The BAJA 2000 - BigDog, DingWeed, & HighFive go the distance! - Feb 2016

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by HighFive, Mar 1, 2016.

  1. HighFive

    HighFive Never Tap-Out

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    It was late on a cold January night, when my phone started barking. A full hour past BigDog’s bedtime…..this must be really important!

    BD: You wanna ride Baja?

    HF: Dreamed of it for years….never been.

    BD: Dirt-bike camping on hard trails, with sketchy grub, & dangerous banditos. Two Thousand miles of endeavoring to persevere, if we can stay alive!

    HF: Promising….very promising. When?

    BD: Two weeks from right now!

    HF: #%@….$&@%….!!!


    Nothing like short notice for a working man with a family to support. I didn’t get any sleep for two weeks. NOT A SINGLE MINUTE! Images of everything undone went flap - flap - flap all night long in my head. The 1,400 mile drive to the border was upon me in three blinks of an eye. Four of us were destined to converge: BigDog, DingWeed, Road Dad, & HighFive. And, on the 8th day of February, we crossed the border into Mexicali.

    THEN, all the noise in my head ceased. Like a magical adjustment of the dial….there was suddenly no static at all.


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    Beautiful And Just Awesome!


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    Its a long ride with many surprises. Let’s roll . . . .


    HF :thumbup
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  2. Krabill

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    Bring it!

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  3. Monty

    Monty Calm Like a Bomb

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    IN! :clap
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  4. borscht zanetti

    borscht zanetti Pura Vida ! ... eh?

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  5. rufus

    rufus We're burning daylight...

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    Outstanding pictures!!
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  6. DingWeed

    DingWeed Been here awhile

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    Great Start HF!!!
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    sophijo Been here awhile

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    IN!
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    Holaday Man of Leisure

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    :lurkThis is gonna be good.
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  9. Wansfel

    Wansfel 50+ yrs on 2 wheels

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    Where's the snow pics???
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  10. BigDogAdventures

    BigDogAdventures Fart Letter

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    I think I'll just join in on this story.
    Sure enjoyed my time spent with Dingweeds, Road Dad and HighFive in Baja.
    Me and High Five have ridden together before ----but nothing like this.
    Sure was a great guy to ride with. So helpful all the time.
    He immediately forgot all about work.
    And his immersion into the Spanish language was hilarious.

    I've traveled most of my life on motorcycles of different types------usually carrying camping gear---and sometimes more than that with cooking gear and other stuff.
    But I've never traveled like this on a dirt bike----a bike that only weighs 240 lbs. and is capable with a good rider (not me) of doing some extreme stuff.
    So this was a learning experience for me as I was on my 2016KTM 350EXCF (born street legal).
    But I guess my experience played out or I was just lucky the first time---as it all worked out for me in the end. I was glad I took the bike I did as it made everything so easy.

    So............
    vamonos
    máximo de cinco

    El...............Perro Grande

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  11. Moto Vaquero

    Moto Vaquero Trail less traveled

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    Ahh BAJA...
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  12. Throttlemeister

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    Betting this one ought to be a good Baja tale:lurk
    Thanks for sharing HF
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  13. _Magoo_

    _Magoo_ master of disaster....

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  14. HighFive

    HighFive Never Tap-Out

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    When I told Sweet Thang that I got invited to ride Baja with only two weeks notice, she laughed and said that I had been preparing for 20 years….go for it! Been married 33 years, and love her more each day. Its a real blessing to have such a supportive wife. Or, did she just need a vacation from me? Either way, I figure its all good.

    Maybe you’re like me….been dreaming of riding Baja for years but never pulled the trigger. If so, this Ride Report will be good therapy. I’ve ridden lots of places with lots of faces, but had never crossed the border on my bike. Been to Mexico mainland multiple times, but never on my bike. So, I probably had the same apprehensions and concerns as you. The same questions and reservations, and here is what I learned.

    Baja has the best riding, the nicest people, the greatest food, and the cheapest prices I’ve ever enjoyed! An unbeatable combination. I had heard it repeated in other ride reports, but there’s just no substitute for first-hand experience. My expectations were very high, and still BAJA exceeded them.

