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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by motoged, Mar 9, 2011.
That Bus Rocks
well alrighty then.....get'er going
As Ken Kesey said: "You are either on the bus or off the bus!"
.... but he ate a lot of acid...
Ross sent these pics of the bus before it was infested with beer and wine-swilling dirtbikers intent on farting their way through three countries to simply ride the best Baja has to offer:
The rear living area has five bunks and a biffy...the only slide-outs are guys pulling duffles out from under bunks or off of guys sleeping under a pile of someone's stuff:
The RV biffy works simply....ever try to hit the bowl while standing and when the driver is drifting corners? ....or not have the bowl contents slopping into your pants around your ankles while on the throne and the driver hits the brakes???? Something for the unitiated to ponder:eek1
The kitchen is plumbed to a 50 gallon water tank on the roof of the bus, as is the RV toilet (for water supply....no hot water at this time). The bus has an inverter so the fridge and microwave can run off of engine or land-power. Drinking water is from 5 gallon jug....beer is in the fridge....keep your eye on your beer...seems that others get a taste for it too
As we move forward in the coach, there is a table, adjoining seats, and a "couch" (i.e. bunk set-up that has the top bunk dropped down for a backrest) for a socializing area , where stimulating conversations may be heard wafting over the gentle pulse of the diesel pusher , the sweet melodies of singing , the clinking of glasses, the lofty words of elder riders "That Honda is the best bike I ever had !!".... "That 300 is the best bike I ever had !!!!" , where friends can share a conversation , , and where a meal might be shared ,
And the bikes are stored in a separate section at the rear of the bus...the ramp has a winch:
But I digress...there is riding and travel to talk about...
Nice set up.
How does one get a seat on this bus next year?
I like beer
I like bike's
I can fart
I have experience pissing in moving vehicles
Do I qualify ?
I take a trip every spring , with some buds , in a motorhome . Where there is much beer swilling , card playing , and hooting , going on !
We tape a couch pillow on the wall over the pisser - lean your forehead into it and you have a great 3 point stance ! Cuz , even if the driver is doin his best ......... its rough back there .
The pillow works . Oh , and by the way , we all share cleanup duty :))
This is a great thread . Thank you so much for doing this .
You guys are livin large !
Really cool trip!
First of all....Pure Prairie League rules.... I first turned on to them in the very early 70's: their first album was their best I think !!!
As for the biffy stabilization technology...no cushions were used but I did figure out some tripod configurations to reduce misdirects
Next year the bus is likely headed down to San Felipe (it's usual base at Kiki's... http://www.kiki.com.mx/ ) in late January or February...usually the core group who are the bus partners have 3-4 places available...fee is charged to cover fuel...loading up happens in Kamloops or somewhere along I-5..
That bus reminds me of the famous Santa Monica Big Blue Buses in socal.
Yeah, that bus is very thoughtfully set up. Love the utiliitarian design in stainless. Purpose built... I like it.
Really looking forward to this ride report Ged!
The bus rolled into Sandy Eggo around midnight and we wormed our way to the immigration...quite the scene on a Friday night. :huh
As the sensible planning of buying Mexican vehicle insurance was not done on-line as suggested by some brilliant guy, looking for an open agent office at midnight only lasted a half-hour....and then the wizard in charge of that task decided to only pay for two days of insurance....one for the drive from the border to San Ignacio on the way down...and one for the "one-day" return trip to the border....again, common sense was sleeping in one of the bunks.
We managed to escape a Houdini parking lot with a simple 21-point turn of the 40' bus-beast and proceeded to the crossing. As I had solicited wisdom from the Baja Nomads forum as to which lane, etc was best...we managed to get to the correct line-up and crossed easily with a minimum of questions. I encouraged folks to buy the $25 tourist visa despite some serious flack :ddog from a seasoned rider who is proud to say he has never been asked for it over the years....but we all got our permits stamped and paid for after going back and forth between offices, booths, and wickets...each contradicting the info provided by the previous.
