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

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

  1. XTWalt

    XTWalt Been here awhile

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    Fantastic pics guys - really nice work. And BigDog, your EXE sounds SICK!

    See you in June Dingweeds.
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  2. ADVDucs33

    ADVDucs33 Been here awhile

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    Sub'd!

    Doing a honeymoon Baja moto trip later this year and your thread is giving us ideas! I can't find Mikes on google maps though.

    Awesome!
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  3. AteamNM

    AteamNM Wonna Be ADVrider

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    The disease takes me to the NMBDR soon. But need more Baja report here.
    Scott followed the 7 'P's". Prior Proper Preparation Prevents Piss Poor Performance. Bike and equipment prep is key to surviving Baja. HighFive spent many hours preparing his bike and body for the trip. No issues as a result.
    Oh and those picture. Dreamy.
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  4. BigDogAdventures

    BigDogAdventures Fart Letter

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    It's not on google maps--------order you up a paper map of Baja--------I've never seen one that Mikes place isn't on the map.
    But----When on route 3 in Baja----about 10 miles East of Cardenas (Pemex and motel there) there is a sign for Mikes------you'd have to be blind not to see it.
    Or coming from the East the turnoff on route 3 at the sign is about 35 miles West of Route 5.
    Go south about 20 miles to Mikes.
    It's a dirt road---I've been on it when it's buttery smooth---and a couple weeks ago it's a rutted up road that will rattle you a bit.
    It's about 3,200 ft. elevation at the turnoff and you'll climb to about 4,000 ft. at Mikes.


    BigDog
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  5. HighFive

    HighFive Never Tap-Out

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    Day 4

    Today is a VERY important day, I would soon learn. DingWeed would break new ground instead of his ribs, as we approached the point of his surrender from three years earlier. Since he wanted to top off his tank for the assault, we hit the first taco stand encountered.

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    A surprisingly clean operation on a rather dusty street. The proprietor, Omar, was the best host ever! He spoke good English, and only served plates of spectacular from his pot of whatever. So good, we all ordered Do-Overs! And, he made us some kind of hot cinnamon latte coffee drink that was pure heaven in the morning! My Taco count was now nine and counting….

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    Onward into the mountains we go. Beeg Dog’A had a long remote mountain route planned for us today.

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    “X” marks the spot. I’ll leave it to them to share their story.


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    I'll only say that BigDog rounded up some local trash and offered DingWeed a proper symbolic toast. Quite classy, I thought.

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    Later on, we hit an impasse. The hurricane had torn up the roads in this remote area so badly, that it was dicey to press our luck further. Some stunning cunning by BigDog soon had us rerouted back toward the Pacific. Stay flexible and improvise. Its all good here. Very VERY good, as you can see.


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    I think these are my two favorite photos I shot on the trip:


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    This scene captures so much of what it feels like to ride in Baja. Drink it in and imagine you are here…..soon it may become your own reality!

    Big And Just Astonishing!


    HF :thumbup
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  6. advmoto66

    advmoto66 Ride On!

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    Awesome RR HighFive, serious riders envy going on..... I took BD's gpx files and will be following your route sooner then later.:y0! taking notes.
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  7. BigDogAdventures

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    Yep it was right here almost 2 years to the day----after Scott had broke his ribs near Mikes Sky ranch.
    I begged him to go home----and he just didn't want to give up. He was in pain---bad pain.
    So we soldiered on with the route I had laid out.
    The terrrain was tuff on a guy with a few broken ribs----and it was right here after Dingweeds got twisted up in a deep rut and had to flex his rib cage that he declared he could go no more---and we retreated to find easier routes and maybe let him heal a bit.
    So X marks the spot where we turned back that day 2 years ago.
    But today we went on.

    On the left I tried to draw a skull and crossbones in the dirt---but it didn't turn out so hot. Looked like a dog chasing a 3 legged cat.

