Ride report

advrider - 4-1-2019 at 04:49 PM

This was from a nine day ride last month with four guy's on motos. I will add to it as time permits.My spelling and punctuation are probably marginal at best along with the story telling but I do have pictures... Day one started on Friday (March 1st) after a ten hour day of work, three of us met up at 10pm for the drive South to Tecate. The last few years we have left our truck and trailer on the US side at a paid parking lot ($75 a month) and it has worked out good. We use to ride from a friends place in Del Mar, but an hour on the freeway on KTM 500's isn't much fun!
Not many pictures from the first couple of days because of the 10 hours we spent ridding in the rain on Saturday water logged both of my phones! Lesson learned! Anyway Saturday was Tecate to Coyote Cal's, should have taken about 5 hours, did I say it rained, a lot and took about 10!
We took the wine route( Hwy 3) out of town a few miles and then rode dirt to El Compadre trail to Ojos Negros for gas just past the military check point. From there it was dirt to Ejido Uruapan, then down the coast to Cal's.

I will see if I can get some pictures from the other guys for the first day? It was our first time staying at Cal's and we really enjoyed the room's, staff and food, it will be a regular stop for us.

advrider - 4-1-2019 at 05:52 PM

The plan was to meet up with bajatrailrider on Sunday for some single track but because of the phone melt down I lost my contacts and wasn't able to call him until much later, thanks to help from Tomas at Cal's. Larry had other things going on so we planned to keep heading South and make it an easy day to El Rosario.
Sunday I got a call at Cal's from a kid from Kansas that had been ridding with Larry and wanted to see if he could ride South with us? Sure was the answer, can you meet us in an hour?

Meet Jared, The Kansas kid that spent the next week ridding with us. I must say, he fit right in and was fun to hangout with.

Things to come!

StuckSucks - 4-1-2019 at 06:08 PM

Fun photos, have any more to share? re the guy from Kansas -- how did he handle riding in desert -- not like he gets to practice desert riding a lot.

advrider - 4-1-2019 at 06:31 PM

I have a bunch more photos and days to post. He did just fine, it was more like we had to try to keep up, he's only 22 years old, we are all near 50! I think everyone had fun.

David K - 4-2-2019 at 07:34 AM

Thank you... Great times and great people along with lots of boojums!

chuckie - 4-2-2019 at 07:39 AM

Kansas guys are hard to keep up with..Jes Sayin...

bajatrailrider - 4-2-2019 at 08:58 AM

Yes this Xr600 pilot one of the best he wanted the most difficult trails we have. All of us on late model set up baja bikes. Most of our trails best on 250. He threw that 600 around like a 200 only two of our guys. Could stay ahead of him not by much. He came back week after week 22 year old has something to do with it.

advrider - 4-2-2019 at 07:08 PM

Day 2:

Started a little slow as our gear was still damp from the night before and Cal's had a tour group of 20 to feed and get out the door. So we drank coffee as the Kansas kid made his way out to our location.
The plan had been the sleeping bag trail to a mountain track into El Rosario, but it's Baja and plans change! We decided on a late start and mellow ride down the coastal dirt roads as far as we could go then some pavement the rest of the way to the Baja cactus....One phones comes back to life on day three so the pictures get better.

The only flat tire of the trip was a front on my bike on day 2, no other problems after that with our equipment... Just happen to be an old truck tire sitting there that I used as a work bench.

Day 3:

El Rosario to Catavina, Via the Bill Nicholes and cactus trail, now we are talking!!!! Thanks to a fellow nomad that shared the BN track, we head South out of town about 15 miles on the highway to a dirt track to start our single track!

The sticker cactus on the cactus trail...

Fat guy resting in one of the many washes that we crossed.

This boat is a long ways from water in the bottom of a wash?

The red colored ground cover was six inches deep/thick!

Very remote, some of the most remote area I have ridden!

More day 3 to come....

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fishbuck - 4-2-2019 at 07:13 PM

Beautiful. And no dust.

blackwolfmt - 4-2-2019 at 07:14 PM

NICEEE!!! looks like a good day for a ride

advrider - 4-2-2019 at 08:08 PM

OK a little more day 3:

We found a few guys to have a cold beer or two with, then it was of to hotel Linda because the Mission was full. Hotel Linda is cheap, very basic and clean, did the job just fine. Day four you will see we are down a ride that had injured his foot on the BN trail earlier in the day and had to bail to the highway to Catavina.

