The Baja Wan-Thousand: A Quick Trip to the Tip

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by LittleWan, Mar 1, 2013.

  1. tilliejacques

    tilliejacques Been here awhile

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    I've been lurking along here :lurk but I have to de-lurk to tell you what a wonderful RR this is and how much I've enjoyed following along on your trip.

    So much that, now that this one is over :cry, I think I'll have to bravely carry on :roflby going back and reading your older RRs! :D

    Thank you! :clap
  2. cuneesity

    cuneesity Ferendo

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    I grew up on the that original version in the early '70s and thought it was lost forever.

    The Cake version is one of the best ever......:clap
  3. AteamNM

    AteamNM Wonna Be ADVrider

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    Hub huba Wans Team :clap We came from the other way and came down the hill. This is where Keven came to the ravine and said oh shit. I think you route would be more difficult to navigate. But then you guys are on adventure trials bikes.

    This:


    We needed to cross this ravine -
    it looked like most people went here...

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    Over to that section there.

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    This is where we came down.


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    Great report, bravo.
  4. Syntroxis

    Syntroxis Adventurer

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    It was so much fun having another great report. Thanks for all the effort sharing with us. :clap:clap:clap:clap
  5. joefromsf

    joefromsf Dark Happens

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    Another Wan ride report comes to an end. :cry The country goes back to work and the stock market resumes its rise. :lol3
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  6. oregoncoast

    oregoncoast Racing Like a Noob

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  7. MeinMotorrad

    MeinMotorrad Long timer

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    :cry

    I'm going to miss this report. I'll miss the tacos and the doggies too.
  8. Hermy

    Hermy Where's this road go?

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    For yet another great report. What helmet comms do you two use? I love the laughing and banter on the videos.
  9. LittleWan

    LittleWan You can do it!

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    Thanks, tilliejacques! A glutton for punishment, eh? :wink:
    Sorry a lot of those old linkies are broken now. :cry



    Oh, I love the Cake one. :nod
    We used it one of our Summer of Stupid videos...


    hi AteamNM!
    Yep, I thought that was the way you went. It looked pretty steep!
    It's been fun reading your report, too!
    You guys had some nice single track that made us jealous...:evil


    Thanks, MeinMotorrad!
    A couple last doggies, coming up!


    We've got the Interphone F5 units. There's a link a couple pages back (replying to a comment).
    I can't imagine not being able to talk to matt.
    We crack ourselves up all day long. :D


    You're welcome, you guys!!
    Thank you so much for reading!!
    I'm really glad you enjoyed the report. It was a lot of fun for me, too.

    :freaky








    Day 11: 2/27/13 El Rosario to Tecate, continued.
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    See that dirt up to the right?
    That's where we got spit out on Day 1 (coming down from Hanson)...
    We could have gone back that way, but didn't feel like doing the same deep sand and whoops.

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    We were riding along this nice road, not expecting to see anyone...
    When we spied this guy...

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    He had not 1, but 4 dogs traveling with him! :D
    It was cute. I got photos of 3 of them.

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    Well, got photos of 2 and a half, anyway...:rofl

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    I guess the gates meant we were close to the Parque. (great vintage photos in that link!!)
    (checking the map more closely, we weren't actually in the park this time)

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    The riding is so nice here. :ricky

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    We passed the sculpture of the horse on the rock
    (and the big puddle)...

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    As Katy had mentioned, Hanson had gotten snow a few days ago.
    We saw signs of it in the higher elevations.

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    El Bartek beat me to this gate.
    Thanks, Bartek!

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    We found a small section of heavier snow.
    Some of the spots were icy and slick. :vardy We went through carefully.
    It would have sucked to eat it here, so close to going home!

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    We were enjoying this last bit of dirt - what a great end to the ride...

    Go, Bartek!!

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    Another interesting Baja cemetery...

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    I liked the giant horse shoe...

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    One last water crossing!

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    The timing was perfect -
    We were going to get to Rancho Ojai, just at sunset.

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    Oh hai, Ojai! :wave
    :lol3

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    We made it! :clap

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    It was a huge relief to be back here in one piece.
    2500 sometimes-crazy-miles in 11 frickin' awesome days!! :rayof

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    The guys were pretty happy.

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    Me, too! :wings


    Day 11 was in the books!!

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    Tires - at 2500 miles:
    D908

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    Scorpion Rally

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    Tractionator

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    and, most impressive of all -
    Bartek's IRC had 4500 miles on it. Wow, pretty good!