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  8. AteamNM

    AteamNM Wonna Be ADVrider

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    :-)

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  9. Bgunn

    Bgunn Mucha distancia

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    Good job guys....Good on you Scott for getting back after it! Big Dog what is your impression of the 350? My WR is mucho reliable, but that KTM looks real nice.
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  10. BigDogAdventures

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    More Day 4

    In Calamju we got gas that morning-----and got all of our bikes polished.
    I admired this fellow------he never said a word---and never asked for anything.
    I think Scott left him 1 American dollar.
    Man-----------at the end of the day he was making more than a union plumber---and no overhead.

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    I never had my seat polished before-----it needed it.

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    And out in the wilderness we went ---I think it was called "Area Natural Protegida".

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    I went down that hill behind me and wondered if I could climb it--------if I had too.
    I had too.
    It was steep----only one line--rutted---and boulder infested----I'd have to have my A game on----and I'm a D-..
    And my 2 buddies waited up there for the buzzards to get me. :D:D:D
    "I bet you 200 peso's he don't make it--------your on"

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    And later that day we arrived at the old Mill.
    A waypoint I put in my gps mapping software probably 15 years ago----what was it.

    Man this was nice.
    My bike is so nice and clean---but it doesn't stay that way very long.

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    And off come the pants.

    Adios Pantelones-----------a reoccurring theme on this ride.
    You will get tired of "Adios Pantelones" before this ride is thru.
    I've seen very old men in nursing homes running around naked---is this the way it starts ???:dunno:dunno


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  11. BigDogAdventures

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    Well------the KTM is a dirt bike and is much lighter----and handles ruff stuff much better.
    But I would have been happy on my WR too.
    I never touched anything on the ride. Never changed the oil-----never cleaned the air filter.

    Will it run 94,000 miles like Road Dads WR250R has---with just a new fuel pump-----------no.

    This was a first for me packing camping gear and traveling 2,000 miles on a dirt bike-----I didn't know if I knew how---but have learned a lot of stuff on this site------it all worked out.

    Sure miss seeing you and your dad.

    Day 4 video uploading as I type.

    BigDog
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  12. billmaxx97

    billmaxx97 Adventurer

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    Already checked it out on your BLOG. But ill follow along again
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  13. TwilightZone

    TwilightZone Long timer

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    Wow... it's green down there !!! El Nino ?
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  14. BigDogAdventures

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    Here's a video of some early and mid Day 4 stuff.
    Got my good helmet cam on now.

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  15. Mesa KTM

    Mesa KTM Adventurer

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    When you left the Old Mill and headed south inland were you able to make it past the blue palms? Three years ago it was too washed out and our by pass took us west of them.
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  16. mbabc

    mbabc Curmudgeon trainee

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    Great report guys. Sucks about Jerry!

    Carry on.
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  17. HighFive

    HighFive Never Tap-Out

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    When we got back to the coast, we hunted down the "Old Mill", as Mark mentioned. It was a nice place that has been around a long while. Clean, secure rooms for only 500 pesos (about $25 or so). Pay in Pesos down here, even if they ask for US cash. You get a better deal for your money, trust me.

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    Its a pretty spot, out on a point near some famous oyster farms. You can go over there and buy all the fresh oysters you want CHEAP! We didn't, but I wish we had. I love fresh oysters on the half shell. A guest from Oregon (in room next to me) said its where McCormick & Schmitt buy oysters for their famous restaurants in the PNW (Seattle). So, this was a neat find.

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    Its a fisherman's paradise here, and they book a lot of deep sea fishing trips off the Old Mill dock. And apparently, the "locals" agree, as we watched this fellow catch fish all around us.

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    A couple of Mexican lads were testing their bravado on the pier. It was fun to watch.

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    It was extremely difficult to climb up onto this post, not to mention keep your balance. Only one of the boys was finally successful, and I got the shot!

