riding/surfing my way south from san diego

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Perdido_, Aug 8, 2019.

  1. Perdido_

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    Took another 70 mile dirt road that took me south of Guerro Negro to the 1. Rode up to San Ignacio and spent the night at rice and beans. Yesterday morning I took the north road from San Ignacio lagoon through the salt flats to scorpion bay, about a 5-6 hour ride. I was never sure if I was going the right way because there are a ton of forks in the road and no signs.. eventually I made it. I’m camping at the point now and I hear a good swell is on its way. Will upload photos if i find better WiFi
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  2. Perdido_

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    The north road from San Ignacio before the salt flats. Not pictured: 2 more blind forks in the road. Later I found out all roads lead to the same place 4F3139CC-C7F3-4248-AA53-381C4A318082.jpeg
    2nd point scorpion bay right at sunset. Surf was small for a couple days until the hurricane swell came through. Surfed 3rd point all day, surf was well overhead 488888F4-820B-463A-9DE0-920B96C9460C.jpeg DBD26AE0-2024-4460-BD0A-85CD4992B2E8.jpeg best view on the point (before the storm rolled through)
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    Zubb he went that-a-way...

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  4. atravelingteacher

    atravelingteacher A Traveling Teacher

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    This is awesome, I plan on doing the same thing in a couple weeks. Do you have a link to the surfboard holder?

    I found one for a moped, not sure if it is the same
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  5. Perdido_

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    I am using the carver moped surf rack. It’s pretty flimsy on its own but if you strap 2 more tie downs around the board it works fine (and is much cheaper than going to a fabricator)
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  6. Perdido_

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    Couldn’t figure out how to upload any go pro videos but here’s a screen shot of the road into San Rafael fishing camp from last week. I hit a deep sandy spot before this video was taken and wiped out hard enough to tweak the handlebars. A mechanic at San Juanico was able to straighten the bars out for just a couple dollars and find me some replacement bolts after the road in shook my bike apart 332648C6-AB40-438E-8638-9ACDA91E4644.jpeg

    Dropped my bike again going slow in deep sand coming into San Juanico. Without thinking I tried to pull the bike back up before it crushed the surf rack and I grabbed onto the exhaust, it burnt through my glove pretty quick and taught me a good lesson. Here is my hand one week later


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    After San Juanico I took the ferry over from la Paz to los Mochis. Was a 7 hour ferry ride, air conditioned and had a cafeteria. Not much to see in los Mochis other than some stray dogs and questionable taco stands. The other ferry takes you straight to Mazatlán but also takes 15 hours and you have stay alongside your vehicle the entire time.

    I’ve been in Mazatlán the past few days staying at a nice hostel. Also been surfing at a really fun beach break about 15 minutes north. Waves have been head high and there’s hardly any crowd, but I am planning on heading to San Blas later tomorrow. Also had the best taco of the trip so far in Mazatlán
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  7. Dirtnadvil

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    Looks like a great trip so far minus the hand and handlebars. Your hitting the surf zone. Tons of surf ( and tacos) for the next 1500 miles or so.
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    In the mid seventies we rented floats just like those every summer in Daytona to body surf. They went away after boogie boards became popular. Can't believe they are $195
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  9. Sandspit

    Sandspit Been here awhile

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    Bumping post up...what happened to the OP??? Too surfed out to post and limited wifi I guess...
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    He has been camping on the beach in semi remote places but yes, wifi has been an issue and his phone is just about useless. He has been updating me with his location Via SPOT. Right now he is at a left point break south of Tecomon, called La Ticla. And yes, he is probably too surfed out by the end of the day. He was going to try and hook up with the other guy that is heading south with a surfboard, but that would be in a few weeks.
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  13. Perdido_

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    Yes haven’t had much internet the past week or so. I’ll try to update this now. After Mazatlán I rode into San Blas and stayed in a cheap cabana on the beach. The surf was flat here but the town was very nice. Left after two days because the mosquitos were everywhere. But, I’d like to come back here another time when there’s more swell

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    From there I went to sayulita, stayed here for a few days after I broke my surf rack and was waiting on a welder to make a new one. I braked too hard on some loose gravel and the bike spun around on me (board is fine). Sayulita was nice to recharge in, but overall was much more of a tourist trap than I was expecting. I think it’s filled with a lot of Americans looking for an authentic Mexican town- but who are too scared to actually go to one.

