VENTURING SOUTH on DRZ's

Discussion in 'Epic Rides' started by Romanousky, Jan 9, 2013.

  1. woodly1069

    woodly1069 Long timer

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    HOLY CRAP DUDES! :eek1 Hope they don't come after you guys! Get the fuck outta there fast!
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  2. Romanousky

    Romanousky Been here awhile

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    1/23/13

    We were told to stay in San Ignacio and it was only a 60 mile or so ride so we thought we would do that and recoup on energy. Went to look for breakfast and ended up finding an abandoned (or atleast not cordoned off) MX track. Played for a short bit but couldn’t get serious because we weren’t fully geared. Located a shop after the MX track and I ate the best Chilequilas ever for $2.

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    Got to San Ignacio, checked out the mission, nice but not good enough to waste an entire day at. Back on the rode….. I shit you not I probably ate 20 butterfly’s guts on the way. They were thick as thieves and somehow aimed themselves at the mouth vent in my helmet (too hot to close it). For the most part everyone is friendly and even some of the truckers honk horns and wave but somewhere along this route I was heading up hill coming into a sweeping corner and a pickup was coming the opposite way. He swerves hard into my lane and then jerks the wheel back and then comes at me again. I was on the far right side of my lane so there was no where I could go. I don’t know if this was some sick joke or if he was trying to get me to react and crash. He also did it to Alex who was right behind me. F*cker!!

    We made it to Rosalia which is apparently some kind of industrial mining town…..first industry I have seen on this trip. Not too nice of a place though. Marching on we found ourselves in Mulege (moo-la-hay) on the coast and met some friendly ADVer’s that pointed out some beautiful beaches we should camp on just down the road. SIGN ME UP I’m F*CKIN EXHAUSTED.

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    Great night on the beach. Met some like-minded Canadians in a Winnebago that gave us drinks and provided a good location to stay at San Pedrito just out of Todos Santos. Then we ate fish tacos at the small restaurant on the beach. Here is a photo from inside my tent after I struggled to wake up in the morning.

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    1/24/13

    Today’s plan: Only ride a short distance down the beach to Loreto and enjoy the sun, sand, and ocean.

    What actually happened: On the road early yet again. Still running my same tires which are literally bald and packing around my new set. Ate more Chilequilas in Loreto that were ultra-spicy and greasy and just knew I was in for the trots (currently happening right now). Loreto looked like a nice place and we thought about staying but it was just too early in the day to stop riding. On a side note, we have friends staying at a resort in San Jose de Cabo until the 27th so that has been lingering in our mind. At first it was out of the question when we had to spend a night in Ensenda but then became more of a reality when we drove the wrong way and ended up in Guerro Negro. So anyway, decided to pound pavement all the way to San Pedrito. It was during this ride that we ran into the whole Cartel situation described in the above post.

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    San Pedrito used to be a resort area but after multiple rebuilds from hurricane destruction the place finally gave up. It is an abandoned area but still a Surfer’s paradise. There were a few RV’s but mostly burned out hippie type folks that have been there for months. We rolled in on a sand road just before sunset. I dumped my bike in the soft stuff and took everything I had to pick it up. I don’t know how you GS folks do it.

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    While I setup shop Alex ran into town for drinks and food. After some menacing glares from the locals we have since decided that we will no longer be splitting up. Al returned with a 12 pack of Tecate, flour tortillas, canned beans, and pickled jalapeños. It was actually DELICIOUS!!

    Al was not excited about where I set the tent up and I think he stayed up half the night thinking about tides. I was a bit shocked to find the ocean 15’ from my front door after awakening.

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    1/25/13

    Got packed up carrying the least amount of sand as possible. 9:00 AM…on the way to Cabo….already sweltering in my suit…..rolled up to a resort and ate some oatmeal because it was the cheapest thing on the menu. Packed up rolled into San Jose de Cabo 20 minutes later. FINALLY, a shower, sunscreen, shorts, flip flops, f*ck the underwear I’m headed for the ocean.

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    Tim and Forest are old buddies from high school that just happened to be in the area this week. So glad they put us up for the evening. Forest caught an 8’ Marlin the other day and Tim bought some nice Ribeyes. After a little swimming pool, shuffle board, and happy hour we fired up the BBQ’s and did some proper cooking.

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    1/26/13

    I have spent most of my day sitting in the resort lobby updating the website and checking emails.
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  3. Romanousky

    Romanousky Been here awhile

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    Thanks for the support. We can use all we can get. I can't believe how sketchy the majority of this trip had been.good on ya!
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  4. Romanousky

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    Yeah we got the hell out of there. Chillin in San Jose de Cabo about to reignite the adventure tomorrow. Thanks for following buddy.... More to come!
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  5. ontheborder

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    Could you see what these well dressed guys were driving?

