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    Question Baja California ?

    I'm interested in actual experience, routes, and hotels, etc. for a ride down Baja and back. Probably happen in late February.

    Jim

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    Hi Jim, I took the trip in spring 08 with "Wandering Dave", he on an K12LT.
    In late March, we entered at Tecate, having departed Yuma that a.m.
    Nite one in Ensenada. Good place to enter, easy place to get comfrontable with
    culture on the overnite. Then 3 more days to East Cape/Cabo region.
    Overnites in Guerrero Negro, Santa Rosalina & then to Los Barriles, for a week
    at a resort with a day trip to Cabo. You could use Todos Santos for this base
    also, better than the Cobo "hussle". Return trip the stops are Loreto, long
    day to Calavina, then all the way out: I was ready! But plan eating at Mama
    Rositias in Rosarito and on the waterfront downtown La Laz.
    The roads were good. Fuel is trouble unless you have appox 275mi range.
    Similiar names of towns in both states...caution, take a good map, Gps no help.
    be sure to see the mission at San Ignacio, great town square and local food.
    Most important, I recommend at least 3 bikes; you can split rooms with a roll
    away. And you will feel more secure overall. And if 3 is good, maybe 4 or 6
    is better. Do your homework on this trip, its a minimum of 1,250mi each way.
    Cows everywhere all the time, they like that road heat. Be finished your
    riding day well before sundown. Its a trip you'll remember!

    "Travel'in" John... Breathing is easy, Living takes effort
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    Question Solo, gas and maps

    Thanks for that. Only difference is I generally ride alone. I guess I'd better plan on carting some fuel along in a pannier - like about 4 gallons on the 1150GS. Is there a real fear of riding alone, or is it mostly just worrisome?

    Where did you get the best map?

    Thinking I might take it slower, stay less time at the bottom.

    Jim

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    Maps: Barnes & Noble waterproof type, appox $12 Garmin does have a Baja
    product for their GPS, others? I cut out the Baja Penn. from the overall
    Mexico map, as it is very detailed.
    Gas: I checked the distances; its appox 225mi if no fuel at Catavinia; so your
    bike no big problem. Just know where its last & next available...Sundays?
    Safety:Thats a tough call, do you speak the language? A lot is and has happened
    the last 2 years there, mostly across the Sea of Cortes. Somewhat
    depends on your routine and how you carry yourself. For sure, not every-
    one is wanting to help you there. So a side of the road problem could
    be trouble. In town, not so bad.
    Also, there is a lot of paperwork, with visas and passports and birth cert's,
    insurance, money exchange ect...
    And if you take the ferry from La Pas into Sineola/mainland.. its a lot more.
    There is a good BMW shop in Cabo, and folks in the MOA book, that live down
    that way, answered the phone! Nice resort at Hotel Buena Vista, on the East
    Cape Los Cabos; 35mi from Cabo & 75mi south of La Paz ( see web site )
    5 nites ran three of us $246 ea, included a very fine breakfast each morning.
    You can spend a lot less though, there or at Todos Santos. Los Barriles and
    villages like that are what made the trip so memorable. Good Luck

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    Well, I'm thinking...

    Well, I'm thinking that if I never did any travels to places where I was a little nervous, I'd be about 50 nations short of where the count is today.

    Thanks for the tips. I'll look into the Garmin maps, and the B&N store is right down the road from here.

    If there are any other ideas for places to stay, I'd be grateful. I'm more the Motel 6 type than the Hilton resort type when I'm paying the bill.

    Jim

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    Jim-

    When in Feb. are you leaving?

    Regards,

    Clay
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    Lightbulb Leaving

    If I can get out of here, I am thinking of a departure between the 13th and the 15th. Maybe riding down through Texas, or maybe riding out to San Diego and then south to the tip of Baja and back.

    Jim

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    Any thoughts of 'Bike Week' before hand..then swing west from there? At least you'll be in warmer temps tak'n the southern route like I-10.. vs. tak'n routes across mid-america this time of the year..

    I'll be at Bike Week like I do just about every year and do the coastal roads..less prone to adverse weather than I-95 and think'n about a westward trip from there...

    Too bad all this mileage isn't counted towards the MOA mileage awards..

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    Question Bike Week first

    Well, that could work, except that I generally hang out with the Pirates for a week after BW, down in the Keys. It's a fine, laid back time - partying 'til late and sleeping in. After that, I'm usually homesick.

    Nowadays, I can only do about two days of Jello wrestling and leather fringe shopping in Daytona. The better part of one of those days are the flat track heats at the Daytona Municipal Stadium, usually on Thursday afternoon-evening.

    The rest of BW is like visiting an asylum, where the inmates have taken charge. Bizarre at best, scary at worst.

    The BMW gathering at Holiday Park is pretty laid back and civilized. The Park owners consider themselves our schoolmasters and summer camp counselors. No deed goes unnoticed; no rider unannoyed; no bike untaxed.

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    ..could also do the Antique Bike show out at DeLand on Friday/Saturday..don't know if BMW will set up their display out at the track or at Daytona BMW..like they did last year...

    FYI..this is Home Coming for me..I'm a former resident..so I knows the area well..

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