the DR200 thread

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  1. green hell

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  2. Klay

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    I buried the needle once going downhill with a tailwind. That seemed faster than the speeds I achieved on superbikes I've ridden in the past. Wheee! Ride with the wind!
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    RIDE REPORT: BAJA CALIFORNIA DAY TRIP



    Some items to take along
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    This is where the ride starts -Tecate, CA
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    From Tecate, B.C., we take this road east towards La Rumorosa
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    This road stretches as far as the eye can see without so much as a turn or a bend. It turns out it's a PEMEX pipeline road.
    I'm leading to start the ride, and I ride at a pace that seems comfortable to me. Every now and then I look at my speedometer and it says 30 MPH most of the time. When I stop to take a picture, the other riders get ahead of me and now I'm last. It feels like we're still moving along at the same pace and when I look down at my speedometer; that confirms it. We're still going 30 MPH or so most of the time. I'm happy to find out that we all like to ride at about the same pace.


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    USA-Mexico Border in background
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    That's husky4me on the PEMEX pipeline road. That road you see in the background is the Border Road. You can see two steel power line towers just above the road on the ridgeline. That's just west of where the railroad tracks cross into Mexico from the United States.


    Gates on the PEMEX pipeline road
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    That sign says "ZONA GANADERA - FAVOR CIERRE LA PUERTA AL PASAR - GRACIAS." Translation: "CATTLE AREA - PLEASE CLOSE THE GATE UPON PASSING - THANKS."


    husky4me descending a hill
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    A road that's as straight as an arrow doesn't go around hills. It goes up and over. Some of the hills are pretty steep.


    Going uphill
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    Somewhere around this hill, we start to see thunderstorm clouds to the southeast. They're around where we think our route to Laguna Hanson will take us. That could be good because the rain will cool us down or it could be bad because we might get drenched. We can't decide whether it's a good or a bad thing and keep going.


    Getting gas in La Rumorosa
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    Right next to this gas station is a restaurant called La Cabana del Abuelo where we have lunch. That translates into something like "Grandpa's Cabin." I recommend it to anyone going through La Rumorosa.


    Turnoff for the road to Laguna Hanson
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    After lunch, we continue on. The turnoff is four tenths of a mile west of La Cabana del Abuelo.


    Three-way fork in the road. Which way to go?
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    Which way to go? We take the fork on the right and wind up in a sand excavation pit a mile or two down the road. The guys working there are nice enough and tell us we have to go back to the fork and take the middle road to get to Laguna Hanson.


    Back on the road to Laguna Hanson
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    There is some traffic on the road. We pass trucks and SUVs here and there and we follow behind this truck with horses in the back for about a mile until we can get around it.


    Parque Nacional Constitucion - 31 Kilometers
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    Do you see the clouds in the photo? They're thunderstorm clouds. I can feel the moisture in the air and smell the wet vegetation. It smells like the compost you use to cover up the soil in your garden. It's nice and cool up here and I'm only getting a few drops of water on my goggles. So far, the thunderstorms are a good thing.


    Backbone of Baja California
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    That mountain that looks like the Matterhorn in Disneyland is part of the same range that runs the length of the Baja California Peninsula. We're looking east in this picture and there are no clouds off to the east. The only clouds are above us and to the south. It must be scorching hot down in the desert below.


    Rancho Rodeo del Rey
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    My odometer tells me we're getting pretty close to Laguna Hanson when we come across this. A restaurant and hotel in the middle of nowhere. We decide to check it out on the way back.


    Three riders on the south side of Laguna Hanson
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    From left to right husky4me, Jack, and 2Wheels. That bike is Jack's. That little tail sticking out of the bag is from a coyote. I tell Jack that when he signs up for SDAR, he should choose "Rabo" for a screen name. Rabo is Spanish for short tail or stubby tail. He isn't so sure he likes that screen name, but says he'll think about it.

    The sky in the background - to the north - is pretty dark with clouds and we can hear thunder coming from the area we just rode through. Still only a few drops of water here by the lake. Getting wet wouldn't be so bad as long as it isn't cold.
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    Rancho Rodeo del Rey
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    On the way back we stop at Rancho Rodeo del Rey. They have a restaurant, a hotel, cabins, gasoline, horse rentals, and mountain bike rentals. But best of all for us right now, they have cold beer.
    Before leaving, we take a look at the hotel rooms. They look pretty good. This wouldn't be a bad place to stop for the night on a trip further south into Baja California. The only drawback is that it's still close to San Diego. You could make it further south to spend your first night on a longer trip.
    The way back to La Rumorosa is uneventful. It rained while we were at the Rancho Rodeo del Rey and the ground is wet in places with puddles here and there.


