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    This ride report has allowed me to contemplate on our short nine-day adventure in Baja. I have the following comments to share:

    • Baja was not as scary as I imagined. I recently came across a quote by an unknown author… FEAR: False Evidence Appearing Real. How often do we let fear keep up from letting us reach our true potential? I nearly let fear keep me from having a memory of a life-time.

    • There is a very different vibe the further south you travel in Baja. Border towns like Tecate and Tijuana are a melting pot of US and Mexican cultures. Because of this I feel that prices are inflated and local folks tend to be less patient with tourists. The further south we traveled the happier the locals seemed to be; they were interested in our journey and went out of their way to welcome us into their country.

    • Baja can be pretty inexpensive. We spent a total of about $900 USD for our nine-day trip. The largest single expenses were the insurance on the bikes ($119 USD each) and the whale watching trip ($48 USD each). Food was incredible cheap (and delicious). Hotels were also very reasonable. Gas was a bit more expensive than what we pay in California. Considering that a Baja motorcycle tour package can go for $3,500 each person (not including bike rental), a couple can save themselves a substantial amount of money by planning and supporting their own trip.

    • I still dislike deep sand!

    • Baja California Sur is calling… We would like to give ourselves at least three weeks to properly explore it. On second though, three weeks isn’t enough - perhaps three months?

    Until the next adventure,
    Travis

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    Great RR, thanks for sharing. I ride in Baja and Mexico several times a year and would like to suggest anyone going south not pretend it is Disneyland when it comes to personal safety. Whether you are riding in Baja or Bulgaria there are people that are not good intentioned and keeping aware of your surroundings is still important. Things can change fast in Mexico. One month everything in a city is quiet due to military presence and then those troops are repositioned and the formerly safe city is returned to a not so safe place to wander the streets at night. Do your homework before and during your travels and enjoy the wonderful people and places that Mexico/Baja have to offer.
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    Great job with the pictures, video and the story.
    Interestingly enough, my wife and I have the same 2 bikes and hers is white and mine is red.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ctrod View Post
    Great job with the pictures, video and the story.
    Interestingly enough, my wife and I have the same 2 bikes and hers is white and mine is red.
    Thanks for the comment. Funny stuff about having the same bikes. We originally bought a red 2011 G650GS for me. My wife took the motorcycle class and then rode it to a Horizons Unlimited event and was hooked. I bought a 2012 G650GS Sertao (only available in white) but liked the red so we swapped the body panels between bikes.
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