BigDog/Dingweeds/Baja/2013

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by BigDogAdventures, Jan 29, 2013.

  1. Scott_PDX

    Scott_PDX Leisure Engineer

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    You're right BigDog - I need to put that hot tub, campsite on my bucket list!

    In!
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  2. rhino_adv

    rhino_adv Gnarly Adventurer

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    looking foreword to the rest of the story!
    Too bad about the injury, hope he heals quickly!!

    Hope to ride with you again this year!

    Brad
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  3. JaxObsessed

    JaxObsessed Endeavor to persevere.

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    IN!

    Thanks for the great routes BD!!! Me and some of my favorite miscreants rode the Continental Divide last summer.
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  4. bash3r

    bash3r I ain't no DingWeed

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    Hey.. BigDog.. wake up and get to writing this report.. some of us are sitting at work with nothing else to do ya know!! :rofl
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  5. rustynut2

    rustynut2 Been here awhile

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    Too bad the ride was cut short. Looks like it was off to a great start. Waiting for more...
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  6. bigdon

    bigdon Long timer

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    Hey Bigdog, why did you put this in Daytrippin instead of Ride Report?

    I was gonna find it anyway! :rofl
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  7. DingWeed

    DingWeed Been here awhile

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    Hey Guys!!!!.........I am OK......just a little sore!!

    It was a BLAST!!!

    Scott
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  8. bigdon

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    Glad your mostly OK Scott!
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  9. BigDogAdventures

    BigDogAdventures Fart Letter

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    Hey bigdon---I wasn't hiding it from you ----honest !!!

    Ride reports are for trips of a week or more----we had intentions of 3 weeks or more, but
    that didn't work out unfortunately.

    Now ----Guadelupe Canon to Mikes Sky Ranch----in the dark again.

    This picture was taken the next morning---but we set our tents up under this roof for the night without our rainflies-----it never rains in Baja !!!!!!
    Scotts backpack is on the roof for a reason----which I'll get to.

    So now the best story of the trip.
    Me and Scott were sound asleep when I was wakened by a lot of noise---something really big was in our camp and
    in the trash barrell. I knew there were no bears down there---but me and Scott are always camping in bear country--and
    that was on my mind. I dismissed the bear thoughts and wondered what it was and hollered to wake up Scott.
    There was no waking him up---and I got out of my tent and was shaking his tent and hollering at him to wake him up
    and I heard the large animal run off----------it had very heavy sounding feet and we decided it was a horse ??????
    But Scott never heard it at all. Actually his snoring was louder than the noise the animal was making.
    We laughed it off and fell back to sleep after not finding anything out of place---what was it ?????


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    I have been here before with Gaspipe, Jonz, and another fellow.
    We came thru in the middle of the day and stopped for a short while------but I was set on staying here this time--soaking in the hot springs and
    hiking around and seeing all the beautiful plants in the Canyon------we have no jobs---we were in no hurry to leave and took it all in.
    We were both up at sunrise taking pictures.
    We were on the South side of the canyon and there were campspots and hot tubs on both sides of the canyon.

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    I think these plants are called "Fan Palms"
    According to the E32 Mexico maps loaded in our gps's the elevation at camp was about 1.100'.
    The peak you see here was about 2,800'.
    The E32 maps were awesome and were topographical---a very good purchase before we left.
    My last trips to Baja and mainland Mexico were done with much inferior gps maps.

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    We went for a long walk before suiting up as the sun rose swiftly and warmed things up nicely.

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    This place could be on anybodys bucket list----I wish my wife and son would join me down here.

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    Here is another campsite with a much bigger hot tub.

    By the way------we were the only ones here.

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    Alone I said ?????????
    Well after a very long walk---and back to our camp I noticed we had an intruder---------a squatter ???? And Ass ??????
    He was looking at me like "Oooopps---we've been caught"-------notice I said "we".

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    Scott had thought it might have been donkeys in our camp last night----and I laughed cause I had told him there were no donkeys in the Canon'.

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    There were 2 of them and they had gotten into are our food and snacks and even my toothpaste !!!!!!!!
    Probably took a dip in our hot tub.
    This guy is finishing off Scotts peanuts.

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    So now starts the "BigDog Donkey Rodeo"
    as I pulled and tugged on the donkeys while Scott pushes and smacks them on the rear to get them out.
    It wasn't easy------and we could do nothing but laugh even tho they ate all our food.

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    I have lots more pictures of Guadelupe Canyon as it was such a beautiful place.
    It's an easy place to get to----big adventure bikes and their riders will need some skills after getting off Laguna Salida and
    and getting back into the canyon----and I don't recommend at all riding any further out on the dry lake bed and
    riding further South with a big bike. There can be deep mud---very deep silt and nasty ruts and washouts.
    There is some very deep sand in the 7 miles back to the hot springs. You won't be happy on a big bike.

    Enjoy more canyon pictures---if you haven't been you must go here.
    It could even be a day ride into Baja from the border---but camping and the hot tubs is the treat !!

