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post #1 of 16 Old 05-29-2013, 07:14 PM Thread Starter
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Intro to Baja Summer KLR Ride: Planning now

I am planning a couple of weekend Baja rides this summer for interested KLRistas; below is the rough itinerary. Get back to me with dates that will work for you, sometime between late June and late July. This means you, Jon!

Consider this "Baja lite." This will be a limited off-road ride (80/20) with beach camping, spectacular coastal views and some fine Baja cuisine (tacos, ceviche, etc.). This ride will provide those who haven’t experienced Baja an opportunity to see and ride some beautiful Mexican landscape away from the border areas without an extremely difficult ride. While this won’t be as challenging as the ride to Mikes Sky Rancho or the Baja500/1000routes, it will give those new to Baja an idea of what’s available in Mexico and whet your appetite for future Baja adventures.

We will ridea little over 300 miles total over two days, mainly via the highways, all during daylight hours. The off-road portion will consist of hardpack dirt roads and some light sand. Beach riding is available for the adventurous souls who want to do that. We will ride on Mexico Highways 3 and 1,passing through a couple military checkpoints. As well, we will be on a toll road for about 60 miles on the return ride.

No need to carry too much stuff. Just camping gear, an overnight bag and the tools you’d normally carry for minor repairs and tire changes. There is a hostel (research CoyoteCal’s) and other lodging available in Erendira for those not inclined to sleep on the beach – but I don’t recommend it. Ejido Erendira is a rustic farming/fishing community about 60 miles south of Ensenada with some nice riding opportunities and even nicer people.

Here is a very rough map showing the main routes: http://goo.gl/maps/CMWX7

I have not yet inputted the GPS tracks for the route between Santo Tomas and Erendira along the coast.

I’ll discuss passport, visa (none required) and insurance requirements a bit later.

I know this area pretty dang well and a good time is sure to be had by all. We will likely have some local Mexican KLR riders joining us for at least a part of the ride.

Take a look and let me know who’s interested.

Dan

Schedule:

Friday:

6pm (+/-): Meet in San Diego for a “pre” pre-brief (adult beverages at KLR happy hour). This part of the ride wouldn’t be mandatory, just a time to get together and meet the other riders.

Saturday:

9 am: Meet in Tecate, CA for ride briefing,rideprep and fuel-up (ifneeded).
11:30 am: Arrive Ensenada. Lunch (fish tacos), fuel-up and ride prep.
1 pm: Arrive Santo Tomas. Fuel-up if necessary. Ride farm roads to coast.
3:30 pm: Arrive Ejido Erendira. Explore coastal and mountain roads.
5:30 pm: Dinner at a small restaurant.
7 pm: Beach camping at south end of Erendira.

Sunday:

7 am: Up and around.
8:30 am: Breakfast and coffee at nearby restaurant.
10:30 am: Depart Erendira
12:15 pm: Arrive Ensenada via Highway 1. Lunch and quick shopping opportunity.
2 pm: Fuel-up, ride prep, depart Ensenada via toll road.
3 pm: Arrive El Mirador (overlook) for snacks and incredible ocean view.
4:30 pm: Arrive Tijuana border crossing.
5:30 pm: Arrive San Diego

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This sounds awesome! I've done Baja several times, but never on a bike. It's on my wish list.

Unfortunately the Tri-State ride will take up all my riding credits for the next few months.

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I plan to do 2 or 3 of these rides this summer, so there will be more opportunities for those who are interested.

I will be riding down there solo next weekend to check out the riding and camping conditions. Plus I wanted to see a few other riding areas that I haven't really explored yet.
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OK, fellow KLR enthusiasts, I've tentaively scheduled the first "Baja Lite" KLR ride for June 28-29. There is also local interest so I will see if I can get a group smaller than 8 to go.

That should be a nice time with good weather for beach camping and epic road conditions.

Any other interested KLRistas looking to get some Mexican dirt on their tires?!

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I did a little pre-ride this weekend. Just a little something to get the KLR dusty. Here's the ride report with some photos:

http://ineverfinishanyth.blogspot.co...-erendira.html

Who's gonna join me in getting their KLR covered in Baja dirt this summer?
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so when do you start writing ride reports for the big magazines, NAILED IT

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When is the next ride. Anything for the end of June ?
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When is the next ride. Anything for the end of June ?
I'm heading down for a weekend ride on June 29-30.

It'll be similar to this last ride: beach camping, on/off-road mix, with a slightly different route along the coast.
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so when do you start writing ride reports for the big magazines, NAILED IT
Thanks!

Sure would like to get out to NM and ride some of that country with you and your old man.
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Thanks!

Sure would like to get out to NM and ride some of that country with you and your old man.
whenever you are able and willing, we always got a place to crash and some lies to tell.

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