Near Ramona

Discussion in 'Day Trippin'' started by WHYNOWTHEN, Jun 21, 2012.

  1. WHYNOWTHEN

    WHYNOWTHEN where are the pedals?

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    Coming soon: Camping with the Baja Devil Dogs

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  2. TOPI1967

    TOPI1967 Been here awhile

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  3. WHYNOWTHEN

    WHYNOWTHEN where are the pedals?

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    About six weeks ago I broke my wrist in a little head-on collision with another dirt biker on a narrow bit of singletrack. Good reason to try not to ride in popular areas. Seeing as how I am stubborn/pig-headed, I decided against a pesky cast, and went with something that I could take off for the shower. I even wore it for at least 2 weeks.

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    So now it is 95% healed and seeing as my Mexico-gland was completely empty, and I was apparently cranky, Rollergirl made a fantastic suggestion that I bugger-off across the the border for a bit of smile/dirt therapy. Thanks Wifey!

    Now, I hadn't been riding my big bike very much, seeing as how I couldn't really afford the maintenance on it. I had bit the bullet and taken it in to All American KTM. These guys are great and really know their way around orange bikes. New rear brake master cylinder, new water pump, fixed fuel pump problems, cleaned out the fine dirt that had made its way out of the Mexican gas and for some reason stopped in the throttle bodies, fixed some air sensor issues, installed a pre-filter for the air, and even changed the oil. The bike runs better than new.

    TravelToad showed up Friday evening at my house after a little bit of southern California freeway lane splitting fun. Of course, I was not ready, and I was busy coming down with a cold. I needed one more night in my cozy bed to let the cold get well established.


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    Here I am frantically packing/dicking-around while TT waits very patiently.


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    TT took some arty pics, and we left pretty early Saturday in a light drizzle. Brand new non-DOT nobby tire on the front of my bike. Took me quite a while to feel confident. Passed a guy on a Hardley and his buddy on an older Gsx 1100 on our way to Tecate. "Hey,we just got passed by 2 big dirt bikes!!!!!".

    As soon as we crossed the border, the sun came out and we headed SE.

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    Took this little trail to check that my wrist was fully healed.

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    This pic shows my fancy new fuel-cells.

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  4. traveltoad

    traveltoad Aaron S

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  5. riceless

    riceless Let's Ride!

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  6. traveltoad

    traveltoad Aaron S

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  7. WHYNOWTHEN

    WHYNOWTHEN where are the pedals?

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    Who doesn't love little water crossings?

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    "Are you sure this is Baja? Looks more like Lockwood Valley."

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    "I think so......
    Isn't llantera Mexican for puncture-fix-guy?"

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    This looks like Baja!

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    " Didn't you just spend a bunch of money fixing problems caused by bad gas?"
    "Uh huh......"

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    Ok, ok, ok, I haven't forgotten about the devil dogs.

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    Cute little buggers, aren't they.
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  8. prsdrat

    prsdrat Been here awhile

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    We make our own leashes.
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  9. riceless

    riceless Let's Ride!

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    You guys know how to have a Ride!
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  10. WHYNOWTHEN

    WHYNOWTHEN where are the pedals?

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    I enjoyed this sign, not only because it fit in the "Near Ramona" thread, but also because they offer cold gas.

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    Dinner!

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    There I was, just riding along, and I started wondering how many scratches I had on the bottom of my skid plate. So I pulled over to check. Not too many!

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    Stayed here for the night. Jorge is a really cool guy.

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  11. NSFW

    NSFW ktm's "the tourist"

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    wow, awesome find!

    peter, you're always "ready to ride" but i hope to see you heal properly.

    say hi to rg.
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  12. miguelitro

    miguelitro Chuchaqui

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    ooh tecate has a new gold top on the cans! i always laugh seeing pics in reports from this area as it seems we have all taken a pic n the exact same spots:D
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  13. WHYNOWTHEN

    WHYNOWTHEN where are the pedals?

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    The cabin isn't finished yet, so we throw our sleeping bags down on the concrete slab.
    This little fellow thought that Traveltoad's bivy looked inviting.

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    I think they may have cuddled all night.
    And, Nooo, they weren't really devil dogs. That's just silly. The elevation is too high for devil dogs.

    Leaving in the morning after really good coffee.

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    Easy roads out of there.

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    Best part of the trip was being able to ride straight to the front of this bullshit at the border.
    2 hour wait in a truck! 5 minutes on a bike!

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    Actually, best part of the trip was meeting Rollergirl and my truck at Alpine brewery, while Traveltoad had an ass-numbing freeway ride home! Best beer and fries ever!

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    Then loaded bike in truck and drove home.
    That's it for now.
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  14. traveltoad

    traveltoad Aaron S

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    We talked about you on this ride Joel. Once Jorge finishes his cabin (scheduled for next spring) this would make a great destination on a long weekend!
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  15. BanhXeo

    BanhXeo Been here awhile

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    Great thread thanks :thumb
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  16. Bruno T .

    Bruno T . N8YQ

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    Oh yeah, i want some of that too :wink:
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  17. traveltoad

    traveltoad Aaron S

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    Get your butt out here...:freaky
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  18. WHYNOWTHEN

    WHYNOWTHEN where are the pedals?

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    Hey Traveltoad, look! Someone other than just you and I read this thread.:lol3
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  19. jbcaddy

    jbcaddy Long timer

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    My lady friend wants to know where she bought these shoes. Help a fellow out please!

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  20. WHYNOWTHEN

    WHYNOWTHEN where are the pedals?

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