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Old 02-26-2018, 05:11 PM   #1
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I know its a year away but we want to go to Mexico (Baja) but don't want to go alone. Is anyone interested in a convoy in early 2019?
Thanks Kevin and Cheryl
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Old 02-26-2018, 05:22 PM   #2
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Sorry; too chicken. Maybe you could get Chris Issak to go back for a Baja Sessions 2....he has a nice Prevost Rock Star Bus to clear the road
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Old 02-26-2018, 06:05 PM   #3
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We're probably going back to Baja next year, maybe after the Q'site get together. That's conditional on Mex 5 being finally paved. We hate Mex 1 and Mex 5 avoids some of the things that we don't like about Mex 1, like going through Ensenada. We've done Mex 5 both ways but the unfinished road deterred us from going down this year.

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Old 11-24-2018, 12:25 PM   #4
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I was on Hwy 5 and Hwy 1 a couple of weeks ago (mid Nov) on a motorcycle (Tecate to Cabo and back). Hwy 5 from Gonzaga Bay past Coco's Corner to Hwy 1 has not changed much since I was there in 2016. The construction camp appears to be shut down although the equipment is still there. Coco said work had stopped. In addition several bridges on Hwy 5 have washed out and there are gravel detours where there used to be pavement. On the moto it was fine, but it'd be slow and bumpy, but passable towing a trailer. I did see one Escape on Hwy 1 on my way north. I did see various RVs along the way, mostly I think once they find a nice place, they stay a while.
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Old 11-24-2018, 03:38 PM   #5
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We hope to go to Mazatlan and Puerta Vallarta in Jan, life could get in the way like it did last year, but we sure hope to go again. The roads are far better on the Mexican mainland than the Baja. We currently are in Fort Pierce, getting our sailboat ready for sale. We'll leave Mon the 26th and head back home to AZ.
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Old 11-25-2018, 02:49 AM   #6
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Coco said work had stopped. In addition several bridges on Hwy 5 have washed out and there are gravel detours where there used to be pavement. On the moto it was fine, but it'd be slow and bumpy, but passable towing a trailer. .
I've been following the BajaBound threads on Hwy. 5 almost daily. Real heartbreaker that the new bridges etc. were washed out.

We'll decide before Q'site if we're going again in early 2019. I've even bought a "full size" air compressor in anticipation of airing the tires up and down just like the Baja regulars do.

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Old 11-25-2018, 10:43 AM   #7
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Ron,
Good to know we’ll have a tire inflation station at Quatzsite this year...
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Old 11-25-2018, 10:45 AM   #8
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We too have been strongly considering the Baja after Quartzsite too. I have heard from a couple folks elsewhere that traveled there this year that it is doable, but the road is real bad. As long as it is reasonably doable we are likely in (possibly with another Escape). If it takes an extra few hours, even a day, to travel at a safe speed it may not be so bad.
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Old 11-25-2018, 11:46 AM   #9
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What about San Felipe? It’s a reasonable drive from quartzite and hopefully the road is decent going that far?
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Old 11-25-2018, 02:09 PM   #10
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Yes, it's OK as Baja roads go. But even decent roads still have sudden potholes etc. You really can't take any Baja road for granted.

It's the next section that is the heartbreaker. It was all new and it's what was badly damaged recently. There are bypasses etc. and it looks like it would be OK for us but no decision on that for at least a month.

The unfinished 20 miles that joins Hwy. 1 is still unfinished and rough but doable. We just go slow and tough it out.

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Old 12-03-2018, 09:16 AM   #11
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I was on Hwy 5 and Hwy 1 a couple of weeks ago (mid Nov) on a motorcycle (Tecate to Cabo and back). Hwy 5 from Gonzaga Bay past Coco's Corner to Hwy 1 has not changed much since I was there in 2016. The construction camp appears to be shut down although the equipment is still there. Coco said work had stopped. In addition several bridges on Hwy 5 have washed out and there are gravel detours where there used to be pavement. On the moto it was fine, but it'd be slow and bumpy, but passable towing a trailer. I did see one Escape on Hwy 1 on my way north. I did see various RVs along the way, mostly I think once they find a nice place, they stay a while.
LOL - that was probably us you saw! We tried to go Hwy 5 as we have in previous years, but like Ron in BC has mentioned, Hurricane Rosa really messed it up bad. When we were attempting it mid-Nov, most of the washed out sections south of San Felipe were filled with gravel so it was doable but VERY slow. We ended up turning around north of Puertecitos and taking 3 over to Ensenada and 1 down.

That said, I think 5 is still doable - just batten everything down really well in your trailer and prepare for a long slow drive. Still faster than taking 1 though!
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Old 12-03-2018, 05:09 PM   #12
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i would love to go. How much time do you usually spend down there? I most likely will need to wait until I'm retired but I'm longing to go !
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Old 12-03-2018, 05:14 PM   #13
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i would love to go. How much time do you usually spend down there? I most likely will need to wait until I'm retired but I'm longing to go !
We have a little bit longer drive than you but we usually take 3 days to Mexicali and 3 days to Coyote Beach. So 3 weeks gives you time for a week plus on a gorgeous beach. We don't usually hang out there for too much longer than that. We're travelers, we like to enjoy and move on. Some folks though do setup there for months at a time.

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