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David K - 4-3-2019 at 06:38 AM

Nice trip.

There should be a monument to Bill Nichols for all the great singletrack trails he has made for the off-road m/c travelers.

bajatrailrider - 4-3-2019 at 09:08 AM

I second that David the trail they rode past San Carlos. My favorite I have only done in twice. Starting different North to South then next year North to South. Great pictures

advrider - 4-4-2019 at 07:52 PM


Today's plan was for three of us to run the two track down the seven sisters at an enjoyable pace with a plan to make it to BOLA before dark. Being that one rider was nursing a sore foot and would be riding the highway we knew that we would have rooms and beer waiting for us!

Up next when day 4 continues will be some beach and mission photos...

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David K - 4-5-2019 at 06:17 AM

Oh boy! :biggrin::bounce::cool:

bajatrailrider - 4-5-2019 at 07:31 AM

Im surprised adv report on Motel Linda. Last year I asked about hot water for shower. Owner My amigo over 40 years said Si. No hot water both rooms No lights working Cold water from shower fills bathroom floor. Asked for room with three beds Said don't have any. Next room over 3 beds. Game to get us to rent extra room. Food they served never again. The market block over south good food.

chuckie - 4-5-2019 at 09:58 AM

That has been my experience with that place....NG

bajatrailrider - 4-5-2019 at 12:21 PM

Yes way better to sleep in the dirt. Your shocks don't get wet from shower water outside shower.

advrider - 4-5-2019 at 06:02 PM

Day 4 continued:

I would agree, Hotel Linda isn't much but we didn't have sleeping bags or much of a choice. I might checkout Santa Inez next time, couldn't be any worse. Anyway a little more day 4.....

A secret beach, LOL...

Some crazy Baja art in the background!

Our favorite Hotel in BOLA, Costa Del Sol....

It filled up fast..

We hung out with some of the locals.

And he found a bed he liked..

We stayed two nights in BOLA, always nice place to have a rest day..

We also visited the mission on the way into BOLA on day 4, those pictures are up next, stay tuned...

ehall - 4-5-2019 at 07:17 PM

Great pics. Is the great dane still around costa del sol

advrider - 4-5-2019 at 08:36 PM

Scooby number two is still there, he's short one eye and had stitches from his last fight but still keep an eye on everyone...

David K - 4-6-2019 at 06:55 AM

Is the 'chihuahua on a pillow' a service offered instead of a mint or chocolate? LOL

Baja Art another view

John M - 4-6-2019 at 06:58 AM

avrider - yes, we thought it might be an art worthy picture!Looking onshore


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advrider - 4-6-2019 at 07:00 AM

Quote: Originally posted by David K  
Is the 'chihuahua on a pillow' a service offered instead of a mint or chocolate? LOL

LOL, might be a good service, I was missing mine! We always leave our door open as we are coming and going, I came out of the bathroom and he was out cold. Don't think it was his first time sneaking in.

David K - 4-6-2019 at 07:10 AM

John M, see your u2u.
advrider, thanks for sharing these fun time photos!

advrider - 4-6-2019 at 07:33 AM

It's the least that I could do for all of the information I get from this site! I guess someone needs to bring a new shirt a long for the mud mannequin.. Do you know if that is an american or local that lives in the house on the bluff where that picture was taken? Awesome location and a cool little house.

advrider - 4-7-2019 at 07:48 PM

OK the rest of day 4. We couldn't ride past the mission with the Kansas kid never having seen it. We've all been several times but I really like the family and all that they do.

The first mission on this site!

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David K - 4-7-2019 at 07:55 PM

Thank you!

JZ - 4-8-2019 at 05:56 PM

One of the best trip reports we've had in a while. Really great pics. Thanks so much for sharing and taking us along with you.

advrider - 4-8-2019 at 07:05 PM

No problem, I've got a little more to post up before it's done.

advrider - 4-9-2019 at 07:47 PM

Day 5: We kicked around BOLA and rested up a little.Day 6's plan was 22 day trail back to Catavina for the night then the rockman trail the next day over to San Felipe... We all know how plans go in Baja! By the time I did the first 40 miles of the East side of the 22 day trail to the highway I was done. I had been fighting off a cold that caught up with me, I was very weak and in no shape to finish the trail. Plans adjusted and two of us headed to SF via Coco's and the highway and two went back to Catavina for the night.

