SF Bay Area to Cabo, its not the destination but the journey

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by hazard, Apr 14, 2009.

  1. hazard

    hazard Been here awhile

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    Writing this from San Felipe. In some coffee shop across from Hotel Costa Azul.

    Last summer I got a GSA with hopes of one day got to South America, Alaska and points beyond. So I figured Baja would be a good first trip. While I plan to make it Cabo, its only the final destination. Never been but not sure I'll like it. I have had my fill of "destinations" where people arrive in an aluminum tube for a week or two of whatever....

    Final note. It took me 2 days to get to San Diego, mainly cause I stop to visit my younger daughter in San Luis Obispo, she's a sophmore at the college.

    Saturday AM. OK so here I am ready to go

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    There I go:

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    Sunday evening I arrive in San Diego. I head twoard the Tecate crossing in hopes of finding a motel. Gets a bit dicey, so I go back to Pacific Beach and stay the night.

    So here is the first day of travel:
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    I took crashmasters advice and did the compadre trail (?):
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    Somewhere between Tecate and Ojos Negros:

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    More later heading to Alfonsina.....
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  2. GB

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    Lovely journey, keep it comin' please :thumb

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  3. GeoDude

    GeoDude Oblio had a point

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    Enjoy the journey. Great first trip.

    Keep the posts coming.

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  4. koa925

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    was in san felipe last jan , gotta love it ! have a great ride :clap :clap
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  5. Jacqueline L.

    Jacqueline L. Been here awhile

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    Keep the story and pictures coming!
    John have a safe and FUN trip!
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  7. hazard

    hazard Been here awhile

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    No internet in Bay of LA nor on the way down loretomex 5. I'm in now. I'll update late tonight or early tomorrow.

    Just a bit of a tease: I got stuck in the sand to the rear hub, then the bike slipped over after I got off. I was about 3 miles from allfonsinas. But I was unstuck and going in about 5 minutes.
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  8. hazard

    hazard Been here awhile

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    Last time I did dirt, any dirt was 25-30 years ago, on small machines not a 600 pound moose.

    SO of course I'm going to Baja and do some dirt. On trip planning most gave me a heads up. Practice, get knobbies, and don't go alone. Well none of that worked out.

    So where were we.

    I did the Compadres trail, and see a group of MX bikes, may have been a training camp for kids. Then I see a group of 4 suspicious cars hauling ass almost knocked me off the road....

    The bike is sliding and shifting, and I remember, just gas it. Well it worked. Never dumped the big ole moose but I thought I might. But I just gassed it. Oh yeah last piece of advice I ignored like an idiot. Did not drop pressure.

    SO when I finally hit Mex 3, I feel great. Now maybe this is easy dirt, but its still frickin baja dirt. I feel like celebrating. I pull into a town looking to brag and celebrate, but this is the only guy around, and I have no biscuits.

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    SO Instead I just go in here and get a coke. I had a big old smile on my face. The must have though I was some stupid gringo....

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    SO I head down Mex 3. Right before it hits 5, into San Felipe is a big military check point. They searched everything. Nice guys, though.

    I get to San Felipe and check into this place. Overpriced 70 US, I should have stayed across the street 35 US,

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    I get a Negro Modelo at a bar and walk around. Ticky tacky tourist town, but I bet its a gas when its jumpin.

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    I eat at place called Chuiys (sp?) and have Pineapple Shrimp, it was good. When I first saw it I thought it would be to sweet but it was not.

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    Next morning I got up and took some sunrise pics:



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    Tomorrow, off to Alfosinas, Cocos and Bay of LA....
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  10. Jacqueline L.

    Jacqueline L. Been here awhile

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    It's okay if you didn't follow the advice people gave you...... as long as you follow just one.... "Have a good time!"

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  11. hazard

    hazard Been here awhile

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    So day 2 of me in the dirt with this big ole moose.

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    So I head south out of San Felipe. Its fairly nice highway and paved until Campo Castillio. Then out there lots of road construction. SO the next 70 or so miles is a rocky road.

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    And washboard, and just crap, but thats why I wanted to ride it. If you decide to ride it make sure you loctite you bolts. Never went down, but took it easy.

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    It took me several hours to get to Alfonsinas.

    STUCK IN THE SAND:
    As I approached Alfonsinas from the North, the GPS, make it look like I passed Alfonsinas. So I head back a bit and head into the camp a bit north of it. When I realize my mistake I head what I think is a road towards it, which stops at a fence. I then try a U turn, and the sand got deep fast. Boom up to the hub, stuck. OK, so almost all problems can be solved. Course I ain't pulling that big ole moose out. I get off bike and it tips onto its side. Is this considered dropping the bike?

    I just laugh. OK so its ADV.com, so I got to get a picture. But I look up and about 300 yards up the road near the camp entrance is a vehicle. I start waving. They finally head down towards me. Its a hummer filled with about 10 military guys. At least 1 officer, mid 40s. He got a big kick out of it. They help me get the bike up and out. Total time 5 minutes. I wanted to take a picture but they did not want any part of it, they quickly escorted me out of the area.

    SO about 3 miles down the road the entrance to Alfonsinas beach.

