuits reluctantly departed from Baja Sur, the Franciscans occupied the site for a few months in 1768, but abandoned it as a principle mission when they began construction of the new Mission San Fernando de Velicata, forty miles to the northwest, in 1769. At that time, the Santa Maria mission became an outpost of Mission San Francisco Borja until 1818 when it was permanently abandoned.
    Beginning in 1961, attempts were made to bulldoze a trail from Rancho Santa Ines, past the Santa Maria mission to Bahia Gonzaga on the Sea of Cortez. Constructed with great amounts of effort, the road reached a point about a half mile east of the mission on the Camino Real, but was abandoned because of impassable terrain. Today that trail has eroded and is obliterated in many areas, but is still the most common route for Santa Maria's infrequent visitors.


    -Norm Christie, http://www.bajalife.com/v3pg40.htm

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    Now you can’t say I never gave you anything.


    Well……that’s all I’ve got, for these coordinates atleast.

    Thanks! Cheers!
  18. gsstampeder

    gsstampeder Long timer

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    Thanks Z for taking the time to include us on your adv. Great pics and writing.

    I know what you mean, 'sad to watch your last Baja sunset'. Although it may not be your 'last'...it is still a sad moment knowing your adventure has come to an end....until next time. :freaky
  19. jbrownmxr

    jbrownmxr Gas Passer

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    On the old mission and the nasty bit of road. I recall a very sleepless night next to that mission worrying about riding out the next day. I drank about a pint of burbon fretting about that. Would have been unfounded had I not been recruited to pilot all four bikes out. Seems the old men (my old man and two buddies) felt I'd be best suited. Ha ride one Baja race and now your an expert. So, four times I wheeled, bounced, and fell. Sure was glad to get out of there. Funny, I got sweaty palm just seeing that thing again.
  20. xymotic

    xymotic Long timer

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    WOW, Awesome RR, but especially that last post. Just epic:clap:clap:clap

    If you went to In-N-Out and wasn't too impressed, you didn't do it right:evil

    There is a secret code to get the good stuff: when you order just say "animal Style" and that lame cheapo burger is magically transformed:D:D

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