At the actual Immigracion office, there was a line-up of about twenty Mexican men, each frantically pulling possessions out of a large paper bag with numbers on them. The scene was sort of like watching a bunch of women stashing and putting on new purchases at some border town after a shopping spree:eek1...but each of them were putting belts on and putting laces in their shoes (most which looked brand new)....and were trying to organize papers and what looked like identification documents.
My best guess was that they had been popped by US officials, had been incarcerated, and were shipped back south of the border until their next effort to get into the US....
We managed to get some pesos and Ross piloted the bus down to Ensenada where he claimed to know of a campground/RV place...."I was there some years ago...it's a good place just south of Centro...and we can have showers...".... I pulled my sleeping bag over my head and was lulled into a broken sleep by the topes, corners, and abrupt stops...
YEEHAWWWW !!!!!! We are in Baja
So after about an hour of driving around Ensenada, his fatigue won out and he parked the bus beside the main street leading south out of town at about 2:30 AM. Wayne . as the 8th guy, volunteered to sleep on the floor....
Remember...only 7 bunks for 8 guys?
We woke up at about 6:00 and looked for coffee...Ross, Murray and I were the first out...Gracias Dios por EXTRA
El Mur took a while as he got a fresh pot brewed up....another reason to know him as Mr. Happy
Ross was .....well, you fill in the blanks "________________":
Reid and Randall were opening one eye at a time...
And a small kaffe klatch became the Happening...
Fueled by caffeine, we decide we could wait until San Quintin por desayunos....the first place was new but had no soul:
Health Notice: El Mur says. "Floss before each meal!"
However, our second choice was the winner:
Randall, Reid, and El Mur (L-R)"
A good breakfast and good service....too bad the taco stand next door wasn't open....
although the playground was...
So, with a belly full of good food, we had our buzz on....San Ignacio, here we come:
I met Murray and Ross and their crew at Kikis in February 2008 during my first Baja trip. Those guys are awesome! Hanging with them at Kikis are some of our best memories of the trip. They also are the cause of us buying a bus this year. Murray was the only person in camp up before me everyday:
Great report so far and a great area to play. I rode down there last year at almost this time. Lots of fun. Not so free of snow this year.
Looks like its going to be a good one.....
Lucky buggers, wish I was down there....
Sure beats the crappy weather back home....
Have a safe ride!
Howdy, Chris...how did the GS like Baja?
San Fransiscito... What a beautiful place! Especially after blowing up a motor.
Great except for shearing off the rear shock mount to swingarm just north of Cocos. That is one rough road. Anyway, Coco helped us out, I pulled off swingarm, had it welded and reassembled in 3 hours, then camped at his compound. Great guy.
First hardware failure in 30 years of ownership so can't complain.
Enjoy your ride, still crappy up here.
So, a bit of a brief recap: Five of us (Ross [Trail Boss a la Google Earth], Reid, Brian, Murray, Wayne, and myself) left Kamloops on Thursday, Feb 10th at noon and drove to Vancouver where we picked up Lev and Randall. We crossed into the US at about supper time and drove nonstop (aside from fuel stops and a breakfast stop in California) until we got to San Diego at about 11:30 PM Friday. Our border crossing at Tijuana was relatively smooth and we slept for three hours roadside in Ensenada. Breakfast in San Quintin and a good drive on the Highway sin Shoulders...
Murray drove the 1.5 hour whiteknuckle section from Guererro Negro to San Ignacio in the dark ...a task no one would enjoy driving:eek1.
For those of you who have never been there, the highways in Baja are greatly improving over the years, but there tends to be NO SHOULDERS as the pavement drops off dangerously an inch from the white line....leaving absolutely no room for error !!!!! :eek1:eek1:eek1
The "Penalty for Failure" is something you don't want to experience...
(Rumarosa Grade bike trail).
All the bus drivers did a heroic job despite the passenger comments throughout the trip, especially in Baja...
Passengers were occasionally reminded that they should just sit back and...