    I am hungry and tired its 2:00 pm.
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    So I'm wondering who did this?

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    No food porn, I was hungry. However the best fish tacos, to date anyhow.

    There are 3 Canadians from Vancouver. Trucked KLRs down to SD then came across the border. This was there off day. Not sure if they post there but maybe. Thats them in the background.
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    I think about staying, but I want to get south. So nourished and hydrated its off to Cocos.


    The ride to Cocos was fun sliding and sand surfin on the moose. Came close to eat'n crap a couple times but managed to keep it up. Just gas it , and by all means don't stick your leg out to break the fall of that big beast.

    I arrive at Cocos. He wants me to stay but like I say I want to get south. I bought some cat food in San Diego and gave it to him, and had a coke. He really is a very nice guy. I think next year I will go down and paln one night in one these campers:

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    He has a really nice panty/thong collection:

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    And what is this thing. IS this how he gets the panties?

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    After Cocos, its 10 more miles to 1, on the same kind of road,

    Once I hit the highway its an hour or so to Bay of LA. I arrive in town, ask the first Gringo I see and ask where a good place to stay is. He points me back to where they are and I go there.

    Next Post Bay Of LA and beyond to Loretto.
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  12. GB

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    Very nice indeed! Thanks for the updates.. :thumb


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  13. Haywood

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  14. GyroMan

    GyroMan Noob Adventurer

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    Looks like you're having a great time. Don't forget to slow down and enjoy yourself and the people. The baja is an amazing place.

    I'm glad to see Coco is back! He was gone in October and it didn't look like he'd been there in quite some time. It looks like lots of new plywood. He must have come back and gone to work fixing up the place.
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  15. Stuntman

    Stuntman Been here awhile

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  16. hazard

    hazard Been here awhile

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    Sorry for the delays, seems like every place I stay has internet issues, mainly speed or timeouts...




    Anyhow, when I arrived in Bay Of LA, the 2 Americans I ask about accommodations mention where there staying, and say there are a bunch of bikes there. So great, I go there. Don't remember the name of the place but its right on the water toward the southern end of the main street.

    So when i pull around to the side this is what I see.

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    This is an organized tour ran by a company out of Dan Diego. The owners last name is anderson, I think. Real nice guy. Chatted with him for about 10 minutes. Invited me San Francisquito witht hem, I declined as I wanted to get south.

    Most of the riders were real nice guys. Were interested in the GS. Were intrested in me doing this alone.

    Had a few drinks, snapped some pictures hit the hay, it was a long day.

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    The support truck for the organized ride.
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    The backsied of the Inn.

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    Well I start to get itchy and so Like this guy I wanna get going:

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    So today is asphalt. One thing to say is that Mex1 and the road to/from Bahia LA are nice. Narrow with very little shoulder, but in good shape with lots twist in them, I wonder how the GT would do down here.

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    Picture levaing Bay of LA, most take a picture of the Bay, mine turned out sucky.

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    pictures along the way


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    Arrived in Loretto. Stayed here:

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    The bike in the courtyard:

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  17. WildChildRider

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  18. hazard

    hazard Been here awhile

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    Even though I met this wonderful girl in Loreto , it was time for me to get going.

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    So I take Mex 1 down, through Insurgents and Constitucion.

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    I decide to see whats in Insurgents, and I notice a few bikes getting repaired in front of a auto supply store. I figure I'll BS with them a bit. Well it turns out its Stickfigure. Funnything is it was his post about going to Panama via Baja that inspired me to go on this ride. Him and his 2 friends were out creating the material for this Ride Report, which based on an exclusive preview of some of the pictures over street vendor food promises to be good.

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    And one with me in it:

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    Stickfigure gave me some advice on where to stay in La Paz, the Yenke Motel. I had planed to splurge on the Los Arcos, but he informed me it was closed. I wish them well and take off to La Paz.

    When I arrive the Yenke they will not let me pull my bike in at night, it was to large, and I think they had another one there allready. Oh well. Stickfigure was correct, the Los Arcos is closed. Looks like they wanted to go Condo, or are having labor problems. Notice the boarded up front door.

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    I find this place, a bit pricey. Notice my bike behind the gate.

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    My room from the outside, lower floor.

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    I tool around La Paz, and the next morning woke up tired, so I stayed an extra day. Pictures of my 2 days in LaPaz.

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  19. hazard

    hazard Been here awhile

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    So I decided to leave La Paz, and head to the Cabo area. I thought I might stop at Cabo Plumo for the night and SCUBA dive, or at a minimum have some fish tacos out at the restaraunt.

    The route:

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    So I take this dirt road. I now reduce the air pressure to about 22 lbs. Seems like its easier to drive, so all these people on ADV really know what there talking about.

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    Arrive here:

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    At his restaraunt:

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    And ate these fish tacos:

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    Enjoyed these views

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    I then watched these guys hunt for sashimi.

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    Anyway the diving was not good 'cause it was windy so I just moved on to San Jose Del Cabo, another 30 miles or so down the dirt road.
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  20. Stuntman

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    Looking good! Keep it coming!!!
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