This agenda is in acrobat. Its a free download if you don't have it on your system. Just google acrobat and follow the trail.
I've started a new topic. If you are interested in doing the trip you can post a reply at email@example.com I will note all who are interested and include you in a reply with any updates or meeting schedules. Or you can just reply here.
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Two points ...
First, the Island group is talking last week in April ... we are aiming for aset date [ April 22 ] in Puerta Vallerta . There is a reason for that date, and it can not be changed. We may ride down the Baja, cross to the mainland on the ferry from La Paz, and return back up the mainland. Or vice versa. Or maybe it is all just talk, and nobody will go at all?
Also, I've ridden the entire route, from Vancouver to Cabo, andfor the first day [WEATHER PERMITTING ] Iwould suggestyou swing West along the coast as quickly as possible, following the coast highway all the way down to San Fran. This is some of the most dramatic and beautiful riding I have ever done.
While I have done theI 5 from Portland to the Canadian border a few times on a Dual Sport [ once at about 100 MPH all the way ... trying to get home before the snow hit ]this was not fun. Keeping up with traffic on the I 5 is NEVER fun on a motorcycle, even on a BMW 1150 GS.
Once you get to Baja, there a LOTS of neat out of the way places to visit. The Sea of Cortez side, from Loretto south all the way down, is my personal favorite. Muleje, Santas Pak, and La Paz [ which is an actual real Mexiacn city, with businesses and families, and everything, rather than a tourist trap ] are great places to slow down and smell the Tequila. One thing you will notice, if you ride into a small town on a Dual Sport motorcycle, you will most likely be treated like a star - they LOVE motorcyclists down there.
PS: there are a couple of stretches where you need to go 250 - 300 Kms between gas stations. And onetown where they turn off the power to the ONLY gas pump for certain times in the day.The BEST insurance you can carry is a few AMERICAN $20 and $ 100 bills. If things go bad somewhere out back, your credit card and even your travellers cheques are no where near as persuasive as some real American cash dineros. Do not even think about trying to spend your Canadian money down there.
Enjoy the ride, and remember ... in the Baja it is recommend that you ride in a group of at least three. In case of a crash, one goes for help, and one stays with the fallen rider ...to keep the buzzards from pecking out his eyes.
Well its time to get the bike ready for the treck. Tires, batteries, cables etc. And time to set reservations at overnite stays along the way. This Saturday I would like to see thosewho are interested in the trip. Whether or not you actually go is another question. This is the first rally of, I hope, many.
For those interested I'll be having lunch at the Meadows cafe noon, Saturday Feb.17/07at the Town & Country Inn at the corner of hwy 99 & 17 which is just behind the Shell station on the East side of 99 near the Tsawwasssen cut-off.
You'll see my Triumph Tiger outside.
Tree weeks to the Baja trip. The bike has had its 30000km services and runs great. Does anyone know of decent hostels in Salem, Eurika, Salinasor San Diego? Hostels are great in some parts of the continent.