March '09 Baja Trip

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  1. GalacticGS

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    Around March 12 might work out well. I'm skiing in Tahoe the first week of March.

    Are you planning on leaving from Roseville then? Are you riding your bikes from Roseville south? If I ride my bike south from Camas, WA (basically Portland, OR), I'd probably keep my Anakees on until San Diego and then want to switch to TKC's for south of the border.

    I'm definitely interested if I can work out my schedule to fit.
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  2. ADV Fool

    ADV Fool Been here awhile

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    Hi Larry, yes our departure will start from Roseville, CA. I like your plan for switching to TKC's at San Diego I might wait until then myself. I had intertained switching at the beginning of the trip but now you've given something to consider. :baldy More stuff to plan for, I love it. . . . . .

    Randy
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  3. mjlang

    mjlang Man Caves Rule!

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    I have a few suggestions...

    Cross at Tecate
    Ride the Compadre Highway south (its a dirt road) to Ojos Negros (Hwy 3)
    Take Hwy 3 down the Valle de Trinidad (gas a Pemex, tacos down the hill on the right about 500 yards :clap)
    From there you can keep heading south to San Felipe and Gonzaga but that's a long day.

    OPTION: Cross over to Hwy 1 on a dirt road that I don't remember the name of. Its a 42 mile trek across to Hwy 1. You can punch out to the coast road but it gets pretty rough the further south you go. Staying on Hwy 1 takes you down to San Quintin. The Old Mill is a nice joint. This is a 240 mile day with 50% dirt roads. Its fun...

    Day 2
    Continue on from Gonzaga

    OPTION: Leave San Quintin and head south to LA Bay. Its a 4 hour or so road ride. There are some Baja 1000 course legs you can get on from the highway south of Mama Espinosas. Take your time and they are very doable on a GS. You can pick up the route to Coco's Corner and continue south.

    The route out of Mexicali to San Felipe is boring, its just a long straight slab ride.
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  4. DaC

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    OK, you got my attention.

    I am also in Roseville, small world.

    I do speak Spanish too.

    I mentioned it to the wife and she said to go for it, but recently I got involved in a busy project at work, so who knows...but at this point I am thinking I might want to go for it. I can't really listen to the wife's advice though, she pretty much tells me to go for everything :D

    You guys ride anywhere local here? Maybe we could hook up.




    Dan
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  5. ADV Fool

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    Hey Dan, glad your interested. I'll PM you. Randy :stupid
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  6. ADV Fool

    ADV Fool Been here awhile

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    Looks like a great map of Baja is available at Nat Geo Maps. I've ordered mine. Anyone else have some good suggestions regarding Baja maps?

    :thumb :cob :hide
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  7. GalacticGS

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    I have the Nat Geo maps, and they are pretty good. I keep waiting for the Baja Almanac to be re-published but still don't know when that will happen. I lost my last copy about 5 years ago.

    I keep thinking about picking up a Zumo GPS and get both Lizard Lady's and the E32 maps/tracks to go with it, but haven't sprung for it yet.
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  8. ADV Fool

    ADV Fool Been here awhile

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    I too have been kicking around the idea of buying a GPS for the GSADV. I have one for my Harley but it would never stand up to the punishment riding on the dirt would hand it. I have been looking at the Zumo or Nav III, both have there advantages. What is the Lizard Lady's stuff????
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  9. GalacticGS

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    Check it out here.
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  11. Wombat Boy

    Wombat Boy We All Going to Die!

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    I am the relucatant buddy that was mentioned previously. I have been to Mexico over a dozen times in the last 30 years. Driving to border towns El Paso, San Diego and to Ensenada/Rosasita. I have also flown to Cabo several times. I have had no problems, but with the recent drug wars and kidnappings I must say that I would rather be in a group of 4 or so. Something about safety in numbers.

    Just flew to Cabo and did not see a town for an hour. They must be small and few and far between. A freind of mine that used to live in Mulege stated that you need to be off of the roads by nightfall. I guess the Banditos are active then.

    Also, what do you do with the vomiting and diarreha? I bet that puts a kink in your ETA.

    We will see what happens here.

    Thanks all.
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  12. ADV Fool

    ADV Fool Been here awhile

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    Welcome my friend, glad to have you finally raise your head. :hide

    To all, this is and has been my riding buddy for over the last five years. He is one of the rare guy's that gets me and puts up with my sometimes 11year old sense of humor. Glad to have ya around Wambat Boy.

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  14. ADV Fool

    ADV Fool Been here awhile

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    :norton Good Day Adventurers,

    I have an update on the March '09 Baja trip for you. With appreciation to Lone Rider :thumb for answering some of my silly "Border Crossing" process questions I have some of my uneasiness put aside. I am more am more convinced that this trip can be done and done safely. Those of you (Wombat Boy, GalacticGS, DaC & GoinPostal) that have shown interest, PM me and I'll update you. For those that have reviewed the thread but not joined in, GET TO IT. None of the involved thus far have committed to the trip so lets hear from ya!!!!!!!!!

    Baja is calling, lets answer. . . . . ADV Randy
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  15. GalacticGS

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    PM'd ya!!!
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  16. Big Bad Ron

    Big Bad Ron Gnarly Adventurer

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    HI ADV RANDY

    Randy I would love to go but I need to leave around Feb.20 to work with my time frame. I beleave your talken around March 15! sorry it no worky

    Ron
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  17. Motoholic

    Motoholic Been here awhile

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    You can buy Mex insurance before you leave. I use this site (there are others too):

    www.mexadventure.com

    Getting the visa at the border is easy; fill out a short form, show them your passport, pay about $20 if you'll be in Mexico more than 7 days, and that's it. I'm yet to be asked for bike paperwork, although I always carry it with me.

    I don't know about banditos, but I know cows are. :lol3

    By the way, my girlfriend and I were in Mulege just last week:

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  18. subcomm

    subcomm adrenaline junkie

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    Randy,
    I would be interested in this trip, I am sending you a PM.
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  19. mjmc335

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    Randy,

    I"m planning a two-week solo Baja trip starting around Feb 20th but am interested in finding out what you guys are up to. I can probably delay the departure if things work out. Haven't been before, am relatively new to adventure riding, am a little older than you but am up for pretty much anything.

    I will be leaving from Fremont, CA, so it's not too far from you. I"ll send a PM

    Mike


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  20. ADV Fool

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    I'm afraid the March Baja trip is not going to work out for Wombat Boy and I this year. It's unfortunate but thats life sometimes, with luck there will be other opportunities.

    :baldy :baldy :topes :topes

    For those that have been great about showing interest, I will PM you all and supply you with the others contacts so that you may continue with the trek should you desire. Enough Boo Hoo, lets ride. . . . .
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