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Old 03-05-2010, 10:43 AM   #31
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If you could do the trip over again what would you change about your luggage situation?

Did the backpacks become annoying after awhile?

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Old 03-05-2010, 04:01 PM   #32
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If you could do the trip over again what would you change about your luggage situation?

Did the backpacks become annoying after awhile?

Awesome pics

Thanks for sharing

Nothing really. I could've have taken less clothes, but that's about the only thing I would have changed. It was water that took up a good chunk of our luggage, since we were carrying about 4 liters each in the saddlebags plus another 2 in hour backs.

The backpacks were just Camelbaks. I had mine loaded with water, granola bars, tuna, a washcloth, some paperwork, some tools. Hardly notice it on your back, and you really needed the water out there. There's pretty much nothing in between the towns.
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Old 03-05-2010, 05:00 PM   #33
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Old 03-05-2010, 06:36 PM   #34
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Old 03-06-2010, 11:02 AM   #35
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Old 03-06-2010, 11:19 AM   #36
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totally awesome.I really want to do a ride like that. I hope to do one within the next 2 years.

Awesome pics man.
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Old 03-06-2010, 10:12 PM   #37
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I think I'll lurk in ADVrider.com for a little while too. This is going into my 'things to do' list. Thank you for sharing this awesome experience and I hope you and your family will find peace in this time of grieving.
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Old 03-09-2010, 07:46 AM   #38
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Old 03-09-2010, 08:24 AM   #39
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I spent the entire month of October driving through Baja in my Landcruiser. Everyone warned me about "how dangerous" Mexico is. What they didn't know is that I have been going there for years. Bahia de Los Angeles is one of my favorite places in the world! The people of Baja are by far the most hospitable people I have ever met. I do believe that they would give you the shirt off their backs or maybe their last good knobby tire if you needed it. Food is first rate and you can just park anywhere and sleep, with sensible caution. If anyone reading this has any doubts, don't. Plan a trip and do it! You will be pleasantly surprised. Check out Vagabundos de Mar. They are Baja lovers and are based in Rio Vista. Lots of help available there.
One point of fact: You were required to get a Tourist card or FMT. Most people I know forgo the thing if they are just going to BofLA. No one there to check for it. You definitely get asked for it at the Norte/Sur border just above Guerrero Negro. We were stopped at 9(!) military and 2 Federale checkpoints between Tecate and Cabo San Lucas. All the soldiers were very professional but brief going down. When we said we were going to Cabo and were from SF they just grinned and waved us through...hmmmmm?
On the way back, still professional but gave our stuff a good looking through. Went through a Marine checkpoint just outside Rosarito.
Two must do/sees are the fish market in Ensedada for a shrimp cocktail-INCREDIBLE! and Catavina, which it looks like you missed.
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Alan, amazing pics and adventure. My condolences for the passing of your sister.

Your pictures bring back so many memories of riding through Mexico and the intricacies that we, as Americans, don't get to see on everyday riding. When are you heading back?

from your second post: Evite accidentes = avoid accidents (30kph speed limit)

precaucion, peligro de volcadura = caution, danger of rollover
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What a great ride report and pics. Thanks for sharing. I really enjoyed your write up and especially the pics. Did you guys get to swim at any of those awesome beaches or is the water too cold?
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