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Discussion in 'Epic Rides' started by WoodWorks, Apr 24, 2012.
Carry on geeza, carry on!
Great stuff, Woody! Is that a GoPro? Full of envy as I sit here long for the day I once again hit the dusty trail. Oh, and I am convinced that was calcium chloride on your bike. I've seen the very same on mine. It bakes to the hot parts and washes away with the rain on the other parts. But, whatever. Keep rollin. Keep safe.
>"Oh, it's just like the road past Coco's," to "Don't go there, it'll eat you alive on that pig. There's miles and miles of deep sand."
Smart move on your part! Bahia Los Angeles - San Fransiscito - Hwy 1.
Solo it's a very long ride... and very few (if any) vehicles on the road. Something bad happens and it's a long-ways from help. I've heard the final 10 miles to El Arco are a deep sand wash. I missed it, we took a 'wrong' turn and ended up at Hwy 1 some miles north of the El Arco road. (Note: That part of the road was gravel and pretty easy).
Nah, I'm already back in soggy Orygun.
Are you kidding me? Free food? I'm so there!
I thought of that too, Doug, but the mechanics at A&S confirmed it was radiator fluid. And I'm all too familiar with calcium chloride from a ride I took up to Deadhorse a few years back. If it had been that, it would have been splattered all over the pipes and bash plate, but they were clean.
You still have your F800, or is it gone?
Yeah, I'm thinking I dodged a bullet there. Had I been on a lighter bike, then maybe. But with those loaded panniers, I was pushing 500 lbs. I could just see me sticking out a leg to dab in the sand, and SNAP!
Still got the F8. Waiting for the new NTX to come in.
Great RReport- I went through there in January. My only regret was not going through El Arco but I was solo and decided to be a bit more careful. I got conflicting reports of fuel availability. I was running Heidenau K60's and they worked pretty well in the sand on my G650GS. Glad you got home OK.
Damn you WW. Now I have another trip to put on the list! After a long winter those dry, dusty roads are looking sooooo good!
My original plan called for my turn-around point to be a ride around the eastern shore of Bahía Concepción. I own a 16-foot, wooden sailboat, and for some time I've thought that Bahía Concepción would be an ideal place to sail it in. The bay is about 25 miles long, and about 6 miles at its widest, and it's protected from the worst winds that blow up the Sea of Cortez. So a weeklong (or longer!) gunk holing trip down there is high on my list of to-dos.
Anyway, I wanted to check out possible anchorages along the eastern shore. But to do that I had to ride around to it on the single dirt road that showed up on my maps. This turned out to be more difficult that I anticipated.
I rode down the length of the western shore (a great ride) looking for the turnoff.
But when I reached the bottom of the bay, all I found were two dirt roads blocked off by barbed wire gates, and a single, rough track that seemed to lead straight down onto a beach, with deep sand at the end of it. Stumped, I rode back and forth twice to see if I had missed anything. But no road materialized. It was there on the map. But nowhere to be seen in the real world. So I reluctantly turned north, satisfying myself with a bunch of telephoto shots of the far shore.
It was pretty clear, even from that distance, that the eastern shore was pretty much just one long series of alluvial fans, and there weren't any protected coves in sight. I guess I'll be anchoring on the west shore.
On the way back north, I came across these vultures sunning themselves along the side of the highway. They all had their wings outstretched, and it made for a great photo. But of course by the time I got out the camera, most of the camera-shy birds had retracted their wings. I waited around for a couple of minutes. But the show was over.
I was going to spend the night in San Ignacio on the way back north, but because of the early turn-around, I arrived there in time for lunch. Rice & Beans was open (and empty), and I had possibly the worst fish taco and rice and beans of my life there. You'd think a place called "Rice & Beans" would at least be able to deliver a decent plate of rice and beans. But I've had better Mexican food in Alaska, for God's sake.
So I started the long slog back up Highway 1, including crossing the vast emptiness of the Vizcaino peninsula.
I crossed back into Baja Californa Norte just north of Guerrero Negro.
Stopped for gas in Villa Jesús María, where I disturbed this very pregnant Pemex dog.
And later in the day entertained myself by watching my bike's odometer roll past 40,000 miles. Not bad for a non-commuter bike in three and a half years, eh?
I thought about staying in Cataviña and photographing the boulder fields at sunset. But every asshat within 1,000 miles had spray painted his name on every boulder in sight, so I just kept going to El Rosario.
I swear, I hate people.
At the end of a long day, I found a great little motel in El Rosario (Baja Cactus), and had a much better meal at Mama Espinosa's. The next day, after one more little diversion onto the dirt, I was planning on crossing back into los Estados Unidos.
great report and trip thank you for sharing.
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looking foward to this
The more I deal with society the more I like a bumper sticker I saw the other day: "I'm not anti-social, I just hate everyone."
Another personal favorite was one on the back of an Army Shooting Team member's car: "Stupid people shouldn't breed."
Yep. That about sums it up.
There were thousands of the rocks with spray paint on them. Ugly. But some people were telling me that they had found some that had been painted many years ago, like by the indians long ago. I didn't see any of that.
But in my room at the Mision in Catavina, I found on the wall a painting that got it just right.
My last day in Baja dawned cold and foggy, with a marine layer sweeping well inland. As I rode north toward Ensenada, I closed the vents in my jacket and turned on the heated grips for the first time since I left Ashland a week ago.
From San Quintin north Highway 1 is pretty much one long string of dog patch settlements punctuated by Pemex stations. I think of it as the New Jersey of Baja (no offense to you Jerseyites). So I didn't stop for anything but gas before veering back east on Highway 3 toward Ojos Negros.
And inmate here had clued me in to this dirt road that goes from there to El Hongo, near Tecate. And since I found myself well ahead of my original schedule, I figured it was worth a look. It didn't disappoint.
The road rises quickly from a few hundred feet above sea level to just above 4,500 ft., and the air temperature drops as you climb.
It has obviously seen a grader during my lifetime, and I made pretty good speed over the summit.
There were isolated groves of oak and pine up on top.
And even fields of wildflowers. A much different scene from what I had ridden through just a few days before.
There was the odd sand patch, a few ruts, and some mud holes. But none of the obstacles were difficult to overcome. A real pleasant ride.
The border crossing at Tecate took all of ten minutes, and I made it as far as Norwalk before LA traffic made me call it a day.
The next day I rode from there, 700 miles all the way home up I-5.
I stopped here, exactly one hour from my house for the final picture of this report. I hope you enjoyed it. I sure enjoyed riding it, and can't wait to get down there again.
Thanks for taking the time to share. Always love seeing Baja from someone else's view.
Thanks! Never been to Baja, always wanted to...
Thanks. Good stuff.
Must have been the same room I was in or they have the same artwork throughout. I think I was in 119 or 120 the night before you. Hope you didn't slip on that wet Mexican tile like Mark did.
Good stuff David, thanks for sharing. I posted a RR on my trip but since in was only 4 days it was moved to day trippin.
BTW I am from NJ and had similar thoughts about Mex 1 and San Quintin.
Thanks for sharing,really enjoyed the RR.We rode Baja in Jan 2012,also stopping in at Coco's,great idea with the black and white photo of Coco,excellent shot!
Excellente, thanks great trip , better report.