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

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

  1. LittleWan

    LittleWan You can do it!

    Aug 21, 2009
    up on the pegs, in CA
    hey bastimentos - thanks! tacos coming up in valle de la trinidad! :deal
    heh. :wink: hiya Nixels! glad to see you, too!

    Thanks, Gale! Aww, thanks for the support, but I don't think we're really going to do it.
    2500 miles was a lot...
    to turn around and ride it all again next month?? :eek1
    Also, we have some obligations to fulfill (work) and there isn't enough time to race.
    We appreciate your confidence, though! :nomystery

    hi MasterMarine! thanks for checking in. heh - you like tacos, too? :lol3

    Hahaha! Dave62538675309!
    thanks for the link! :D
    This RR might be a little light on the linkies. I have 3000+ photos to pull from and not a lot of time.
    Also, you guys just had like 4 months of all my best jokes (gettin' dirty RR). I got nuthin' left!
    Hopefully, the riding content will be the main draw... :deal

    Day 1: 2/17/13 Tecate to Bahia San Luis Gonzaga
    326 miles

    I don'’t know how well everyone slept -
    Matt and I had gotten sick at a Superbowl party and we were still a little stuffed up and coughing.
    I have a bad feeling that we were snoring our asses off that night,
    but the guys were too polite to say anything.
    I hope it wasn'’t too horrible.


    So, I don’t know if Rancho Ojai is a KOA, but this cabin was identical to the one Matt and I had stayed at after the UTBDR.
    Didn't take one at Ojai, but here's an interior shot from the Utah KOA:


    We all had camping gear for Rancho Ojai but were leaving it in the truck.
    Camping in Baja is awesome and everyone should do it at least once,
    but for this trip - The Baja WanK was all about riding.
    We were all traveling light for maximum speed and agility.

    As we left Ojai, Bartek was having trouble with his rear tire.
    It was new and the bead didn'’t seem to be set.
    We stopped at a Pemex so he could use their air.


    As I mentioned earlier, I’m sucky at maps. But I know you guys are curious.
    Here’'s our old tattered AAA map of Baja with matt'’s scribbled notes.
    This was a long section, so I have 3 map pics for today.
    The highlighter doesn'’t stick to the scotch tape, so there are a couple of blank spots.
    Unfortunately, the highlighter is the exact same color as the AAA notation for Toll roads. :rolleyes
    So, look for the messier green line.
    I’'m sure you can figure it out.


    Starting at El Condor


    I guess it had been raining in Northern Baja.
    We had some mud and big puddles.


    But it kept the dust down and we had (mostly) good traction.


    Our GoPro was crapping out on this trip. There’s something wrong with it. :bluduh
    Maybe the temperature sensor? It seems to get hot and shut itself off.
    Could be a short somewhere, too.
    It’s going back to REI soon (we’ve had it less than a year!)
    Anyway, we have a little bit of footage, but not nearly all that we wanted.
    Matt could usually get only one section of video a day. :cry

    This is on the way to Laguna Hanson.
    Scott and Bartek were super excited and ready to GO!!!!

    Smiles all around. :clap


    photo by Barteknologie™

    He'’s smiling on the inside. :D


    Pretty soon we were at Laguna Hanson.



    I love Hanson, but we had miles to cover. Only stopped for some quick pics.
    And a pee. :jive


    Forgot to start with tire pics - These are ours.
    I didn'’t start taking pics of Scott and Bartek’'s tires until Day 2.

    Front - Scorpion Rally


    Rear - Rally Raid D908


    And then it was back on the trail.
    Oh, wait - here'’s a quick shot of the most photographed rock in Hanson.

    (not sure what Scott'’s doing...)


    Rocking horse?


    Here’'s Scott really going for it! Thanks, Goggles! Ride report content. :thumb


    That was quite a bath.


    Had some gates today.
    I usually try and open them for the guys so they don'’t have to get off their bikes,
    but Bartek beat me to a couple of them.


    Fast sand.


    The boys were loving it. :rayof




    This stuff, however. Ugh. Deep and soft.
    Not the best for 2up.


    That morning, while we were putting on our gear,
    Matt had freaked me out by saying we were going to be crashing all day long.
    It had been 6 months since I had been on the 990 with him and I was nervous.

    But it wasn'’t too bad. I think we had maybe 3 get offs this day.
    Mostly from losing our momentum or going too slow (having to check the GPS while moving is tough).
    There were a few close calls at speed, but those come with the territory.

    I think we we’re ready for map #2.
    Again, the blank spots just mean that the highlighter got rubbed off.


    Some of these images might be out of order. That deep sand might have been after this part.
    When I mix photos with screen shots, things get confusing.


