Nunca otra vez la nieve: Baja pt deux

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by ScotsFire, Mar 5, 2018.

  1. ScotsFire

    ScotsFire And then a drifter rode into town...

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    Back for seconds. Crossed into Mexico at Sonoyta yesterday and stayed the night in Puerto Penasco. So technically this suaree starts in Sonora. Didn’t take any picks yesterday as I’ve been in Why AZ, south of Ajo, for the last several weeks. The Sonora desert doesn’t change much when crossing the border. Headed towards the northern mountains of BC today. Plan on being down here for a while, probably at least two weeks, maybe more. But I now feel even stronger that ME riding a little while in Baja, doesn’t count as Epic. So bear with me. And come along if you wish to slog through YET ANOTHER Baja RR.

    Things I want to do:
    Northern mountains
    Whale watch
    Check out the flood damage from the hurricane in San Ignacio
    See the pictographs near there.
    Revisit “The Road of Shame”
    East Cape
    and whatever other mischief I can find.
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  2. goodcat

    goodcat Changing latitudes, altitudes and attitudes

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    good to have another rider in the Baja

    Have fun and hopefully see you here for a few beers
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  3. ScotsFire

    ScotsFire And then a drifter rode into town...

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  4. ScotsFire

    ScotsFire And then a drifter rode into town...

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    Why to Puerto Penasco (Sonora)

    Ok, I lied. Couple pics on the way to Rocky Point.

    The Sonora Desert Mountains are one of the things that continue to amaze me. The barren ruggedness against the sky is always beautiful. The only thing neater is when the rising or setting sun splashes bright color on them.
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    Stayed at the Paraiso del Desierto. It was cheap on the internet. Don’t go there at all. Room had an odd odor, kinda air freshener-ish, but not really. It was noisy like people were building something all night long (on top of the traffic sounds). No hot water in the morning. And the restaurant did not now how to make a margarita.
    Supper at the Friendly Dolphin towards the Malecon was pretty good. Fish steamed in orange juice with veggies.
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  5. liv2day

    liv2day Life is all about how you handle plan B Supporter

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    In!

    Like the title, snow no mas, or something along those lines :thumb

    Looking forward to the next update!
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  6. ScotsFire

    ScotsFire And then a drifter rode into town...

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    Puerto Penasco to Baja south of Mexicali

    Got a late start out of town. I know, big surprise. The coffee house was excellent, and I then found out that my gear to charge the electronics was OOS. Bought a power pack and some parts to fix it later. HW 3 going NW is a decent highway, running along El Pinacate y Gran Desierto de Altar Biosphere Reserve. Basically a wildlife reserve along the border. Lots of aforementioned Sonoran scenery, especially since the road stays out of sight of the Gulf of California for quite a ways.
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    This cholla is not around Why. Yes, I am becoming educated on cacti.
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    Pulled off the highway to work on the bike. Found a road that went out to the Gulf. New Best Maintenance View ever.
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    Just before getting to Golfo de Santa Clara, the hills above the sea are very badlandish.
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    After a gas stop and checking out the lodging opportunities, I got back on the road. The delta area at the top of the Gulf of California is a heavy agricultural area. Lots of green.
    Once I crossed int Baja California from Sonora, it didn’t take long to get yo the MX5and turn south. I stopped for the night at Rancho Mil, run by an American expat whose last name is Thousand. Nice quiet development he’s rejuvenating with a couple of camp sites. The setting on the last bit of the Colorado River was relaxing and quiet. I hit the sack early.
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  7. liv2day

    liv2day Life is all about how you handle plan B Supporter

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    Holy hell that beach looks awesome. Don't know the area at all, is that the Pacific side, or Sea of Cortez? Definitely a great place to do a bit of work on your bike, as long as you're able to get going again...lol.

    Looking forward to following this!
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  8. ScotsFire

    ScotsFire And then a drifter rode into town...

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    It was at the north end of the Sea of Cortez, or Gulf of California, probably fifty miles or so west from Puerto Penasco, still in Sonora. I considered staying the night there, but it was still early and no shade to be found.
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  9. ScotsFire

    ScotsFire And then a drifter rode into town...

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    Never again snow.
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  10. liv2day

    liv2day Life is all about how you handle plan B Supporter

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    Gracias, should have used google translate. Better yet, I really need to re-learn Spanish; downloaded the Rosetta Stone modules, simply need to knuckle down and do it.

    Keep it comin' man :D:D
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  11. goodcat

    goodcat Changing latitudes, altitudes and attitudes

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    looks like some good coastal fishing
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  12. ScotsFire

    ScotsFire And then a drifter rode into town...

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    FYI I’m headed back to AZ. Have some things come up that need some work. Will try to get the pics of where I’ve been shortly.
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