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21 days exploring Baja

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Moto Vaquero, Sep 23, 2013.

  1. DOKAMOG

    DOKAMOG HUSKY 501

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    Thanks for the heads up. That was actually one of the routes I was interested in. We tried San Ignacio to Mulege back in '14 and didn't get through. I thought maybe you had a better route than what we tried.
    I really appreciate the reply, Someone sent me the tracks already.
    I'll take that route off the list, I'm not quite as good as Graham Jarvis on my Dual sport. :imaposer
  2. climberevan

    climberevan planning the next journey

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    I'll second the sentiment about routes changing. I also tried that crossing but from E-W last March, and was shut down a few miles past Guadeloupe. IMO, it is impassable for solo riders or pairs: getting through would require a ton of pushing and pulling.

    Have a great trip, and do a TR when you return.
  3. MKJ

    MKJ Married w/ Children

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    Don't be a quitter :D
  4. Moto Vaquero

    Moto Vaquero Trail less traveled

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    Well, I had to try again as this is a fantastic route through the canyon and over the mountain. I'm whipped now :knary
  5. flyingdutchman177

    flyingdutchman177 Adventurer

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    I have that cow's horn
  6. Moto Vaquero

    Moto Vaquero Trail less traveled

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    Hopefully your wench is keeping it filled with ale!
  7. Rhinoracer

    Rhinoracer n00b

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    Your report has inspired me to do a solo off-road run from TJ to Cabo, been planning it for a few years and prepping the bike for the last two.

    Hadn't decided on the route but was planning to rely partly on your tracks, I have read your report several times and love every part of it, thank you for taking the time to write it down.

    Can you share any of the tracks so I can plan my route?
  8. Boxerbreath

    Boxerbreath 2017.5 GS Black Storm

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    Man, I have the utmost respect and envy of the OP's youth a bravery to go it solo so far into Baja.
    Wonderful report and photos...
  9. Moto Vaquero

    Moto Vaquero Trail less traveled

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    If you are in the "right" frame of mind, you will absolutely love the ride/trip. As you have read here, you will be very isolated which can be dangerous yet thrilling!
    Message me your email and I will gladly send some tracks.
  10. Moto Vaquero

    Moto Vaquero Trail less traveled

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    Thanks for the compliment but I think it's more like old and stupid! :hmmmmm
  11. nmtrialsguy

    nmtrialsguy Been here awhile Super Supporter

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    One should be careful about tracks...Like for everything else in Baja, tracks may be passable/possible one year, not so much after rains, etc.:nod
  12. HellsAlien

    HellsAlien a has-been that never-was

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    2020 update: I went up there 2 days ago with rnrdozer and his MotoLoco gang. Rode it west to east, up the box canyon above El Datil.

    VERY tough conditions on the final climb to the pass. All vados blown out, required team effort every one. The road has been abandoned for 10 years.

    And it was raining, a lot. Slick rocks.

    My final waypoint was at 3600 ft, about 3 miles airline to mission Guadelupe. Above that was massive erosion/rockpile for at least 100 yards.

    Dozer and one more rider made in/over through to Mulege in terrible conditions. That is a separate amazing story.

    I turned back at 430 with 2 others.
    We made it back to San Ignacio at 11.15 pm, 80 miles. Raining hard the whole way.
    Miles of mud. Ran out of gas twice.


    All riders made it out OK. It was top 3 toughest ride I've ever done, and one of those was same place 10 years ago, I've been riding for over 50 years.
  13. going south

    going south hero & Zero...

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    I hate when things go side ways like that... But it does make for great story's later....
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  14. Moto Vaquero

    Moto Vaquero Trail less traveled

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    That sounds like one hell of a day!
    Sounds like the last 2 times we attempted it... though we weren't in the rain.
    It appears that your forward progress ended in the exact same place as ours (both times) where the "road" turns right headed up the boulder hill and just past a giant hole in the road.

    I am absolutely amazed that @rnrdozer made it over, must have disassembled their bikes and carried them over in pieces. This is a story I would like the hear! Hopefully he has some photos.

    We will be in Baja in a week and one of the days scheduled will be a new and very adventurous route. Stay tuned...
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  15. HellsAlien

    HellsAlien a has-been that never-was

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    I will still be here, playing Mexican Train with the old ladies!

    They fought their way up/over/down. Said down was worse. Raining too.

    Then they got to the metal padlocked rancho gate around dark.

    Somehow squeezed 2 KTM 500 through the "pedestrian" slot at the edge of the gate. Made Mulege 830.

    He's one of the best riders I've ridden with in 15/20 years.
  16. Moto Vaquero

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    He also must be a real badass! I'm exhausted just thinking about it...:knary

    Oh, and watch out for those "old ladies" they cheat!

    P.S. I'm attempting to get photobucket to unblock my photos...
  17. HellsAlien

    HellsAlien a has-been that never-was

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    I was telling my gal here this event was as close to a single track Seal team qualifier as I will ever see!

    Funny, the guys I rode out with seem to think I'm some kinda badass, at least that's what they were saying.

    I ain't no badass. I just lead out cause my the headlight on my 23 y.o. xr600 is kinda weak in a full blown Baja blast rainstorm at night, and I don't fall down.

    Then I told 'em in the pitch black Baja night after moving gas to my bike that if we live to see tomorrow/next month I turn 67 trips around the sun. The look was priceless.

    Was worth it for that!
  18. MKJ

    MKJ Married w/ Children

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    Do tell...
  19. Moto Vaquero

    Moto Vaquero Trail less traveled

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    We have no tracks and no intel but have an edukated guess where it is...

    Here is a hint...

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  20. jonz

    jonz Miles are my mantra Supporter

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    Count me in for that story :ear:ear:ear
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