    We were on the Baja 1000 course now.
    This section was crazy. We were hitting the whoops and bouncing all over the place.
    Laughing our asses off but also almost crashing.
    2up sand whoops are a special kind of hell. And these were little baby whoops.
    One time we had some 3-4 foot ones near Rancho Santa Veronica. :eekers


    Right about here, Matt said - “don'’t worry, if we were on the course, we would only have 1000 more miles to go!”
    And then we realized that in actuality, we had like 2350 miles to go. :lol3

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  2. krazygloo

    krazygloo pinch me

    Sep 8, 2008
    In transit
    WOW! kudos for going on the 45th Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 course after the race... I'm sure it was a mess this year! Can't wait for more pics! keep em coming!
  3. Goggles Pizano

    Goggles Pizano I'll B right back,promise

    Aug 10, 2008
    Lurking along , no spoilers.

    great job on the photos Little Wan, have you considered working for the Tour de France?

  4. Big_John

    Big_John That'll be the day

    Aug 11, 2007
    Black Forest, CO
    Nice ride and pics.....

    Recognized Googles right away in that he stands on those pegs all day long.
  5. rider914

    rider914 Agnostic Adventurer

    Feb 28, 2005
    Alta Loma, CA
    Looking good kids :thumb

    My Baja plans fell apart, so i've been waiting for your report to hold me over 'til next opportunity :deal


  6. hansi

    hansi Teurer Abenteurer

    Jan 1, 2010
    State of Jefferson
    Great ride report, thanks for sharing.
  7. Christeon

    Christeon Big Ticket

    Jan 5, 2012
    Tuscaloosa, AL
    Thanks for sharing the link Big John, I recognized Scott, he's definitely fun to ride with, I remember the boots but not the red pants.
  8. Ladybug

    Ladybug Bug Sister

    Nov 6, 2005
    Spokane Valley, WA (the dry side of the mountains)
    I love Little Wan ride reports. Kelly, I'm looking forward to seeing what you and your side kick Big Wan get into on this one. :D
  9. UpST8

    UpST8 turnin gas to noise

    Aug 19, 2007

    Lookin forward to more!!!! :lurk
  10. Bgunn

    Bgunn Mucha distancia

    Apr 7, 2004
    Rockford Wa

    When I would slow down and start dog paddling my copilot would say "get on the power".

    She was right...but I'd have those confidence shaking moments that slowed me down for awhile..:lol3

    To bad about the GoPro...
  11. LittleWan

    LittleWan You can do it!

    Aug 21, 2009
    up on the pegs, in CA
    Hey, there you are! and you brought some friends - cool! :freaky

    This next section is pretty Scottastic. :D
    haha, I specialize cranking out tons of mediocre photos. Is there a market for that?
    Great to see you, Scott - don't be afraid to speak up!

    Hi Ladybug! Hi rider914 (sorry your baja plans fell through)!

    Hi everyone - thanks for checking in.
    I've got a bunch to post, so I'll just wave real quick... :wave

    Don't forget - the white underlined things are links to click on.

    Day 1: 2/17/13 Tecate to Bahia San Luis Gonzaga continued...
    326 miles

    We saw Bartek stopped on the side of the road and went to see what was up.
    He said he had just remembered that he changed his back tire and then never tightened the rear axle nut! :eekers


    Holy shit, he rode 120 miles (fast) with that nut barely hand tight.
    It practically fell off into his hand.

    Man, when you think about what could have happened... :yikes
    Lucky Bartek.


    We were getting close to Valle de Trinidad at this point...



    Stopped at Pemex to get fuel for the bikes...


    Then fuel for ourselves. :dukegirl


    El Rancho Taquería.


    El Bartek: The Most Interesting Man in the World :brow


    Scott, working on tacos #3 and 4 (out of 114) :yum


    Matt, enjoying taco #5 (out of 114).
    The guys each had 5 tacos here, I had 2.
    17 down, 97 to go.


    After Valle de Trinidad, we were on the 2012 Mexican 1000 course,
    going through Laguna Diablo (a dry lake bed) to San Felipe.


    El Bartek


    Goggles Pizano was ready to unleash the mighty SE


    Everybody loves la playa...



    Note the SCORE marker.


    I love this photo of Goggles and BigWan.


    OK - playtime is over - we still had lots of miles to cover.
    We've got a long way to go. And a short time to get there. :wink:


    Just for kicks, Matt pulled up his GPS tracks for la playa...


    Wow, looks like tangled string!


    Goggles Pizano, doin'’ his thing.


    I think he enjoyed it.


    Just a little. :evil


    This was a nice road. Sandy, but rideable.


    Got gas in San Felipe


    And got the stink eye from Scott. :uhoh
    Heh. I don'’t remember what that was about, but let'’s just assume he'’s smiling on the inside. :lol3


    Some highway.


