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Discussion in 'Americas' started by muddyrabbit, Mar 25, 2012.

  1. snooker

    snooker AttitudeIsEverything

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    I'm a little late to this thread but I guess I'd like to add a couple of links to a summary of our Baja trip I was on with the wacky wabbits from mudville.
    First is a short summary of pictures that I posted on our Adv Trip Report.

    However for a really complete report, I made my own website with a full ride report, pics, interactive map with location photos and gpx tracks:

    Link to Baja 2012 Trip Web Site

    At that location be sure to look over the SpotWalla generated map where I put pictures at various locations where we were at. It is a pretty cool feature of Spotwalla and lets you see what the riding conditions are like at various map locations.

    I leave you with one of my favorite pics (from El Coyote).
    With one glimpse at this picture I can just close my eyes and remember arriving that day and quickly I am reliving the joy of riding to a sweet destination such as this...
    I can smell the sand and saltwater, hear the pelicans fishing, and taste the fish tacos!
    All with the comfort of knowing I have plenty of drinking water, cafes nearby, and my trusty steed parked by my tent, ready for the next day's adventure.

    Ahhhh Baja!

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    p.s. The Baja 1000 is in progress as I type this! :clap The trucks are at RM250 near Gonzaga Bay and headed for Coco's soon! Not sure where the bikes are at..... Viva La Baja!!!
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  2. muddyrabbit

    muddyrabbit Lost Boy

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    Mala Bunny and I spent 2 nights here. Located about a mile off the main highway in San Ignacio you find a Canadian owned B&B with Mongolian yurts. At this point i've come to accept anything in Baja that involves Canadians and something weird is totally normal. Not your typical Baja lodging by far, this place is a luxury oasis, with super comfy fluffy beds and owners that are also gourmet cooks. A bit more expensive, but well worth it, especially thrown in the middle of your trip it makes for a nice break. Trust me, add in the full board option that gets you breakfast and dinner. I love my street food and roadside tacos as much as anyone, but a day of heaping Canadian style breakfasts and a fantastic dinner was a nice treat.

    Ignacio Springs B&B website:
    http://www.ignaciosprings.com/

    (I'm having some technical difficulties and will finish this one later)
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  3. oldxr

    oldxr Long timer

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    Thanks for the info.Taking notes for an upcoming full baja ride.Another place to stay in north baja -sea of cortez side-Alphonsinas in Gonzaga Bay.Close to Coco's But has good food and drinks+ beds.I havent been down there since 2007-its time.
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  4. muddyrabbit

    muddyrabbit Lost Boy

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    That's actually yhe next place i'm adding. I've stayed at Alphonsia's, as well as the palapas at the other end of the beach.
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  5. Bgunn

    Bgunn Mucha distancia

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    Heading down to Baja in a few weeks, great thread for rekindling the fire...
    Stumbled across this pic from a few years ago. Can't tell by the look on your face but you were in pain from a spill, and you were leaving your boots on.

    Looking forward to your next installment.

    Kiki's ‎2010

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  6. muddyrabbit

    muddyrabbit Lost Boy

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    That was a funny meeting!

    We still remember you, or one of the others in your group, saying "wait a minute, are you the Muddyrabbit!?"

    I hadn't thought of that gem of a Baja story in a long time.
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  7. KMC1

    KMC1 There is no spoon.

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    2 questions folks, sorry for these being so basic, but my first time riding into Mexico.
    I will pass though the border at TJ and will head towards Rosarito. From there ill head south, perhaps heading to cabo, but I don't think so as I only have one week total - from Salt Lake to Baja and back, so I'm thinking ill get about as far as Ensenada or so, before I turn back. :cry

    My 2 questions are:
    Do I need my title for my bike? I don't see anyone mentioning that.

    I got a quote for $138 for the week for mexican insurance for the bike - that seems awfully expensive....does it sound right to you folks?

    :freaky
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  8. muddyrabbit

    muddyrabbit Lost Boy

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    As I understand it you do not need the title, in fact would have more hassle if you do have it as you could then sell the bike in Mexico.

    $138 seems high to me, but I don't know what kind of bike you have. Seems like I paid less than $100 for 2 weeks insurnace on my BMW 650. I would check with Baja Bound insurance.
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  9. offtheback

    offtheback Chocolate Starfish

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    I just returned and paid 160 for two weeks. I assume it depends on how much and level of coverage. I bought full coverage for my Ktm adventure.

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  10. Bgunn

    Bgunn Mucha distancia

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    No title needed in Baja, only your passport for a tourist visa.

    I got a yearly policy for liability only.
    http://www.mexicoinsurance.com/
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  11. KMC1

    KMC1 There is no spoon.

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    Awesome folks, thanks!

    I have a 2007 GSA so I picked full coverage (Platinum) at $15,000 value to get the quote - so it looks like it's in line then. I can trim it back or just bite the bullet, no problem I just wanted to check as I've seen numbers of $35 and such. I wouln't feel comfortable riding without collision coverage, just in case, so I'll spring for that coverage, but maybe back it down to $10k or something.

    As for the title not being needed - THANK YOU again! It's corn-fusing reading the immigration website as they really do treat the pennisula as it's own animal....

