2 amigos, 2 xr650r, 5 days of Baja

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  1. freeflow

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    ok, ride report mode is on. warning ! alot of photos !!!

    I am very lucky to have a great riding buddy living in Arizona. so, to break midwest winter riding blues, I can fly out and ride.

    I was able to buy a very sweet XR650R from Winterhk :wave here on ADV and am able to have it stabled in arizona at my bros place (AZduster) in Cave Creek AZ. :thumb

    so we were able to get a few days away from our grind and go riding.
    this will be brief with alot of pics. All I can say, is this site and the people here helped fuel and expedite this Baja blast.

    last spring we were able to do our first recon on Baja via KLRs. this time was to be different.
    XR650Rs. great, tough bikes. for us and in compariosn to last year's KLR ride, this was to be a dirtier and harder ride to get to more remote spots and explore. life is good.

    I flew in and our buddy and fellow ADVers, Troopfuel, was gracious enough to pick me up at the airport. thanks man.:thumb

    then it is a bit of pre ride party and getting the bikes ready and packed.

    mounting up fresh tires
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    AZduster'ds garage has a spread of bikes for all types of rides :augie
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    we loaded them into his truck and hauled the bikes and dropped the truck at a client aquaintance who winters in Yuma AZ.
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    cheers to Frank and Nancy. thanks for being gracious to let us park our truck at your place. :thumb [​IMG]


    Frank is a retired marine escaping the Wisconsin wintering in Yuma. :thumb
    we geared up and ready to head to the border

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    we crossed at Algodenes to roll thru Mexacali west to Rumerosa and fueled up

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    we ripped thru the high road to Mike's sky ranch after slabbing to bypass Mexicali from Yuma area
    we turned onto the dirt road at La Rumerosa. BTW, as this route heads up in elevation, there are nopw signs posted warning of future road closures due to wind farm developers buying up the land :cry

    first stop was for some lunch at Rancho Del Rodeo.

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    a nice place.

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    ok we had a crappy lunch that they ripped us off for...a tecate , beans and a machaca buritto...overpriced ripoff crap IMO...they failed. shoulda asked price first. this was $20 for the 2 of us. $7.50 for the bit of beans and 2 'burritos :lol3. :huh worst food for the whole trip and any of my trips in Latin america. not be be too negative, just stating the facts.

    whateva. onto south out of the over touristed BS of north Baja. as others have noted, development and commercialism in Baja is advancing rapidly. we were amazed at how much more we noticed since last year.
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    we roll thru Laguna Hansen area and soak it in. nice to be in Baja again

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    we stopped to admire this tree carving out a life in a rock. this is fortitude defined.

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    we had some GPS tracks to help us thru the high road in our short amount of time. some routes required a bit of ad lib. :augie

    I hiked to scout a route around an obstacle (south of the sawmill)

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    we can ride this to get around the "construction". PS gaspipe et al. this route no longer reccomended:augie

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    as previously mentioned on ADV, respect the gates, open and close them behind you. this is one of many.

    not many pics here. we were makin on a fun ride route . :ride

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    we came out on the highway and were sipping fuel, so were able to procure some on MX3
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    we were makin time to roll into Mike's Sky Ranch at sundown (tomorrow the ride starts :deal)
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    we rolled into Mike's and it was busier than last time were we there . last time the place was empty.:lol3

    BUT we met fellow ADVer motomike :loco

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    after a nice evening of meeting a few fellow riders, and some :freaky, I was up predawn while the whole place was asleep.

    the local dogs greet me with zeal as I walk around the place and take in the morning air.

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    Mike's sky ranch is a fascinating place, and I always ponder the effort , vision and persistence it took for construction in this remote area.:thumb
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    we pack up and head out. we again are reminded how much we both love the start of a riding day. perfect weather yet again. a nice spirited ride out of Mike's to San Matias to top up with fuel
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    getting fuel in san Matias, they are open dawn to dusk BTW (on the west edge of town0
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    we hit a little bit of slab to head over to Laguna Diablo to head south. some of the SCORE course parallels this pavement in some sand whoops. bouncing along sand whoops while staring at pavement seems silly to us this morning. yawn. :lol3
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    turning onto the lake bed route
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    falling in love with the XR. it feels like it was built for this place.
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    I dunno WTF Todd is doing. -lol3
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    we blast across the lake bed and onto the "zoo" road towards San Felipe to get south
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    the desert is in bloom and beauty is everywhere.
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    thru San Filipe and towards one of our favorites, Gonzaga Bay.
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    this road to Gonzaga has has many pics posted here on ADV. it truely is beautiful and a welcome change from winter in Wisconsin :lol3
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    we roll into alfonsina's for some much anticipated fish tacos for late lunch and once again get sucked into the Gonzaga vibe and decide to chill out and are able to procure a room. let the games begin.
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    a few hours later some other riders show up , and move their bikes next to their reserved room :lol3. say Hi to Motomike and his valdez KTM :loco
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    time for some beer and tequila and another great dinner.
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    a group of about 20 riders showed up after doing a day of single track from the pacific side (san quentin) to here...nice to here their tales.
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    once again, the next morning I am up before the sun and the place seems deserted.

