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Old 03-08-2016, 01:05 PM   #51
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That's an awesome spot, Ron.
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Old 03-08-2016, 01:09 PM   #52
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The real bonus on this trip was discovering that a young whale shark had spent the winter in Coyote Bay instead of moving up the coast with others. Every day we'd go out and swim, kayak or paddle board along with her. A real bonus because a couple of years ago M. was considering a side trip up the Western coast of Australia just to see a whale shark. Won't have to do that anytime soon.

The only negative was that a couple of RVers had drones and they were buzzing overhead completely destroying the tranquillity of the situation. Too lazy to get off their butts and paddle out like others But, hey, I'm a friendly guy, I waved at them. OK, OK, maybe all my fingers weren't completely visible.

There's been previous discussions about the need to carry two spares. Here's a different take. This guy, with a tandem axle, thought he heard a sound but his wife didn't so he kept going. Not as crazy as it seems because sometimes you have to go for miles and miles before you can find a place to get off the traveled part of the road. The concept of a shoulder or smooth transition from the traveled part of the road off to the side hasn't taken hold here. By the time he pulled over the steel cords from the shredded tire had lashed and damaged the tire behind it. So he ended up with two damaged tires and using both his spares. An extreme example maybe, but food for though if you're traveling off the beaten path.

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Old 03-08-2016, 01:54 PM   #53
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Wow!! Great story and great pics. Thank you so much for sharing your experience.
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Old 03-08-2016, 02:29 PM   #54
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You have me drooling Ron, thanks for sharing. Would love to see more.
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Old 03-08-2016, 02:40 PM   #55
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What a great trip report and pictures. I've often wondered what it would be like to drag a trailer down the Baja peninsula. I was in a bike race in 1980 from Tijuana to La Paz, and the road was no great shakes back then when it was relatively new. Glad to hear that it is still in fairly decent condition. The places that stuck in my memory were Mulege, Loreto and La Paz. No chance to visit beaches unfortunately.
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I look at those Baja pix and wonder how you will cope with the forecast two weeks of rain here in North Van.
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Old 03-08-2016, 03:22 PM   #57
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I was in a bike race in 1980 from Tijuana to La Paz, and the road was no great shakes back then when it was relatively new. Glad to hear that it is still in fairly decent condition.
Strange, I don't recall using the term fairly decent condition. They currently cover the range from pretty darn good to OMG. There are stretches where the pot holes and broken asphalt make you cringe. Not a huge percentage but enough to get on your nerves because they sometimes appear without warning.

Roads in the Baja South are generally much better than those in the North. The good news is that there is only 22 km left to pave on the road from Mexicali down the East coast to join up with Highway 1 half way down. That eliminates the worst roads.

One of the strangest things is the speed limit. Some of the best open road sections have a limit of 60 kph Makes no sense at all but when you're a sitting duck in a foreign country you do try and drive the posted limit no matter how illogical it is. Other sections, sometimes not as good, have speed limits of 100 kph.

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Old 03-08-2016, 03:24 PM   #58
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I look at those Baja pix and wonder how you will cope with the forecast two weeks of rain here in North Van.
Driving through California the last few days prepped us for the local weather. Man, did they get hammered. We couldn't sleep one night because of the torrential rain pounding on the roof.

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Beautiful, spectacular and I'm extremely jealous! Thanks so much for posting the pictures. Looks absolutely fabulous
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Looks fabulous. Gorgeous place.
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