Three Weeks in Baja on a WR250R

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  1. Keithag65

    Keithag65 Been here awhile

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    Next stop Santa Rosalia.
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    Some friends stickers at Rice and Beans in San Ignacio.
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    They were having super hot weather in San Ignacio.
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  2. Keithag65

    Keithag65 Been here awhile

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    I was headed north on the Mex 1 toward Guerrero Negro. I stopped in town to look around, then a little farther north I fueled up.
    I had been hearing a lot about the pot holes up there. Wow, there were some big ass pot holes. No problem for the bike, but cars and trucks, lookout!

    I was hoping to maybe bush camp tonight. Find a side road and a stealthy spot. That never happened.
    The only place I really new of was Campo Archelon in BOLA. It was dark by the time I hit the turn off. I went ahead and went all the way in. I would have to come back out to Mex 1 in the morning. Oh well. I like to ride.
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    I no more than pulled in when a couple of cute campers were inviting me over for dinner. They were a bunch of friends down from the Phoenix area exploring in their 4x4 vehicles.
    We had a nice time by the fire. You meet the nicest people out on the road!
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    One of my last sunrises in Baja.
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    Back to Costa del Sol for another breakfast. I love this place.
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  3. Keithag65

    Keithag65 Been here awhile

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    Moska no bueno!
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    On the road to Coco's again.
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    Getting ready to walk through the door to a cold refreshing beer.
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  4. Keithag65

    Keithag65 Been here awhile

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    Putting a little air in the tires.
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    That's Gonzaga Bay down there. I was really looking forward to going back there. What a major let down. IMG_2013.JPG

    The paved roads can be a curse. Alfonsina's was full of Americans. I bet I counted 30 people. They now had tourist prices. I got a little food and got out of there. I won't be going back. IMG_2016.JPG
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    Keithag65 Been here awhile

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    I had originally wanted to camp at Gonzaga Bay, but I wasn't feeling it.
    I know there are places a little farther north, but I didn't know exactly where.
    I kept pushing towards San Felipe when I hit a massive cloud bank hanging on shore for a few miles. I got wet from that. It was weird.

    I pulled into the Punta de Estrella campo to see what I could find. They wanted way to much money so I kept going.

    I pulled into San Felipe about dark. This is not where I wanted be at this time of day.
    I got gas and kept going north. The only thing I knew for certain was that I didn't want to get a hotel.

    A little farther up the road I see a sign to Playa del Sol campo.
    I didn't see anyone around so I kept going toward the back near the water. The place was empty until I got to the end.
    There was a large group of people back there. I thought being around a large group would be safer than being alone.
    It turns out it was a family reunion. Hispanic folks from Los Angeles. It's a tradition to come down here every year.

    There was plenty of spaces to camp near them so I pulled up and parked the bike.
    Immediately a guy came up and got real friendly. I'd end up hanging out with him all evening. I can't remember his name though.
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    They offered me food and drink. They had a nice fire going and were getting ready to set off floating lanterns.
    What an awesome way to spend my final night in Baja.
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    Keithag65 Been here awhile

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    Too bad that lantern didn't fly. Most of them flew right out into the Sea of Cortez. It was so cool, except for the pollution I guess.

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    Keithag65 Been here awhile

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    My new friend had fed me some Tequila that evening. I went to bed and about half way through the night things weren't feeling good in my belly. I'd make two emergency trips to the bathroom.
    My stomach wasn't the same for 2 weeks after that.

    About 4:00AM people started getting up and packing to leave. It was crazy loud. Most people were gone by 7:00 when I got up.
    I think they might have know something that I didn't. Hint: Border Crossing.

    My last morning in Baja.
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    Just up the road I came across Pete's camp.
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    I knew there was something like this around here, I just wasn't sure where.
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  8. Keithag65

    Keithag65 Been here awhile

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    Great place to have breakfast and coffee. I would have stayed here last night if only I had known.
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    My last plan for the trip was to ride the Comprade Trail.
    I checked my GPS for the route, and learned that I forgot to put it in. I know I could probably find it if I tried real hard. We'll see.

