Day 2 continued On most Baja rides, this next section between San Felipe and Gonzaga is normally just a couple of hrs. of slab. It used to be a lot more fun before the highway. Oh well, progress. Scott (Moto Vaquero) tried to ride the dirt and sand as much as he could to Puertecitos. That sounded different and new, so, we'll try also. Easier said than done. We tried to get on the beach north of Rancho Percebu. We wasted a lot of time and energy in deep sand washes trying to just reach the beach. We eventually made it, sort of. The beach is just on the other side of that huge, wet, slick, mud flat. No problem, we got this. We were cruising down the flats, when Lica called me on the Sena to let me know the ground was getting really soft. So, I stop before it gets nasty. Osito was in front of me and has yet to buy a Sena (or a high fender, for that matter). All I could do was watch the inevitable happen. His poor fender is getting worked on this ride. Bartek and I went to scout a path to the beach. Bartek split away from me to blaze his own trail... Meanwhile, on the beach... We regrouped soon after, but not before noticing some loud chain popping noises coming from Bartek's bike. We made him spin the tire under load to try and figure out where the noises were coming from. It turns out that the chain was starting to throw some rollers. They were both on the rivet master link. Maybe the master link was pressed a little too tight and caused the failure. I'll never say that big KTMs are unreliable. However, I will concede, that carrying a bucket load of spares is a good idea. I had a short length of chain and 2 clip-on master links with me, just in case. Oso prepared. Alright, finally! we are on the beach. Whoo Hoo! We were about to discover that we were actually on a sand spit that was not connected to the main beach. Doh! Kelly was watching the spot tracker and zoomed in to get a capture of our mistake. If only we had had satellite photos to look at. We still had fun riding on the beach.