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  6. Romanousky

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    Yeah, the cars were parked right alongside the highway but of course I wasn't paying too much attention. It looked like a couple Toyota corollas or even Camry style...probably 10 years old. And a couple pickups....not real big, Nissans or Toyotas. Why, do you have a different idea of what this may have been?
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  7. 150ron

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    Very nice, keep the pics coming, looks like you guys are having a blast,

    how are the DRZ'S holding up?
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  8. aviatorbdm

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    Wow, some beautiful rights coming in at San Pedrito was it? Looks like an incredible surf spot. Have to log that in the memory banks to surf in the future.
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  9. Romanousky

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    Definitely having a good time. DRZ's are holding up pretty well except for the fact that I am leaking all fluids (gas, oil, coolant). The coolant is the standard weeping water pump but it is sobbing pretty good. I just hope no water is going the other direction into the case. Oil is leaking from clutch cover and around clutch side case cover. Gas is leaking from my petcock when in the "ON" position. Knew I should have bought a pingle....even thought about it after I saw the rinky-dink thing that comes on the Safari tank. :norton
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  10. Romanousky

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    Probably the best surf I've seen thus far. Unfortunately my $40/day does not pay for surfboard rental.
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  11. Romanousky

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    Did go get some essentials at the supermarket and cooked our friends our new found delicacy of fish and chicken tacos.

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  12. Romanousky

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    We spent our last night at the resort with all our friends and got up at the crack of dawn to see them off. Excited to be back to the adventure but definitely knew there would be few nights this comfortable in the upcoming months.

    After a little internet browsing we figured we should check out Cabo Pulma national park. The main purpose was to drive the “highway” around the east side of the Baja peninsula because it was all off-road. I highly recommends this as it is an easy ride with breathtaking beaches and viewpoints.

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    We rolled into Cabo Pulma and stopped at the Cabo Pulma Resort & Diveshop. Very highly recommend staying here. Maribela helped us out at the front desk and gave us a great deal on a small villa close to the beach (we were splurging and we shouldn’t have due to our last couple of days in a resort….but at least they were free).

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    Cabo Pulma is only 40 miles or so from San Jose de Cabo so we arrived early. First order of business was to change my tires. Not that they were totally shot but I am sick of carrying around tires. Check out the cupping that was going on with the front tire (these are MT21’s).

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  13. ADVwnbe

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    Love that place, be sure to check out the little restaurant on the right as you head down the main road to the beach. Alicia's I think, super good and great people. The snorkel trip is well worth it if you have the means. Someday I'll take my DRZ down there too! :1drink
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    I love Cabo Pulmo. I have been diving out of there for years.
    National Marine Park and the only living reef in the Sea of Cortez.
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  15. Romanousky

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    Cabo Pulma is only 40 miles or so from San Jose de Cabo so we arrived early. First order of business was to change my tires. Not that they were totally shot but I am sick of carrying around tires. Check out the cupping that was going on with the front tire (these are MT21’s).

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    Tire changing process: Take off rear wheel, go to bar get beers, remove rear tire from wheel, go to bar, install rear tire/wheel and remove front wheel from bike, go to bar, remove tire from wheel, go to bar, replace front tire and install on bike, go back to bar. Yes we dropped the bike more than once getting the front wheel on. However I did not pinch ANY tubes. GREAT SUCCESS!!

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  16. Romanousky

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    You are correct it is Alicia's. Unfortunately they were closed the day we went to eat there. I have done a lot of snorkeling and scuba diving so I didn't feel the need here. The biggest factor is that I am in Baja which is easily accessible and I will more than likely find myself back here one day. Snorkeling in Panama.....probably fork out some money for that one. I really think that is cool that you knew of a restaurant in Cabo Pulma :clap
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  17. Romanousky

    Romanousky Been here awhile

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    Thanks for keeping tabs on me Don1 i could have easily spent a month or two in Cabo Pulmo....very nice community.
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  18. ADVwnbe

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    Too bad on both accounts. Alicia's is great and since this is the only living reef in the Sea of Cortez the snorkeling and diving are exceptional as well. Giant balls of Jacks just a 1/4 mile out lot's of fish on the reef. :eek1
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  19. ontheborder

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    I have no idea. You should of hit the brakes and inquired what was going on. The photos would really add to your ride report. They would be much better than the pics of a cop sitting on a bike. Keep the posts coming.



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