    Here in Mexico we have what I call the "El Poopo"
    Or "Bano" to the locals.

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    These flushing toilets----------yes I said flushing toilets are way different than anything I've ever seen---and I've seen it all as
    I was an Illinois licensed plumber all my life.

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    Each toilet has no tank lid---and there is a constant stream of hot water pouring into the toilet tank.
    How ingenious ??? I thought.
    So with the constant stream of water coming into the tank and going into the overflow tube and finally getting into the bowl
    the whole toilet is very warm---and when you sit down on it -----wow !!!!!! A warm butt !!! Really nice.
    I've always praised Mexico's normal water system compared to ours in the states.
    We use most of our very expensive treated water to flush turds down the toilet----think about it--how stupid is that.

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    The sun keeps giving us better views as me and Scott explore the area some more.

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    This little hut was way across the canyon and not seen very well with the naked eye.

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    This appeared to be some kind of old oven----but it had fallen apart and was crumbling.

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    One of my pet peeves-------noise in a campground.
    No noise allowed here.


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    The Tienda (store for you Gringos) wasn't open.

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    Here is a nice camping spot-----see the picnic table under the tree ???
    But their hot tub was dried up.

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    Here is a picture of the main water pipe that brings the hot water down to the lower levels.
    Look close--you can see there is a leak.
    I'm retired ----I'm not fixing it.

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    And there was a really nice shower----see the pipe and valve ???
    I turned it on and it worked. We didn't take a shower as we had been in the hot tub.
    Scott just got in the tub the evening we got there----but I got back in it in the morning too.
    I just couldn't pass up the oppurtunity---I may never get back here in my lifetime--so I wanted to soak it all in.

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    Our Jack Ass friends finally got tired of us gringo's and sauntered off.

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    My next plan was to ride over El Mano Pass.
    I've only know one rider to ride over it--and I had his track log.
    This would go high up into the mountains to the West of Laguna Salida.
    We never made it over El Mano Pass

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  10. BigDogAdventures

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    We blew South on the big graded road at high speed------what a hoot.
    And the Dingweeds said-----Wahooooooooooo !!!!!

    El Mano pass was our vision.

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    There were many navigational speculations as sandy trails and roads went everywhere.

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    And they deteriorated more and more ------and the sand got deeper and deeper.

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    It was getting really tough to ride and the trail just ended---no one had a vehicle threw here in a long time.
    It was here we found this long abandoned very expensive SUV which had been stripped of anything useful.
    It was the only vehicle we would see out here.

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    After getting home a friend that was watching my travels on google earth said---"man you guys were in the middle of nowhere and I couldn't see a
    track or trail one".
    Yep-----and after considering how hard the riding was ----the fact that maybe nobody has gotten over El Mano pass in years--and the fact we
    may have run out of water, gas and food if we continured on----we turned back. And almost ran out of gas doing that.

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    I guided us back North a bit to intersect a route across laguna salida heading East toward the paved Mex route 5.

    Before leaving the house I probed google earth in this are and found a picture of this abandoned vinyard.
    We mad a "cut-a cross" East to the vinyard. Kind of eerie.

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    Oh man this was a hoot----you could just about ride where ever you wanted and Scott chased my dust trail across the dry lake bed.
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    Scott had never been to Baja and he was having a hoot.

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    I took a picture of my gps so you could see our elevation. We were 4 feet below sea level here.

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    See the deep silt behind Scott----I'm sure he was riding carefull.
    On our last ride with the Mobius crew Scott had the worst bike crash of is life in this stuff. It will swallow you up.

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    Then it starts getting wetter----a little dampness was below us and it got soft some times.

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    Yes---definitely the race course---which was back in November I think.

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    See that white stuff ???? It's slick as ice. Both of us about bit it in here before we hit the highway--but our "No Hassle Tassles" kept us safe.
    For a bit--the mud and salt got so slick we weren't sure we'd make it to the highway----we didn't have enough gas to go back.
    And it turned out we didn't have enough to go forward either.

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    Another act of kindness along the highway was bestowed upon us as we begged for gas from some dune buggy guys.
    They drained the gas out of their dune buggies (which were on trailers) and that got us to the next gas---kind of ... !!!!

    We were heading West on Mexican 3 towared the turn off to Mikes Sky Ranch when I spied the sandy road that I planned on riding across
    another dry lake bed to the South of the highway. I thought I'd check it out briefly to see how it was. It was nasty deep silt and I got stuck
    trying to get back on the highway. We wouldn't have made it thru that trail. So I made a mental note not to try that trail on our return North
    which would be a couple weeks away.

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    Kind of hard to tell---but that's a steep hill behind me.
    I had plenty of power----the tire just dug in and was spinning.

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    We hadn't got much gas from the dune buggy guys----and we didn't have enough to go to Miles Sky Ranch and ride South out of there the next day.
    So we had to run down the road a bit passed Mike's turnoff to the little town of Cardenas with had a Pemex-----it's getting late and we
    pondered again that we'd be riding in the dark. It was 7 miles West of Mikes turnoff to the Pemex.

