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

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

  1. Just Paul

    Just Paul Pro Cat Herder

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    you 3 are amazing !

    Loving the RR !
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  2. Goggles Pizano

    Goggles Pizano I'll B right back,promise

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  3. Ladybug0048

    Ladybug0048 Bug Sister

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    Thanks for the flowers.:flug I hope they gave you an excuse to take a few second breather during all that hiking. The smiles on everyones faces is priceless. Looks like hard work but it sure look like you were all enjoying yourselves.
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  4. LittleWan

    LittleWan You can do it!

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    That line cracks me up every time! :lol3
    I'm glad you watched the video.

    KustomizingKid - have fun! Baja is awesome :thumb
    hi mamacone! thanks for joining us


    Hey JustPaul - yeah, those guys really kicked butt. It was something. :ricky
    Thanks, ladybug! you got me in the habit of checking for flowers.
    It's nice. I enjoy it now.


    Goggles! All right - linking your ass off! :clap
    Woo!
    Heh, that's exactly the scene we were thinking of.
    So. thirsty.
    :knary







    Day 2: 2/18/13 Gonzaga Bay to San Francisquito, continued
    191 miles







    Everyone was feeling hopeful.
    We’re almost there!
    That’s just a little sand. We’re good. :clap

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    And then we saw this. :uhoh

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    Crap.
    I got off to go scout. :jive
    Looking back at Goggles and BigWan.

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    Rocky.

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    Very rocky.

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    Big ol’ chunks.

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    Sigh.

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    The boys dug deep and then went for it...
    Go, Scott!!

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    Matt caught up to me. How you doin'?

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    Damn you, Google Earth! :jerko

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    More ATGATT hiking. That’s Bartek up there...

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    Scott was still chipping away at it...

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    Next up was Matt.

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    Bartek had been ready to assist when needed...:gdog

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    And Matt was going to return the favor.

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    El Bartek, psyching himself up. You can do it! :thumb

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    I’m pretty sure this is what mrdozer called the “What the f*** were we thinking” trail...

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    But, I still kinda like “Wan Way.” :evil

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    OK, NOW can we celebrate? We did it! Congratulations, everybody! :freaky

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    Wooooo Hooooo!

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    We were feeling hopeful as we started to descend...

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    So far, so good...

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    There was a wash at the bottom (of course) and it was full of deep sand.
    Matt and I were so tired, we had a get off right here.

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    We didn’t really see a trail here, just trying to make our way towards the road.

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    Somewhere around here, we hit some deep, soft stuff and I got flung into a sage brush.
    I smelled like sage for a while, but at least it wasn’t a cactus!

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    Still looking for the road...

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    Found it!

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    Then lost it.

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    Connecting the dots, remember?

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    Here we go!
    We popped out on the main road right here,
    next to one of Coco’s warning signs.

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    Now we were on the way to Coco’s corner.

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    There it is!

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    Three hours to go from Punta Final to Coco’s Corner.
    Is that a record or something?

    :scratch


    Only 173 more miles to go!!

    :lol3


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  5. rnrdozer

    rnrdozer Been here awhile

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    LW, this was definitely the trail we took, or as I called it "the what the f@#k were we thinking trail" but I think the official name is the 8 mile trail. I ride rocks all the time at home for fun, crazy I know!! and this trail was all we wanted going down hill on small bike! great job riding up hill on big pigs! great pictures of the trail too! I only got two since I was busy hanging on for dear life!!
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  6. Moto Vaquero

    Moto Vaquero Trail less traveled

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    Yah, that's the trail, mine road or miners road I seem to recall Bill Nichols call it. It looks worse now than it did the last time up a couple years ago.

    Serious kudos to you guys for riding up on those big beasts.

    I'll be going up it in a month from...hmm...yesterday! I'll be starting early in the AM before the heat becomes a factor.

    BTW, "YOINKING" is one of my favorite passtimes:evil

    P.S. I see Dozer posted while I was typing so I guess the name of the trail is the "8 mile mine rd from hell, what the fuck were we thinking!"
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  7. LittleWan

    LittleWan You can do it!

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    Holy crap, I JUST now noticed that your ADV name is rnrdozer! :fpalm

    All this time I've been calling you "mr. dozer" - I'm blind. :lol3
    Sorry! I blame Mr. Plow:



    (pretty catchy, huh? maybe you'll consider a name change! :evil)


    OK - 8 mile trail. :nod That's good to know. Thanks!
    I'll change the video titles.

    Glad you like the pics! I know it's the last thing on your mind when you're out there.
    Yep, fun stuff indeed! a highlight of our trip for sure.




    Wait, I'm confused now. Mine Road is right?
    OK -
    Haha, we'll go with your last one - "8 mile mine rd from hell, what the fuck were we thinking!"
    :lol3

    Also - if YOINKING is one of your favorite pastimes, I guess that makes you an honorary WanKer! :evil
    Have a great trip next month - make sure you do a ride report! :deal


    Thanks, guys! :D


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  8. RSinBC

    RSinBC Been here awhile

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    That was an incredible bit of riding guys, i could not imaging trying or wanting to ride that on a big bike.

    And, no, i don't want the tracks for this route!

    Two more months and we are there!
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  9. dmaxmike

    dmaxmike former quadtard.

