Beaches, badlands, brews, bikes and............. BAJA Beaches Badlands Brews 10 riders collected in Florence Arizona, Baja bound again. The recipe for a Baja cocktail was shaken, stirred and served up with a taste of dust, sand, salt, sweat, sun and smiles. Kevin Gallaher led Team Magoo on a second trip, 2013 for myself and a few others followed Big Sprocket all over Baja. The deadly hook of Baja was set, the taste of fish tacos and deep sand riding, missions, sunsets that make a post card, wildness and remoteness, little villages and lonely roads. That sweet taste of local cervezza's and the satisfaction of sharing a ride with honorable members of Team Magoo. Oh what a cocktail served to us all. Top Shelf Ingredients. The taste, ecstasy! Our team consists of Brain & Laurie Behling from Sipapu New Mexico (Taos). Both have been riding all over the country, trials riders and world travlers. This dynamic duo were a team of their own. We marveled at the determination and cheerful spirit in difficult times. Laurie rides a blinged out farkle queen Husky 250, she rides it standing 90% of the time. Brian is strapped into a KTM 500 that he managed so well in crazy fesh fesh fields. This ionic couple were admired daily by all of us. I have known Brian for over 25 years. Bruce Bolander, is the ultimate team member on any team, including his all state selection in basketball this year. Motocross racing, skiing, riding a bicycle from Canada to Mexico, the list goes on and on. Bruce grew up and still lives at Sipapu ski resort and carries all the skills you could ever put on a Swiss army knife. Bruce was our sweeper and his efforts were so valuable and appreciated. Bruce rails his KTM 500. Bruce is kind of old but he acts 35 and backs it up. Chopo is also the mcGiver of Team Magoo. Do not, repeat DO NOT try to ride fast or ski fast with Bruce. :huh Kevin Gallaher, AKA Big Sprocket. Kevin led us around 2 years ago and threw the wood to us all. We were truly missing our all star rider from last year Chuck Sutton, otherwise the whole Team Magoo was there to follow and ride our brains out. Kevin resides close to Baja in Apache Junction Arizona and now professionally guides dual sport rides all over the 4 corners. While out riding solo in the Pacific Northwest last year on his 990, Kevin managed to break is leg and shatter stuff out in the wilds. After a dramatic self rescue he made his way back to Arizona to rehab. Kevin is a work out maniac so he pushed his PT to the limits and against all doctors orders and common sense piloted his KTM 690 as if nothing ever happened. Mounting & dismounting on his 6 foot tall 690 was a dance to say the least. Ray Roblin, Dallas Texas. Long time member of Team New Mexico and near 100 national trials competitions nation wide. Ray has been visiting the Land of Enchantment for decades. Ray made all DR 650 owners world wide proud riding his Suzuki beast in virgin to Ray desert conditions. Ray weeps of common sense and part of his style is just solid riding in all conditions. A big bike and a newb to Baja Ray earned his miles. Ray is also my best friend. Andrew La Rosa is a newb to motorcycles and well the whole gambit of dual sport riding. Andrew assembled a basket case XR400 and the bike never missed a beat. Truly a great bike for Baja. Andrew drew on a lot of road racing bicycle experience and after meeting his new neighbor Big Sprocket, Andrew has like 3 motorcycles in his garage. Once the Baja Bug got into Andrews blood, he was hooked. Andrew just rode so well, everyday was a self guided discovery. Pressure, standing, the magic tempo and cadence of kick starting his Honda, loosing a tail bag of tools leaving Mikes Sky Ranch and adding the magical duct tape fix to riding boots only heightened the whole damn experience of riding Baja. Job well done Andrew. Rob Byrd or Doc Rob lives in Albuquerque. Rob writes the book on consistency and dependability. Rob was so well sorted, an obvious veteran of dual sport and adventure riding. Always ready to go, always right in the thick of things providing his cheeky smile and assistance. Rob is that guy that quietly goes about his business and rides his DRZ 400 with precession and technique. I know that he and Curtis have put in a ton of miles together. I earned a few knuckle 5's from Rob, made my day. Curtis Kohl - NMTrailBoss. Curtis is part geographer (map freak X100), a historian, a mechanic, a GPS guru and incredible navigator, a trials rider and a dual sport rider that has more moto experience in his ADV finger than I have in my whole body. Want to know about a mountain range, river, abandoned rail road or mines, killer routes in Death Valley or Jackson Wyoming, ask Curtis. Curtis is the white filling that holds the Oreo cookie together. Curtis is a guide and a navigator, that guy who is always counting heads and providing the pep talk. Oh one last comment that is a must to understand TrailBoss, he likes to take photos. He hogs the glory spot on the points at the beach with his big red pig XR650 and scurries around like a Beagle as soon as the bikes stop. He is also the last guy to saddle up when we are leaving. I think Curtis took over 1500 photos. Tony Herald - ME! I have ridden a whole lot of observed trials. I bought a XR 250 on a whim. I then got a moto license and flew to Virginia and rode a KLR back to NM. I like to ride motorcycles, especially with a great group in an incredible place like Baja. My first trip to Baja was on a borrowed DRZ. I bought Casper the DRZ not long after my first Baja trip. I have a trials mentality when I ride. It gets me in trouble. I also like to document trips like these. Photos and a few videos. I am also that guy that seems to get into trouble. Someone has to be a pain in the ass on these trips. Big Sprocket laughs at my jokes. I live near ABQ and part time in Kentucky. LAST BUT NOT LEAST Chris Corcoran is Team Magoo. Chris is the brain child of this trip. We all can thank Captain Magoo everyday we bring up Baja memories. Chris has an arsenal of bikes to choose from and he left the Harley (a friends in his garage and it looks silly next to a KTM, Vee Strom, a Sherco trials bike and a XR650). Chris took his well sorted XR650 and I think he surprised himself on what a Baja Beast that bike is. Magoo is the nucleus of our team and his Spanish skilz and banking skilz are a large part of making our trip so easy and fun. Chris also works tirelessly as a board member of NMOHVA. Our yearly Sipapu ShinDig and Monticello Box organized rides are a large part of Chris's efforts with NMOHVA. Thank you Chris Drum Roll..................... Team Magoo - Part Deaux Day 1 This ride report will be a collective effort from all 10 Team Magoo members including Team Dead End. Photo bombs and witty commentary to follow. I don't think I'm the only one that smells fish tacos in the air and the weight of riding boots sitting on the beach in BAJA!