December Baja Trip (LA Weekend Riders, and anyone else)

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  1. notmybikemodelname

    notmybikemodelname KOTW is a myth!

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    It looks like the weekend of December 13th is open for the LA Weekend Riders calendar. I suggested a Baja trip and Joel is in agreement.

    Possibly a three day trip starting in LA/Orange counties. Joel says he has a route in mind. Should probably involve Tecate, El Hongo, Pine Forest, Ojos Negros, Valle La Trinidad, Mikes Sky Ranch, Punta Colonet, San Quintin and back.

    Any ideas?

    And whos' up for this with Joel (IN) and I? DR (IN) Billy (IN), Razr, Sito, Oni, Massiah, TT (IN), Rruger (IN), Nowwhat, etc, etc, etc.

    Might not be (probably not) nOOb friendly

    Here's who is in for Baja Fest 2008.
    12 of 12 spots committed.

    Dunerat
    H8Chains
    Notmybikemodelname
    M1Jeep
    Rruugger
    Beechum1
    Ben99r1
    Trailtrick
    Rammer
    Eggroll
    Herrhelmet
    DannyG
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  2. rruugger

    rruugger formally rruugger

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    They have hookers and beer? IN . Will this be a tent or seedy motel affair?
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  3. notmybikemodelname

    notmybikemodelname KOTW is a myth!

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    Of course, Anthony's in Ensenada is one of the best:eek1 :freaky :photog :ricky :beer :slurp :sweeti :dutch :jose :dg :loaded
    Hopefully this ride will be a little of both hotel and beach camping.

    When Joel chimes in, we'll see what his ideas are.
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    beechum1 Dandole Gas al Burro

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    Subscribed. Penciled in as a pickup in SD or Tecate.
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  5. dunerat

    dunerat WTF?

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    IN....:clap
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  6. NSFW

    NSFW basecamp4adv Super Supporter

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    the 12th is a church holiday in mexico, not sure what the implication?

    there are 2 possible dates in december, 5,6,7 or 12, 13, 14.

    the suggested plan is follow most of the 08 baja 500 route which i am familiar.

    trailer to San Diego
    cross the border at Tecate
    ride to Ojos Negros, get gas, lunch
    ride south to Tres Hermanos
    ride southwest to El Pedregoso
    ride norhtwest to El Burro
    <?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:eek:ffice" /><o:p>ride west to HW1 </o:p>
    HW1, ride south 3.2 miles to Santo Tomas
    Santo Tomas, ride south east to El Chocolate
    El Chocolate, ride south to Ejido Nativo del Valle
    Ejido Nativo, ride west Las Codornices
    Las Condornices, ride south west to La Calavera
    La Calabera, ride south to Punta Cabras
    Punta Cabras, ride south to Puerto San Isidro
    Punta San Isidro Ejido Erendira

    not sure where to camp, but prefer near the beach around Punta Cabras

    I hope Ratman is reading this thread, and/or send him a PM for advise.

    The ride home will be mostly slabs, 130 or so miles?

    Joel
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  7. notmybikemodelname

    notmybikemodelname KOTW is a myth!

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    5-7th out for me. My sons 3rd B-day on the 7th.
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  8. M1Jeep

    M1Jeep Long timer

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    I'm IN! Baja is always a blast! Riding Baja provides a feeling like no other. Kind of like a cowboy in the old west. May I suggest crossing the border at Tecate, as it's the quickest going and coming, unlike TJ which is hectic. Here's a few stop suggestions...from Tecate head south to Valle de Trinidad to the dirt road that goes West to Mike's Sky Rancho and stay the night there. Last year it was $65/person and includes a steak dinner and breakfast. From here head out the same way we came in and continue south towards San Felipe. Continue south past San Felipe, dirt begins at Puertocitos. Stop by Gonzaga Bay for a break and continue to Coco's Corner to say "Hi" to Coco and have a beer with him. From here continue south to Bay of L.A. for another overnighter, which has plenty of accomodations ranging from motels to beach camping. Next morning pack up and head back the way we came and re-enter the US via Tecate and haul ass home.