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    Originally, we were going to spend the night here, then cross in the morning.
    But, Bartek had the good idea to pack up and cross tonight.
    That way we would miss the LA traffic in the morning.

    Buena idea, seƱor! :thumb




    We must have packed up in about 15 minutes. :lol3

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    Turns out we didn't need those extra pesos after all. :doh
    We stopped in Tecate and fueled up the truck.
    Bartek ran to the store and got a bunch of bananas and apples and snacks.
    Um. I don't think you're supposed to bring fruit across the border...:hmmmmm


    But, try telling that to Mr. Banana Grabber...:rofl

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    Mmmmm. pig food :yum

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    Bye, Baja! :wave
    We'll miss you.

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    It was the perfect time to cross the border. A Wednesday night.
    There was hardly a wait.

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    When we pulled up, the border guy said,
    "Welcome home! You're back in the US - don't worry, you're safe now."


    :eek7 Really? Are you serious?
    Because I think we were way more likely to be harmed between here and home.
    Sure, Mex Highway 1 is super dangerous, but other than that...
    Baja is one of the safest places we've ever been.



    Back at home, some kids were just shot over their sneakers.
    I'd say the US is a little scarier than most of Mexico.





    Matt was feeling pretty good, he managed to drive us all the way to Valencia.
    (192 miles from the border)
    The next day was a breeze.

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    We took care of some important business...

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    And then we were home.
    Whew.



    The end of the best ride. EVER!

    especially since we put about 1 week into the planning.
    Next time, we could probably make it better.
    Or could we? There's something to be said for winging it.





    A huge thank you to Bartek and Scott - :raabia
    you guys were the ideal riding companions.


    Always enthusiastic and excited about the trail.
    Always raring to go and ready to ride your butts off.
    Always up for anything (even the stupid stuff) and never complaining.
    (at least, not within earshot :lol3)



    Thanks for being the best WanKers we could have asked for!
    We can't wait to ride with you again. :D

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    love, The Wans.
    :freaky



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  10. bigdon

    bigdon Long timer

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  11. motoged

    motoged Been here awhile

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    Whaaaaa.......

    I want more.....go back right now and try a few different trails......:deal :ear


    Thanks for taking us along.....next time you are in BC, get in touch and I will find you some stoopid shit to ride 2 up :lol3 :freaky
  12. Bgunn

    Bgunn Mucha distancia

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    This ride report must have been a labor intensive endeavor.
    Much appreciated....:clap and keeps drawing us back to Baja.

    Guessing tacos won't be on the menu for awhile...:lol3
  13. Ladybug0048

    Ladybug0048 Bug Sister

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    Another excellent ride report from the Wans. Little Wan the way you put the stories together make them so much fun. You get personality in there along with the facts plus you captured lots of flowers for me. :flug The furry critters are always a bonus too.

    Now that you have taste tested tacos from N to S and back I can't wait to see what next taste test is ahead.

    Looking forward to your next adventure. :clap
  14. NSFW

    NSFW basecamp4adv

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    thank you kelly, kelly, and kelly...and bartek, matt and scott.

    i really enjoyed this. glad to see you all made it home.

    where to next....?

    joel
  15. Bob

    Bob Formerly H20Pumper

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    Another awesome Wan Adventure.
    Thanks for all the hard work putting this together for our viewing pleasure!
  16. Moto Vaquero

    Moto Vaquero Trail less traveled

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    Thanks for taking the time to do this so we could live vicariously through you guys for a bit.
    Looks like I have a challange ahead to out taco you guys and to go where no Wan has gone before!
  17. Bullspit

    Bullspit Adventurer

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    Another great adventure well told. Thank you for taking the time and doing the work to share this with us!
  18. BeardThrone

    BeardThrone ...in bat country.

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    Indeed, another great ride report! I am sure that the ADV community supports me when I say that your next employment endeavor should involve riding to new places and making strange links to Japanese videos. I believe that you have the best ride reports out there, in no small part due to Matt's riding ability, having a stoic passenger ready for every picture opportunity and a great writer/editor to chronicle it all for the rest of us. I am glad that Norman J. DeLorman has finally gone cold turkey from sourcing his routes from Apple Maps.

    All the best in your future travels,

    BT
  19. DingWeed

    DingWeed Been here awhile

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    Thanks for the ridalong!! :clap:clap

    Scott
  20. satchmo3

    satchmo3 Adventurer

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    I talked to you guys at the taco stand in valle de trinidad early on in your trip,
    great read and photos, thanks.