    We don't encounter any traffic and we make pretty good time getting back to La Rumorosa, but it's about 5:00 in the afternoon by the time we get there. We decide that taking pavement back to Tecate is the best option considering how late in the day it is. It's only about 30 miles from La Rumorosa to Tecate, but it seems like the longest part of the trip.

    A short wait at the Tecate Port of Entry and we're back in the States.
  4. 2 Wheels

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    I’m planning on making some longer trips into Baja California with the 200. I’ve seen some pics here of DR200s with saddlebags. Where do you get bags for a DR200?
  5. Klay

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    That's an interesting ride, and good pictures. Good to hear there are more to come. :D

    I'm running Ortlieb Dry Bags on my 200, with a Happy Trails S/U rack to hold them away from the bike.


    ps. got pictures of the DR200?
  6. 2 Wheels

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    I'll post some pics. It'll have to be later this evening though.

    Meanwhile, I'll google Ortileb Dry Bags and Happy trails S/U rack. Thanks for the info.
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    My bike is almost stock. The only thing about it that isn't stock is the rear turn signals (Baja Designs don't break as easily), and the fender bag. What makes it special to me is that it takes me to out-of-the-way places. So here's a few pics of the DR200 in some out-of-the-way places.

    Overlooking the Viejas Indian Reservation and Casino in San Diego County
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    Overlooking a Canyon around San Diego
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    This picture was taken about a half mile north of the USA-Mexico border overlooking the Mexican town of Tecate. That hill with the antennas on top is in Tecate, Baja California, Mexico.
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    That barbed wire fence just below the bikes is the USA-Mexico Border
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    One of the back roads in San Diego County. That mountain in the background is Cuyamaca Peak, the second-highest mountain in San Diego County at 6,512 feet elevation.
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    And there's the DR200 at Laguna Hanson in Baja California, Mexico.
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  8. green hell

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    the other place to look for luggage is wolfman luggage.

    i have a set of tank panniers, and i'm thinking about something for the arse end of the bike as well.
  9. Klay

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    Excellent! You mentioned that you were traveling around at about 30 mph. That's about my speed, too, on those kinds of roads. I ride the 200 around for the thrill of exploring, just puttering along, not for the thrill of speed.
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    It's not so much that I'm shooting for any particular speed. I just try to strike a balance between covering ground and still being able to look at everything around me. Any faster, and all I'm concentrating on is the road. Any slower, and I feel like I'm not going anywhere. It seems that when I'm more focused on the trip than the destination, I find myself puttering along at about 30.

    I asked my riding partners about it too, and they said the same thing. A nice easy pace where you can take in the scenery was about right.

    I'd been planning on getting a bigger bike to take down to the tip of Baja. But on the ride to Laguna Hanson, it really hit me that I just don't need anything bigger. As remote as some of that country down there is, I just wouldn't dare ride around crazy fast. How fast is crazy fast? I think some of the slower motorcycles in the Baja races average around 60 MPH. That's crazy fast to me.

    So now that the little 200 is going to the tip of Baja, I'm looking to get some luggage carrying gear. Thanks, tweeker43, for the link.
  11. moron

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    Howdy,

    Great thread - I've learned a lot.

    Just got a 2001 and the original owner installed a 16/40 sprocket combination so I can confirm it works pretty well hauling my lard ass around (6'1" / 200#). I'm not sure I'd like the stock combination much - ISTM it would wind up pretty tight pretty quick...

    anyway, sprockets and chain are shot so any recommendations on where I can pick them up cheaply?

    And the bike has 5k miles: should I anticipate replacing front brake pads and rear liners? TIA.
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    Been lurking around this thread and the minimalist thread for a while trying to make up my mind wich bike to get. Finally decided on the DR200 and couldnt be happier. I'm 44 yrs old and had never rode a motorcycle before. I got stubby leggs with a 30 inch inseem so the DR seems to fit me well. My main purpose for getting the bike is exploreing forest service roads, 4X4 trails and so on. I love my old GMC 4X4 but at 10mpg it's just to expensive to spend the weekend prowling around the mountains like I used to. I have had a blast on this little bike. Just got it last weekend and have put about 250 miles on. I dont know if there could be a better bike for someone to learn on.

    Happy Trails to everyone:1drink
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    I got mine 2 years ago, and I have to agree with you on that one. When I was looking for a bike, I wanted to get a bigger bike, but someone at work who used to ride motorcycles a lot advised me to go small. I took his advice and haven't regretted it one bit.

