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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Charla, Jan 19, 2010.

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  1. Hayduke

    Hayduke ///SAFETY THIRD/// Supporter

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    This next part is something I've been struggling with. I wasn't sure how to post it.

    The day we crossed back into the US, we posted in another thread that really only a few of us read, but I don't think I can really do any better than we did that night, when the thoughts and emotions were fresh. I'm just going to drop the story in here, from Tami (Bonnie Abbzug and me)...


    This is what we wrote:



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  2. Hayduke

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    Tami was sad. Tears were shed- she figured this was the last she'd see of her bike....

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    The lip on this thing is much higher than it looks...especially when you're rolling at about 50mph... :uhoh

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  3. Hayduke

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    After awhile...



    Dick on the red quad:

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    Unloading/draining Tami's bike, and loading everything onto the 950's...

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  4. Hayduke

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    :cry :cry :cry :cry

    I'm crying again here as I read through this again.... one of the worst days ever.

  5. Hayduke

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    :cry
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    A pic while I gather it together...

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  7. Hayduke

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    :cry
  8. Hayduke

    Hayduke ///SAFETY THIRD/// Supporter

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    I've been putting off finishing this up because I just didn't want to read through that again. :cry

  9. Hayduke

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    The XT stuck between some trailers on the beach at Gonzaga Bay...

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    I have to say, I didn't expect to see it again, and I still don't know why they did it, but it's a testament to the kind of good people that Brian, his Dad, Mike, and the rest of this great family/crew are; they brought Tami's bike to Yuma as Dick promised. I don't know how to repay them.

    The bike is still in Yuma at Burt's house, and we'll get it and get it back into running shape whenever we get a chance to go back.

    Thank you Brian (bajazona) and Mike (shortcutsmc). :bow
  10. scarysharkface

    scarysharkface Broke it/Bought it Supporter

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    Wow. So sad.
  11. Hayduke

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    January 17th....

    We didn't sleep much, but we were ready to get on the road before the sun came up. Still, by the time we had some breakfast, packed, etc., it was warming up nicely. We headed over to the Rancho Grande store to pick up some water, and we were happy to see Coco roll in in his pickup. :thumb

    He saw that we were two-up on the 950...

    "Where's your bike?" he asked. "I broke it. We have to leave it." Tami said.

    "Well, you can just stay here and live with me! :evil"

    Coco's hittin' on my girl again. :bluduh :lol3

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    On the road again...

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    I really like riding 2 up with Tami, but not on this rough, loose SOB of a road. Sitting down was just painfully slow, so soon we were both on the pegs and rolling pretty good... 48mph seemed most comfortable.

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    Soon we hit the new pavement and could wick it up a bit.




    Not much to tell after that. It didn't take long to get to San Felipe, and we visited Rice and Beans for lunch, then we sort of hauled ass all the way to the border. We crossed the border in Algodones in a few minutes, and rode to Burts place to get the truck. Driving home was uneventful, and we had fun reliving some of the trip and making plans for our next one.

    I've often seen Gaspipe swear off Baja for awhile- so many other places to see, and so little time. Yet he always goes back. Baja pulls you in; the mysterious mountains, the history, the alien plant life, the beaches, the friendly, helpful people. I don't know what it is about this place, but it's calling me back already. You can't just go once. I promise.

    The End.

    Amen.
  12. ganshert

    ganshert not sleeping

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    I think I just lost a bet :deal
  13. jjustj

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    for the pics, the laughs and the sharing.:bow
  14. knybanjo

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    That was a great report of an awesome trip!! :clap

    You proved my early prediction of this becoming one of the top ten best unfinished ride reports to be wrong. :bow




    I wish the sad part had not happened :cry






    I was stalking...er....I mean following all of your Spot trackers while you were in Baja and posting a few screenshots for the other basement dwellers each day. :D

    :deal
    We all became concerned the day your spot got "stuck" out in the middle of nowhere!! :eek1

    CLICK HERE to see all the chatter that day....we were all relieved to hear from you the next day. :nod







    Thanks again for taking the time to share your experiences with the rest of us!! :clap
  15. Charla

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    As the events unfolded that day the rest of us were all home safe following Duke's SPOT and wondering what the heck was going on and hoping that everyone was ok.

    Imagine how shocked we were a couple days later when the whole story was posted. :cry

    Brian found us in Pull Up A Chair and made this post

    Godspeed Dick, and our thoughts continue to be with Brian and his family.
  16. Hayduke

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    Godspeed, Dick. :cry

    Thanks for posting that, Charla.
  17. mommer

    mommer bring on the world!!!!

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    well, he did pass in a place that he loved, i heard some of the stories of what he had done in his life....

    anyway, duke and tami.. i love you guys, and wouldn't have wanted to have that happen with anyone else.. i really can't wait till the next time..:deal :thumb
  18. Charla

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    I hate to end the report on such a sad note so we'll toss in a bit of melancholy and hopefully get a few more smiles.

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  19. Hayduke

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    :clap :clap :clap


    That was awesome!

    Despite that last day, this was the best trip ever. I can't imagine a better group to ride with. [​IMG] :beer

    Let's go again!
  20. IdeaWife

    IdeaWife Been here awhile

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    NICE! :clap :clap :clap :clap :clap :clap :clap :clap

    Thanks everyone, that was awesome!
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