Spectating the Baja 1000, 2013

Discussion in 'Racing' started by Ratman, Nov 18, 2013.

  1. Shocktower

    Shocktower Long timer

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    Ok now I really need to do this, I lived in So Cal for 40 years and never went to see a Baja race :cry, I am going to see if my buddy and I can do this at least once. Great report/adv :clap
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  2. beechum1

    beechum1 Dandole Gas al Burro

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    If you plan on once, plan on every year after. It's a great show.
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  3. Ratman

    Ratman Lucky Rider

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    That's gotta be the road. Never saw it before....

    I see you had the same sunrise that I had....figure since we spent the night only 15 miles or so apart. That may have been my all time best.
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  4. Strong Bad

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    Are you guys talking about the road that starts by Fox Studios and ends up like said out by the toll road to Tecate? I've taken it once, but by the time you wind around to Otay Mesa its not really any faster, and its easy to get off track.
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  5. beechum1

    beechum1 Dandole Gas al Burro

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    At popotla yes. Depending on the time of day and events. A soccer game means you can't take 20 de Noviembre. Rush hour means no 5 y 10. Coming back north from big events means the 1 to blvd intl will be nuts. Even when I lived in libertad p/alta I would go over to otay to cross in the mornings.
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  6. Strong Bad

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    The Coral Marina Hotel gives everyone who stays there a Fast Pass. Once you figure out how to get to the little guard shack it only took about 45 min! Of course I got pulled into secondary for an hour because my name is similar to a "bad guy". Yeah right, my last name is Williams.....there aren't too many of us running around are there?
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  7. beechum1

    beechum1 Dandole Gas al Burro

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    Vhat eez theez fast pass?
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  8. Strong Bad

    Strong Bad n00balicious

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  9. tinhead

    tinhead Been here awhile

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    I met you at Pete's Camp back in 2010 before the 1K.
    We share bike philosophies.:D

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    It's good to see you still trucking, I haven't managed to get back since then, but I'm only a young buck of 60 and the employer is throwing me out like a bad cat next year 3 weeks before I turn 61, so Thanksgiving in Baja 2014 is looking good.

    Hoping we're both still around then and I'll see you again.
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  10. Ratman

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    Someday, Tinhead, we will ride together. Yeah I remember that Pete's camp meeting. I rode in there after dark from about 80 miles out on a high idle that limited me to about 20mph....turned out that the C-clip that holds the needle to the diaphragm slider broke. I remember that I bent a piece of bailing wire into a small U shape, hammered it flat with a rock and thin enough to fit in the needles groove. That homade C-clip is still in my DR's carb.

    You'll enjoy your early retirement. Get out there under the stars and infront of a camp fire. There's nothing like it. :freaky
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  11. Ratman

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    I told this story almost a month ago. I prolly finished it up a week after I got back from the Baja 1000. So there's been no additional Trip report part of this thread for several week.

    While a thread is being produced there is some interest because it's on the first page, and it stays on the front page because there are some reply and comments which keep it on the front page, and any new comment shows that the thread has had a new reply. Folks think there might be something interesting being said, and so they will view the story again.

    So after a week or so a story like mine loses all it's momentum. There's no new action. The story moves down the front page, and after a couple more weeks it moves to the second page. On the second page a story like mine should soon be dead. I mean who 'new' is going to see it?

    Well, I'm watching my thread now out of curiosity. I've been getting 10 to 15 view each day the past week....who is viewing this story now that it's off the front page and the Baja 1000 is old news.

    I wish I could keep this off the front page of 'Racing', because now there will be some folks check in because there's a new post.

    ....but if you're reading this story for some other reason than 'that it's freshly on the 1st page again', please let me know how you found this blog after it's no longer fresh and has been dead for a couple weeks.
    Email or message me at.... p.ratfab(at)gmail.com
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  12. FishTaco

    FishTaco urban misfit

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    Hey Ratman -- great Baja storytelling. Found this thru your post your post on Lalo's rtw thread. A buddy and I were spectating the race this year in the hills west of Sta Catarina and headed toward Heroes when the diff on my old Tundra self destructed. Much wrenching and f words later we limped home on the front driveline after dropping the rear driveshaft and chewing up the rest of the rear diff gears. Sounded like a rock crusher for a couple of miles... Good times!

    Keep smiling :rofl
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  13. Eagletalon

    Eagletalon Been here awhile

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    Hello Ratman!

    I also found your RR about Baka through Lalo's "Around the world in 800 days" and I'm glad I found it. Younger guys like me (26) enjoy reading of all the stories you old timers have, especially all the knowledge you all possess. I in my line of work work with old timers all the time and nothing better than hearing all their stories from flying World War II bomber planes, the Great Depression to many more stories that I hold them close to me. Guys like YOU make youngsters like us want to go out and explore the world and do things and see the world from a different perspective. Thanks for sharing Ratman. Hopefully our paths will one day cross so I can sit by the fire listening to some of those good ole stories.

    Later
    John
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