    Topped off in Puertocitos.


    It was starting to get dark and my photos weren'’t turning out.
    I think this is one of the last ones on the road.


    There were more sections of the Baja 1K we could have ridden,
    but Scott said they were mostly whoops and deep sand.
    Seeing as how it was getting late, we didn'’t feel bad missing them.

    I tried to take some pics after it got dark but it doesn'’t work very well.
    Not without stopping (or slowing down at least).
    Our lights kick ass, so riding is doable.
    But I don’t have any night pics for day 1. :cry

    (Day 2 was better - I’'ve got a bunch.
    Actually, day 3, too. Hmmm. we rode in the dark a lot)

    We were heading to Gonzaga Bay and Alfonsina's...

    (swiped from the interwebs)

    We had been a little concerned about this being President'’s Day weekend.
    If Alfonsina’'s was full, we would be screwed.
    With no camping gear, our options were limited.
    Goggles was up for sleeping on the beach, but I wasn'’t so keen on that. :nah

    Sure enough, we pulled up and the place was packed.
    Wall to wall bodies. And everyone was EXTREME!!

    Son of a biscuit!
    We were S.O.L.

    While we were standing outside, discussing our options,
    the owner/manager came over and said he actually had 1 room left.
    With a king sized bed.
    Scott said BigWan and I could take it and he and Bartek could fend for themselves.

    Nah, screw that. We weren'’t going to split up.
    We'’ll figure something else out.

    A nice guy who overheard that Alfonsina’'s was full asked if we knew about El Sacrificio.
    We didn'’t.
    It’'s a campo just down the beach and he said they have cabanas.
    We thanked him for that information - it was kind of him to speak up.
    OK, in search of El Sacrificio we went...

    Although I can'’t say that the name of the place was very inviting...:eek7


    After hunting around in the dark for a bit, we found it.
    Pretty much empty, aside from some friendly fishermen (gringos).

    We got a cabana ($60) and asked about food.
    The cook initially said the kitchen was closed, but we were so dejected and pathetic, :cry
    he reluctantly said he could make us some quesadillas.

    Yes, please!


    He also brought out some tacos (#s 18-25, I think)


    One of the fishermen offered to take our photo. Thanks!


    There were 4 beds, one for each of us. Score!
    And hot showers! woo!


    Scott was such a gentleman, he insisted that I take my shower first.
    It was nice of him, though I really didn'’t mind waiting.
    I was just happy not to be in my gear, huddled up on the beach somewhere.


    Day 1 is in the books!


    Everyone was beat, so we got to bed at a decent hour.
    Little did we know, we were going to need all kinds of energy tomorrow...

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  12. larryboy

    larryboy Chopper Rider

    Jan 9, 2005
    Über Alles,California

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    :hide :lol3
  13. NSFW

    NSFW basecamp4adv

    Feb 20, 2007
    Burbank CA
    hi kelly. loving each post. wanderful!

    glad to caught up early enough.

    last december, it took us 2 days to get to gonzaga bay....i guess the big KTMs really could cut the travel time......:D

    IN and cheers.

  14. lacofdfireman

    lacofdfireman Long timer

    Jan 29, 2008
    St. George, UT
    I don't "WAN" to miss this report. This "Wan" will be exceptional I am sure..
  15. scottmac

    scottmac Long timer

    May 21, 2008
    La Selva Beach, CA.
    You guys eat more tacos in a day than I would eat in a week!!!!:lol3
  16. nevermind

    nevermind Slower, then Molasses

    Jul 26, 2008
    Out back...
    Norman! made the trip too! :freaky :D
  17. NotAllWhoWanderRLost

    NotAllWhoWanderRLost Lost

    Sep 23, 2011
    Bend, Oregon
    I love this photo of Big Wan and Goggles "tangling the string" on the KTM 950 earth movers! :clap

    I'm enjoying your RR so far and looking forward to the rest of the adventure. Thanks for taking the time to share it with all of us! :beer
  18. Butcho

    Butcho Been here awhile

    Jan 11, 2008
    Wisconsin SE
    Zero here in Wisconsin this morning...Need some Baja reading :lol3
  19. dano619

    dano619 Been here awhile

    Sep 4, 2011
    sunny san diego
    Scheesh..............I've been reading 2 ride reports each morning...............Now I see "The Baja Wan-Thousand" I have to force myself to read 3 reports each morning.............Don't know if I can handle the added pressure............I'm gonna be strong and make myself do heck with work and chores......Thanks, for takin us along!!! :D:clap:D:clap
  20. marior97

    marior97 marior97

    Jul 18, 2007
    San Salvador, El Salvador
    Bravo LW BW and amigos ! great riding :clap:clap:clap
    tried the Tacos de pescado?