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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by neduro, Mar 3, 2011.
I'm so in for this one. I just hope I don't have to wait until I'm 70 to join in.
....ya had me at "Baja"....
Ned's Baja stories are the best.
Sleep came early and deep- van rest and beauty sleep are not synonymous. In the morning we went to breakfast at George's and ran into Trail Tricks and Enduro360 by chance, always fun to chat with those guys. I neglected to get a picture, guess I wasn't firing on all cylinders yet.
Loading the bikes:
A word on luggage- the other guys ran Wolfman's Enduro Saddlebags as I have done previously, and they are good, but they flop around a bit and aren't waterproof. For this trip, I was trying for the first time the new Rollie system, which puts a base on the bike that 3 waterproof bags strap onto.
It gets 9 on a scale of 10 from me- it's totally bombproof, doesn't flap at all in any situation, totally waterproof, and very flexible- you could throw more stuff on if you needed to. Only marks against it are that it takes 12 separate fastex buckles to thread in the morning, which is a bit onerous. It's totally out of the way, though, and I never once thought about it while riding which is a first on dirtbike luggage for me, usually I'm feeling it with a hand all the time to make sure it hasn't shifted or whatever.
Ready to go:
Then it was some boring mileage south (Coco's in the hospital again, prognosis is good but send some positive thoughts his way), some more SCORE course, and finally onto some singletrack.
I found this trail way back in 2005- Ride Report from that trip- and it remains an absolutely phenomenal trail. Some good shots from riding:
And so into Bahia de Los Angeles.
We had a long conversation with a Mexican (his english was excellent!) at dinner, and he wanted to know why Americans have gotten so greedy lately, I guess I share his concern.
It already feels like we belong down here, like we're settled in. Life is good.
I couldn't find any info online about this system. Is it something us mere mortals can source
It's on Wolfman's homepage!
Google Fu to you, http://www.wolfmanluggage.com/Rolie/index.html
Ratz! beat me by this much!!!
Great ride so far. Love baha.
You're making me miss Baja, Ned.
It sucks to see the businesses hurting down there, I know how much they depend on the tourism revenue.
If you'd have spelled it correctly I'd have found it
He started a thread in Vendors months ago.
Way back in 2007, when Pyndon and I were prerunning the 1000 for the Team Double Barrel madness we ran across a Baja legend whose name I'll leave out here, and we struck up a conversation while we were stealing a tie-down to hold Pyn's bag to the bike.
He told me about a trail he'd just finished building and I thought right away that I had to get back and do it, ASAP. Trouble is, the trail is a long way from anywhere, and every time I've been to Baja since (something like 5 times!) reasons have cropped up that kept me from riding it.
I think there's another reason, at a philosophical level, I love the mystery of a trail unexplored. I knew absolutely for certain that this would be a magical ride, and I'm not sure I wanted to conquer the mystery too fast. Well, enough waiting. Today is the day.
I was right, it's a good-un:
Dr Seuss tree madness:
I just love swerving through the desert on singletrack:
David's comment: "The takeoff is right for about 6 lanes, but the landing is at only 2".
Is there a better way to see the world?
Finally warm enough to take off all layers. For the only time on the trip, and only for about 8 miles.
Yeah, I guess it's kind of OK.
The ocean! We made it!
David and I were like little kids, sliding and wheelying and sliding again. Mike "the adult" had to remind us there were miles to cover yet. Yes, dad.
Life really is good.
Mas, por favor!!