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Discussion in 'West – California, the desert southwest and whatev' started by T O Double D, Dec 2, 2009.

  1. SFMCjohn

    SFMCjohn 13

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    Hey all,

    Cary and I had a wonderful KLR trip to Baja for the Holidays ... rode out of our garage in Lower Haight in the rain and out of the rain by the end of the day in Taft ...

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    Stayed here, $50, and they have tile floors, so you can park in the room without guilt, and the La Salsa Mexican restaurant is right next door ...

    The rain caught us again in Julien ...

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    Here's a rough map of our route ... A bit over 1000 miles to Bahia de los Angeles ...

    More in a bit ... see if I get the first two posts of 2013 here on BAARC on Jan. 7th ... :ricky

    We stayed a couple of nights in Julien, nursing colds and letting the weather clear up, and rode on to the Canyon de Guadalupe Oasis, crossing at Tecate ...

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    They've done some work on the watercrossing ...

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    Our campsite, which comes with a private hot-tub ...

    Our friend from BARF, Termagant, broke her ankle on her way into the oasis on the 26th ... We helped a bit in her extraction ... getting her the last 12 miles into camp so her riding partner Nemo Brinker could ride to their pick-up truck at the border ...

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    The extraction ...

    Then on to San Felipe, where we camped at Kiki's ...

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    Sunrise ... finally got out of our long-johns ... good weather and moon-rises ...

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    Next stop, Gonzaga, where we met ADVers Adam and Sean ...

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    They had the cool idea to raise $3k for one of the 300+ orphanages in Baja, and had stopped to deliver the cash in San Felipe at their orphanage that was the home of ten children ...

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    Nice, not windy, in the palapas ...

    We ran into Coco, too ...

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    Coco had heard about Adam's contribution to the orphanage and was dropping off a load of firewood for them by way of thank-you ... A nice present at the Palapas where firewood is hard to come by ...

    Next, on to Bahia de los Angeles ...

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    We found some sand on the way from the low road to the oasis ... the sand was actually fun after we picked Cary's bike up and was only a mile or two ...

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    Coco at Kiki's ... mandatory Coco ADV RR photo ... :D

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    Cary and I rode to Bahia de los Angeles and met our friends Christine and Jim ... on New Year's day Jim and I rode up to Mission San Borja ...

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    The stone church was finished in 1801 by the Dominicans ... you can see the scar on the mesa above the church where the stone came from ... it was carried by hand to the building site ... by 1818 the mission was abandoned ...

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    We returned to BoLA and met the Ena Riders, who were also staying at Guillermo's ... fun guys from Japan who didn't speak any English, and we didn't speak any Japanese ... an issue until we all pulled out our cell phones and showed one another pics of our racebikes ...

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    Then it was all party hats, lobster dinners and fiesta dancing ...

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    The whole town turned out for the fiesta and the band played til 4 am ... fun.
    :ricky
  2. NSFW

    NSFW ktm's "the tourist"

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    john. keep the RR coming. great to see you're back and busy on the keyboard.

    we were hoping to see you and cary there but no luck. we saw a bunch of adventure riders at alphonsina's though. we missed coco, he was in san felipe when we came.

    we started with 8 riders and only 2 able to finish. really unfortunate. i'll have my RR soon on day trippin.

    thanks for the nice pics.
  3. scottmac

    scottmac Long timer

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    The last time I stayed at Toppers Motel I must have been sharing the place with the Central Valley
    Crackhead Association annual convention. People walking around outside all night long talking and yelling, doors
    slamming.

    The AC was broken and it was about 100 degrees inside my room and this was in late March. The next weekend though
    it snowed down there. :huh
  4. SFMCjohn

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    Hey Joel,

    Was checking out your RR, looking forward to seeing more! :clap

    We were a couple of days ahead of you, and then maybe a couple behind ... I was disappointed we didn't cross paths ... next time!

    We actually were camping with Coco at Kiki's ...

    see you around the campfire,
    -- SFMCjohn
  5. SFMCjohn

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    Hi scottmac,

    Thanks, I was probably hiding the point a bit too much ... place is a dump, but the upside is you don't have to feel bad about parking your bike in the room ... at least it was quiet when we were there and the heater worked ... and La Salsa was convenient ...

