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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by inte, Nov 6, 2006.
...uploading pics now ...
Darkness is no problem, it was the fog on the coast that was killing Me.
hey, don't leave us in the dark!
Got called away ... more to come as soon as I'm back around and recover from your pun...
Narrative coming soon ... in the meantime, a few of this weekend's activities included:
The rest stop:
The wrong way:
Oh boy, there goes my work ethic! I have to pretend...
nice teeth ouch. Did the chain pull at all on those poor fellas?
ALTERNATE THREAD TITLE: "The Austraila-US-Mexico Weekend Trip"
...I'll let Kampton fill in the details on that one .
While I was riding the 950, K was on a less freeway-friendly four-fifty, so the decision was to truck to my regular spot at the beginning of a 25-mile twisty pavement run to the border. This trip I actually had a dirt option planned to get us there, however it turned out to be a heavy locked gate - no go arounds without cutting a lot of barbed wire ... ended up just taking a pavement detour around the proposed route. Possibly a good thing as my original plan was perhaps a little overambitious ... I wanted to do the US dirt, then get through the border & hop onto Mexico dirt & head over to some hotsprings I know of. There's also a waterfall that goes into a swimming hole that's about 15' deep - very cool place. Sandy river beaches, a small grass meadow ... neat spot.
By the time we got to the dirt south of the border, I realized the new Euro-spec 950 headlight was going to get an unplanned-for test...
This spot is very cool ... BUT there's a locked gate at a rancher's place that you have to ask them to unlock just to access the road that gets you to the trailhead where you hike back to the hotsprings...and they don't allow motorcycles on the road. And is was nearly completely dark. Fortunately, I've been there before & happen to have a lot of mutual friends with the rancher, so they not only unlocked the gate, but let us ride back to the trailhead.
Daylight was pretty much overwith when we started hiking...
The swimming hole was VERY dimly lit by my flash in the pre-moonrise lighting:
It was good Chupacabra hunting weather though...
We tripped & slid out way over the rocks in the inky blackness to the bikes & hit the trail back to camp.
The headlight pointing the way towards tomorrow's adventure...
The next day we awoke to fantastic weather ... I mean really good. The guy at the Pemex even commented on what a nice day it was to be heading where we were *planning* to go.
The original plan was to go grab some breakfast in town, but our host from the previous night had just made some pumpkin loaf ... and given us an entire one.
Breakfast situation taken care of ... we opted for a quick warmup ride to a nearby spring I know of that has a couple fun trails leading to it
The spring has a nice view & great parking...
...although access to the parking might prove to be a little challenging ... Ned's class is highly recommended before heading up the hill }
After taking in the view it was off to the east & all that awaits there...
Including all the chain guide bolts falling off the 450.
Not a bad spot for some trailside repairs though...
The trail sentries were out in force as well:
The scenery seemed to increase nearly in proportion to the difficulty at times ... this was a VERY fun route & one I'll be planning on doing again. There are a couple options that involve riverbeds & floodplains that Kampton & I think may connect certain valleys. A 2nd trip with a bit more fuel is already in the works !
A brief stint on a main-ish road saw stuff like this in the middle of nowhere:
The trail got faint in parts...
Then the trail basically disappeared & we were riding through a riverbed/meadow thing...
By this time the 450 was getting a little thirsty as well...
After K's fuel stop courtesy of MSR, we got back on the trail & continued the journey...
More to come ... we haven't even made the lunch stop yet!
Hello inte!!! Great ride images! you said you knew your way around down there - seems so from these images! If you do it again, would you go the 950 or smaller bike? Did my first Big Bear trip a week ago and had a blast! I got to get back up there, but sometime I got to get with you on one of these mex-trips! Can't wait to see more of your images!!!
I prefer to ride the 950 on all but the most extreme trips down there. It's more work in the sand & really tight stuff, but that's far outshadowed by how nice it is everywhere else IMO.
I've pretty much always got a trip of some kind planned down there as work/life allows... I'll keep ya posted or PM me if you want to head down sometime!
Thanks for getting this thing going Inte! I dropped off the 450 this morning for a check up and some "minor' repairs and mods. Did you know they have BLACK radiator fins?! Also, our good buddy Eduardo over at Three Brothers took one look at the sprocket and said that they've had two in there in the past month! One from a guy who owns a XR 650, rides highway ONLY and complained that he shredded the 49 in 1000 miles! Given the nature of the soft alluminum, I can only imagine that those pavement burns are what did it. Ironically, I came across two stainless Stealth sprockets that I bought for San Felipe when I got home! D'oh! If my 450 makes it down there again I will definitely slap one on. Then again, I think the 640's going to be the bike...
On a lighter note, I think you may have forgotten some images! Remember the bomb run into the watering hole?!:
...and the source of the "How many amateur ADV Riders does it take to change a flat" joke?! (Should I be making this joke seeing as we later found out that the bald dude broke his leg a half hour later?!) :eek1 :
...and the "Hey does this bike make me look fat?" shot?:
...or the impromtu Pemex attendant?
I think that about covers it. Oh, and don't ever forget to site me as the source for your WD-40 trick. You got that buddy?