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[*] posted on 6-18-2016 at 09:21 AM
Transplant Cardons and Ciros?


Sounds like a good idea, but I can't imagine it having any lasting success. Moving mature plants around in the dessert would require a great deal of skill, perfect timing, and a commitment to a long period of care. Does anyone see that happening?



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[*] posted on 6-18-2016 at 09:26 AM


I didn't know they would bypass Coco's entirely! Then it will still be an adventure drive to go that way, suppose he'll stay there? I guess that probably was the worst part of the roadbed.
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[*] posted on 6-18-2016 at 09:35 AM


I wonder if the work slow down doesn't have more to do with the Copa America and less to do with cactus! ;)
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[*] posted on 6-18-2016 at 12:03 PM


Quote: Originally posted by kristinalaska  
I didn't know they would bypass Coco's entirely! Then it will still be an adventure drive to go that way, suppose he'll stay there? I guess that probably was the worst part of the roadbed.

That bypass cuts a couple of miles of the distance and gives Coco peace instead of noisy trucks all night long. He welcomes the bypass missing his beer can ranch.




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[*] posted on 6-18-2016 at 07:57 PM
Welcome kristinalaska!


I just noticed that you are new to this forum, and it would be bad manners not to extend a welcome, and encourage you to participate!

I also noticed that we share a home state, since you probably live within eight hundred miles of my place in Anchorage, 'Howdy Neighbor!'

Do you do the long drive from here, or fly south and start your drive from Outside?

Edit; Got your private message, thanks!

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[*] posted on 7-4-2016 at 10:59 AM


I was hoping that more pavement would be finished on the north end (heading towards Coco's), when I went thru the last of May this year, it appeared that they were ready to open a new section. I will be returning in September with the 38ft Motorhome with my toad, so looking forward to another adventure!! So to speak!!. I will cross over at San Luis, get on Highway 2 to Mexicali and then on 5 to San Felipe and Gonzaga. I found Highway 5 was in very good condition and the drive was great when I went through there in May. If anyone stops at Coco's over the next two months, please find out what he really needs and I will bring it with me. Meanwhile; hoping for more road reports between now and the first of September.. Thanks everyone.
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[*] posted on 7-4-2016 at 11:51 AM


Coco seems to always appreciate fresh fruit, Neosporin, ... and cat food, too.

Here is Coco's Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/cocoscorner.ranch

Coco's Sticker.jpg - 105kB

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[*] posted on 7-4-2016 at 12:17 PM


I was at Cocos a week ago. He wants a gas powered chain saw that I'm working on. Also someone to fix his VHS VCR. I have a brand new DVD/VHS player still in the box that I will take him next time down. Yes he usually needs cat food for his cats and he likes chocolate chip cookies and tomatoes. I usually bring him a bag of rice and pinto beans along with a case of bottled water. He gets his drinking water from Catavina.

FYI the paved road is 9 miles north of Cocos as I remember, I forgot the KM number.

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[*] posted on 7-4-2016 at 06:15 PM


Without looking at my notes, I recall the detour off the pavement was at km. 170.5/ 12.5 miles south of Gonzaga Pemex and just under 10 miles north of Coco's Corner. Hwy. 1 was just under 13 miles from Coco's.



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[*] posted on 8-25-2016 at 05:20 PM


Wow, it's been a long time since anyone posted an update on Highway 5 progress. Does anyone have any current information??
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[*] posted on 8-25-2016 at 06:11 PM


Quote: Originally posted by MexicoDiesel  
Wow, it's been a long time since anyone posted an update on Highway 5 progress. Does anyone have any current information??


Yes, I think more posts might be in the Trip Reports forum?
I posted detail there on my last trip down the 5 to the 1, on July 10, 2016.

The pavement ended at the exact place it ended in 2015, as far back as January or thereabouts. I was on it in July (2015), one year before the latest trip. Ended 20.5 kilometers south of the Gonzaga Pemex.

The 2015 Km. marker before the end was 170, but they changed them all at some point, so now it ends just after Km. 167.

Another update over my 2015 report is the location of the Coco's Bypass on the south end... it connects with the older road about a mile further from Coco's than I guessed in 2015.

Here is a modified Coco's Bypass map to reflect the new observation:





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[*] posted on 8-25-2016 at 06:38 PM


Aren't there some beers that are owed me for betting the pavement would not be finished this year? I think I laid 10 to 1 beers on the bets.
Come on now, fess up on the bet! Don't make me embarrass you on this web site as it reaches far and wide in the Baja! :biggrin::lol:



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[*] posted on 8-25-2016 at 06:39 PM


Thanks for the update. Going to be there next month!
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[*] posted on 8-25-2016 at 07:03 PM


I know exactly when it will be completed.

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[*] posted on 8-25-2016 at 07:27 PM


It's already done enough. I drove it last month, not bad.
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[*] posted on 8-25-2016 at 07:33 PM


Quote: Originally posted by Howard  
Aren't there some beers that are owed me for betting the pavement would not be finished this year? I think I laid 10 to 1 beers on the bets.
Come on now, fess up on the bet! Don't make me embarrass you on this web site as it reaches far and wide in the Baja! :biggrin::lol:



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Yes sir. And I will pay up in Jan.
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[*] posted on 8-25-2016 at 07:36 PM


Quote: Originally posted by David K  
Quote: Originally posted by Howard  
Aren't there some beers that are owed me for betting the pavement would not be finished this year? I think I laid 10 to 1 beers on the bets.
Come on now, fess up on the bet!


Like you I have been noticing the average has been about 10 kms. per year... and this past year really slowed down!

An un-named Nomad was one who seemed to want to bet that it would be done this year... after all, he drives it every month or so!

My guess (I think) was 2018 at best??


If you drove it more than once every couple of years you would know they were working very hard at it. Way more than your 10 KM per year until a complaint was filed for environmental damage. I suspect when the fine is paid, they will be off and working again. Maybe in time for your next trip in 2018. I will keep you updated in the meantime.
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[*] posted on 8-25-2016 at 10:29 PM


The work below Puertecitos began in 2007 and I or other nice people here have reported or shown photos of its progress each year.

Puertecitos is Km. 74.5 and the pavement ends now at Km. 167.5.

That's 93 Km. or 57.7 miles... let's call it 58.

2016-2007= 9 YEARS

58 / 9 = 6.4 MILES... 10 KMS = 6.2 miles




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[*] posted on 8-26-2016 at 07:08 AM


In 74 it took us 3 days to get from tho border to the highway on 5--have not done it since then--:bounce: May this fall tho!!:light:
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[*] posted on 8-26-2016 at 08:43 AM


WOW. Clicked on the thread hoping for a road update (that is the title I think). Instead got DAVIDK trying to dis other members and showing 25 old pictures.

DOESN'T anyone have a road update. Trying to dis other members need not reply.
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