    Not sure what other options there are in Taft for a motel ...?

    see you on the road,
    -- SFMCjohn
  6. missadventure

    missadventure n00bie d00bie d00

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    thanks for the rr John. looks like fun :clap
  7. zeegman

    zeegman Been here awhile

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    Thanks for sharing John and Cary.
    Looks like a fun time.
    I gotta get down there some day.

    Mike Z
  8. motowest

    motowest Two-wheeled Adventurer

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    I never get tired of Baja Ride reports - thanks for sharing yours!
  9. WoodsChick

    WoodsChick Long timer

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    I agree! Thanks, John!




    WoodsChick
  10. LeDakaR!

    LeDakaR! Banned

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    hi John! Awesome, man you guys are so lucky to have found each other!:clap
  11. WoodsChick

    WoodsChick Long timer

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  12. SFMCjohn

    SFMCjohn 13

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    Hi guys!

    Thanks for reading and posting ... I love reading and seeing where all my Bay Area friends are riding, so it's fun to get to join in here on the BAARC with our rides! Cary is fun to ride with, too, I'm super lucky ... :ricky

    Hope to see you all soon,
    -- SFMCjohn
  13. SFMCjohn

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    Hi HWD and WC,

    I'm looking forward to hearing about the extraction, too! Hope the clutches will continue to serve ... otherwise you're still pretty close to San Diego ...

    Good luck, wishing you and your son well!
    -- SFMCjohn
  14. r3r3r

    r3r3r Wildebeast

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    Thanks for sharing John, I enjoyed the photos. -R
  15. chrish4ku

    chrish4ku Been here awhile

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    Well Bay Area Friends -

    Today an "iffy" looking man on a rusty old bike decided to shoot across an intersection ignoring his red light. The light was green for me and I was traveling about 36 MPH when he jaunted across. I hit the front brake, swerved to the right to avoid him but it was too late. He is going to be OK - He was in the wrong - He took a ride to the hospital in the ambulance. I hit him pretty much square then laid the bike down and slid about 20 feet on the pavement. I am OK. I only have bruised ribs and a sore shoulder thanks to all my gear. The 990 on the other hand isn't doing so well.

    The impact of the collision did some pretty good damage to both fairings, headlight and then the subsequent skidding ground down the crash bars pretty well.

    I am glad I am very sore but OK and I am thankful to the 3 witnesses that stopped to help out and support my claim of innocence. I feel sorry for the guy but he was riding on towards me on the wrong side of the street, and then took a right turn right in front of me ignoring the streetlight.

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    I heard the paramedics say he'll be OK - with cuts and contusions
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    This happened in Alameda, less than 3 miles from my home. Thanks to Bert and Wendy for shooting over to help out and to treating me to "chicken and waffles" after the whole thing was over. I was riding to meet up with him for lunch just 5 miles from my house!

    I am really hoping they can repair the bike as I have done so much to it over the last few years. More to come....

    Peace out and please ride safe!
  16. WoodsChick

    WoodsChick Long timer

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    Damn, Chris! I'm glad you're ok. Sorry about the bike...I know it's painful to see it in such a state...but, again, I'm glad you're ok. I'm also glad the guy on the bicycle is ok, too. Damn...




    WoodsChick
  17. Roadracer_Al

    Roadracer_Al louder, louder, louder!

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    Well THAT is a frickin; bummer.

    If you find the replacement parts are not covered by insurance, unavailable, or unmanageably costly, I'm happy to help weld reinforcements on the crash bars and do some fiberglass work on the fairings.

    a
  18. zeegman

    zeegman Been here awhile

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    Holly crap Chris - glad you are OK and sorry I was not there to help out.

    Was the guy on drugs?

    Looks like most of the damage is bolt-off and on stuff.

    I went through a similar repair on my 950 when I high sided a couple of years ago.

    If you need any help let me know - I might even have a few spare parts.

    Mike Z
  19. r3r3r

    r3r3r Wildebeast

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    Sorry to hear about the crash and the damage to the bike and gear. What's most important is that it sounds like everyone is ok.

    I worry about that same thing happening here in Santa Cruz, where clueless/iffy folks frequently wander or dart into traffic with reckless abandon.
  20. scottmac

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    Did the bicycle guy have anything in the way of insurance?