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Old July 10th, 2008, 10:47 AM
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I just thought I would post this incase anyone was interested. Earlier this year I ran 1200 miles from San Diego down through Baja. I did it all on a motorcycle but as I sit here at bored at work I decided that I would put this post up since 99% of the route was passable by a d-90. If anyone is interested in doing it, I have GPS routes, Hotels, Mileages, pictures. Everywhere I went down there i kept thinknig "how would the d-90 do here?" I'm sure many on this forum have gone into Baja with their trucks, I just thought I would offer up GPS routes and my personal experience in the spirit of sharing cool adventures. When I get home tonight I'll take a screen shot of the route.
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Old July 10th, 2008, 06:48 PM
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Old July 10th, 2008, 09:09 PM
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I would love to see it.
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Old July 10th, 2008, 09:36 PM
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I would think lots of interest, here and Expedition Portal- I would love to seeit also. Thanks!!

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By the way- what did you ride? We rode down to Guatamala and Belize on the bikes about 13 years ago- great ride, GS 1100 at the time.
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Old July 12th, 2008, 02:26 PM
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I would sure like to have it. I'd also like to take that trip with some fishing in mind.
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Old July 12th, 2008, 09:46 PM
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Here is a screen shot of the route. When the GPS section gets added, I will do a write up on the trip. Three of us went and we rode 2 CRF 250s and I rode my DR-Z 400. Perfect tools for the job.
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is it prett safe down there or do you have to be really careful? Was it hard to get fuel?
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Old July 12th, 2008, 11:37 PM
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The safety thing is an issue that everyone struggles with. Generally the current situation down there has very little to do with Gringos. That being said, if you are rolling down the toll road at night in a Benz, you're looking for some trouble. My experience.. everyone was super nice. Not one problem, not one security issue, nothing. However, I only ran into probably a hundred people on the entire trip. The route pictured above has about 15 miles of pavement, total. My thinking is you are OK off the beaten path.

As for gas, it's hit or miss. With bikes it really isn't an issue because you only need to find 2 gallons. Towns that you would find on a regular map will have a Pemex station. Most of the time we were buying it from kids who were selling it in gallon milk jugs on the side of the street somewhere. We came through one town where there was an american couple towing their boat back from Cabo. THey were driving a dodge ram and informed me they had been in town for a week stranded waiting for an 18 wheeler to come by so they can siphon diesel. All in all, It's not a big issue unless you have a TDI. Range was difficult on the bikes, we ran out of gas a lot. but the range of a car is much farther so don't worry about that. I really would recommend the trip to anyone who has the time. Only a small portion would be difficult 4 wheeling so you can really load up the truck with camp gear or as mentioned above, fishing gear. Bring gas cans though!
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Old July 13th, 2008, 12:16 AM
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Sounds like a great trip.
How long did the trip take?
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It took 7 riding days to complete the alloted mileage. All in all we were down there for 11 days. Gonzaga Bay was a beautiful fishing beach town that we ended up staying at for a couple of days. Most of the locals were bankers, lawyers, VPs etc that got fet up with the US, cashed out and live on the beach. Everybody had a story...
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We're you carrying?
I have heard pros and cons regarding bringing weapons to Mexico, (but overall it is better not to...)
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