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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by eatpasta, Nov 21, 2012.
Evil little man...
leaving Santa Rosalia in an hour or two to head up to Guerrero Negro so Quyen can say goodbye to her puppy.
The sunrise/sunsets here are something else though.... holy crap
yesterday we made it back to San Diego after a crazy scramble through rush hour Ensenada and then a lovely ride up through the vineyards of northern Baja and about a two hour wait at the border on a monday afternoon(?!).
We will be home in a few hours and ill start the picture editing/uploading process.....then I can actually talk about the trip... stay tuned!
...alright! let's check out those pictures and your RR....
And not a single lawnmower was harmed?
dood, screw lawnmowers....
ok.... here we go.
This trip for us wasn't really.... planned. My work situation has been haywire for quite some time and I wasnt sure if I was goin to get any time off for the holidays then I was then all of a sudden I was finished for the year and we had some actual time to rub together.
So we decided to go and we wanted to go to Mexico so we just started packing a few days in advance and left without any real plan. The only things that we had actually scheduled were two days in San Clemente, Ca and two days in Rosarito Beach, Baja (both on Travel Zoo deals that we could NOT pass up).
Since we have done a few trips in the past we were pretty diligent about packing - but it never seems like it when you get it all on the bike.
the morning of setting off
as I posted before - setting out into rush hour traffic fully loaded always puts me right in a good mood...
some of you might be familiar with my LawnMower incident - well I had never gotten around to replacing the brake lines and I had a new set of Speiglers that I was going to have installed on that morning..... I had a feeling it wasn't going to work but the Speigler guy was very confident that it WOULD work....
Nope. Two hours and a few hundred bucks later we rolled out of Irv Seaver with the stock lines dangling around the fork and the Speiglers in the top box..... cant wait to do three weeks through Mexico!
finally out on the road and starting to cool off from being pissed all morning
we got a deal at this little surf motel for a few nights and I'd never been to San Clemente, so what the hell right?
it was a nice little spot.
right down the street there was this little surf shop that had a sign in the window that actually said "Gone Surfing" - I didn't know people actually did that. It made me want to go back!
....and two blocks down from our hotel? The grand opening of Montgomery Motorcycles - a vintage ONLY shop... and sooooo cool.
they were having their grand opening night that night....big party - band etc
they were raffling off this sweet little Honda
it was a really cool shop.
we rode around a bit. Checked out Dana Point
While looking at the map I noticed that the Ortega Highway was right near us.... the wife knew we HAD to go.
Ortega was fun and we had a blast navigating our way back to San Clemente via some really fun back roads.
our trip was barely even started.... the sky was still the limit....
We had a nice few days in San Clemente and we hopped on the road to get down to San Diego to visit one of quyens close friends.
the GS looks ridiculous even next to a Victory
arrived in SD
because it was us, we instantly found a neighborhood cat
who was nice enough to test out the strength of our tent
and our friends' dogs were interested....
we went up to the Cabrillo Monument for our first sunset of the trip....
we had the honor to watch a submarine heading in - it's enough to make you swell with pride.
very cool to see at this moment during the sunset.
me and the wife
the wife and her friend
wife at sunset
Beautiful AJ!!! Very glad to see you back, sounds like the trip was a blast.
Now show us clown!
after a short stay in SD, we hopped on the incredible highway 94 over to Tecate. I really didn't to deal with the whole border crossing thing right there in SD and this road looked awesome on the map.....and when it looks awesome on a map....
it was awesome for sure. It was really strange to look at the GPS and see Mexico just over 'yonder and realize that we would very soon be rolling along IN Mexico.
we got to the border and quyen had to ask the border patrol guy a few things...
"So what if I swallow all the drugs?"
it really is strange - when you roll into a different country on a motorcycle you really feel vulnerable. Having only been to Mexico once, I felt pretty out of place but I had been assured by many that everything would be fine.
First things first - I needed to find the highway that would take us down to Rosarito Beach. Easy. Type in Rosarito into the GPS and hit GO.
after I hit go - I see something I've never seen from a GPS "Cannot Navigate". Well what the hell is the point of a GPS that doesn't help you with directions?! So we set off in the general direction and eventually found the highway and this started my hatred of my brand new Garmin Nuvi - piece of shit.
there was a nice highway that took us down to Rosarito. These small cube style living areas seemed to be all over the place.
we got down to Rosarito in no time....
when we got there we received quite a shock. The new Rosarito Beach Hotel looked like it was teleported from Vegas. Nothing in town is anywhere NEAR the size of this place.....
the rooms are nice though
the view is pretty good too....
for those of you that are actually planning on reading this - I apologize.....I got hit with a cold and eating chicken soup and playing video games have been my priority for the past few days.