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    In! love you guys outlook on things!
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  10. Moto Vaquero

    Moto Vaquero Trail less traveled

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    Also - if YOINKING is one of your favorite pastimes, I guess that makes you an honorary WanKer! :evil

    errr, thanks...I think:shog

    Have a great trip next month - make sure you do a ride report!
    :deal
    Thanks, will do.
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  11. Ratman

    Ratman Lucky Rider

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    Thanks Wans. Great report. Best photos of tough trails that I've seen. Love you senses of humor, and those smile when things are tough.
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  12. Humunn

    Humunn Where Next?

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    Excellent RR. You guys rock those big bikes. Pun intended!
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  13. wachs

    wachs just passin' through

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    Spectacular route over the mountain!

    You guys deserve some kind of award for taking on those stones - 2-up, 1-up - just getting those bikes through it PERIOD! :clap:clap:clap

    More please!
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  14. NoVa Rider

    NoVa Rider Long timer

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    2up sand whoops are a special kind of hell. And these were little baby whoops.

    :rofl :rofl :rofl

    Five pages of a new Wan report, and I missed it! Now all caught up. Thanks! :clap


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  15. Haywood

    Haywood Been here awhile

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    EPIC!!! :clap
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  16. LittleWan

    LittleWan You can do it!

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    Hi guys!

    Thanks for the kind words!
    I know big rocks are always a crowd pleaser, haha!
    Glad you're all along for the ride :freaky








    Day 2: 2/18/13 Gonzaga Bay to San Francisquito, continued
    191 miles






    Coco's Corner

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    Hope he has cold beer!

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    Obligatory ride report photos of Coco's stuff...

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    Photos and license plates

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    Panties!! :kat Those giant ones made me laugh because I am 12.

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    Awww, tarantulas. :cry

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    Back when we were dating, I gave Matt a pink toed tarantula.
    (don't bother looking that up in the urban dictionary, it's an actual spider :nono :lol3)





    Coco wasn't there, but the ladies behind the desk had cold beer.
    Ahhh. That's the stuff. :beer

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    What we really needed was water.
    All they had left were a few of these stupid mini bottles ("chicos";).
    We'll take 'em!

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    I was looking everywhere for NSFW's "PYYPP" sticker,
    but I never found the one at Coco's. :cry

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    Even looked in the ladies outhouse (though I'm sure Joel is too much of a gentleman to put one in there)

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    no está aquí

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    Oh well.
    I did find a tiki! Uh oh. :uhoh
    Hey, you guys - let's get out of here!

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    Before we left, Bartek put his blinker back together...

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    And then it was off to the Calamuje Wash.

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    Zoom zoom!

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    Scott and Bartek went off ahead.

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    Everyone was happy to be ticking off some miles after this morning's slow work.

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    Going down into the wash.

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    Hmm. Kind of blurry, but gives you the feeling of being there...

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    It was a nice change after all those rocks.

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    I wasn't looking forward to the next part (deep sand),
    but it wasn't that bad.

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    We sent Goggles and Bartek ahead...

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    And made sand our favorite.
    I had to ask Matt to stop for this photo.
    It was too hard to ride and snap in this stuff...

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    I had expected worse so I was pleasantly surprised.

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    We still had a couple "oh shit" moments.
    (here's looking back at one of them)

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    But, overall we were pleased.

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    I think the other WanKers had fun, too.

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    Now it was on to Bay of LA.
    We needed to feed the Bartek (and soon!)

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    Burros!
    so cute.

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    There it is - Bahia de Los Angeles.

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    Fueled up. Matt also bought 4 more liters of water.

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    Then, it was taco time!

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    El Bartek, working on tacos #26 and 27.

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    This one is probably #32. It was delicious! :yum

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    39 tacos down, 75 to go!


    Yes. :nod
    We had 51 tacos in the first 2 days of the trip!! :eek1
    Los hombres tienen hambre (the men are hungry)






    :rofl
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  17. pepetrueba

    pepetrueba PEPEBAJA

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    I salute you guys. I have down single track and have done considerable rides
    on washed out trails l between Mike's Sky ranch and rancho El Coyote big and intermediate singles (n xr600, wr400 ,ktm 525)
    But never, ever, nope , nein, niet ever attempt such washed out trails on a big and heavy beast.
    You guys have big huevos rancheros.
    I salute you and please keep posting....it gives me hope to try something before i die :)

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  18. oldtrucks

    oldtrucks Been here awhile

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    Wow!
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  19. linksIT

    linksIT nOObie

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    :clap:eek1:clap:eek1
    You guys are so awesome, your rides never cease to amaze me. That one vid of Big Wan coming up that rock wash I think his tires were in the air more than they touched the rocks. To tackle the this stuff while laughing and smiling is insane and in the middle of nowhere....:freaky2up:eek1

    And then to take the time to write up such awesome reports with cool click-able links...thanks thanks thanks

    Please continue:lurk
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  20. Ol Man

    Ol Man Been here awhile

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    1. I look forward to your reports; always a great adventure.
    2. I cannot believe the trails you guys ride two up.
    3. You have a wonderful sense of humor.
    4. You add a lot to each report that few do with respect to pictures and other "goodies" that speak to the occasion.
    5. You both always have a smile on your face.
    6. I cannot believe the trails you guys ride two up.
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