Three Weeks in Baja on a WR250R

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  1. Keithag65

    Keithag65 Been here awhile

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    BJ was having an issue with his pre-runner truck.
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    The guys are ready I guess. I would be going down to the intersection, then head toward BOLA.
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  2. Keithag65

    Keithag65 Been here awhile

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    My plan was to ride to the east side of the Window Rock trail, cross the dry lake bed, and wait for the guys. I wanted to take it easy and just be a loner for awhile.
    My plan went perfect. There's didn't.
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    It was like heaven on earth out here on this day!
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    Here is where I would wait, and wait, and wait!
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    The rock was out there somewhere, but I didn't feel like struggling in that sand. Besides, I was alone.
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    Keithag65 Been here awhile

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    Some more things in the desert that while being pretty, are designed to hurt you. IMG_1479.jpg

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  4. Keithag65

    Keithag65 Been here awhile

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    I waited about an hour and didn't see any sign of them. It was getting late and I figured I should just head to BOLA.
    Our leader is a Baja veteran and very good at taken care of himself and the group.

    That was the way I came in.
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    At this point if you keep heading east you will get to the real hard part of the Window Rock trail.
    I made some arrows to turn right and head south toward the dry lake bed and pavement.
    I'm sure he already knew the way to go, but better do it anyway.
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    It was such a fun ride this evening.
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    Keithag65 Been here awhile

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    Keithag65 Been here awhile

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    It was about an hour before dark when I hit pavement. I took a left and headed toward BOLA.
    Dropping into Bay of LA.
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    Here's where it gets a little interesting.
    I came to the first gas station where the truck and one of the riders was waiting.
    They thought the other riders should have been there by now.
    It turns out that when they left for the Window Rock, a couple of the hot shots took off and left everyone else. They didn't even know where they were going. By the time they all grouped up, our leader decided that there wasn't enough daylight left to ride that trail.

    Instead, he took them down to the 22 Day trail. One of the riders on a bigger bike decided not to do it.
    They all had a blast riding the trail and of course got a little separated. One of the guys got a flat and another hit a rabbit.
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    It was getting late for them out there and near dark when they got to pavement.
    Our leader decided he needed to go look for me. He was near empty on fuel. I was grateful that he was thinking about me, but didn't think it was a wise decision to go out there low on fuel. This guy has raced the Baja on dirt bikes , and been a trophy truck mechanic so he wasn't a novice. He could take care of himself. Nobody was ever in any danger.
    He made it out where I had the arrows. It was dark. He looked around a bit, then headed back.

    He wasn't too far from the main road when he ran out of fuel. He walked out, flagged down a car and got a ride.
    A couple of the young guys had gone looking for him and came across the car he was riding in. They got him some fuel and everyone made it back to camp, very late though.

    While all this was going on, the truck and I went to find a place to camp. Campo Archelon. We waited around drank beer and wondered what the hell they were doing.

    We had a guy waiting at the gas station so that when they came in we could let them know where we were.

    Long story short, everyone made it in. It was quite an adventure for them.

    Rabbit dinner.
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    Moto Vaquero Trail less traveled

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    Sounds a bit like one of those group cluster fucks :fpalm
    Things will probably settle down though, or....it completely blows apart....
    Hope everyone stays safe.
    I'm in for the ride. :lurk
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  8. Keithag65

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    Kind of. When you have some young guys who like to ride fast and don't listen well, you know how it goes.
    It was a good group. We all had fun.
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    It was November 2017.
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    Keithag65 Been here awhile

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    I remember the sunrises from 2013 and had been looking forward to this morning for a long time.
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    Costa del Sol for breakfast while the other guys were doing some bike maintenance. The WR doesn't require nearly the maintenance that the other bikes do.
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    Lots of pre-running going on.
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    South out of BOLA. Next destination Rancho Piedra Blanca. I had a little extra fuel with me. I wouldn't need it though. This things sips gas.
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    Some of y'all may recognize this shot.
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    The road south out of BOLA chattered us to death back in 2013. This time it was tore to shit from all the pre-running. Parts of it sucked. It was hot as hell also.
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    The big 650L had to much weight on it. Stopping to shore things up.
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    Once we got to the turn off for San Francisquito we went right toward Arco.
    I remember there being a short section that was rocky as hell.
    I was ready for it. However, instead of rocks now its really deep sand. You didn't want to lose your momentum in that stuff. The little 250 did well and I just kept it moving until I got out. The little engine was hot and needed a rest. So did I!
    Some of the other guys got bogged down. I walked back to see if I could help, but they all made it out eventually.