    I've never ridden a Yamaha XT225, but it seems like it's a pretty similar bike. I think it'd also be a good first bike.
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    SANTO TOMAS TO ERENDIRA 7-27-2007 - PART 1

    Last week, husky4me, Joaquin, and I rode from Tecate to Laguna Hanson. This week, Joaquin invited husky4me and myself to stay at his mother's house in Ensenada Thursday night and ride from Santo Tomas to Erendira on Friday. We both know a good thing when we see it, so we take him up on the invite. Thanks, Joaquin, once again for the invite.

    MAP OF NORTHERN BAJA CALIFORNIA
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    The towns of Santo Tomas and San Vicente on the main highway and Erendira on the coast were the main points on our route.

    FIRST PART OF OUR ROUTE - ENSENADA TO SANTO TOMAS
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    LEAVING CHULA VISTA
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    The ride starts for husky4me and myself in Chula Vista when we load the bikes into my truck and leave for Ensenada. When Joaquin gave me directions, he couldn't remember the address of his mother's house, but he had GPS coordinates. We would have spent 2 hours trying to find her condo without that little gadget.

    CONDO IN ENSENADA
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    We arrive in Ensenada to a beachfront condo about a mile or so north of downtown. The smell of the salty air, the sound of the surf, and the feel of an ocean breeze are no surprise when we arrive at the condo. What surprises me is that his mother is American and speaks mostly English.

    One of the first things she tells me is that she likes my ride write-up from the week before about the ride to Laguna Hanson. She also asks me how to find it on the internet so she can tell her daughter how find it and read it. Finding out that people outside the world of motorcycling are reading our write-ups and enjoying them makes me happy. I know you're going to read this write-up sooner or later so I'd like to thank you once again for letting me stay at your house.

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    GETTING READY TO LEAVE
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    We leave the condo a little after 7:00 AM to have breakfast at Mikaza Restaurant in Ensenada.

    THE GROUP AT MIKAZA RESTAURANT
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    From to right that's myself, Martin "husky4me", Joaquin, and Joaquin's nephews Miguel and Rai. Their family is into racing and they love motorcycles. I have a funny story to tell about them and motorcycles later on.

    A KID'S MEAL AT MIKAZA
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    The locals in Ensenada know Mikaza as a restaurant that serves big breakfasts. It gets my recommendation too.

    HOW TO FIND MIKAZA
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    If you're ever in Ensenada trying to find Mikaza, it's across the street from this.

    READY TO LEAVE AFTER BREAKFAST
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    That's Dana in the orange T-shirt. The jeep next to the bikes is Dana's. Dana has been on the chase crews for Baja race teams since she was a little girl and she loves to drive around on the back roads of Baja California. She is going to chase for us today and she has a radio to stay in contact with Joaquin. She's also taking her two nephews along. Did I mention they like motorcycles?

    ...............

    We take pavement from Ensenada to Santo Tomas. As we ride through Ensenada, I smell smoky fires. I can't see where they're coming from but there's nothing but city around us. Maybe people use them to cook.
    A few people are driving like they're late for work and making me nervous. One driver comes within a few inches of taking out husky4me, but we make it out of town without any mishaps.

    MEXICAN FEDERAL HIGHWAY 1 SOUTH OF ENSENADA
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    THE SANTO TOMAS VALLEY
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    Lots of vineyards around here. That building on the left is a winery.
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    PART 2 OF ROUTE - SANTO TOMAS TO LA CALAVERA
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    LEAVING PAVEMENT IN SANTO TOMAS
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    At Santo Tomas, we leave the main highway and take the dirt road for La Calavera on the coast.

    SANTO TOMAS
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    OVERLOOKING SANTO TOMAS
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    After riding through town, we stopped to take a photo of the Santo Tomas Valley

    ROAD TO LA CALAVERA
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    Some years, the Baja races follow the same route we're taking. At first, the road is like any other dirt road. It's washboarded and doesn't have as much traction as pavement, but it's easy to ride.

    ROAD TO LA CALAVERA
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    Mostly we see chaparral on either side of the road.

    A FARM ALONGSIDE THE ROAD
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    Although the road is lined with chaparral for the most part, we see the occasional farm like this one.

    After a while, we get to what I guess is part of the Baja race course. It's rocky, but the rocks are either small enough for a motorcycle's wheels to roll right over or far enough apart to go around. There are whoops everywhere. All the corners have berms, but they also have huge bumps right before and after.

    For those outside the world of motorcycling who don't know what whoops are, I found this definition on the internet.
    I didn't get any pictures of the whoops on the trail - I was too busy hanging on - so here are some pictures I found on the internet to give you the idea.

