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Old 01-30-2019, 01:47 PM   #76
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after about 1000 miles and seven days drifting south, my 5% chance pays off ...



hit my favorite taco stand in Baja ...







watched the view and sunset from my palapa at Daggett's ...



sunrise over the Sea of Cortez the next morning ...



the BARF Baja crew begins to arrive ... my friend Drew on his Husky 350 ...



my friend Mark and his sweet XR-L ...



my new friend, Jim, outside the nice retirement home he built at Daggetts four years ago. He's from Ft. Johnson up in norther California and loaned me some firewood and a camp chair ... he hopes to by buying a KLR soon, so we chatted about bikes ... he's owned a bunch of motorcycles over the years ...



we had a campfire on the beach Friday night, with about 12 BARF Baja participants around it at one point ...



my new friend Armando ... he rolled into camp at midnight on Thursday with music blaring from his pickup and woke me up ... wanted to ring his neck, but of course we wound up being pals ... he helped me with his truck to collect the wood for our big campfire ...



Dima, Eric B and Mark came by to say goodbye as I packed up Saturday morning to start heading north ...



hit the Daggett's exit sign with a BARF Baja sticker on my way out ...
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Old 01-31-2019, 12:12 PM   #77
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got to hang out with Coco on the way home ...



he made me breakfast ... and a great cup of Baja instant coffee ...





after feeding me he put me to work taking down LED sign-lights before the wind blew them over ... fought a roaring headwind all day ...



Coco has an old panoramic photo that somehow found its way to Baja and onto the walls of his shanty ... the SFMC is included ...





got to put up some BARF Baja stickers and one into his famous guest-book ...
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Old 01-31-2019, 12:28 PM   #78
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road between Coco's and Hwy 1 is still mostly dirt ... this bit of highway south of Gonzaga Bay was new to me ... all the traffic south of Gonzaga Bay still has to roll through Coco's Corner, but they are making huge progress blasting the new roadbed through the hills ...



went and checked out the palapas at Gonzaga Bay for old-time's sake ... they've been upgraded with wind protection ...



did see lots of massive damage to the "new" highway, between Puertecitos and Gonzaga Bay ... huge chunks of roadbed often washed away and several of the big bridges just south of Puertecitos no longer in use due to storm damage ...
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Old 01-31-2019, 12:33 PM   #79
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was treated to a sand verbena desert super-bloom up by San Felipe ... purple flowers went on for miles ...



famous dip sign still not washed away ...
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Old 01-31-2019, 12:40 PM   #80
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wonderful that the weather cooperated and let me catch up with the BARF Baja 2019 crew at Daggett's ... think we started meeting once a month at Lanesplitters in Berkeley in August of 2018 ...

Hopefully BARF Baja will happen again in 2020 ... this year's BARF Baja event really helped me get motivated to do a Baja trip this winter ...

If you've ever dreamed of heading to Baja for a first-time motorcycle trip, I can't say enough about what an opportunity BARF Baja is ... massive respect to the core group that has taken responsibility for organizing it over the past five years ...


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Old 02-01-2019, 10:46 AM   #81
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If you've ever dreamed of heading to Baja for a first-time motorcycle trip, I can't say enough about what an opportunity BARF Baja is ... massive respect to the core group that has taken responsibility for organizing it over the past five years ...


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Totally agree..

CJ and friends are sharing the love.
If I was to do Baja, having experienced guys set it up and on the ride would be so important and appreciated by me.
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Next year Budman, you can do it on your Multi just take the big bike route

There is no way I would have been able to ride Baja this year. I barely survived half a day at Hollister
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Old 02-02-2019, 08:33 AM   #84
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Totally agree..

CJ and friends are sharing the love.
If I was to do Baja, having experienced guys set it up and on the ride would be so important and appreciated by me.
yes, totally awesome opportunity these last five years ... CJ and crew were talking around the campfire about ways to increase participation ... be pretty easy to meet up in BoLA on big adventure bikes, or street bikes ... we’re even talking about having a vintage bike crew in 2020 ...

the biggest Baja hurdle for me, back in the day, was getting a passport for the first time ...

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Next year Budman, you can do it on your Multi just take the big bike route

There is no way I would have been able to ride Baja this year. I barely survived half a day at Hollister
you already sort of did a vintage-Baja-ride with the mighty ATK ...
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Old 02-04-2019, 07:43 PM   #86
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2015 racing from San Francisquito to highway 1 at 90mph
90 mph!




here's a screen shot of my route from Canyon de Guadalupe to Catavina ...

and a click-n-zoom map of the big-bike route from Canyon de Guadalupe to Catavina ...

the click-n-zoom shows Old La Rumarosa Grade,
which I'd like to try to find someday ...
on this trip I stayed on the highway ...

you can also poke around and see the route
near and below Mike's Skyranch that brings you down south
to El Coyote and the Rancho Meling and out to Hwy 1 at Rancho Sepeda ...

a repost of thumperX's west-of-Catavina map:



google maps won't send me west of Catavina, even walking, nor east of Rosarito
to Mission San Borja ...
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