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

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

  1. bsheet2

    bsheet2 Been here awhile

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    Been thinking about BAHA. Definitely will follow this trip report. Lookin good so far!

    Ok, learnings so far. Carry spare fuel pump for WRR.
    Don't talk bad about other people's bikes.
    Learn how to spell Baja so I can find it on a map.
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  2. Bonnie & Clyde

    Bonnie & Clyde Wishing I was riding RTW

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  3. jonz

    jonz Miles are my mantra

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    I'm in - I was hoping to run into (figuratively speaking) you guys down in Baja. Since that didn't happen, glad to have your report.
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  4. chabon

    chabon Been here awhile

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    Haha, I carried a spare pump for thousands of miles. Even posted on Megathread how my 08 pump never failed with 25000 miles and was not going to carry the spare pump anymore. I left for Canada the next day, pump went out 600 miles from home. Nursed it another 4000 miles to finish my trip. Just kept it full of gas, and quit riding when it got hot in the afternoon. Off to Baja next week, debating whether to carry my spare pump :)
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  5. HighFive

    HighFive Never Tap-Out

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    We said our Adios's to Road Dad and headed down to the town of Cardenas to refuel. BigDog had scoped out some uber secret, backdoor route, up the mountain to Mike's Sky Ranch.....and we would be his guinea pigs. It was a rutted out old road that got steep in places, and obviously wasn't seeing much traffic. PERFECT!

    Too busy to snap any photos in the thick of it, we were racing shadows by the time we intersected with the main road. But, I managed to catch a couple in the last few miles before reaching Mike's.

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    The scenery is breathtaking as you climb the mountain up to 5,000 ft. elevation. And, what's not to love about Mike's Sky Ranch?

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    And LOOK who we found waiting on us.......our best new friends Mike & Meredith, from California!

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    We had a great time together for yet another evening.

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    A fantastic Steak dinner was served. I thought I took a photo of the steak, but I can't seem to find it. Dinner at Mike's was the bomb!

    And here's the infamous Thermorest mattress that is probably now on permanent display in BigDog's trophy room at home:

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    Mike's Sky Ranch gets two thumbs up from me!

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    A bit pricey at $70 (US) for the night, but that's All Inclusive with Dinner & Breakfast (the next morning). Hot showers, a nice bed, and the coolest old fashioned oil heater to warm up the room. Good thing we had a certified pipe-fitter licensed to operate ours. No midnight maid service was required.

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    HF :thumbup
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  6. LeeU

    LeeU Been here awhile

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    You guys traveled really light!! Did anyone even have a toothbrush????
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  7. BigDogAdventures

    BigDogAdventures Fart Letter

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    For those that have never been to Mikes Sky Ranch---it's way up in the mountains and is usually very cool to maybe
    freezing this time of year.
    Here is a video I shot riding to the ranch.
    It's a dirt road all the way there--------pretty rutted up this time---and the roads going south out of there
    are a whole different ballgame. Pretty rough stuff.
    There's a few ways South---ruff, more ruff, really ruff----and break a rib ruff.
    We took what I hope was a bit easier way out of there than last time and went to the Coyote ranch for a visit.
    Select HD if you have the speed. Sorry about the noise---I get out my good helmet camera a little later---perfect sound.

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  8. Tragic Overlander

    Tragic Overlander Adventurer

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    High 5, we were considering missing Mike's, but thanks to you guys we went there. I agree, it was well worth it!
    Thank you!
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  9. BigDogAdventures

    BigDogAdventures Fart Letter

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    Yes we had one----cut it down to 2" long---and shared it. :imaposer:imaposer
    But as when the moon came out------so did my teeth.
    We didn't carry any toilet paper---there was always plenty in the waste baskets everywhere we went. :topes:ostrich


    Hell------when I use to ride with Gaspipe--------he only had 2 teeth.
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    BigDog
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  10. BigDogAdventures

    BigDogAdventures Fart Letter

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    If anyone wants to follow along here's the edited gps file of our ride.
    I wish everyone would do this-----it's fun to follow along this way.

    Attached Files:

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  11. msteward

    msteward Been here awhile

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    Midnight maid service was another 70 US dollars.
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  12. satchmo3

    satchmo3 Been here awhile

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    Hey Scott,
    I'm the guy who gave you some oil and air filter cleaner in San Ignacio. Great to to meet you all, and I'm enjoying this RR !!
    Marc
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  13. advmoto66

    advmoto66 Ride On!

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    BD these work great I have been using these for twenty years and they come in a variety of lengths.
    Giant Loop makes a similar version but they use a plastic buckle vs voile which uses metal. Plus Giant Loop wants to much for their version. If you google you can find some cheaper pricing. I like the 18" and the 32" versions. I have ten straps of varying lengths .
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  14. HighFive

    HighFive Never Tap-Out

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    Day 3

    We departed Mike's Sky Ranch when we jolly well pleased, I reckon. "Time of day" doesn't seem to matter in Baja. Headed up a steep rocky climb directly out of Mike's parking lot, which was a lot of fun. I got to ride it twice, since BigDog kept sending me out like a Scout to inform them of the "conditions".