We were in Rosarito Beach for two days on a Groupon that we had purchased online. It was $200 for two nights including two one hour massages, and a bunch of booze and food credits.... so basically free.
oh and FYI - getting a massage in Mexico is like being in a fight and you're not allowed to defend yourself....
SO. After two days we headed out. It was one of the three days on this trip that it was actually cold. Full gear - riding pants, balaclava etc...
Rosarito is right in the middle of fixing all the roads in town.... it was a pretty big mess
the new toll road near the old road
the toll road is awesome. very smooth and empty.
some of the views even here were incredible
we kind of skipped Ensenada..... it was busy and tons of traffic.... and kind of falling apart
and lots of pollution....
right away one could see how this could be dirt bike heaven!!
getting out onto the road - this truck was easily going 70-75+ and had zero interest in letting us pass. It was insane - he was in the middle of the lane, totally hammer down. I slowed way down because there could have been another truck doing the same coming the other way and I did not want to have anything to do with a cataclysm like that...
heading into Valley de Trinidad
stoked to be a on real trip
our first road side lunch stop to practice our Spanish...
this place was cool. They were very friendly and nice.... food was good.... check it out!
down and through our first two military stops to the other side of the peninsula
heading into San Felipe
yeah sorry for the delay..... its holidays so that means im doing a lot of slinking into corners and doing many dishes....
we will resume shortly!
Okay..... leaving San Felipe!
We had a lovely breakfast in the morning at a place of course that I cant remember and met with some nice folks from the US that had moved down there and they couldn't have been happier. For them it seems, they bought a place and started spending time down there. A few weeks a year turned into a few months a year and that turned into basically full time.
It makes you think....
we roll out of San Felipe not exactly knowing which way to go. Our GPS is nearly worthless as it shows us driving around in the ocean - so we follow the crowd and find the coast road.
lots of fifth wheel rigs down there...
there were LOTS of "creek crossing" signs down here and - I kid you not - were like Motocross Jumps. in fact, I have BEEN on smaller MX jumps. Had we not been given good advice warning us about these, we may have had our trip cut short after a long time in the air with a probable crash.
oh - there IS a trashcan in Mexico. We found it.
our map was showing that this road turned into dirt just 50 miles south of San Felipe - we knew we were going to run into dirt but we just didnt know when. We also knew that once we hit the dirt, we might have to turn around....so we were just enjoying what was in front of us.
what we were rewarde with was one of the best motorcycle roads I have ever seen - it gives HWY 1 in California a serious run for its money.
you can see the old road here - not bad at all. and what a view!
the desert we saw in here was PRISTINE...... so beautiful.
SO - there we were gliding along on this brand new ribbon of perfect tarmac....
then we come up on something in the road.....the guys were out there in the sun MAKING THE CURBS on the road. They looked up and waved at us "Buenos Dias!" everyone waved - we waved back.
so now we are driving along with no curbs
we are going along and see something else in the road up ahead. It's all the guys with the paving machines!
we wave. "Buenos Dias!" everyone waves - we wave back. Now we're on a graded dirt road....
finally we come across a guy with a truck and he is wildly motioning us to be off of the road.... and here is why....come around a corner and this is what we saw.
THIS is why they dont want you travelling at night - you come around a corner and there is 50% of a bridge.... or a pile of cows.
so we got off of the new highway and back onto the old road. Here is the way they tell you to exit the highway....
SO - back on the old highway!
and into Ganzaga Bay!
Gonzaga Bay is a very interesting place. I really liked it there. Might move there....soon.
This guy has a plane in his parking spot! so cool
here is the pic of the airstrip. please keep off....
we went down to Alphonsia's and got a room. The view from the room.....
it was so funny. we got the room and asked where the keys were and they laughed. Key? What key? Why do you need a key!?
I DONT KNOW!!
view from our bed
unfortunately some of veggies I had from Alphonsia's had made me sick so I spent that night with my face in the toilet and then tryin to take a shower with water pressure like fairy piss which was either scalding or freezing.
Have you seen the movie, Blood Diamond? It's about Diamond trafficking in Africa. Anyways, the story goes on to tell of all of the horrible things that happen to everyone in Africa and the theme of the movie is TIA - This is Africa.
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So throughout this trip we were always saying, TIM - This is Mexico.
Got sick from the veggies you ate the night before? TIM.
Your shower is barely a trickle of scalding water? TIM.
You round a corner on the highway and there is;
A) A speeding semi truck already in your lane
B) A pile of cows
C) a Motocross jump
D) a beach that has wandered into the road
E) all of the above
THIS IS MEXICO!
Keep it comin'!
T-minus 8 weeks for me....