    THESE ARE SOME SMALL WHOOPS.
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    SOME BIGGER WHOOPS ON A TRACK.
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    The Baja race course isn't difficult to ride, but it's difficult to ride fast. I don't know how to ride whoops. I think the good riders jump them and skip every other one or skim across the top and avoid the deep part in between them, but that's beyond my ability so I just go slow keeping both wheels on the ground most of the time. Jumping them could be dangerous because every now and then there's a big rock in the low ground between whoops that could make you crash if you hit it. When you're in a trough, you can't see the trough in front of you. I have a newfound respect for Baja racers after riding that section of road.

    By the end of the ride, I've bottomed the suspension on my little trail bike more times in one day than in all the rest of the time I've owned it.

    MORNING COASTAL FOG
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    This is a DR200 thread, isn't it? That's my little DR about a half mile from the Pacific Ocean. The morning coastal fog beyond the next hill tells me we're almost at the beach.

    OVERLOOKING LA CALAVERA FISHING CAMP
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    Joaquin and husky4me appreciating the view of La Calavera.

    LA CALAVERA
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    This is what Joaquin and husky4me are looking at in the previous photo.

    TAKING A PICTURE THROUGH THE MORNING FOG
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    CLOSE UP VIEW OF LA CALAVERA
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    ON OUR WAY AGAIN
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    PART 3 OF ROUTE - LA CALAVERA TO ERENDIRA
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    ROAD TO ERENDIRA
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    LOOKING FOR SHELLFISH
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    That's not any of us. We didn't bring swimming gear.

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    CHASE VEHICLE ON THE BEACH
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    We stop at a beach between La Calavera and Erendira where we meet up with Dana and the kids.

    RIDING ON THE BEACH
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    We never get to do this at home so we can't pass up the opportunity.

    MORE RIDING ON THE BEACH
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    RAI GETTING A RIDE
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    MIGUEL GETTING A RIDE
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    MIGUEL AND RAI POSING BY MY BIKE
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    MIGUEL ON MY BIKE
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    RAI ON MY BIKE
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    After I take Miguel's picture on my bike, he asks me if he can ride it. At first I say no, but he says he knows how to ride a bike and asks again. Thinking his aunt will never let him ride my bike, I tell him that if his aunt says it's okay, then he can ride it. When he asks Dana, she says "Yeah, no problem." I'm surprised that she says yes, but now I guess I have to let him ride it. Miguel riding my 250-pound bike is like me riding a 500-pound bike with a 39-inch seat height.

    As we start walking over to the bike, Joaquin realizes what's going on, and tells his wife that the boys want to ride the bike themselves, not ride it as a passenger. Immediately she says "No way!" so they're safe from having 250 pounds of metal fall on them, and I'm safe from having to ride back with broken turn signals. But they miss the fun of taking a short spin on a motorcycle on the beach.

    The confusion resulted from their saying something like "pasear en la moto" which can mean either ride the bike or ride on the bike as a passenger. They almost got to do it.

    ..................................

    After playing around for a while on the beach, it's time to hit the road again.

    ROAD TO ERENDIRA
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    NEAR COYOTE CAL'S BUNKHOUSE
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    GROUP PHOTO NEAR COYOTE CAL'S
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    Since we're so close, we decide to go check it out.

    COYOTE CAL'S
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    COYOTE CAL'S DINING ROOM
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    It's more of a dormitory than a hotel, but it's clean, and seems like a good place to stay on a trip to Baja. Here's a link to their website if anyone's interested. http://www.coyotecals.com/
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    PART 4 - ERENDIRA TO SAN VICENTE
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    RIDING THROUGH ERENDIRA
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    MORE RIDING THROUGH ERENDIRA
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    ON THE OUTSKIRTS OF ERENDIRA
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    ROAD TO SAN VICENTE
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    DIRT ROAD TO SAN VICENTE
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    There's a paved road to San Vicente which we take part of the way, but there's also a dirt road. The dirt road is hard to find, but Joaquin finds it and we take it the rest of the way.

    BIRRIERIA SAN VICENTE
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    By the time we get to San Vicente we're pretty hungry and we stop for some tacos.

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    On the way back, we more or less retrace our steps back to Erendira, La Calavera, Santo Tomas, and Ensenada.

    A sand rail almost takes me out somewhere around Erendira on the way back. He's passing a car in town but sees me in time to slow down and get back into his own lane. Other than that, the ride back is about the same as the ride to San Vicente.

    POST-RIDE CARNE ASADA
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  19. BikePilot

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    Great report:clap

    For the whoops, whether you skim them or double/triple/quad though them depends on the size/shape and speeds involved, though I don't think I've ever encountered natural whoops (well, whoops made by bikes vs buldozers and steam rollers) that weren't best skimmed. Its really only big, man made whoops on tight tracks that need to be doubled or tripled though. That said, I don't think I'd want to try skimming whoops on a DR200:eek1
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    Those pics were awesome!! I wanna go to ensenada so freekin bad :cry