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post #11 of 25 Old 01-28-2013, 02:20 PM Thread Starter
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I was thinking of doing Baja as an add-on to the big group Death Valley ride I do every year, which would put me in Kernville (near Bakersfield) on 10/13. The following day I would ride to the border, which would give me basically 5 days (15-19) to loop around back up to San Diego or Calexico.

I could just as easily meet the DV group at the tail end of a Baja ride instead of vice-versa, but the earlier you ride down there, the hotter it's likely to be.
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Darn. I'm looking at leaving the end of Sept. and coming back around the 10th of Oct.

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Darn. I'm looking at leaving the end of Sept. and coming back around the 10th of Oct.
I could make the timing work, but not the duration... 2 weeks is more than I'll be able to spare. *sigh*

I am thinking about taking a whole month off in 2014, though, and riding all over the country.
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I could make the timing work, but not the duration... 2 weeks is more than I'll be able to spare. *sigh*

I am thinking about taking a whole month off in 2014, though, and riding all over the country.
How many days are you available? 5 days south of the border?

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How many days are you available? 5 days south of the border?
I could do 7, but no more. So I don't think I could make it all the way to Cabo. Loreto maybe.

You might want to check out ADVRider for possible traveling companions who (unlike me) have experience south of the border.
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I could do 7, but no more. So I don't think I could make it all the way to Cabo. Loreto maybe.

You might want to check out ADVRider for possible traveling companions who (unlike me) have experience south of the border.
I'm not picky. 5 days, 7 days, 2 days in - 2 days out, it doesn't really matter to me. It'll take me a day just to get down to the border.

ADV riders are usually more off-road oriented, which tends to clash with the V-Strom once you get into anything other than dirt or gravel.

Cabo would be doable if you rode about 300 miles per day. It's more about the adventure though, make it or not, it'd be a good time.

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ADV riders are usually more off-road oriented, which tends to clash with the V-Strom once you get into anything other than dirt or gravel.
Yah, and the ADVRiders also tend to be olde phartes :mrgreen: who have all the time in the world, unlike us poor bastards who are still shackled to our jobs.

The one dirt/gravel road I'm most interested in taking is the one south of Puertecitos, past San Felipe. It provides a cutoff back to Highway 1 that would otherwise require a big detour via Ensenada. Apparently it's being paved more every day, but there are still some sandy stretches. Good thing about having a riding buddy is there's someone to help pick up your bike when you drop it...

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Cabo would be doable if you rode about 300 miles per day. It's more about the adventure though, make it or not, it'd be a good time.
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Octoberish Baja trip

I've been contemplating a Baja trip for sometime in October but due to time constraints, I may cheat and trailer the bike to the border. I can do 10 hours in my truck and spend the night just north of the border. I like the idea of hitting the border fresher then on the tail end of 10 hours in the bike saddle. If I don't trailer, I would probably do the drive to the border in two days and that wastes too much time. I have a secure place to park the truck and trailer. I'm thinking maybe a San Felipe, Puertocitos, Coco's Corner, Hwy 1 to Bahia de Los Angeles. October 15 is the Mission San Borja Rodeo/festival. I've driven to all these places many times (X15), never on 2 wheels.
I'll probably be looking for a companion or two. Anyone interested?
I also have access to a 2 bike trailer.
So, 1 day to border, 4-5 days in Baja and 1 day drive home.

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I've been contemplating a Baja trip for sometime in October but due to time constraints, I may cheat and trailer the bike to the border. I can do 10 hours in my truck and spend the night just north of the border. I like the idea of hitting the border fresher then on the tail end of 10 hours in the bike saddle. If I don't trailer, I would probably do the drive to the border in two days and that wastes too much time. I have a secure place to park the truck and trailer. I'm thinking maybe a San Felipe, Puertocitos, Coco's Corner, Hwy 1 to Bahia de Los Angeles. October 15 is the Mission San Borja Rodeo/festival. I've driven to all these places many times (X15), never on 2 wheels.
I'll probably be looking for a companion or two. Anyone interested?
I also have access to a 2 bike trailer.
So, 1 day to border, 4-5 days in Baja and 1 day drive home.
That could work. How's the road to San Borja?

And what about Mike's -- ever been there? Is the road doable on a Wee with Anakee IIs on?

I do slightly prefer an October trip, since it's likely to be a bit cooler then (though still hot).

Since you're local to me, let me know if you'd like to meet/ride sometime and discuss.
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Never been to Mike's

The road to San Borja is a typical graded Baja road but it is used frequently by the local ranchers so it is well maintained. I always like to stop at the petroglyphs to check them out and snap some pics and the cordon cactus forest is also a must see so the drive usually turns out to be a 3 hour cruise up.
I'm a pretty new rider with zero dirt experience so I'm not looking for anything too wild. We can meet up somewhere like Novato and ride out to the coast for a chat.

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