    Here we have turned down the dirt and sandy road to Mikes Sky Ranch and we were estatic.
    It was about 30 miles of riding bliss getting to the ranch-----the terrain climbed into the mountains as we got higher and higher.

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  11. BigDogAdventures

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    I was hoping Mikes was open as it was kind of out of season and pondered we might be camping.
    A perfect example of why I won't travel without a tent and sleeping bag.

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    Scott made quick work of the water crossing (the only one) into Mikes.

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    We were heartedly greeted by these 3 yay--hoos. What a hoot these guys were. They gave us the low down of the place and made sure we got on
    the list for dinner that night.

    Rules at Mikes
    6:30 PM----dinner------be there---eat what they fix--or don't eat.
    Breakfast 7AM-----be there----eat what they fix or don't eat.
    Generator will run from about 6:30 PM--and goes off at 9PM Don't whine when it goes off.

    These guys were from San Diego and rode their unladen dirt bikes down here just for the weekend as they had kids, jobs, obligations, etc.
    They didn't want to hear we had none of that. They all 3 pulled out some huge cigars and commenced to set them on fire.

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    These guys were all very good friends-----but nagged each other constantly---all in good fun--making fun of whatever
    they could make fun of. If you didn't know it---you would have thought maybe they didn't get along.
    But we saw thru all that-----they were having a ball haggling each other and we weren't around long enough for them to start in on us.
    They were a hoot !!!!! Me and Scott really enjoyed them. It was like Saturday Night Live.







    Unbelievalble place------how in the heck did they get the building materials back in here to build this place.
    They had to bring it in from the North as all other roads out of here were dirt bike trails----as me and Scott would find out.

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    Entrance---see that little half moon red concrete step--------it's slick.
    I almost crashed my bike riding up it and into the inner courtyard and then fell on it going for a walk the next morning. -----I'ts slick.

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    Our little heater----it was oil fired---no electricity needed.
    It had a carburator on the back that dripped fuel oil into the burning pot.
    I use to have one of these in my garage back in about 1974.
    The girls that were fixing our dinner fired the thing up and it was toasty for the night---I loved our little heater.

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    This place is a dirt riders paradise I'm telling you.
    I was told this place was built by very rich hunters---maybe in the 50's ????
    It was extremely well kept-----us 5 riders and 2 nice Senioritas' was all that was here.

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    There is a full bar and little store I think---I didn't get to see the store.
    I'm waiting for our breakfast to be prepared the next morning here.
    They charged us $70 per person (American dollars only) and that included a very nice dinner and a good breakfast.
    It was well worth it.


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    Our Mexican "DeSayYunos"
    "Breakfast" for you gringos.

    And the thinnest flapjacks in all of Mexico !!!!!
    I loaded up on beans at dinner last night--loaded up with more this morning---and already had a healthy dose
    of them before we got here----so I entertained the crowd quite a bit to everyones's enjoyment.

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  12. oldxr

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    :lurkIn-nice pics.
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  13. BigDogAdventures

    BigDogAdventures Fart Letter

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    Just got an e-mail from one of the 3 guys at Mikes Sky Ranch.


    Cal was on an XR400
    Brian was on a DRZ400
    And Jim (Hobbit)--the short guy on a BMW X-challenge.

    Great guys.

    Cal---was it you that was interested in what I did to my Husky Terra TR650.
    Here's the link to my Terra thread and what all I've done to it.

    http://www.bigdogadventures.com/11HuskyTR650.htm

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  14. Balootraveler

    Balootraveler Been here awhile

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    Nice RR one day I will be retired and Geoff and I will see you guys on the road/trail again. Keep us all updated and jealous.
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  15. Bgunn

    Bgunn Mucha distancia

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    Always enjoy a Big Dog ride report. Was hoping to see you guys in Baja. Weather has been lousy. We've been down 5 days now, and getting close to La Paz and its still cold. :vardy

    If it doesn't warm up in Cabo were screwed..
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  16. MTrider16

    MTrider16 Ridin' in MT

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    No one is promised tomorrow. That is what I keep telling myself anyway. :lol3

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  17. byways

    byways byways

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    Hmmm ... like waiting for a gun to go off ...
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  18. BigDogAdventures

    BigDogAdventures Fart Letter

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    Holy Moly----if Dingweeds hadn't gotten hurt----------we'd be down there with you Brad.
    But me and him had time to sit around and wait for it to warm up. :rofl:rofl:rofl:rofl:rofl

    I wasn't prepared for riding in freezing weather either. I could sleep in it alright---but not ride in it all day.
    The weather was perfect our whole ride.

    Mark
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  19. LeeU

    LeeU Been here awhile

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    Mark,

    I'm in!! Looking forward the the rest of the adventure, been to a couple in Baja with Burt & Boys!!!:clap:D:D:lol3:freaky

    LeeU
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  20. Humunn

    Humunn Where Next?

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    Awesome...especially this time of year!!!
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