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

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

  1. BigDogAdventures

    BigDogAdventures Fart Letter

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    This picture is kind of interesting------when me and Gaspipe were at the Borja Mission in 2007----I also then got up on the roof-----and in this picture they were rebuilding the wall up there.
    Also---look in the upper right corner of this picture---that is where all the stone came from to build the mission in the first place.

    So Before in 2007
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    And after it was finished---notice how they put black stones in the mortar joints.

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  2. Ladybug

    Ladybug Bug Sister

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    Ahhhhhhhh Baja!!!!

    A little late to the party but I made it.

    Now I want to visit the Old Mill, I already had the shipwreck on my wish list and your report just adds more to that list. Camping at the Mission is on my to do list as well. Retirement isn't coming soon enough.

    And stop talking about pie because now I want pie too. :lol3

    OK I'll shut up and let you carry on because you are doing an excellent job.
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  3. BigDogAdventures

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    Hi Lady bug------hope you get to the mission---and the Mill.

    If you go to the mission----traveling East ---right before you get to it there is a road (to the left) and a sign pointing you to the Bay Of La. We didn't go that way but it's an option if you want to. And we heard it was easy.
    We didn't take pictures of it---but we were astounded that a really big Mercedes sprinter tour bus was there when we got there.
    I don't know how it got down that road------easy on any dualsport big or small.

    Will see you in Montana later this year--don't let me down :D:D

    BigDog
  4. Ladybug

    Ladybug Bug Sister

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    I put in for vacation for Montana. You guys need someone to laugh at.

    Bgunn, Live2Ride, and their dad took me to the Mission in 2008 and I want to return and camp there. We came in from Bay of LA, the ride was beautiful and easy although there were a few sections I wouldn't want to take a Sprinter though.
  5. fotobo

    fotobo KTM rider

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    Really appreciate the tracks Mark. I too wish everyone would do that. I used your tracks for the Mainland of Mexico several years ago and it worked out great. I plan to do Baja next year and these will be invaluable. Thanks again.
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  6. fotobo

    fotobo KTM rider

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    So was Rufus able to keep up with you on his Wing?
  7. Cannonshot

    Cannonshot Having a Nice Time Super Moderator

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    What a great ride! Superb planning. The photos are fantastic as is the report itself! Thanks for sharing the GPX so we can follow along! :thumb
  8. BigDogAdventures

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    You are so welcome Brian.
    Countdown will straighten my gps files out :rofl:rofl:rofl:rofl
    I'm right now adding a wad of waypoints to that file that will be very helpful----so I'll re-post the gps file again---and probably replace the one on post 50. Adding places we ate--rode on the sand---and a lot of other stuff.
    BigDog
  9. BigDogAdventures

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    New gps file---lot's more helpful waypoints. I replaced the one in post 50 also.

    Attached Files:

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  10. Cannonshot

    Cannonshot Having a Nice Time Super Moderator

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    :photog

    Thanks for the updated file!
  11. DingWeed

    DingWeed Been here awhile

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    Awesome Job Guys!!!.......I am thinking......is it time to go back yet??
  12. HighFive

    HighFive Never Tap-Out

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    No Problemo! When was Rufus ever slow?

    HF
  13. HighFive

    HighFive Never Tap-Out

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    Thanks for your kind comments, Cannonshot. Always glad to have you riding shotgun!

    And, thanks to everyone who is following and/or posting comments. Feel free to ask any questions at any time.

    Sorry I've not been able to acknowledge each and every one. Been quite busy just trying to sort out the photos and get them uploaded for the RR.

    HF :wave
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  14. Cannonshot

    Cannonshot Having a Nice Time Super Moderator

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    It sure is a lot more work than it seems. Great work!
  15. HighFive

    HighFive Never Tap-Out

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    DAY 7

    As I lay in my sleeping bag with Paco the Chihuahua snuggled next to me, I watched the sunrise on the Mission Borja. I pondered how many people had done the same thing nearly three centuries ago. Jose’ told us there were about 1,500 people living in the valley here, back in the day. Bet people gathered around the Mission and slept on this same dirt spot.

    The road back to Rosarito is gnarly and fun to ride. Es muy hermosa all the way to town. That means it was gorgeous, for all you Gringos, and here’s the proof:

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    I took this shot along that route and I’m quite certain its my most favorite photo of the whole trip!

    We returned to Maurico’s for breakfast, because it got three thumbs up the prior day from Tres Hombres.

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    We invited a solo bicycle rider to join us. His name is Gianluca (pronounced John-Luke-A), and he’s from Milan Italy. He started his trip in Hollywood, bringing his bicycle across the pond, on the plane.

