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Riding with Rawhyde

Jon and VickyJo are planning their annual trip to Baja for 2019.  This year we are excited to be traveling with other moto enthusiasts.  Rawhyde Adventures will be hosting their great Adventure Days Rally followed by a Big Bikes to Baja trip and we are registered for both.  We hope to see some old friends and make new ones.  Please check out the rally and the Baja trip at Rawhyde-offroad.com Adventure Days   (February 21- 24, 2019) and Big Bikes in Baja  (February 25- March 3, 2019).

Jon attended the Adventure Days Rally last year and loved it.  It was a great value, he learned a lot, made new friends, and went on great rides in the Southern California Desert with the folks from Rawhyde. We are telling all our friends to come join us for one or both events.  VickyJo would especially like to have some ladies to ride with!

Couple on BAja Beach
Playa El Tesoro
Photo from Rawhyde-offroad.com
Baja Beach Riding BMWGS1200 *Photo taken from Rawhyde-offroad.com

Lockhart Basin Ride

 

Our 2018 Lockhart Basin Ride was the hardest motorcycle ride I have ever done in my life!  This ride was is 75 miles of dirt and rocks, near Moab Utah. There were steep, near impossible climbs and rocky narrow trails along the upper edge of deep canyons.  I have done this ride before and it was never easy, but this time the terrain was exceptionally difficult to navigate on my KTM 690.  Trails change with weather and wear and this one was near impassable in places for our May 2018 ride. Our buddy broke the frame on his motorcycle in the middle of the ride.  We strapped it back together enough to finish the ride, but the bike is history.

Lockhart canyon is a famous trail that every dual sport motorcycle rider should do; but, go with friends.  Have 2 or 3 buddies strong enough to lift and push because some places could be just too step to ride without help.

This year was the second time I have done it.  Check out the short GoPro clip to see why  I say it was the hardest motorcycle ride I have ever done in my life.

Carson Ebbetts Pass 2018

Today was the last ride with my beloved Ruby before I turn her over to her new owner next week.  It turned out to be a fabulous celebration as we were surprised in Markleeville with news of the opening of Ebbetts Pass just yesterday.  Ruby is an FGS 700 and is really an amazing bike well suited to the challenges of this ride. I thoroughly enjoyed pushing through the turns, curve after curve as we travelled this newly opened mountain pass still lined with deep snow at the highest elevations. The season is here folks, get out there and RIDE.

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When it’s snowing in the mountains go to the coast

fancy coffee in Sausalito California $7.50 at the Taste of Rome. Worth the ride and a fun stop.

El Rosario, breakfast at Mama’s

El Rosario, a very small town about 300 miles south of the border is a pit stop for the Baja 1000.  Motorcyclist are welcome here.  We are enjoying breakfast at Mama’s before heading out to Guerrero Negro.  Jon is fashionable for the morning outing! 

Border crossing at Tecate was a breeze thanks to Jon’s prepaid visa application.  Worse thing so far on this trip, the TOPAS at the border, tall, slick, close together. I almost lost it. 

Dirt Riding After Tibial Plateau Fracture Grade 6

Another milestone in the healing of a grade 6 Tibial Plateau Fracture — today I did my first off-road ride since breaking my leg 6 months ago.  We chose a favorite place — Yankee Jim Road just north of Sacramento off the I-80. It was a perfect choice for my dirt debut. The sky was overcast but the temperature was warm and all went well. Yankee Jim Road is a fun off-road ride for both the novice and expert dual sport rider plus it is well suited for motorcycles of any size. For gpx file, maps, and more see details on 2ShareOurRide or CLICK HERE.

Mosquito Road Paved Motorcycle Route Placerville

On the road again!  Finally after months of healing, the Bakers are out riding and want to share a short but fun and challenging route with our friends.

Waterfall, Mosquito Road Placerville County, CA

This 93 mile paved loop offers waterfalls, streams, rivers, fall foliage, slow tight turns, twisting curves, narrow bridges, historic gold mining towns, parks, quaint coffee stops and more.  Check it out on our web site   CLICK HERE  for details.

Narrow Mosquito Bridge across American River

We finally got out on a ride together

Vicky ocean and bike

 

 

Last weekend we finally got out on a ride together. First trip on the new BMW GSA, two up and loaded.  The bike worked flawlessly. It carries the two of us very well, I don’t even notice the weight the passenger or panniers. We used a BMW GS on our south America trip last year, so wasn’t too new to either of us. Vicky cannot ride solo yet due to her knee  injury now more than 3 months out. But I can say she is making progress. She worked all last week. Can walk way better than me. Just doesn’t feel safe on her own bike yet. It was hard enough to get her on the back of the big new BMW GSA for this trip. I think I have lost her trust in me for safety after my near fatal crash. I personally know the only reason I crashed was my fault of racing on a mountain road with uncontrolled traffic. Totally my fault, hopefully will not be so stupid again. And I have completely wrecked my left knee for punishment. I can ride however. It will be a bit before I can ride dirt. I have trouble standing and am in a lot of pain all the time. But hey at least I am on the bike. Making progress everyday.

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