Wednesday, February 7, 2018

The trip North in summary from Cabo San Lucas

On Thursday January 25th a handful of us left Cabo to start the week long trip North to home. Each day was gorgeous weather for the most part as seen by the pristine blue skies. The fourth day from Guerrero Negro to San Felipe was interesting in that we had immense side winds in the morning to make life a little interesting. The dirt road to Coco's Corner was fun though and the wind actually helped to usher the dust sideways and away from our faces. All in all a good trip with lots to see and experience. A total of 3,490 miles for 21 nights but not all days were travel days.

Tropic of Cancer in Baja, marker

We stopped here for a beer and this sweet dog.... always a dog around
the morning outside of our hotel in Ciudad Constitución

frequently we saw the Policía Federal in the larger cities

the cowboys having coffee in the morning enjoying their smartphones and some videos

so many questions

Sea of Cortez, breathtaking

Sea of Cortez

Descanso/memorial that I managed to capture going 75mph

only AIR SWIMMING allowed in this "piscina" like others in Baja... no water

descanso / memorial up on the hill

cow, where are you going?

checkpoint #5 heading North

stopping for a moment on the way to Coco's Corner

Coco's Corner

Coco's Corner
beautiful toll road from Mexicali to Tecate over 1300m in altitude with a view of the desert

Trip home.

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Heading North again ~ almost home

Here's a brief video summary of the past few weeks in Baja, soon to post the day-by-day summary of the return trip...

Monday, January 22, 2018

Some time off the motorcycle in Cabo

It's been a few days of rest off the motorcycle staying here in Cabo San Lucas. Taking in the sights in addition to helping one of our esteemed Oakland Motorcycle Club members celebrate his 80th birthday here.

Last Friday morning when I woke up, a sprinkling of concerned posts on my Facebook to point out the terremoto that happened in Baja. We all slept through it thank goodness. So to celebrate Mark's birthday ~ we had a group photo by the pool and went on over to "The Office" for a bunch of snacks and drinks. And for the days since last week, relaxing and getting mentally prepared for the route home leaving in a few days.

Today we did the "Dolphin Encounter" with Cabo Adventures and wow, that was really unusual and interesting. I did not know that Dolphin's had tongues that could extend from their mouths.

the group Friday morning

some young funny dudes at "The Office"

Saturday night after the big dinner for Mark, we went to Squid Roe

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Day Seven to Baja


Cabo San Lucas ~ This was our final day traveling in a Southern direction to our destination for a few days. We left La Paz at a leisurely time after a breakfast at the hotel. La Paz is big and full of traffic so it took about 30 minutes to get out onto highway. We rode to Todos Santos and walked around for awhile. Around 1pm we headed over to Cabo only forty miles away. Checked into the hotel and then all the other folks for this birthday party started arriving. Around 64 people all together which was impressive.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Day Six to Baja


La Paz ~ 
We were up and out by 8am this morning from Loreto. The sun was shining and cool comfortable temperatures and scenic shadows as we rode an hour to our breakfast stop. We stayed mostly together as we arrived at a restaurant called Restaurante Playas El Novillero.
Small kittens running around the place under the tables were the entertainment during breakfast but when I asked the chef about the cats (in Spanish since the staff spoke very little English), she insisted "we have no cats, what do you mean cats?" I showed her a photo and she remarked, "oh no, not our cats, from next door... we don't even like cats." And there you have it. 

Some of the staff from this same restaurant were so kind as to bring jumper cables out to help Garth jump his F800 that just wasn't going to start due to that problem he's been having with the alternator (stator) back in El Rosario.

We pulled into a Pemex right after breakfast to fill up when a young man named Johnny came over to talk with us when he spied Garth on an F800. Turns out that Johnny was stranded just across the street with the same make/model of motorcycle and the SAME PROBLEM with the alternator (stator) that Garth is having. How does this happen? He and his girlfriend Annie (originally riding two-up) were trying to figure out a tow situation back up to home in Utah. Garth on the other hand is expecting a replacement part to arrive in Cabo very soon (thanks to online Internet resources and a phone).

After the Pemex stop we had 147 miles of straight open desert, open road as far as the eye can see and things to notice again were the stray cow(s) close to the road, occasional dogs trying to come at us and then the beauty and poignancy of the roadside memorials, also known as descansos. These more than anything have gotten my attention because some are so simple and some are grand and almost as big as a small house. One was in a shape of a cactus with adornments as we came into La Paz today. You an read more about them here.

We arrived in La Paz more or less around 3pm and our entire group stopped at a beachside cantina with gorgeous view of the water and sand. We all relaxed and had "linner" which was really a late lunch/dinner so no need for more. We then went on to the Araiza Palmira Hotel and checked in for a mellow evening.

"not our kittens!"


stator/alternator issues continue ~ got out of her with a jump start on Garth's F800

indeed there are two other women riders in addition to me ~ at left is Alina and on right is Rosemarie (both from Canada)

taking a moment out of the searing desert sun for water

mostly the view for this day

descansos / memorials on the side of the road

really is like a postcard in La Paz