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    Secretly, I think they just wanted me to chase off the Banditos. Probably figured if I didn't come back, then it was NOT safe to proceed, and they should rapidly reverse course. Its why I was burning more fuel than they were. Or, maybe that was due to uncorking my constipated pony during these occasions. No doubt, I was having a grand time of it!

    All the back and forth leap frogging let me work on my photography a bit more.....for shots like this:

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    One special note of thanks is due here, to BigDog & DingWeed. They have graciously shared their photos for this Report, so its a Team effort of course. And, the Videos are great, Mark. Keep them coming!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I loved how often the scenery changed. Seemed every turn or hill would lead you into a different type of terrain.

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    And the mountains....I mean MOUNTAINS.....are huge! I didn't realize they were so BIG and so often in Baja. I love mountains.

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    It was right here where DingWeed had a crash....on the way to the Coyote Ranch:

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    I saw the whole thing. Plenty of room on each side, but his horse got ornery....fighting the bit, and ran right into the drainage rut. While trying to rein her back under control, that stubborn pony bucked DingWeed right over the bars! The Gentle Giant did a complete flip in the air and landed flat on his new hip.

    When I got down there for assistance, all I could say was: "I think this is a Werthers moment!" And reached out my hand with this:

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    It seemed to work, as he came back to life with a smile. And, we would have a lot more "Werthers Moments" during the rest of this trip.

    DingWeed had brought this huge bag of Werthers candies, and kept distributing handfuls to us early on. I just kept filling the pockets of my KLIM Dakar pants with them. Figured they'd come in handy sometime or another. Now, I don't think I can ever travel again without some Werthers candy on hand.

    The Coyote Ranch was not far away, and we were soon enjoying a cold coke on their nice spread....DingWeed no worse for the wear.

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    Decent Cabins and plenty of tent space. We all liked it here....very peaceful. Except when the Baja 1000 is racing by. The course often runs right thru the Ranch here, according to our host.

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    Further ahead the temperature began dropping rapidly, and we began smelling the ocean air long before we could see it. And, making it to the edge of the Pacific Ocean for the first time in Baja was simply exhilarating!

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    Onward down the coastline, and we encounter the Shipwreck, and I get the obligatory shots:

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    We encounter many huge washouts along the coastal road. Apparently, the last hurricane really wrecked havoc inland, and many repairs are still needed.

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    MSTIL

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    That's Spanish for "Much Steeper Than It Looks".

    The hard day's work pays a sweet reward!

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    Pirates Cove was the name of the place.....close to Camalu. GET there, STAY there, EAT there! Fantastic place with marble floors and great food. I think I paid 450 pesos for my room. That's about $23 (US).

    I used the BigDog Mexican Slide-Rule for all my monetary conversions. Mark has got this thing figured out. Just drop the last digit on the pesos, and divide what remains in half. "Close enough", says el Perro Grande. And, he ain't lying.

    Example: 500 Pesos yields 50 divided by 2 equals $25 (US).

    Genius....pure genius!

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    HF :thumbup
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  15. HighFive

    HighFive Never Tap-Out

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    Rut-Roh....Spoiler Alert! Satchmo3 is one of the coolest guys we met in Baja! BUT, I'm going to save the story for later. You won't believe it.

    Thanks for popping in, Marc, and following along. Appreciate what you did for me so very much. Would love to hear about your exploits around Todos Santos sometime. Shoot me a PM and/or a link to an RR, if you do one. I'd like to stay in contact with you. I owe you a big one, bro!

    Scott
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  16. HighFive

    HighFive Never Tap-Out

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    Hi Tony, glad you're following along. A big THANK YOU for the hospitality when I was homeward bound! Found ATeamNM on ADV Tent Space. He was a most gracious host. We're old friends from the Observed Trials circuit. Tony is a great rider, and has been competing in the USA National Championship series for over 20 years. We've gone head to head many times. He's caught ADV Disease.....there is no cure, only treatment!

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    Someone at work asked me if I was a little scared going to Baja, Mexico. I said, "Yes.....I have to pass through Albuquerque!." Its a very dangerous town. The ATeam probably saved my life, truth be known.

    HF :thumbup:thumbup
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  17. tricepilot

    tricepilot El Gran Payaso

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    Betchyo Azz I'll Join for this Adventure!!

    Anything Mark & Co reports on, especially in Mexico, I am all in

    Nice KTM Mexico set up. This is mine:

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    Keep it coming HF & hermanitos :beer
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  18. _Magoo_

    _Magoo_ master of disaster....

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    :lurksubscribed! (gotta watch out for that ATeam feller....:deal)
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  19. bigdon

    bigdon Long timer

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  20. bluemtnridr

    bluemtnridr Been here awhile

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    Darn Road Dog, after reading about the jinx I spent the morning doing the antipumpjinx dance around my wr. Don't know if it worked or not but it did start raining.
    Great RR and pichures
    JD
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