You can just make out the trail...

And a little dust..

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David K - 4-10-2019 at 06:38 AM

Thanks. It must have been some kind of fun for Bill Nichols to find a route across Baja where no roads exist!

His trail to L.A. Bay does use some of the Jesuit's El Camino Real and I wonder if that was just coincidence as I am sure both the missionaries and Bill simply chose the most logical route based on terrain and their means of transportation?

JZ - 4-10-2019 at 09:00 AM

Where is that mission at?

elgatoloco - 4-10-2019 at 09:50 AM

Quote: Originally posted by JZ  
Where is that mission at?

San Borja

StuckSucks - 4-10-2019 at 10:01 AM

WOW, great trip -- some of your singletrack shots made me jealous. And the desert is green and happy!

David K - 4-10-2019 at 11:36 AM

Quote: Originally posted by elgatoloco  
Quote: Originally posted by JZ  
Where is that mission at?

San Borja

I know of a great book... ;)

All the missions, and for free:

advrider - 4-10-2019 at 07:51 PM

San Borja is correct. It's between BOLA and highway one. I think it's the best mission to visit because of the family that had adopted the mission and gives tours. One of the best tours you will get in English or Spanish!
If you ask there is more to see then just the mission, hot springs, irrigated fields where crops were grown and a lesson on the original mission just behind the big one. Please tip the family, I don't think they get paid for what they do and even if they do, it's not enough for where they are.
I'm trying not to get to long winded on each day because it's Baja and I could make a page out of each day of awesome! Stay tuned for a little more, and lookout I'm only two years from retirement and you might start getting more Baja reports then you want!!!

ehall - 4-11-2019 at 07:37 AM

The East half of the 22day has become one of my favorites. What a great ride.

advrider - 4-12-2019 at 08:28 PM

Day 7: The plan was to R&R for two of us while the other two ride the rockman trail over to SF. I told the other two that if they didn't show up by 5PM I would head out to look for them. At 4:30 our two riders rolled into hotel caribe right on time. We have stayed here several time, clean, close to everything and not a bad price.
The two riders that roe the rockman reported it living up to it name with a lost of lava rock and then deep sand washes, about 5 hours to run 70 miles...

Some steps coming down...

Some of the hecklers we ran into.

Dinner in SF....

Few locals stopped in for breakfast..

I got a good deal on a fishing trip, half price.

Almost done, one more day of pictures as we make our way back to Tecate, stay tuned....

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David K - 4-13-2019 at 07:20 AM

Posts like these we don't want to end! :cool:

advrider - 4-14-2019 at 09:24 AM

LOL, I'm trying to stretch it out! Wish I could spend a month in Baja and give a 30 day report.. It's seems with each motorcycle trip we are finding harder and more remote single track, some amazing stuff. For the non moto people think of the most remote dirt roads you have driven without seeing anyone or any recent sign of people passing.

BajaRun - 4-14-2019 at 10:07 AM

Very Cool :cool:

advrider - 4-15-2019 at 03:43 PM

So after a couple of days of R&R in SF it was time to head back to Tecate. We rode across the dry lake bed to avoid as much pavement as we could....

Last picture was taken several days before SF but I just put it at the end!

Hope everyone enjoyed the pictures and a little of our story. We ride Baja every year for about 10-12 days. We all have 500's and 990 adventure bikes, but the 500's have been the go to bikes the last few years. We are always collecting tacks and working on next years ride, the more remote the better, so the smaller bikes make more sense!
We ride self supported and have everything we need with us. We use to camp more but that requires a lot more gear, so the last few years we having been hitting hotels every night. We enjoy a nice bed, warm food, a cold beer or three and the interaction with the locals....

Thanks for reading.

David K - 8-1-2019 at 06:14 PM

Great to see these trip photos again!

advrider - 8-1-2019 at 06:24 PM

Funny you say that, I just went back and looked at all of them again! Hope next years will be even better, maybe a little drone action?

Marc - 9-4-2019 at 05:00 PM


advrider - 9-6-2019 at 08:48 AM

Thanks for reading and commenting...

HCR - 9-19-2019 at 06:41 AM

Great photos and thanks for reviews of hotels stayed.

advrider - 9-19-2019 at 09:13 AM

My pleasure, nice to be able to give back a litte info for all of the help I get from this site!