    From there the ride to the Rancho was awesome. I remember that area as being one of my favorite sections last time.

    The big cactus at the rancho.
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    liv2day Is Anyone Here a Marine Biologist! Supporter

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    I can attest that it still sucked in 2018 - wash-boarded to hell. It wasn't beat to hell from 1k traffic, but it rattled fillings out of teeth - ended up taking the whopped 2-track off to the side on multiple occasions for a break from the rattling...lol.

    Enjoying this report :D
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    The older guy at the rancho was super nice. They had a cover on the porch now and it was great to get out of the sun and have a seat.

    He had some nice cold beer for us. I don't think he was charging enough for that beer. He could have got triple the amount.

    Some roping was done.
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    The guy selling us beer said we could rope a chair.


    Next stop was Arco. One of our group wasn't with us. He took off earlier in the day like a bat of hell. He thought he was trying to catch up to one of the other guys, but he was actually in the lead.
    We would finally find him at Arco waiting for us.

    After a long day we made it to Rice and Beans in San Ignacio. That place was packed. We signed a lot of autographs outside for the kids, then got some beer and margaritas.

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    BJ showed up.
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    Our leaders was supposed to set up camp at the campground in town by the time we got there. To many margaritas later and that didn't happen.
    He has a very laid back way about him and of the mind that things will always work out in the end, and if they don't, just go with it.

    Later we started looking for this place down the road and found out that it had been washed away in a flood.
    We went back in there anyway and set up camp being careful to dodge all the horse shit.
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    The next morning we would have a new rider. He flew into San Diego and took a bus down to San Ignacio to meet us.
    Our leader was supposed to have his bike ready to go when he got here. It needed some work done to it and wasn't running. He waited until this morning to start working on it.
    It took a long time to sort it out and made for a late start to the days ride.
    That would make for a long night rider later.
    Doh!

    I took this opportunity to get some breakfast and go site see a little.
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    BJ was getting a late start. He would tear by one of the guys later in the sand.
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    We would be following the race course again down to San Juanico.
    I wanted to ride some of what I did back in 2013, so we split up for awhile.
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    We all had a blast on this ride to San Juanico. It was so much fun. We felt like rock stars out there with people cheering us on.
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    I arrived in San Juanico solo. I started looking for the guys figuring they would be way ahead of me. I don't ride as fast as they do.
    I toured around a little bit and tried to find the place to eat that I told them about. Well, that place burned down.
    I finally found the guys and we found another cool little place to eat on the water.
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    Shrimp tacos were in season.
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    We all wanted to hang around, but it was getting late in the day and we still had to make it over to the Sea of Cortez. That's where the truck would be waiting and have camp set up, we thought.

    Group pic.
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    Then fuel
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    Herbst had a flat and was getting it changed out. He would pass us later making a lot of dust.
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    We had to get over to La Purisima. That road was tore to shit. Kind of a gnarly river crossing at one point.

    Once in La Purisima, we made it up through town slapping hands with the kids.
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    Then up the hill and on our way out. That road was a lot rougher than the last time I was on it. There were also some rough, brutal, rocky patches from washouts.
    We did most of this at night. I'm glad I put the LED light in.

    I was in back and came up on the brothers with another flat tire. I decided to keep going because we would be riding a lot of this road in the dark and they ride a lot faster than I do. I figured they'd catch up to me.
    I only stopped for one picture.
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    Once we made it over to Mex 1, we eventually hooked up with the truck. They didn't have a spot to camp ready like we hoped.
    We weren't that far from Loreto, so we rode in and got a hotel.
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