On Dual-Sporting through Baja and Becoming a Certified Roadbook Rally Racer

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by dmckinno, May 21, 2017.

  1. dmckinno

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    My dad and I just got back from celebrating his 60th birthday with a little loop through Baja. We rode some dual sport, some sand, and some singletrack and I put together a pretty cool (at least I hope so) multimedia trip report on my website. The text and images are all copied below, but some of the 3D models, 360 pictures, and interactive maps don't post through to the forum. If you'd like to take a look, head over to http://www.ddmckinnon.com/2017/05/21/dual-sporting-baja-becoming-certified-roadbook-rally-racer/. I would also love to know if other ADV riders would be interested in learning how to build these types of maps. For fun, I'm thinking about building a tool that would make it really easy. Shoot me an email at dmckinno at gmail if you're interested!

    Last week I had the beautiful opportunity to spend a week with Baja with my dad to celebrate his 60th birthday. True to our growing history (see our Transamerica Trail, Jalisco, and CO/UT Backcountry Discovery Trail+ adventures) of exploring via motorcycle, we planned a five-day, offroad loop of the peninsula to visit such legendary Baja haunts like Horsepower Ranch, Mike’s Sky Rancho, and Mama Espinoza’s that would be capped by the three-day Baja Rally School, run by Baja Rally promoter Scotty Breauxman neé Bloom. The former was an incredible look into the diversity of amazing riding available–from fast, graded roads along the beach to miles of smile-inducing sand whoops to nasty singletrack through the mountains–just south of the border and the latter an incredible look into the esoteric world of roadbook rally racing. That said, I left the trip hooked on both so read on for the dirty details.

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    Edit: Google is killing me for duplicate content. Read this rest of this post on my blog (https://www.ddmckinnon.com/2017/05/21/dual-sporting-baja-becoming-certified-roadbook-rally-racer/)
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  2. cyberdos

    cyberdos Easy Bonus Loop

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    :clap

    Fantastic!
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  3. mroddis

    mroddis Been here awhile

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    Such a great summary. Thanks so much for sharing! Saw you in action on YouTube. Looking forward to doing this too one day. What level of experience is needed for the rally school?

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  4. dmckinno

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    I'll have to check out Steve's video! The challenging piece of the rally school was not the riding, but the riding while navigating. None of the off-road terrain was particularly difficult, but it was a real challenge to navigate while riding fast. We saw a minimal amount of singletrack and mostly wide open washes and sandy doubletrack.
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  5. liv2day

    liv2day Is Anyone Here a Marine Biologist!

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    Great write-up, pics, and what a fantastic trip to take with your Dad. I really hope my boys want to do the same thing with me (and my wife as she rides) - sounds like a truly epic way to spend vacation and have that family bond.

    I need to check your site to get the full image/360 experience, going to do that shortly.

    Thanks for taking the time to get all the days summarized, lots of typing. :thumb:thumb
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  6. 805gregg

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    You know, you don't need a tour guide to ride through Baja?
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  7. dmckinno

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    @liv2day: I would 10/10 recommend this family trip to a friend. It's been cool how many father/son teams have reached out to me since I posted this.

    @805gregg: We just downloaded a bunch of tracks from gpsexchange to guide us through the first part of the trip. The Baja Rally School was mainly to learn about navigation and racing. I would definitely recommend it to anyone interested in the sport.

    I also found the link the Steve Kamrad's video documenting the school. Check it out at
    I think he's also writing an article for Adventure Motorcycle magazine.
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  8. skibum69

    skibum69 slave to gravity

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    You are talking about Hodwild aren't you? I've ridden a bunch of his routes between Parhump and Dumont Dunes at a couple of rally schools I went to there with RMS. good times!
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    That drone footage is amazing, gotta say.
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  10. dmckinno

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    I've had a lot of fun with that little Parrot Bebop. They are running around $200 now and have no moving parts aside from the props. All the camera stabilization is solid state and the thing is tough as nails. There is no way a DJI Spark or Mavic would have made it through the trip. I just throw the Bebop in my Camel Bak, takeoff when I see a nice spot, and capture the video while it hangs in the air.
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    Great job tackling the "rockman". That trail is no joke especially on a big bike with gear.
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