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[*] posted on 2-19-2018 at 06:12 PM


Thanks guys. I am pretty new to this area, only ridden down here once before so don't know the bailouts that well. Trying to avoid that. Anyone have a suggestion for a nice ride south of BOLA? We have never been down that way and hear it is just beautiful. More interested in seeing the scenery that great single track, but will take both. We have a range of about 120 miles.

Was thinking a ride to San Franciscita and back might be fun but too much milage without carrying lots of extra gas.

Will post a report when we get back.

Cheers! Rod
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[*] posted on 2-19-2018 at 06:14 PM


The section that runs from west to east is a lot of single track. That would be from just above that Hwy. 12 sign on the map to a bit north of La Gringa, except for a few miles approaching the gulf coast north of La Gringa.



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[*] posted on 2-19-2018 at 08:05 PM


Quote: Originally posted by soundchaser  
Thanks guys. I am pretty new to this area, only ridden down here once before so don't know the bailouts that well. Trying to avoid that. Anyone have a suggestion for a nice ride south of BOLA? We have never been down that way and hear it is just beautiful. More interested in seeing the scenery that great single track, but will take both. We have a range of about 120 miles.

Was thinking a ride to San Franciscita and back might be fun but too much milage without carrying lots of extra gas.

Will post a report when we get back.

Cheers! Rod


It's a really nice ride out to San Rafael from BoLA, which is about half way to San Fransquito.

Good camping on the beach, or you can ride there and back in 1 day.

If you continue on, you can sometimes get gas at San Fransquito. You'd need to arrange with Beto, who owns a place there to make sure. He rents a place also.




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[*] posted on 2-19-2018 at 08:07 PM


The ride South of BOLA is one of my favorites, you can stop and see Poncho for a beer. Millage will be an issue an over sized tank is worth the money. You can always carry some extra fuel in a container but a tank is a safer bet.
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[*] posted on 2-19-2018 at 08:57 PM


Soundchaser, I love that drive, and plan on passing through there about when you want to ride it. If the timing works out right, I could haul some fuel down to Pancho, or Beto's camp for you.

I would be continuing south from there, so no promise about hauling empty jugs back to BOLA. When you firm up your travel plan, post back here and maybe I or someone else could help out!

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[*] posted on 2-20-2018 at 04:42 AM


Great offer Akgringo.
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[*] posted on 2-20-2018 at 09:26 AM


That would be the way to go and then just donate the gas jugs to Poncho, that way you don't have to worry about hauling them back. Its nice to ride and not have to pack all of the extra weight that a large gas tank comes with. Very nice offer,,,,
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[*] posted on 2-20-2018 at 12:03 PM


Thanks AK, that is a very kind offer. I will be in touch!
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[*] posted on 3-11-2018 at 01:03 PM
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Can confirm those tracks are good. A really long single day ride, would recommend making it over two days unless you are real fast or looking for a 10 plus hour non stop ride. Thanks to all for the advice, we had a great trip!
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[*] posted on 3-11-2018 at 01:22 PM


Quote: Originally posted by soundchaser  
Can confirm those tracks are good. A really long single day ride, would recommend making it over two days unless you are real fast or looking for a 10 plus hour non stop ride. Thanks to all for the advice, we had a great trip!


What part did you ride? Window Rock trail or are you talking about BoLA to San Fransquito.


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[*] posted on 3-11-2018 at 02:10 PM


Just fyi, some of that Bill Nichols trail (Window Rock region) is on the California El Camino Real mission road (trail). Bill Nichols and the Jesuits or Indian trail makers have good direction sense!

North of San Borja, the Camino Real mostly resembles cattle trails as the Jesuits were expelled from California soon after the next mission north of San Borja was founded (at Calamajué, 1766) and they weren't there long enough to have the typical Jesuit road constructed.

The Franciscans and Dominicans that followed the Jesuits were not the road engineers and were satisfied with the simple trail with very little visible construction such as switchbacks, except where absolutely necessary.




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[*] posted on 3-11-2018 at 08:01 PM


JZ, I am referring to the tracks I posted going from Gonzaga to Bola. From what I gather part of that is the Window trail.

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[*] posted on 3-11-2018 at 09:19 PM


How long did it take you and did you drop down on the beach at La gringa? We should be gunning the week after next....
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[*] posted on 3-11-2018 at 10:14 PM


Quote: Originally posted by soundchaser  
JZ, I am referring to the tracks I posted going from Gonzaga to Bola. From what I gather part of that is the Window trail.

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Nice! That is hella long for one day.

How tough was the ~18 mile leg from the bay/coast where you turn South down to La Gringa/BoLA?

I think this is the only leg of the Window Rock trail we are going to ride on our trip in a couple weeks. Up from BoLA and back down.








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[*] posted on 3-20-2018 at 10:16 AM


Sorry for the slow reply, not on this board often. That section is really the only technically tough part. It was also beautiful in there. Wasn't too bad, but you should be an A rider. There are a few tough rocky sections but we made them without having to get off an push the bikes. My buddies KTM vapor locked in that section so we spent about 30 minutes trying to figure out what the problem was. I am sending a u2u with my contact info if you have any other questions. Enjoy!
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[*] posted on 3-20-2018 at 06:06 PM


That section is a lot easier going from La Gringa North. Some pretty good climbs going South
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[*] posted on 3-20-2018 at 06:39 PM


Good to know, figured as much.

How fast is the ride from where the flag is back down to the highway?

Thinking about doing a day ride loop from Bahia going up along the coast then West to the flag and shoot South down to the hwy.



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[*] posted on 3-20-2018 at 09:27 PM


From the flag to the Hwy is good 2 track and dry lake. Very fast.
If you haven't done Hwy to the flag and then Window Rock trail to El Crucero and slab back to Bahia, that might make another good day loop.
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