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    A very neat guy….he has toured quite a bit of the world by bicycle, and is currently pedaling down to Cabo San Lucas, where he will fly home. Check out his website: www.planetrekking.it Some good stuff there!

    We had a long slab run today, which was fortunately cut short, after a chance encounter with two Mexican’s in an old truck. We were stopped along the highway discussing options when they rolled up and passed thru a closed gate. I approached them to see if this was a private ranch or something we could ride. Many words were exchanged, NONE of which were understood by either party. They closed the gate behind them and sped off, while I reported back to Team BigDog that it was “No Problemo……Vamanos Amigos!’

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    So, we chased after them like we owned the place!

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    Finally caught them when they got stuck. Its a long story…..and sort of our fault. But, at least we help push them out of the deep sand. And you probably thought the road didn’t look so sandy. Its MSTIL! That’s Spanish for Much Sandier Than It Looks! Spanish words have multiple meanings, I’ve fast learned, depending upon what you are talking about.


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    We caught them again, when they had to fix a flat.


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    This game of leap-frog went own for a couple hours….as they passed us back way down the road while we were taking a break. It was hilarious because the chances of us all going the same direction seemed very small.

    Did you notice DingWeed on my KTM 450 XC-W? Yup, he gave it a spin. I would tell you he liked it, but I don’t want to still his thunder. Oops….reckon I just did.


    We finally arrived at Bahia Asuncion late in the day. BigDog was on the hunt sniffing out another old waypoint he had archived 20 years earlier. The Blowhole Bed & Breakfast. We went round and round searching for it, until he hit pay dirt.

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    La Bufadora is Spanish for “Blow-hole”. And, right on the other side of this house is this:

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    A hole in the rock which shoots the water up when the surf rolls in. Its uncanny how Mark does this. These old waypoints he has aren’t really GPS coordinates, per se. They are more like “suggestions”…….just pins he has dropped onto his map with a label that says, “Find It”. And, he never recalls why he put it there, exactly. Felt like we were on a Scavenger Hunt much of the time. Great fun!

    I said “house” because that’s what it really is. The word “Hotel” is painted on the side of the building, but he only has a few humble rooms for about $35 each.

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    And it didn’t take BigDog long to find the sundeck to start working on his tan.

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    And, I’m ALL IN!

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    es Bello A la Juntos con Amigos!


    HF :freaky


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  16. Bgunn

    Bgunn Mucha distancia

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    This looks like a good fit....Of course the Yamaha is just starting to get broken in.

    Been to Baja many times, but you guys know where to go !





  17. motowest

    motowest Two-wheeled Adventurer

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    Good stuff so far! Thanks for posting the gps tracks also --- will come in handy when it's time to ride Baja!
  18. RoadDad

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    Ok-Ok------I won't say anything about the orange coolaid bikes again. I've learned my lesson. At least until the next time! What I have done though is a pumpectomy on my 45,000 mile fuel pump. Took it out to my dealer and Keith and I dissected the filter. The first pic shows how good a job it had done filtering out the gunk in all that fuel. The inner layers of the filter were completely layered with what felt like a solid vinyl coating that blocked the fuel flow. Our theory is that as the fuel level in the tank dropped below the actual pump motor this restriction on the filter caused the motor, now sitting above the fuel level, to overheat and shut off on its thermal overload. Each time I added fuel from each of three emergency bottles the bike ran fine until the fuel level once again dropped below the fuel pump motor. The bike also ran fine after filling the tank south of Mexicalli on my 25 mile ride back to El Centro and my van. Seems the fuel kept the pump cool as long as it was covered by fuel. On my return to Indiana I replaced the pump with a new spare that I purchased a few years ago for about $250--Ouch! Don't like that---so I started looking on eBay and found the replacement pump shown in the second picture. This unit even includes two filters--only one fits the Wr pump. That unit cost me a whole $370 pesos---Yup $370 pesos! In American dooo-lars that's about $20 bucks. So, from now on, I will replace the pump motor and filter about every 20,000 miles. Lots cheaper than that pickup ride back to Mexicalli. Hey Mark--when we going back? I'm hungry for a burrito. CIMG4676.JPG CIMG4683.JPG
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  19. skierd

    skierd Wannabe Far-Rider

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    :lurk

    Been a while since I've read a RR, let alone do a ride of my own, glad to see some familiar faces out tearing it up. I'm hoping to drag my brother-in-laws to Baja in the next couple years, if I can get them off Harley's anyway.

    Keep it coming!
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  20. BigDogAdventures

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    Where you been buying your gas-----------Mexico ???????? :rofl:rofl:rofl:rofl:rofl:rofl
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