    Here's a link to my pics from last year's trip. I crossed at TJ, headed south to Ensenada, stayed the night at Coyote Cal's hostile, continued south to Colonet and east on the trail head towards Mike's Sky Rancho for an overnight stay at this infamous ranch. Next morning we headed northeast towards Valle de Trinidad, hit the pavement and continued northwest on Mex hwy 3 to Ensenada and back to the Tijuana border crossing and back home.

    https://m1jeep.smugmug.com/gallery/3623396_CnydU#206720465_xRbYS

    Here's a link to my pics from a 2006 trip to Baja (Baja 1000). This link has pics of San Felipe, Gonzaga Bay, Coco's Corner, then I slabbed it to Catavina, to Ensenada, and back home. I had somewhere around 9 rear flat tires during this trip (2006), ran out of tubes, patches, and was truly an adventure! I met a bunch of nice and helpful people during this trip. My 2007 trip I did not have any flats.

    https://m1jeep.smugmug.com/gallery/2162381_QSXJ8#112025214_YBrtN

    Baja offers, IMHO, the best riding around. It's a must do on any rider's list of places to visit!


    :jose
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  9. M1Jeep

    M1Jeep Long timer

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    Same here...5-7th out for me...I have my son for a weekend visit. A church holiday on the 12th will have no impact for us whatsoever. It's the election day is what we should be concerned with...they stop selling beer that day!



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    scorpion Two arm bandit

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    The day before also :bluduh
    I once rolled into Mazatlan after two hard days in the bush and on the 'Espina' in dire need for a ceveza just to find it was election day. :doh
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  11. notmybikemodelname

    notmybikemodelname KOTW is a myth!

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    Rob, too big of a group could become a little problem. I suggest limit it to 12 riders not necessarily experts, but experienced. The bike has to be reliable and the rider did his preventive maintenance, with tools and critical spare parts.
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  13. notmybikemodelname

    notmybikemodelname KOTW is a myth!

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    Agree 100%
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    dunerat WTF?

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    if truckin to our bordercrossing, is there a safe place to leave trucks:huh or is the route still undicided /what about documents for crossing the border back into the us:eek1
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  15. NSFW

    NSFW basecamp4adv Super Supporter

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    dr, how many bikes can your trailer and brand new dodge diesel truck can handle ? :D

    save me a spot :wink:
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  16. NSFW

    NSFW basecamp4adv Super Supporter

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    This one is about 500 miles from San Diego border to border, 3 days to ride.

    We need to put it on a diet and shoot for 400 miles total.

    [​IMG]
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  17. notmybikemodelname

    notmybikemodelname KOTW is a myth!

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    My wife's cousin lives in SD. We can leave our vehicles at her house.
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  18. NSFW

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    cool.......i'm carpoolin with dr, so from here on it's all sucaz for me! :lol3

    i'll even rig the x-mas raffle so dr gets to win the major prize :freaky
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  19. notmybikemodelname

    notmybikemodelname KOTW is a myth!

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    Yeah....you guys can swing by and pick me up on the way.
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  20. beechum1

    beechum1 Dandole Gas al Burro

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    I'm a white boy, I live in TJ, I cross the border every day. I say that to add credit to my 2cent.

    While in MX:

    I've never been stopped and asked for MX insurance. I've only been asked for REG etc twice. All stops were just trying to get beer and taco money, and out of the 5 times I've even been stopped, i paid once (20$), just because i had a load of walmart stuff on the back of the bike (I didn't want to have to worry about.)

    Coming back north:

    For the bikes, the most you'll need is reg and proof of insurance IF the CHP is sitting there and checking. This is not that often, and not a worry in my book, but to be thorough, I'll mention it.

    For the Riders, Your DL will sufficient for a photo ID, and one of the following:
    1. Original Copy of Birth Certificate
    2. Passport
    3. Passport Card

    For those who don't have these docs and still want to ride. You can still get back in, but it may take you a bit longer. At the end of the day, they can't deny entry to a US citizen. Proving that may take a bit longer depending on gate guard and time of day, and time of month if applicable.

    For running into policia and federales, and for that matter crossing the border, a smile usually goes a long way. Stupid american can help at times also. I speak a tick below fluent spanish and have only had to pay a fine of 20$ once in 5 years in MX.

    Any questions about the mechanics of dealing with MX's i'll be happy to answer.
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