    I stroll about and shoot some pics. Gonzaga mornings are powerful. get here when you can to feel it.

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    the gulls are stirring on the back bay.
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    magical colors
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    I savor the dawn as others start to stir. soon the place becomes busy with 20-30 riders pacing about seeking coffee and desayunoa (breakfast). we decide to skip it and hit the trail for a morning ride towards Coco's
    we stopped to watch this cessna 210 take off from the airstrip (at about 8 am....)...we will fly into here someday :thumb
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    Looking good Jeff! :thumb
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    we blast our way towards Coco's corner. getting off the gravel road and onto the sand was something my throttle hand couldn't resisit. morning rides are exhilirating and I blast along with a huge grin in my helmet . damn, I can feel it all over again.

    the desert is beautiful.

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    and so are XR650s :lol3
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    we swap the lead a few times and space out to avoid a dust breakfast :lol3
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    we pull into Coco's by 8:30 and are greeted with a cold beer...sure, why not, one beer for breakfast :lol3
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    Coco is off to hospital for leg amputation. it has been a long battle for Coco and this is covered in other areas of this forum.
    word had not gotten back to his helpers yet. they assumed the surgery was done and he'd be back in 2 weeks. but he hasn't had the surgery yet. cheers to Coco.

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    AZDuster wouldn't sample the Coco pebbles :lol3
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    we exchange pleasantries and push on towards the calamuje wash :thumb
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    wet grasslands in the desert. an interesting sight
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    I decided to drop the XR take a slow short nap here :lol3
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    we zigzag across the refreshing water. they say Baja is getting popular, but we don't encounter any other riders on the trail the whole trip, .:dunno
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    we climb up and out of the sandy gravelly wash into this beauty.
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    the colors are great and are never captured on camera near as good as in your mind's eye.
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    we hook up with the pavement to get lunch and gas in Bahia de Los Angeles
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    Los Hamacas, we always had a great meal here in BDLA
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    we roll on towards San Francisquito.
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    more desert beauty. hearty life.
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    graded gravel roads. the XR gobbles this stuff :thumb
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    we spread out to avoid dust eating :lol3
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    I was uncontrolable at the beginning of the trip and was very hard on this Dunlop D606 tire. totally my fault:baldy. this tire ran the rest fo the trip without problem. it is incredibly tough
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    the geology changes as we near the viscaino desert area
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    we arrive into san francisquito (adjacent to yet another nice small airstrip )
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    we've seen pics of this wonderful place, and decided we must see it for ourselves. very nice and proud people here. small fishing village. only about 8 people around including 4 pleasant children. Mama Rosa :thumb
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    a successful fishing day yielded this for the locals.
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    seguaro cactus siding. :thumb
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    we secure a palapa for the night and settle into the local aura
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    the local kids impress us with their riding skills. this trail 70 had a cracked plastic gas tank, so thye have a plastic water bottle the drags along at the other foot pegs for fuel. it works and so does the horn beep beep beep beep beep :lol3
    his name escapes me :baldy :ear...and was proud to get a sticker :lol3
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    this little cutie was a happy girl. polite and always waving at us.
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    the fish were fileted and ready to prepare dinner. thank you !
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    the dos hermanos provided us with some tequila :eek1 :lol3
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    cheers :augie
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    we crushed some fish tacos. excellent :thumb
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    we had a great evening of relaxing and star gazing. now this. I'm sure, right now it is business as usual in san Francisquito. they have a happy and relaxed life. good people, good lifestyle :thumb

    early morning was a bit foggy and surreal. the sun quickly burned off the fog.
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    we were able to buy some gas here (it had a magical redish color to it):lol3

    as we headed out, this friendly guy was slaughtering a goat for dinner

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    we head towards El Barril to explore (note the redish fuel color :dunno)
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    100+ yr old beodge at the harbor in the little fishing village El Barril
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    washed out road past the town dump
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    we dropped down into a wash and found another route south. this is a rancher's cattle winch setup . resourceful :thumb
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    lunar landscape devoid of people :thumb
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    great view of a forgotten valley
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    feeling like a stranger in a strange land, you know, where people play games with the night?...
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    I see a cliff and wonder if it is BASE jumpable :augie
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    another stunning view
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    we drop down into this gravelly wash and head west
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    we spooked a pair of wild burros
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    this looked like a good place to stop and have a snack. fresh breeze, dry air, good vistas :thumb
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    a few miles up the road and down the hill the roaqd ends here ..this is Santa Barbara ranch. nice young man, Juan informs us the road goes no further and not possible to continue. he looked a bit startled. lonely out here I'm sure.:huh?...
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    GPS say 6 miles straight line to Mission St Gertrudis, we have to try.

