Palapa Chair

Discussion in 'Epic Rides' started by Charla, Jan 19, 2010.

  1. c.vestal

    c.vestal Rally On

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    last year :(:
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    Construction crews are about 1/2 way through a new bridge where Nada (Chuck) took a dip last year. Once they complete that bridge it is pretty smooth sailing to Gonzaga Bay.
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  2. Hayduke

    Hayduke ///SAFETY THIRD/// Super Moderator

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    From what Coco said, they only have one major bridge to finish, then it's just scrape and pave. I bet it's to Gonzaga by next year. :cry
  3. homerj

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    Remember what Burt said about Coco...:D
  4. c.vestal

    c.vestal Rally On

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    Some more pics of the dirt before Gonzaga Bay.

    Bike talk first. Ahhhh my 530.:D I have 2 regrets with the whole trip on my bike / luggage setup.
    1. Not gearing up taller. At 60/65 it was revving a bit high. Add a knobblie and my mileage sucked on the road. Still very stable and it was fun to pass a truck. 60 to 80 felt like about 2 seconds.:evil Oh, with the weight on back and dense sea level air... 3rd gear throttle wheelies with ease. (hmmm, me rethink my mileage issue... na it was the high speed stuff)
    2. Range. With this type of trip I could have used the 6 gal and it would have given me more comfort when were were planning some 200+ mileage days.
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    Ballena doing sweep.:D
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  5. Region Riley

    Region Riley rally kit widow

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    The knuckle boiling was some good entertainment for the first 2 nights. You're a good sport to let me have fun at your expense. :lol3

    And just to let everyone know that I am not totally evil, his knuckle did get better!
  6. knybanjo

    knybanjo kinda slow

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    Wow that homerj must be one tough FM!! :gdog

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    He had ganshert, the devil and Region Riley (maybe more) :grim all scheming his demsie.......and yet somehow he survived to tell us all about it. :mully



    p.s. just remember...it's not paranoia if they really are out to get you! :patch



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  7. homerj

    homerj 742 Evergreen Terrace

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    That's what I keep saying, but no one believes me.
  8. Colorado Uli

    Colorado Uli Motociclista Non Elegante

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    While you FF were enjoying the newly "improved" roads, puttin the growth factor back into the Baja econometrics, the rest of us slobs slaved away -mostly by spending with no regards to income - at cranking up the US (Ueber States).

    Translation: We're mighty jeaous of your trip and wish we could have been there (if for no other reason then to see chicks dressed in less then full length fur coats).

    Cheers!
  9. AllenTC2

    AllenTC2 Pokey

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    Great thread. And the best part is, I know understand the "Charla-head" comments I saw when I went to get my ADV hat. :D
  10. Charla

    Charla Tamalamian

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    BTW - The unstructured Caution hat does fit my giant noggin, but Ben stole it from me. :cry
  11. knybanjo

    knybanjo kinda slow

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    Neither one of them boys are very nice, are they?! :ddog


    p.s. I'm glad you have a good sense of humor! :poser
  12. Charla

    Charla Tamalamian

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    Duke is sooooo mean to me :cry but I got a free hat out of it. :lol3
  13. emerson.biguns

    emerson.biguns All idiot, no savant

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    Gamera, KTM mechanic:

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  14. Bendejo

    Bendejo Movin' on up

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    I forgot to mention that as we were leaving Mexicali, the 640 had a little pinging at WOT. I figured it was jetting and changed the main as Charla broke down camp. We fueled up and pointed due south towards Gonzaga Bay.
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    The bike was still pinging, but I had no larger jets with me, so I just cruised until we left the pavement and got onto my most favorite road of rocks.

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    Sometimes I go into full on race mode for no real reason at all, and this was one of those times. Flying along and sliding, dodging the larger rocks, focusing on nothing other than the task at hand. The 640 was finally in its element, other than the fact that I was carrying a lot of weight, it handled way better than the DRZ which I rode last year. I was w00ting out loud for quite a while. :clap

    We cruised into Rancho Grande and made some new friends.

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    Mi casa es su casa. :freaky
  15. Charla

    Charla Tamalamian

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    Lots of new pavement south of Puertocitos.

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    But we eventually hit the dirt. :wings

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    There's a bike in there somewhere. :lol3
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    It didn't take too long to get to Gonzaga Bay and as we pulled into Rancho Grande we were surprised by the changes. They have grown A LOT in the past year. What was just a small mini market has expanded to a larger market and a restaurant with a large tiled patio. It's very nice and we were all excited to relax in the shade and have a couple of cervesas. The market only charged 25 pesos for a Pacifico Ballena (equivalent to 3+ bottles) so the Colorado drinking crew got to work.

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    I stole this one from Chris. The running joke was "No that's a regular sized beer, Kelly's just really fucking small." :lol3
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    Since we weren't expecting the rest of the group until the following night we decided to camp on the beach instead of staying at Alphonsina's. Palapas were secured and we headed out.

    Ben decided that Los Knoblitos were thristy after a long day of eating dust so they got a little sip too.
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    Camp was setup and then we got to work lazing around.
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    Air punch! Kelly was very excited. :D
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    And Chris fell into a deep and unabiding love with Mexican junk food.
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    We were starting to get hungry since we'd skipped an official lunch so we wandered over to Alphonsina's for dinner.
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    It wasn't quite dinner time so we had a few minutes to enjoy the sunset (while our bellies grumbled from all the wonderful smells coming from the kitchen.)
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    It's hard to get away from the ADV presence in Baja. :lol3
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    Ari and Emily joined us. It took them a lot longer to get there in their little truck than it took us to get there on the bikes.
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    The fish tacos were awesome as always and we had a great time. Back at the palapas it was time to crack open another ballena.

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    Standing around in the dark isn't all it's cracked up to be and we all hit the hay pretty early. I think maybe we made it to 8:30. :lol3
  16. Region Riley

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    January 3rd has been covered pretty well already, I'll just add some pictures.

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    Sharing of the Ballena.

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    Nice view from our tent.

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  17. cRAsH

    cRAsH Banned

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    Looks like it was a bit chilly?
  18. c.vestal

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    more photos of that afternoon.
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    Nice guys. They love to punish themselves. They were not making much daily progress...
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    More Boiling that night.
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  19. c.vestal

    c.vestal Rally On

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    That gear looks like that huh? It was 70-80's they whole time. Cold/chilly at night but similar to CO in the early summer. I started sweating immediately if we were not moving.
  20. Hayduke

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    And the further south we went, the warmer it got. :jkam