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    There is a very nice restaurant on this large deck, right next to the rooms. And, we felt obliged to partake.

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    Like I said: The best food.....The nicest people....and The cheapest prices. Viva la Baja!

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    I think today has been my favorite day!

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    HF :thumbup
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  18. woodly1069

    woodly1069 Long timer

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    I will second Mark's comments, I have wanted to ride Baja for what seems like forever. You guys seemed to enjoy it so much maybe it will make our crew head that direction!
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  19. HighFive

    HighFive Never Tap-Out

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    Gone riding! Doing this RR is making me miss the trail. Think I'll fire up my Husky Terra & head over to the Oark Cafe for some pie!

    Arkansas ain't know BAJA, but it'll do today, I reckon. Probably be there around Noon (+/-) if any Hillbillies are lurking.

    HF :thumbup

    p.s. 70 degrees & sunny here.....like Baja.
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  20. BigDogAdventures

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    Before we go on to the next day-----there is much more to be said about the Old Mill place we stayed at.

    This place was a real Mill-----and it got it's power from the sea----as the Mill needs fast moving water like a creek or river.
    But how can it do that you ask ??????

    In the picture below is an inlet to the Bay there-----------it used to be a lot narrower when the Mill was operational years ago and believe if or not when the tides roll in and out the water moves very fast----------it still looks like a fast moving river now even tho the gap is much wider -----as it has washed out over the years----------this is all very fascinating to me.

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    We were warned not to jump in and swim here----as the fast moving water could over power you.

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    So we just enjoyed for hours sitting in the sun---watching all the sea life. And watching the tide move very fast in front of us.
    Once a sea lion came up with a fish and held it up high in the air and dared the birds to take it from him---------and they tried.

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    Anyway the rooms were cheap-------the food was so good and again----------we didn't want to leave.

    I copied and pasted this info about the Mill------it is very interesting.

    Welcome to the Old Mill Hotel, located in beautiful San Quintin, Baja California,about 200 miles south of the
    international border at the headwaters of San Quintin Bay. The Old Mill is named for the wheat mill established
    by the English colonists around the turn of the 19th century. Many pieces of the original machinery still remain on the premises.
    A long drought forced the English to abandon the mill. Then in the late 1940’s, the Mexican Government established a cannery at the location where tuna, sardines,
    and mackerel were canned until the early 1970’s. Al Vela,
    the cannery manager at the time, along with his wife, Dorothy, started a modest hotel that
    catered to fishermen and hunters and from there the Old Mill evolved into what it is today.


    The San Quintin area enjoys spring-like weather most of the time. Temperatures rarely go above 85F during
    the summer months and in winter the days are mild with cool nights. Rain can occur Nov-Feb.


    For the fishing enthusiast there are yellow-tail, yellow fin, dorado, bonita, shark, halibut , rock cod, black and white sea bass,
    and marlin in the waters off the Baja. San Martin Island and Ben’s Rock are two popular destinations off of coast.
    There is a launch ramp on the premises at no charge. Pangas (boats) and cruisers are available from area sportfishing businesses.
    The prices vary depending on the size of the boat. A fishing license is required of all persons on a boat.


    There is excellent goose (Black Brandt) and duck hunting on the bay. Season: Nov 16-Feb 28. Hunting is allowed only on Friday,
    Saturday, and Sunday. Pangas and guides are available in the area and of course gun permits and hunting licenses are required.


    Besides fishing and hunting, there are opportunities for sight-seeing, taking photos, bird watching (the bay is a bird sanctuary
    where over 168 species winter each year), visiting an oyster farm in nearby Bahia Falsa,
    claming, hiking, kayaking, canoeing, riding your all-terrain vehicle, swimming, reading,
    sun bathing, and just plain relaxing in the peaceful environment.
    We have ample parking for your car, boat, rv, or atv in our security gaurded lot.
    There are a number of very good restaurants nearby with very reasonable prices.
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