No plan - just head Baja solo on CRF250L

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by kzahel, Oct 18, 2013.

  1. kzahel

    kzahel Adventurer

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    I took 3 months off work and decided I need to go on a trip. I moved out of my apartment in San Francisco (well, I am subletting it) and put everything into storage.

    It's an open ended trip. I have some GPS tracks my friend and inmate Paul (justpaul) hooked me up with. (From http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=922187)

    They outline some 20 odd days of off roading all they way down to the southern tip of Baja along the eastern coast and then back up the west side. But who knows, maybe I'll just keep going south... :-)

    I'm leaving tomorrow, out of the Los Angeles area (Thousand Oaks). First stop, my sister's place in San Diego.

    My 250L is super ghetto. Stock suspension, stock tires. But I don't care. I just want to ride.



    Here's my tools.
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    Here's my camping gear
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    My suit, and electronics (taking a cheap ARM samsung chromebook laptop, garmin GPSMAP 62st, android tablet [why not :-)], kindle touch)
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    Here's me at my mom's house today, getting ready to go!
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    Here's my bike all packed up and ready to go
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  2. Moto Vaquero

    Moto Vaquero Trail less traveled

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    Have fun, be carefull and look forward to your RR :thumb
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  3. AZ TOM

    AZ TOM Long timer

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    Good for you:clap A trip you will remember forever. Avoid riding after dark if possible & have fun:clap That Honda should take you anywhere you want to go.
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  4. eakins

    eakins Butler Maps

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    3 months? why stop at the end of baja?
    bring all your paperwork and head on to Mazatlan and south beyond.
    the road doesn't end until Panama.
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  5. vintagespeed

    vintagespeed fNg

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    goferit! watching!
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  6. DCMC

    DCMC Supermoto Rider

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  7. Haywood

    Haywood Been here awhile

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    Bring it! Looking forward to following along. If you have any questions, just ask. No shortage of "experts" around here.
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  8. going south

    going south hero & Zero...

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    I am in San Felipe now Going south, I'll be following along, maybe cross tracks somewhere...
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  9. dirtdiver

    dirtdiver Long timer

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    Good luck!! I am looking forward to the story. DD
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  10. b4thenite

    b4thenite Been here awhile

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    Yup!
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  11. leo_jb

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    Sounds great Kyle, I'm so jealous! Looking forward to lots of pics! How's your spanish?
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  12. zeegman

    zeegman Been here awhile

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    Hi Kyle,

    Mike Z here. I just about fell out of my seat when I saw this post with a guy in a picture I didn't recognize. HaHa. Last time I saw you (over a year ago) you looked like Jesus. Paul told me you were going on a trip.

    Thats a cute bike but but it will get you anywhere and give you lots of options and should be easy to maintain. Best of luck on your journey and will be watching this report.

    Mike Z
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  13. LittleWan

    LittleWan You can do it!

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    Same here! :lol3
    Hi from Kelly and Matt (Mendo rally)

    zeegman - 2nd from the left, Kyle on the far right
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    Matt said he ran into your roommate while riding at Carnegie, so we had heard you had cut your hair...
    3 months off - :rayof- have a great time!!

    ¬°Buen viaje!
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  14. kzahel

    kzahel Adventurer

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    Holy crap. That was a long day. So I don't think I'm going to try and follow Scott's tracks any more. Especially knowing what's in store for tomorrow, something called mines road.

    I made it into San Felipe just as it was getting dark. It took that long :-0

    I fell down in the sand 3 times today, all when going too slow. I haven't ridden in sand before. Baja is a good teacher...

    With my stupid camping gear, I can't lift it up, so I had to take off all the gear and lift it up. Maybe I should have just foregone all the camping gear and planned on staying in hotels.

    Baja is INSANE. And my 250 is such a little put.

    But Mexico is very interesting :-) Time to go get a drink..



    changing my tires in San Diego
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    Learning to ride in sand
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    very cool and refreshing water crossings
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    This was my favorite section
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  15. rides2little

    rides2little Braaaaaap

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    Go Man Go!!!

    Keep posting too!
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  16. Moto Vaquero

    Moto Vaquero Trail less traveled

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    Kyle, you definitely get an E for effort but probably a good idea not to follow my tracks as there are some sections ahead that are quite sandy, rocky and very remote.
    How did you like the ride today all in all? More photos pahlease!

    You will still have a good time riding down there on less technical routes for sure.
    Feel free to e-mail me for any advice or input if you like and keep us updated on your journey :thumb
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  17. graehl

    graehl n00b

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    If you're hurt/stuck in the middle of nowhere, you're leaving us some GPS tracks somehow?

    Nice photos.
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  18. raybobjr

    raybobjr Dreamer to planner.

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    My LRP salutes you. :clap
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  19. Pantah

    Pantah PJ Fan from Boston

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    Learning sand: I have a Yamaha wrr, which is similar to your Honda. Mine came with Bridgestone tires. I made several attempts to ride 13 mile long Camp Creek Wash in Scottsdale; all failures. I gave up for a couple days and rode elsewhere. But that wash bothered me. Finally I slapped a new set of Michelin T63 tires on it and made another attempt. Presto, end to end in about 30 minutes. :deal

    Looking forward to more. I think those flats where between Mexicali and San Flippy. My son has a gopro vid of that section during the 2012 Mexican 1000. He's pinned at 96mph and Robby Gordon's Hummbuggy comes by on his right doing a buck thirty! :eek1
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  20. dano619

    dano619 Been here awhile

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    Lookin forward to your report----ride on!!
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