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[*] posted on 8-22-2021 at 07:20 PM


The site is best when more people participate and share.

A big problem has been newbies joining then having to deal with personal and non-Baja distractions. It is just not worth the hassle if their sharing is criticized or not appreciated.

There is no 'like' button here, so you need to type a nice comment.
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[*] posted on 8-22-2021 at 07:35 PM


I bet some would say any traffic is good traffic:P



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[*] posted on 8-22-2021 at 08:22 PM


Anything new on the actual subject at hand? I can go any place and get in a Covid discussion!
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[*] posted on 8-22-2021 at 08:43 PM


My understanding from Talk Baja Facebook which of course could be questionable, is that the father of one of the alleged victims was meeting up with his son, and the incident, as described did occur. What I am most curious about is the supposed un manned military control checkpoint north of Rancho Grande near Gonzaga.I spoke with those guys in early April on my way north, and they complained of no food drinks, masks gloves and other items. They may have just walked. It gets pretty hot and miserable there. Could be they\policia were involved, who knows. But , regardless, any of us have more than most there, and when you have nothing or next to nothing you have nothing to lose. They also told me they were losing family members to Civic and were pretty freaked out
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[*] posted on 8-22-2021 at 08:45 PM


Gotta love auto correct! Not civic, Covid
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[*] posted on 8-23-2021 at 08:18 AM


I tend to distrust second hand information posted to social media. So many questions about this incident. How does a 3 car caravan get hijacked? The point of a caravan is safety in numbers, why did the second two cars not throw it in reverse and escape? Also there have been other postings of incidents that seemed like random crime but then it turned out the perps and victims knew each other and had some sort of dispute.

With that said, I came north on the 5 last week from Chapala. The check point north of Rancho Grande was unmanned. I talked to the owner at Cinco Islas who is a friend of mine and he had heard about some kind of carjacking incident though he was unaware that 2 of the three vehicles were recovered. So apparently something happened.

Cinco Islas is a "restaurant" about 22 miles south of Puertecitos, though it is not currently serving food. The owner has a couple of pangas and offers fishing / dive trips out to the islands for $300US. It is sometimes too hot and windy in the summer for camping but last week a spear fisher got a big grouper out there, he said. They also have wifi and I saw a police officer park there to check the internet, so there is some law enforcement presence in the area. I don't have contact information, for those interested in fishing it is best to just go there and check out the conditions. Watch out for the offshore winds.

Hwy 5 was in beautiful condition all the way from Chapala to San Felipe.




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[*] posted on 8-23-2021 at 08:50 AM
Thank you, Ric!


Your 'first hand' trip report is very valuable.

So, no food at the restaurant? I hope that changes once tourism can return (post-Covid).

Cinco Islas is at Km. 114 and the access to see the ruins of El Almacén (a warehouse serving the placer gold mines of the area).



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[*] posted on 8-23-2021 at 10:10 AM


Well that would change the whole nature of things if it was between two parties that knew each other. Where were the two cars recovered from?
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[*] posted on 8-23-2021 at 10:47 AM


I drove south Saturday morning. The Gonzaga check point was unmanned. It’s been that way the last three (?) times I’ve driven by in the last couple months.

Otherwise, “not a jacker in sight.”
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[*] posted on 8-23-2021 at 11:00 AM


As I stated here earlier! It sound like it was a drug deal gone bad!
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[*] posted on 8-23-2021 at 02:05 PM


I drove south through that zone on August 2 and back north on August 13th, and all was quiet then. I was in a pretty conspicuous 4x4 van with my wife and three little kids. Gives me a bit of heebie jeebies, but we had an incredible trip.

I'll try and do a real trip report when I have time, but here is a abbreviated version:

San Diego, mexicali, Alfonsina's, coco's, San ignacio, playa requeson, loreto, el conejo, pescadero, san juanico, la purisima, san ignacio, BOLA, coco's, alfonsina's, mexicali, home.

The only issues we had were a solar panel flying off the top of the van, a blown fuse (so many autozones in Baja), and a la paz cop who got me for dos mil pesos for messing with my phone while driving through la paz.

There is an article about the robbery behind a paywall on a surf website called Stab. I haven't been able to read it because of the paywall.
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[*] posted on 8-23-2021 at 02:40 PM


The free cliff notes version of the "stab" article:

Mexican Horror Story: Surfers Held At Gunpoint, Vehicles Stolen, Left In 104-Degree Desert With No Sandals
“I don’t know if I’ll ever go back.”
Our boys never even reached the beach.
Three Californians drive to Mexico in search of perfect waves. Chaos, terror, and non-drug-fueled thievery ensues.


you have to pay to read stab: https://stabmag.com/news/mexican-horror-story-surfers-held-a...




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[*] posted on 8-23-2021 at 02:53 PM


The article mentions they were "five or 10 minutes south of San Felipe" a black Tundra (That didn't look like a locals car) past them going south at ~130MPH. Several hours later they see the same Tundra pull out from the side of the road and block both lanes. The victims stopped, and then realized another car blocked them from behind. 6 guys jumped out with AK-47s and demanded cell phones, car keys, wallets and apparently their shoes as well in 104°F heat. They started running out into the desert after that and the guy in the stolen Tacoma circled back around and demanded them to come back... apparently they did and he was asking them about something in Spanish that they couldn't understand. That guy ended up "getting over it" and left.

The victims then flagged down a semi truck driver who took them in and had them hide in the back where he sleeps and told them not to make any sounds or movements if they were stopped. He took them to presumable Gonzaga, but the article doesn't mention that.




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[*] posted on 8-23-2021 at 02:57 PM


Story is full of holes, photo of van is nowhere near the gulf... Mystery in Baja News!



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[*] posted on 8-23-2021 at 03:16 PM


Quote: Originally posted by BooJumMan  
The article mentions they were "five or 10 minutes south of San Felipe" a black Tundra (That didn't look like a locals car) past them going south at ~130MPH. Several hours later they see the same Tundra pull out from the side of the road and block both lanes. The victims stopped, and then realized another car blocked them from behind. 6 guys jumped out with AK-47s and demanded cell phones, car keys, wallets and apparently their shoes as well in 104°F heat. They started running out into the desert after that and the guy in the stolen Tacoma circled back around and demanded them to come back... apparently they did and he was asking them about something in Spanish that they couldn't understand. That guy ended up "getting over it" and left.

The victims then flagged down a semi truck driver who took them in and had them hide in the back where he sleeps and told them not to make any sounds or movements if they were stopped. He took them to presumable Gonzaga, but the article doesn't mention that.


I can see where this is going:no: anyway BooJum long time no see!:coolup:
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[*] posted on 8-23-2021 at 05:36 PM


(That burned out van photo someone posted, now removed, was in reference to 2 Australian surfers killed on the mainland, I believe in Sinaloa)

Hi Willard! Long time no see!

Hopefully my cliff notes version is clear enough. The article should be made public. I used a friends account to read it myself.




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