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[*] posted on 1-3-2017 at 09:58 AM
Gonzaga to Chapala


Come on somebody. Give me a road report, taking into account the recent weather and construction. I don't want to do damage to my 34' travel trailer but am not opposed to traveling a 5 or 10 mile section at 5 miles and hour. Would like to get info from anyone having done this in the last few days.
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[*] posted on 1-3-2017 at 10:50 AM


I'll be traveling it Sunday so if nobody responds I'll give you a report Monday
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[*] posted on 1-3-2017 at 01:48 PM


Thanks. Any info or opinion will be appreciated.
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[*] posted on 1-3-2017 at 03:49 PM


I traveled it on Monday morning just after a pretty good early morning rain squall. It was muddy and a lot of standing water, especially the last 3 miles to Chapala. Made the 23 miles of dirt in an hour and 20 in a 2 wd pickup. I've seen it worse and I've seen it better. I have never traveled it in a rig such as yours but my guess is that you will not average better than 10 mph for the 23 miles.

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[*] posted on 1-3-2017 at 04:45 PM


That really would be ducky with me. If I had to spend 2 or 3 hours going 23 miles, I can live with that very well. Things I'm concerned about are deep vados where I'd drag or tight corners with my 62' total length. I'm towing with a 1 ton, 6 speed, 4x4. I damn sure don't want to get myself big boyed half way thru though. I really would love to be able to go this direction. Also, as it looks now, I'd be more toward the end of January and hopefully be looking at much dryer surface conditions. Any and all reports are deeply appreciated.
Thanks again for any input.
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[*] posted on 1-3-2017 at 05:10 PM


I did Hwy. 5 on New Years with my 32 ft. Southwind towing my Sami. Did not need to air down. 1 hour to Coco's 1 hour to Chapala no problem. Just take it easy.
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[*] posted on 1-3-2017 at 05:21 PM


I rode my 1200 Adventure through on the 27th, heading south. Didn't air down. Didn't get a flat (unlike two years ago). I blasted through with my car on my way north on the 30th? Didn't air down, and didn't get a flat. I have BFG All Terrain KO2s on the car, and they seem very durable.

I suspect that you'll be fine.
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[*] posted on 1-3-2017 at 05:28 PM


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[*] posted on 1-3-2017 at 08:05 PM


Just went through there Sunday, after rain, standing water, and lot of mud! but the road in general was really good shape. your rig should be
fine. may need a little clean up after! Have a great trip.
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[*] posted on 1-3-2017 at 08:11 PM


Bill, You better watch the fuel also as you head that way, looks like
there maybe a problem with getting it!
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[*] posted on 1-4-2017 at 07:55 AM


Was over it yesterday afternoon... got to see them dynamite some rock (from a safe distance)... no new pavement open yet... still about 23 unpaved miles, but lots of work in the canyon and boulder field going on.

I have many photos of the new road work... stay tuned to my trip report.




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[*] posted on 1-15-2017 at 04:17 PM
Tires on yr GSA


Quote: Originally posted by BigBearRider  
I rode my 1200 Adventure through on the 27th, heading south.


I'm heading south from Mexicali on 27th: San Felipe, and then run to
San Ignacio, and to La Paz..

What tires were you running on your GSA for that section of unpaved road?
Was it hard-packed /' graded, or was it loose and slimy?"

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[*] posted on 1-15-2017 at 06:48 PM


GSA?

It is graded dirt... washboard sand to some embedded rocks, but easy driving if taken slowly. just under 23 miles unpaved.




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[*] posted on 1-15-2017 at 07:37 PM


Drove it a week ago and the road is in good condition. No vados or anything else to hang you up. You'll know the parts to slow down in.



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[*] posted on 1-15-2017 at 09:07 PM


Quote: Originally posted by David K  
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That was meant for BigBearRider, who posted that he rode his (BMW R)1200 (GS) Adventure. Thru there.
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[*] posted on 1-15-2017 at 09:28 PM


Thanks, was just wondering and maybe others were also. Have a great journey!



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[*] posted on 1-15-2017 at 09:31 PM


Quote: Originally posted by David K  
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[*] posted on 1-15-2017 at 09:32 PM


Since I'll be on a heavy-laden motorcycle, other than BigBearRider, any other motorcyclists out there to report latest conditions?
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[*] posted on 1-19-2017 at 07:07 PM


We're going to give it a shot on Sunday. Jeep Liberty with a small boat trailer. Will advise on how it goes.
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[*] posted on 1-19-2017 at 07:55 PM


We're going to give it a shot on Sunday. Jeep Liberty with a small boat trailer. Will advise on how it goes

THANKS! Please post asap after experience.

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