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

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

  1. DingWeed

    DingWeed Been here awhile

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    A Fantastic Day!!!........"just a sittin on the dock of the bay, watchin time roll away" just kept going thru my head.......over and over!!!
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  2. LeeU

    LeeU Been here awhile

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    Did anyone check Mark's bags when you came out of Baja to make sure he didn't stock up on the toilet paper from those trash cans next to the toilets?? Just wondering!!!
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  3. dirtrider

    dirtrider Dusty Adventurer

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    Excellent. Looking forward to the rest.
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  4. BigDogAdventures

    BigDogAdventures Fart Letter

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    I ain't got room for toilet paper----packin' lite you know :rofl:imaposer
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  5. HighFive

    HighFive Never Tap-Out

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    Oark Cafe update: Good news & Bad news.....brace yourself.
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    The Good: The place is still open.
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    The Bad: They have less pie now.

    Rode 385 miles today with my good buddy Rufus. My Terra ran superb and everyone at Oark Cafe was jealous of it. :deal

    Intermission is over, let's get back to BAJA!

    HF :thumbup
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  6. Tragic Overlander

    Tragic Overlander Adventurer

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    High 5,
    Do you think they can make some more PIE in the next 2 weeks:dukegirl? I'm headed that way to ride the eastern portion of the TAT soon. I'll hit you up on the blast through OK:dutch.

    Dave
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  7. DiggerD

    DiggerD DougFir from SuperDuke Days

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    Nice winter break!
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    Gracias.
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  8. HighFive

    HighFive Never Tap-Out

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    Day 5

    Mark is right, we all three really hated to leave The Old Mill. If someone had suggested "Rest Day", it would have received a unanimous vote.

    So after eating and sleeping.....we decided to get serious about more eating!

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    Breakfast in El Rosario es muy muy bueno! I think that's the first "double" muy of the trip.

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    Pushing inland again, more mountains got in our way.

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    BigDog discovered his fork seal was leaking, and made a quick fix borrowing a seal saver thingy-ma-jigger from the DingWeed.

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    I think it was the only maintenance he had to perform on his shiny new KTM 350EXC during the whole trip. Other than chain lube & tire pressure adjustments. In fact, BOTH KTMs are still running strong. I only experienced one solitary "stumble" on mine which I believe was induced by vapor lock in the fuel tank. That fancy check-valve cap vent was the culprit......solved by replacing with a simple open tube.

    I was usually taking the rear position, because I enjoy the smell of dust in the morning.

    Somewhere along this stretch....

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    ....I encountered the following scene:

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    Another one of these "X" marks the spot stories. I thought we had this all behind us. Hhhmmm.......

    "Over there" must be something mighty important:

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    So, I drew a line in the sand and DARED them to cross it.

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    And the rest is history!

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    HOLY SMOKES!!!

    Its all I can think to say.

    HF :thumbup:thumbup:thumbup:thumbup:thumbup
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  9. Skratchy

    Skratchy Been here awhile

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    Always enjoy your ride reports. This one is extra special. Can't wait to get to Baja.
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  10. FJZ80

    FJZ80 n00b

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    Looks like a great ride. Any chance I could get a full GPS track at some point? I'm mostly interested in the first few days.
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  11. BigDogAdventures

    BigDogAdventures Fart Letter

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    It's in post #50 FJ.

    BigDog
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  12. HighFive

    HighFive Never Tap-Out

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    The trail today was truly magnificent. I didn't want it to end....

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    It was here that I began to feel & smell the ocean again. That always stirs some excitement within me. You sense it, before you see it yet.

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    Then, it appears....

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    I think that is my favorite photo of the whole trip! (riding thru the birds)

    We are on a very desolate stretch, probably 100 miles from any town. Seemed like a good place to camp!

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    Camping on the edge of life!

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    We could feel the power of the ocean here, as the huge breakers would come crashing in relentlessly. It seemed different than other places. A bit more wild & untamed, and I loved it.

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    They did too!

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    Tonight would be epic....one we will never forget.

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    I've NEVER seen so many stars in my entire life. Must be what it looks like in outer space.

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    THIS was my favorite day of the whole trip!

