Park & Ride to Mike's Sky Ranch

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by BeachBusker, Mar 14, 2007.

  1. BeachBusker

    BeachBusker R.I.P. George

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    Time to depart Paraiso and head north to San Felipe for the Baja 250:

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    I'm really starting to like Ciudad Constitucion. Especially the new multi-level parking garage:

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    After stopping at Coco's to exchange meds for stickers, I am simply amazed at Alfonsino's. There is a working Pemex 40 miles from nowhere:

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    I rode my Harley thru here last year and Coco was out of stickers, so I was happy to take one from him this time. But he told me that the San Felipe 250 was moved to Ensenada this year because one of the eijidos (land owners) wouldn't accept the SCORE race payment.

    Oh well, I can probably get a hotel room now. So, I push on.

    I spent the night partying with some of the local agricultural workers from that very eijido. It turns out this agribusiness employs about a thousand locals and may not be easily intimidated. But, the downtown was fairly empty.

    Well, lets head to Ensenada to see if I can find the Husky Race teams. I'm off early and hit the brakes at this spot:

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    OK, change in plans. Now to find a place to launch the escape pod:

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    A mile down the road and I find Loncheria Anabel. He agrees to let me park and assures me his pit-bull will protect my gear:

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    40 km up the trail and:

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    Nobody here but the service staff, so I enjoy the shade:

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    Now I decide to head back down and find the Race Course.
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  2. GB

    GB . Administrator

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    How do you deal with all that sun... sand and fun?!! Keep it comin' :thumb
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  3. BeachBusker

    BeachBusker R.I.P. George

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    I ride down to Valley de Trinidad and find a bunch of pre-runners. I stop for dinner and one of them gives me a course map:

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    So now I am thinking that The Running of the Bulls in Pamplona has got nothing on pre-running the Baja Course with Trophy Trucks so I plan on picking up the course in Valley de Trinidad and following it to San Vicente for gas & return on Friday, the last day before the race.

    I return to Anabel for camping & breakfast ($10 including tip) and return the next morning. The strait was fine for the first mile, then silt beds, yuch. I wind my way around trying to follow the course markings and begin to develop a real appreciation of the racers who participate in this event.

    It is extremely necessary to pre-run SCORE races because the course markings are minimal and goat trails a plenty. I got off course a couple of times and dropped the bike a couple of times, once in some sand whoops and the other on a rutted hill climb that I chose the wrong line on.

    I got halfway to Highway 1 before BIG RED TRUCK appeared in my mirror. I exited into the brush and got this picture of a chase vehicle:

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    I got passed by a couple of Hondas further on, but it was pretty much smooth sailing so I stopped for a photo of the mountain pass:

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    I proceded on down the mountain when the ground began to shake:

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    I could see Terrible Herbst on the side as he blew by:

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    I finished up this leg and headed into San Vicente for fuel. The pumps were all taped probably because of excessive innacuracy and too little mordida, but I still got some Roja.

    I decided to finish the course and head to Ensenada to see what I could find. I didn't luck into anything in Endenada. All the hotels look the same and downtown was a zoo. So stayed at a friends house and got a great hot shower.
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  4. GalacticGS

    GalacticGS 1200 GS Rider

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    Great story BeachBusker! Looks like a mighty fine time. Thanks for sharing the fun...
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  5. BeachBusker

    BeachBusker R.I.P. George

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    I get a good night's sleep and sneak out in the morning. Valley de Trinidad is about 120 kms and I'm an hour past the 6:30 start time. Hopefully, I can catch the riders at VT. But, traffic was slow and all I got were the straglers & quads.

    I am still thinking about running in front of the Trophy Trucks, but some friends offer me a beer and I settle for some pictures instead:

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    #38 Garron Cadiente

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    #1 B.J. Baldwin

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    #12 Larry Ragland

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    #50 Jerry Larimore

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    Class 1 Winner #100 Larry Roeseller

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    #104 Robert Ross

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    Keeping out of the dust from Class 10 Winner #1017 Lobsam Yee

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    And finally, a little eye candy

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  6. EsconDeasy

    EsconDeasy Ectomorph

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    ...but I've got a woodie for that Husky. That thing is hot!
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  7. Teeds

    Teeds Don Quixote

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    Eye candy ... GOOD

    More eye candy ... BETTER
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