    To have BigDog as trail-boss, made it all the more special. His ability to plan a route and sniff out hidden gems is pure genius! Beyond compare, really. So excited to be riding with DingWeed and Road Dad too. This wasn’t their first rodeo. In fact, DingWeed & BigDog attempted this ride two years earlier. It was sadly cut short after DingWeed fell and broke some ribs. So, this was their 2nd assault on this proposed route.


    Its difficult to sneak a photo at the border crossing, but I got the shot:

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    Pull over and park right after the border crossing….to the left. Go inside the building to buy your tourist Visa for $25. Easy peasy…..nothing to it. The crossing was a breeze.



    My Baja Beast: 2010 KTM 450 XC-W Six Days.

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    Nabbed it in a trade, when I was selling my F800GS in 2014. It was 4 years old, and only had 400 miles (14 hrs) on it. A guy in Phoenix had left it parked in his garage, for the most part. He preferred street riding and offered it as a partial trade toward my F8. I immediately thought, "BAJA", and began secretly making preparations.....though I had no plan for actually going (only hope). I guess the Power of Positive Thinking really does payoff. It only had 800 miles on it, when I started this trip. So, I was a little nervous about taking an untested weapon into battle. We're gonna learn if she's up to the task.



    It was hard not to pull over for a taco while passing thru Mexicali. The aroma from the street vendors was intoxicating. But, BigDog was hungry for dirt.

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    I had heard Canyon de Guadalupe is a sacred rite of passage into Baja. So, it seems we’re off to a good start….


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    Each campsite up in this mountain oasis has a natural spring-fed hot tub. Some fine masonry work has been done using the native rocks to make the tubs, and each is plumbed with a line from the nearby springs. The water is very fresh and soothing, about 103 - 104 degrees, and flowing at a strong rate thru the tub. So, its always fresh and clean. One of the BEST campsites I’ve ever enjoyed in my entire life! And this was just Day 1. Very CHEAP prices too….if I forgot to mention it. So cheap, you'd slit your wrists if you knew.



    There are a couple of nice waterfalls up on the mountain above, so we decided to do some hiking.

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    I’ve seen these plants all over the desert Southwest in USA, but they are always dried up. Never seen one fresh and green like this. Not sure what its called, but DingWeed probably does…..he knows all about Weeds. He's real smart!



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    The sun sunk behind the mountain top, before we found the waterfalls, so we had to turn back. But, I captured this shot of the sun reflecting off the backside of the mountain. I could sense it more than see it, and thought the camera might pick up the light bands. Turned out pretty interesting, with a little post processing. I shot an under-exposure and then decreased the highlights & lightened the shadows a bit. That is all. The color is natural…..I didn’t run the saturation up. Kind of weird, but cool. I’m a bit of a photography buff and Baja is a magical place to shoot, I’ve fast discovered.

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    HF :thumbup
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  15. Tragic Overlander

    Tragic Overlander Adventurer

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    High 5,
    It was good meeting you guys in San Ignacio. Can't wait to compare more notes.

    Subscribed! Bring it on.

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  16. ROAD DAMAGE

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    Nice to see "you old buzzards" out having some fun together ........................................... :lol3

    I'm jealous as I'm still buried about shoulder deep in snow up here in northwest CO.

    Ride safe, thanks for posting, safe travels, and ................ SUBSCRIBED.
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  17. Watercat

    Watercat . . . gravity sucks

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  18. BigDogAdventures

    BigDogAdventures Fart Letter

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    Here is a video I took of us at Guadelupe hot springs.
    It was taken with a Garmin Virb camera------works very similar to a Go-Pro.
    Watching Road Dad order 4 Tecates in this video makes me really wish he was
    able to ride the entire ride with us---he's a hoot.
    What happened to him I'm sure High Five will tell---so hang on.

    Be sure and select HD if you have the speed.

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  19. docwyte

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    In for another Baja report!
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  20. fotobo

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    :clap Definitely in for this one. This has got to be good with the two best ride reporters.
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