    HF :deal

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  13. BigDogAdventures

    BigDogAdventures Fart Letter

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    Aw-----you said that everyday !!!!

    What I remember very well from that nite on the ocean (Pacific side by the way). Was how loud the ocean was----it was really loud------and when in your tent (or bivvy) it sounded like the wind was howling and it was raining hard. It was hard for me not to think it was not doing just that----------but no wind and no rain------it was so weird.

    BigDog
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  14. BigDogAdventures

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    Here's a short video of Day 5

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  15. BMWBUD

    BMWBUD Cancer SUX, Life is Good

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    Fantastic RR as usual.

    We met last year at the McDonalds in Nashville. You were loaded up and headed out to Idaho. Seems like you must have survived that trip!

    I need to get rid of my GS and get something smaller.
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  16. BigDogAdventures

    BigDogAdventures Fart Letter

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    Hey BMW Bud,
    Not sure if you were talking about me or HF ???
    Nashville Illinois ????? I live near there.

    BigDog
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  17. BigDogAdventures

    BigDogAdventures Fart Letter

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    One thing about riding------it's always a continual learning experience-----at least for me it is.

    Riding with HF was such a learning experience for me-------when he talks I listen.

    He turned me on to some neat mods to my bike----a replacement kickstand for one on my KTM-----as the chinese scooter reject of a kickstand that comes on EXC's was just about to break off. It's history-------Pro Moto Billet all the way.

    I put this on as soon as I got home.
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    Also I struggled badly in the sand and after hearing HF talk about riding in the sand (with him wearing dingweeds helmet camera) with a steering damper I'm sure I figured out my problem.

    I had my steering damper cranked hard---for riding in the baby head rocks-----and that worked.

    However I left it that way in the deep sand-----the bike needs to wiggle under you in those conditions---and the handlebars need to move pretty easily for the bike to do that. My bike just wouldn't to that. I'm so mad at myself for not realizing.

    Or--------I'm old---------yeh--------that's it .

    BigDog
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  18. BMWBUD

    BMWBUD Cancer SUX, Life is Good

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    Yes, Nashville, IL and yes you!

    You had your van loaded up and headed west.

    We chatted for a few minutes and I said I was headed to Ouray, you said you were done with CO as it was too crowded and headed out to where you could ride and not keep running into others on the trails.
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  19. HighFive

    HighFive Never Tap-Out

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    Well, I suppose they could.....if you called ahead and begged.

    Hope we get to see you at Rancho HighFive. Shoot me a PM with details. We'll leave the light on for you.

    Scott
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  20. HighFive

    HighFive Never Tap-Out

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    DAY 6

    Hard to leave this spot….that statement seems overused. But we got rolling early, with another long day of riding ahead.

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    We rode along the coast for many hours, and it looked like this most of the way.

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    At times, we would be swallowed by dense fog and get chilled to the bone!

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    We came across a popular surfing spot…..WAY out there….in the middle of nowhere. I rode down there to see if anyone was making Tacos. Several nice folks just “bumming” it on the Surf, for a month or two. Real friendly, but we already missed breakfast. They were ready to hit the waves.

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    When we reentered civilization, we did the Taco thing at Maurico’s (Mmmmbueno!), and did the Tienda thing (camp food supplies).

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    And, did the Gasolina en la jug-A thing:

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    I’m getting spoiled buy these full service fuel stops. I waited a full 5 minutes in Yuma on my drive home, and NOBODY came over to fill up my tank. No Bueno!


    BigDog was on a mission to find a Mission. And, we eventually did…..down a long sandy rocky back-road.

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    I had seen photos of this in other ride reports, but was still surprised how impressive it is in person. The caretaker is Jose’ and his family is very friendly.

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    He is a skilled mason and been doing most of the restoration work himself, over the past several years. He showed us around and explained how he & his family did the work, much of which looked very difficult.

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    He even let Mark ring the bell.

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    But it cost him…..he got put to work in the fields!

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    Tired and plum worn out, I think they went to bed at 7pm.

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    I stayed up a while longer scratching Paco behind the ears.....a very cool Chihuahua dog that took a liking to me. Or, was it the beef jerky?

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