    beef jerkey being made :lol3
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    we see a track into a wash area and go check it out....pick a line thru this and bang along :lol3
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    Todd hangs back a bit
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    I round the bend and see this boulder was goes on for a long long way. so we decide we must backtrack :baldy
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    from there we ride back thru the many gates, and ride like the wind back to Bahia De Los Angeles.

    on the way out and before playa san rafael, we run into 4 riders (XRL, TE610, etc and the first riders we have seen on the road). they had a flat. turns out 3 of them are here on ADV and live within 60 miles of my home in Wisconsin and the 4th was on a new KLR from west virginny. :lol3 when I asked them if they heard of ADV..."yes, that is why we are here"...cheers to Erock, Adventureslave and ??____ hope your trip is going well. BTW, nope , there is no bank in san Francisquito :lol3 :thumb

    back to BDLA and a late lunch we decide to stay here for the night
    (pollo and bacon and celery steamed in a foil duck :thumb)
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    Todd goes on a beer run and we park it
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  11. slogger

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    Great report. Keep it up!
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    Another excellent Baja report :clap

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    Awesome report!
    When you said,

    "I was uncontrolable at the beginning of the trip and was very hard on this Dunlop D606 tire. totally my fault:baldy. this tire ran the rest fo the trip without problem. it is incredibly tough"

    Did the chunking occur on the slab?

    I'm slowly setting up my XRR and wonder what sort of header/pipe you are running?

    Looking forward to more of the RR! :lurk
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    yeah, I stressed the tire on the first 100 miles of slab. like an unbridled lunatic. I ran it too fast too long...75++ish :augie for an hour or so stressed it I'm sure. then the 100 or so mile of dirt spirited throttle whacker idiot. :lol3 I just couldn't contain myself. :lol3

    3 lugs were tore off by time we hit Mike's. and 4 more cracked pretty bad. others were more worried than I , it is a tough carcass and I ran the rest of the trip with it. only about 1200-1300 miles total. todd's pirelli scorpion ws toast!. pics to follow of final tire use

    the header pipe is the Big Gunn full exhaust. it rips ! :deal..I give it a A+

    dirtbagz got an A+ too. :thumb they handled a few minor tipovers and one mid speed crashe :augie :lol3
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    after a nites rest in a mosquito filled hotel room :lol3, we struck out in the morning to try to find the start of a single track route a local rider told us about. Bahia de los angeles is a great place with diverse riding, fishing, diving opportunities. this will be a future base camp :augie

    we roll to the north of town, while the town was just stirring.

    again, beauty greets us. beauty is truely everywhere if you allow yourself to see.

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    clear cool Sea of Cortez waters
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    you can't help but to feel at peace here
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    I took this pic, then picked a rock from here to bring back to my gal, Shelly. she has to find the rock in this pic. :lol3
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    Todd can't help himself and needs to do a mini hill climb :lol3
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    we follow the directions to find this path which leads to a technical single track called "hole in the wall"..
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    this little road heads right up to an abandonded mine, we go left and drop into a wash
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    we figure out later this is the "T" we were told about...going right goes past another small old mine and to the sea of cortez.
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    we check it out and go left
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    we come across and old survey marker of sorts :dunno
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    then it turns uphill into this rocky single track (see Todd in the center)
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    we crest this ridge and take in the view
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    hearty life always finds a way
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    this is where the track continues for another 20-40 miles, and we leave it for another day when we have time, and tires :lol3
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    we head back down this
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    the pirelli
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    the dunlop D606 (the first ply of cords is still intact, not bad, only 500 + miles to go !):lol3
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    we head back out and get on a bit of slab to km marker 24ish area and turn off the pavement on a route we were told to check out.
    once again the colors are fantastic !
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  17. chappers2002uk1

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    ah looks good my man
    im very jelous but hey, thats why we do it. To feel the experience ourselvs right?
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    Excellent report FREEFLOW. Someday, someday.

    Shelley missed your ass. She started a thead in the basement.

    I'm going to take that XR for a spin if I'm ever up in your area again.

    Great pictures!
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    very cool. cant wait to do a wisconsin->baja trip :D
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