Baja Solo: My birthday present

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by MaParkerColo, Jan 7, 2018.

  1. eakins

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    It was Coyote Ranch. The person had been going to Mike's for years but found the Coyote to be better in most ways.

    Meling Ranch Hotel looks like a great place too. They could host a big group easy enough too.

    Mike's Sky Rancho
    Ensenada, B.C., Mexico
    +52 664 681 5514
    https://goo.gl/maps/CrKUgwgYafz

    Rancho El Coyote Meling
    Baja California, Mexico
    https://goo.gl/maps/oUayfAEhmzw

    Rancho Meling Hotel
    Baja California, Mexico
    https://goo.gl/maps/87Gy8tNMZRx
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  2. MaParkerColo

    MaParkerColo Been here awhile

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    That is more along the lines of what I wanted to do: ride dirt! First time proves I can do it, next time I get a hall pass like this it will be less rushed and have more planning and hopefully some companions!

    Yep, the most interesting stuff is still to come...

    Thanks for following along!
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  3. mx813

    mx813 Been here awhile

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    Great ride report so far.

    Tell me...the rooms at Gonzaga Bay...did you check in at the mercado across the hwy to rent? I am heading down Feb. 16-24 and we are planning at staying a night at Alfosinias but would like a back up plan. We also had planned on leaving our truck for 2 additional nights there as we do overnight loops o BOLA and then to Catavina.
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  4. MaParkerColo

    MaParkerColo Been here awhile

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    Thanks, yep west side of the highway, across from the turnoff for Alfonsonia's.
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  5. Blakebird

    Blakebird pew pew pew

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    Alfonsina's :D
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  6. MaParkerColo

    MaParkerColo Been here awhile

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    If you are camping I would look into Papa Fernandez on the northern tip of the bay too.
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  7. jonz

    jonz Miles are my mantra

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    Rancho El Coyote. Great place
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  8. eakins

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    Hah, I think maybe I read your assessment of it. Funny how info is passed around. :-)
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  9. NevBlu

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    To all riders: Coco's Corner, N 20 31.032, W 114 17.464. This may help now that road is paved and moved inland. His birthday is coming up too, Feb. 25, 1936.
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  10. CanadianX

    CanadianX Oh!? That is deep.

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    We should be nearby and will definitely pop in but likely on his b-day he'll be elsewhere.
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  11. eakins

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    Coco's Corner
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    https://goo.gl/maps/Z8xbXZ4R6KC2
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  12. MaParkerColo

    MaParkerColo Been here awhile

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    I was not recording my tracks on this trip to save battery life, but the roads look nothing like what is shown on that map now. There is a stretch starting North of Coco’s several miles where the road now runs along the hills to the west. Everything is torn apart from there all the way to highway 1. It is a real mess. Coco’s corner will become Coco’s bypass soon if it hasn’t already.
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  13. Blakebird

    Blakebird pew pew pew

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    Folks that want to ride Calamajue Wash will still head his way.
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  14. Baja Ho

    Baja Ho Momentum is your friend

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  15. MaParkerColo

    MaParkerColo Been here awhile

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    Day six: on to Guerrero Negro to see the whales ~150 miles

    I decided that I might never get a chance to come this way again so I owed it to myself to head down to Gerrero Negro to do a whale tour. Heading south from Gonzaga you hit tons of construction North of Coco’s and unless I’m mistaken the new route will end up bypassing him completely? I got turned around a bit in all the detours, but actually had fun blasting through the gravel roads. The bridges appear to be completed for the most part, it is just all the roads connecting them that remain incomplete. The detours are confusing and poorly marked if at all.

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    One observation is that if they bother to put an orange cone up you but heed the warning! Minor road damage (enough to damage a vehicle, bent a rim, etc.) may warrant a couple of old tires stacked up on top of each other. A single orange cone represents something that will end your trip! This ain’t no nanny state, if they tell you once and you choose to ignore the warning the consequences are on you! I saw a hole 3+ feet in diameter and 4 or five feet deep in the middle of MX5 with a single orange cone marking it. Hit that at speed and your trip, or possibly your life are over!


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    You can no longer follow the “main” part of the “highway” to get to Coco’s Corner, you basically have to make an effort to go get there now. I stopped by and bought a Coke and said “hi”. Not one other person stopped by in the 10 or so minutes that I was there. He seemed to be in OK spirits, but I suspect the change in route for the road will have a major impact on him.

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    Parts of the road through hills are just a mess, a saw a couple semi’s trying to get through and was astounded that they would even try. I heard that one had to be drug through by the construction equipment the previous day. Parts of it are all new high speed gravel though

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    Eventually I hit decent pavement again and made better time. Got my first barrel gas at the turn off for Bahia de Los Angeles too. Had some tasty tacos at Loncheria Mary, had a bit of a communication issue but we got through it even something I said triggered a tremendous fit of giggles from one of the young ladies!

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    I made time across the peninsula through beautiful areas of big Cactus and great views. Once I go further west the pavement deteriorated a bit and the wind picked up and became a bit of a pain to ride in though.

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    I rode past the military base and into Baja California Sur then turned into Guerrero Negro. Right after you turn off MX1 there is a nice hotel: Terra Sal. I think I paid something like $32 US for a nice room with a garage underneath. I stayed there at Pedro’s recommendation and had to agree that it was nice. There is a restaurant in the hotel that was OK. Met a teacher from Los Angeles (USA) who had driven down with her dog, just because. She had torn a tire and was amazed at the skill of the locals who fixed if for her. I would certainly recommend staying here as you can book tours right from the lobby and it was clean and pleasant.
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    The KLX has been amazing handling the gravel and trails top notch yet still surprisingly good on the pavement. It is pretty buzzy through the bars and pegs past 50, and so far does not seem to mind running 60+. I am hesitant to run it like that for hours, but it is doing terrific and I couldn’t be happier with it so far…
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  16. StmbtDave

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    For some reason no photos appear in the last post. They all appeared in prior posts. Has something changed?
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  17. MaParkerColo

    MaParkerColo Been here awhile

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    I hope it is fixed now?
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  18. liv2day

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    There are still a couple images showing the 'IMG' tag, but no image.

    Regardless, glad to see this adventure continue and enjoying following along!
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  19. ScotsFire

    ScotsFire Just this guy...

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    He was home last year on his birthday. He had a ton of visitors.
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  20. StmbtDave

    StmbtDave AKA Invisible Dave

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    Lots of his friends make an annual trip specifically for his birthday. We just happened to hit it a few years ago and it was quite a party. I still have the sticker on one of my panniers to remind me of the trip.

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