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    After a few days in sayulita I really wanted to go find some waves. I started making my way south and rode through a decent rainstorm to la manzanilla. This was a really cool small fishing town, I had a big shrimp fajitas dinner for a few bucks and stayed in a hotel to dry off. 5055CECC-7567-47A9-876A-5D3216736289.jpeg BC0FA728-01E3-4527-9485-6779A4F48E63.jpeg
    The next day I rode into pascuales beach about an hour south of Colima. I ran into a group of Australian friends I met in Mazatlán who are also driving/surfing south by car. I’ve been hanging out with them for the past week or so now.

    Pascuales was one of the heaviest waves I have been out in. Much more powerful than Blacks or the La Jolla reefs. I surfed the first two days I was there before the swell really picked up. It was about 5-9 feet and I was able to get into most waves early enough on my twin fin. Once the surf really picked up I was forced to go about a quarter mile down the beach where it’s a lot smaller. The last morning I was there Pascuales was about triple overhead, there was a handful of tow teams doing step offs.
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    After here I went to La Ticla, a left hand point with really good waves and a nice camping area. I camped on the beach here for four nights and got good well-overhead surf every day. There wasn’t much of a crowd, just a handful of European surfers and some friendly locals. Every time you get in from the water there is an old lady waiting at your camp to sell you fresh tamales.

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    Surrounding la ticla are some other really cool beaches and towns.

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    Currently, I am camping in Rio Nexpa next to some friends. First time I have had internet or a shower in about a week
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    Great update! What's your daily budget like? Keep it coming :lurk
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    any pictures of the rack repair?
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    Not including gas, it’s hard to spend more than 15$ a day when your camping. Street food doesn’t cost more than $3 tops for a meal and camping is roughly 2.50 a night
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    Living the dream. Thanks for sharing!
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    I camped at Rio Nexpa for a few days and got some fun surf, nothing too insane but I was still tired from my marathon sessions out at La Ticla. I was surprised to see a handful of other people from Southern California who drove down in vans/RVs.
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    After a hard rain the rivermouth broke open and turned the ocean a dark brown. The current was really strong flowing out and it stranded a couple of fishermen on the other side. Never saw any crocodiles but I’ve heard this spot has a bunch
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    From Nexpa I headed south towards Zihuatenejo. I checked out Saladita and Troncones but both areas were pretty built up and crowded. Usually when all of the signs are in English it’s a sign to keep moving.

    I ended up camping out at a pretty secluded beach called the ranch a little ways away. I think this used to be a semi-secret spot but I was told that they are getting ready to develop the land for American surfers. For the time being it’s a really cool place to stay at. I camped next to a German couple, Laura and Denis, who are exploring Mexico in their Van for the next year.

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    There’s a good left point off the beach but it only breaks in the morning before the wind hits. By noon it is completely blown out and you have to find other things to do. If you are really desperate there’s just enough internet connection to get a Netflix show to download. It only takes about 6 hours per episode

    A local Mexican came by and sold me a bag of fish, he showed me how to clean them and we cooked them over a fire with the German couple. He also charged us to camp there on behalf of the fishermen who take care of the campsites, we later found out he was making it all up and you don’t need to pay.

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    A storm came in and it started to pour while we were making fish tacos. After the lunch it never stopped raining and I only left my tent once in the next 20+ hours so I could ride 20 minutes to the nearest minimarket for more Doritos and powerade. My tent held up though and I never got wet

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    Leaving the ranch a couple days after the storm. It’s about 3 miles of a dirt track to get to the local village

    From here I rode to Acapulco and then took the 95d cuota towards Mexico City. I was low-ish on gas and as soon as I turned onto the toll road it went from the city to the mountains in less than 2 miles. Normally these toll roads have lots of gas stations but once I got on this one there was a sign that said the next station was in 80km.

    Long story short a very nice man siphoned me gas when I ran out 3 miles from the town. I also managed to kill the battery but was lucky enough to be on top of a hill and could bump start the bike. It took me 2 try’s and I got to push the bike back up the hill when I learned it needs to be in 2nd gear to work.. it was a long day but I eventually made it to Mexico City earlier today. Driving around here feels like your in the middle of a war zone. The only law is don’t get hit

    I’m planning to ride to Puebla and then Oaxaca city, and from there to Puerto Escondido in the next few days. If anyone has a good route to any of these through the hills and off the main highways let me know. I would like to get off the toll road for a while and see some more unique towns.

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    Awesome report - I'm in and following along
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