    Muchas Gracias! :freaky
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  12. jjewell

    jjewell GrizzledDuc

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    Sorry for not getting back sooner Ive been held hostage at my in-laws in PA.for a week.Now that Im out I can concentrate on more important things. Moto trip planning!:rofl
    I don't know a Miriam in Skagway although in the summer we get a lot of mushers that work for the various musher tours. Most live up on the Glacier and only come to town occasionally so we don't see many of them.
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  13. muddyrabbit

    muddyrabbit Lost Boy

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    That's OK, i was thinking Skagway was in a different part of the state, wrong town.
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  14. shortcutsmc

    shortcutsmc Been here awhile

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    After posting a question RE San Francisquito and accomadations it appears that the place is abandoned.When we were there I noticed about 4 or 5 decent boats were locked in sheds on the property. There was a guy running a fishing business for tourists on a little bay just North of the air strip. Don't know about him or the other boats now.There was a guy and his wife there that would turn on the propane so you could have a hot shower, Run a gen set till about 2100 and fix a damn good meal at the end of the day. 10$ for a palapa and 4$ for dinner There was a federal army campsite just North of the runway a little ways but they never came around while we were there for 3 great days about 4 years ago.I guess a guy could camp there under one of the palapas but then again I don't think I would unless I was with a group. Strength in numbers you know.:freaky
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  15. snooker

    snooker AttitudeIsEverything

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    I wrote up a section on San Francisquito on my website trip report HERE with some pics.

    I camped right on the beach in a tent, was the only one there except the extended family that lived there. It was awesome to be on a perfectly dark beach at night with all the brilliant stars in the black sky as opposed to camping near a town. Nothing but the fire down at the main building where the family cooked their meals. This was last Feb-March. Not much left of the place as I hear it used to be the bomb back in the day. The Baja 1000 didn't even go through there last week like they used to.

    Anyhow they had a generator and a refrigerator and sold drinks. Since one of the family members is a teenager I guess I shouldn't have been surprised but in the evening he pulls out a laptop and was on Facebook! It turned out to be the best Wifi I had in a long time - they turn it on in the evening for awhile.

    I used my broken Spanish to negotiate a fresh fish dinner and also breakfast. And most importantly sold me a gallon of barrel gas in the morning.

    Upon arrival, I actually missed a turn and ended up at the little bay just north of there at a ranch and he offered me gas too, then that road dead ended at the little military camp there before I turned around and found my way to the main beach / building area by the airstrip. So there is other gas in the area which is pretty important depending on your route as there are not a lot of options.

    As to the roads, I really liked the road north of SF to Bay de LA but the road west to Vizcaino had some stretches of washboard hell. Had to go about 70 mph just to smooth out the road. But the Baja 1000 last week used both of these roads so perhaps even the road to BdLA is just as bad now, dunno.

    I liked the place for its seclusion and solitude and gotta say strength in numbers is not needed in an area like this as far as camping goes, it's the Baja man! Although since I was split off from my group I did ride a little more carefully and also carried a full camelback of water and about a gallon of gas in my spare MSR dromedary bag as it is about 200 miles from Vizcaino to SF to BdLA so you gotta plan ahead or look for a rancher and they are only in certain areas. I actually liked trying it out as I always have crap I take that I never use! So it was kinda nice that way to use it and it worked great! (but take another plastic bag to put it in because it will never get rid of the gas fume smell once you use it...

    Good luck. Here's a couple of pics:

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  16. muddyrabbit

    muddyrabbit Lost Boy

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    Added to the index, thanks Snook!
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  17. tam162

    tam162 Two wheel Terry

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    Section8. my wife and me crossed into Baja from Tijuana on November 20th. They rerouted the border crossing recently and we drove through without seeing the sign for immigration. Once you pass by it is seeming inpossible to get back. We were told we could get our paperwork in Ensenada. We stopped at immigration in Ensenada and the official there told us we were there undocumented and now we were subject to a $200 plus dollar fine. Of course maybe for a few less dollars something could be done. We stalled for a while while he slowly did some paper work. After several minutes he agreed there were no immigration signs at the Tijuana crossing and decided to wave any further fees.

    The trip through Baja was great. We arrived in La Paz yesterday afternoon. Got up this AM and went to the ferry terminal for tickets to Mazatlan and our TVIP permits. The service was outstanding and pleasant. It took us less than 1/2 hour. Much better than my experience 2 years ago in Tijuana. On to Costa Rica.:clap:clap:clap
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  18. muddyrabbit

    muddyrabbit Lost Boy

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    Could you do a detailed post about the ferry? That would be a great resource for people. I'm planning on using the Guaymas ferry in 2014 and I know a lot of riders would appreciate a first hand account.
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  19. tam162

    tam162 Two wheel Terry

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    Get your tickets a couple of days in advance as it does fill up. Purchasing the tickets the day before departure, we just squeaked on and were not able to get a cabin. Remember to bring a couple of tie down straps to secure your bike. Some rope was available but I would not depend on it always being available. The ride from La Paz took 15 hours. Seating was comfortable and they had decent movies on the big screen. A good dinner and breakfast is provided included with your ticket which was just under 2000 pesos. We had a pleasant ride over smooth water.
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  20. muddyrabbit

    muddyrabbit Lost Boy

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    Thanks Tam162!
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