    I got down to the Ojos Negros Pemex and they were out of fuel. Great. I didn't think I had enough to get to Tecate or deal with getting lost on the way.
    I went into Ojos Negros just to check it out and decided to head toward Ensenada.
    Once in Ensenada I went back to the taco shop we visited on the way in.
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    I then headed north toward Tecate. By this time I had really had enough of Baja and was looking forward to getting back to the states.

    My timing for a border crossing was not good. It was Sunday after Thanksgiving. Millions and millions of people were leaving Baja.

    That's a steep hill up there for stop and go on a bike, and it was hot.
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    I had heard that motorcycles can go to the front. When I pulled up to see a massive line I didn't know what to think. Then I see a motorcycle cutting up through the middle so I follow. Then a truck cuts me off and the guy in the passenger seat starts giving me shit.
    He told me I had to wait like everyone else, and that I'd get arrested for cutting.
    I thought what the hell, don't motorcycles go to the front?
    Anyway, I get out of line and go to the back. I start taking some clothes off because it's so effing hot.
    Then another guy tells me, "Dude your crazy. You can go to the front."
    I said, "I know, right. That's what I thought."

    About that time I see a policia on a motorcycle so I set out after him to see if I can get this clarified.

    He told me no, but then his buddy comes up and says yes after a nice lady that just happen to be walking by translated for me. Great timing lady!

    I'm going to the front baby!!!

    I pass the asshole who told me to get to the end and made my way to the front.
    I stopped 2 cars short so as not to be a complete dick.
    Then the asshole American border agent leaves his post and doesn't come back for like 10 minutes. Doesn't he know that I baking here?
    When I do get to him he's not very friendly. I guess I wouldn't be either if I had to sit there all day.

    Wow, what a lifesaver it was going to the front. That line was long. That hill was steep to be inching up a few feet at a time, and it was hot as hell in all that gear.
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  9. 08StangGT_CS

    08StangGT_CS Adventurer

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    Excellent trip!!!!
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  10. Keithag65

    Keithag65 Been here awhile

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    That's it folks! I had a nice ride back to Escondido.
    I got out of all that gear and stayed the night in the truck.
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    Then next morning I made my way to Hollywood to see a friend.

    I would do some riding on Mulholland and the Malibu area.

    A lot of that area I rode burned after I left town.

    Then it was off to Death Valley. What a pleasant surprise that was.
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    Keithag65 Been here awhile

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    Thanks man!
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  12. Moto Vaquero

    Moto Vaquero Trail less traveled

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    I would like to spend some time (instead of just riding through) at Los Barriles, it looks like a nice getaway that the little lady would enjoy.

    Ahh, sunrise at BoLA. My favorite...
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    Keithag65 Been here awhile

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    It's a very popular spot with Americans and kiteboarders. My buddy just bought a house next to Hotel Buena Vista. I guess I'll have to go back down there.
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  14. liv2day

    liv2day Is Anyone Here a Marine Biologist! Supporter

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    Damn man, that's one hell of a way to end a 3-week Baja trip! How much time did you spend in DV?

    We camped at Pete's north of San Felipe and enjoyed it (though it didn't feel like Baja - too many of us there). And I felt the same way about Alfosina's, really wish we would have stopped at Campo Beluga like I wanted (but it was dark and we were tired).

    Ironic that we were down at the same exact time, just a year apart. We dealt with the border crossing after the Turkey Day weekend too - was a frickin' nightmare. We did the same thing - rode to the front after dealing with a MX cop telling us no and then following a fellow biker down the middle. No one gave us any grief though, so that was nice.

    Good report, thanks for taking the time to post the pics :D :D
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    fastring Been here awhile

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    Great ride report, heavy on great pictures! Thanks for sharing!
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  16. Keithag65

    Keithag65 Been here awhile

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    4 days in DV before something out there got my allergies going. Rode Titus Canyon, did some hiking, and Racetrack Playa. Beautiful place.

    Waiting for jets in Panamint Valley.
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    Keithag65 Been here awhile

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    Jets making a run down in to the Panamint Valley.

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  18. Mondo-Hondo

    Mondo-Hondo Delusional, but very excited

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    Sounds like a great trip. And in case you ever go back, the Burro restaurant in San Juanico that burned down is now back open for business.
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  19. joenuclear

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    I enjoyed your RR. Thanks!
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  20. Baja Ho

    Baja Ho Momentum is your friend

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    Great report, thanks for posting.
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