Hit a cow in Baja

Discussion in 'Face Plant' started by TUCKERS, Jan 31, 2013.

  1. TUCKERS

    TUCKERS the famous james

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    BODFISH! I love that road. Have you seen it on a map? It looks like a STRAIGHT shortcut to the main road. That road is WAY scarier than the main road in Baja....WAY........I love it! That type of technical riding is right up my alley.
    Yeah, you go to the ER in Guerro Negro and they just nod and say Las Vacas, even all the people in the waiting room...tut tut tut, shake thier heads and say Las Vacas. I've always been pretty darn good about it, but this one got me, or I got her!
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  2. SocalRob

    SocalRob Long timer

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    James,

    Glad to see you are in good spirits. What replacement bike are you looking at?
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  3. Apxgrndr

    Apxgrndr In the snow

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    Wow, you are one lucky guy, this reminds me of the moose I came within a couple feet of up on the Icefields parkway a couple of years ago, still gives me goosebumps when I think about it. I swear I could've reached out and slapped him on the nose, came out of nowhere.

    Heal up quick!
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  4. TUCKERS

    TUCKERS the famous james

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    I'd like a BMW R1200GS, BUT.....I will have to save up some money first! The loss of the Rockster was major.

    Colleen still has her 1150GS and she has a 1994 R1100RSL I can borrow, but it's kinda old for what we do.

    We both also have Suzuki DR650's, which we will use for Mexico in future trips, but not much good for USA freeways.

    I actually rode Colleen's Yamaha TW200 to Lake Elsinore on Sunday to sell it!...whoo hooo..that bike is something on the freeway :deal. Trying to raise some cash. I also have my 1975 Honda TL250 on Ebay (said I'd NEVER sell it) and I already sold MY TW200. I've been selling GS and R stuff I have sitting around, bags, exhaust and etc. Two or three more months should get me somewhat straight $, then I'll start looking in earnest.
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  5. mung

    mung Been here awhile

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    James- not telling you off at all.I am just using the info you provided.Post 1[We were averaging 70 for 204 miles] [I looked down.I looked around.I looked up and COW ].l looked down is a minimum of one second,I looked around is another second and I looked up is part of another second.You were not looking at the road for around 3 seconds. 66 mph is about 100 feet per second.You went at least the length of a football field without looking at the road.That is my point.
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  6. Hawk62cj5

    Hawk62cj5 2 Cheap 4 a KLR

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    Glad you lived and are one the mend , as a kid I remember me and dad were the first people to arrive to where a small car and a large cow met in the road one night , it was a very ugly sight , I think the 2 in the car died . So when it comes to fast food I try to save it for the drive tru . But Ive manage to hit over 10 deer in my life .... maybe closer to 20 so far none on the bike thank god .
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  7. TUCKERS

    TUCKERS the famous james

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    Well not prone to much prose I didn't sequence the events to the T. I'll reiterate with a better scene.
    We were trying not to go over 70mph, in some places, mountain passes, villages, uphills, downhills, corners, rough sections, we slowed down as per conditions, after all my wife Colleen was following me on her bike. I looked down at my miles, I looked up at the road, I looked over to the left, I looked back at the road, I looked over to the right, I looked back at the road and there was a COW. Of course there was some inattentiveness or I wouldn't have hit the cow. BUT we were not in a hurry, counting time or miles or speed...EXCEPT... and this is the kicker...we
    were low on fuel and that is what was taking my attention........I hate to get low on fuel and it is silly, it can take your mind off the road. It's a good warning to others. Motorcycle riders will know what I mean, when you are low on fuel it can be a major distraction. Next trip we will gas up at the Pemex by Mama Espinozas, but then instead of trying to make it on fumes to the next Pemex we will get fuel from a barrel in Catavina. My mistake. Cost me. $ and great big hurt. I'm typing this from Mexicali right now! Sitting in Dental Felix at 329 De Las Americas, Mexicali, Mexico. :clap
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  8. twowheelpilot

    twowheelpilot Adventurer

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    ouch! glad you are ok and got some pics for us.
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  9. BobLoblaw

    BobLoblaw Comfortably Numb

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    now you are starting to act like an:asshat I think the OP is quite aware of his transgression and also knows how to do math. So I guess you have never made a mistake :deal
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  10. David13

    David13 Been here awhile

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    James
    I think the best rule is always go for 5 gallons (or nearly 5) from the jugs at Catavina. It's just good insurance down there, as Pemex sometimes runs out, is closed, etc.
    Caliente Bodfish and Caliente Creek, which goes around and meets up with Caliente Bodfish in two spots, on the way to Kernville, then on to Camp Nelson, and on to Yosemite, or out Sherman Pass and on to Death Valley are two of my favorites, along the way to anywhere north of Los Angeles, and back.
    I don't know how many times I got to the top on Caliente Bodfish in that central valley fog, with visibility of 10 feet. And had cows and bulls appear.
    On the road.
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  11. NC Scott

    NC Scott MOmymamamamaMOmymama

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    Let start by saying I'm glad you survived this encounter.

    Every time I see the title of this thread I want to sing "Well I hit a cow in Baja, just to watch him die."

    Sorry, I'm twisted.

    Get well soon and get back to riding.
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  12. TUCKERS

    TUCKERS the famous james

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    I like this :deal

    I'm a tad twisted too :clap

    Oh and cows are girls :lol3
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  13. exoff-roadgoat

    exoff-roadgoat Will ride for food

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  14. sandsman

    sandsman I ride more than some and less than others.

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    My .02......we all have mucked up and paid for it. James is an experienced rider from what I read. He at least has the gumption to say "It's my fault" and doesn't trash the cow, Mexico, the police....the doctors, or who ever else he could think of. AND he has the gonads to get back on a bike and ride some more. Good for you James, lesson learned and I bet you look out for the cows more now than ever. Ride on brotha.
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  15. TUCKERS

    TUCKERS the famous james

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    Thanks Man. I feel tingly all over now :1drink
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  16. TUCKERS

    TUCKERS the famous james

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    The whole north/south jurisdiction is a mystery. The nice cop in Guerro Negro said we must go to San Quintin for a 'liberation'....good...that's on the way home. The cop in San Quintin said he knows nothing, we must go back to Loreto!
    Not going to happen. Our driver and truck owner wanted HOME...and I was in so much pain I could care less.
    I don't know the jurisdiction I was in but I do know I was about one mile from the Pemex that is about thirty miles north of the Guerro Negro junction. The bike of course is at El Crucero for Bahia de Los Angeles.
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  17. babarnette

    babarnette Been here awhile

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    I love cows... They're delicious!

    Glad your ok.
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  18. fluff34567

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    no pic of the cow?
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  20. TUCKERS

    TUCKERS the famous james

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    Cow dead. Colleen missed the cow pick. It was in the ditch about 60 feet north of the bike! (bike tumbled that far).
    I told her it was" in the ditch there" but she missed it in the confusion.

    I like cows I just don't eat them (vegetarian since 1969)(gosh darn hippies).
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