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.
Photos from our ride, GPX files, Google Map, and GoPro files available with a click to the following links.
Yesterday we rode Mexico Hwy 1 south from El Rosario to Guerrero Negro. This trip took all day and carried us from Baja California Norte into Baja California Sur. Ordinarily a full day of highway riding would put us down the road at least 500 miles. Not so today. Although our only stops were for gasoline, water, or a roadside just gotta have relief!, we only made 214 miles this day.
As highway rides go, this is the toughest I have ever done. The route included ascents and descents, tight curves, and long straight stretches with dips that give poor visibility for passing. The road is shared with many truckers who creep up the hills in front of you. The left blinker signal from a trucker means it’s ok to pass, NOT — I am turning left. The only reason you know this is true, there is no where to turn on the left!
The wind, OMG–the wind! On the straight stretches the wind was unrelenting. Most of the time it was a strong cross wind forcing the motorcycle to lean 30 degrees from the pavement into the wind. It was difficult to travel forward and hold my head up. I soon developed a painful crick in the neck and had to take at least two pee breaks AND rest my neck.
The next challenge (besides not getting wet with flying pee), was dodging the pot holes with a leaning motorcycle. They were numerous and rim breaking DEEP.
Watch out when passing a slow truck too! The truck blocks the wind and WHOA, you are upright again. But the bike perpendicular to the pavement only lasts a second and WHAM–you are blasted back down again by the wind!
Treacherous and tedious it was! But we made it safely to Guerrero Negro by late afternoon. Dog tired, we checked in and went almost directly to dinner at a fine restaurant attached to our very clean and comfortable hotel. Margaritas, beer, and fresh fish ended the day. For a great place to stay complete with Fine Dining, Bar, Hotel, and Whale Watching Tours visit Hotel Malarrimo
Monday plan is rest, whale watching, laundry, dining, and packing for Tuesday’s early ride out.
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.
It has been a tough go getting back to long rides since my Tibial Plateau Fracture a few months ago. I have a problem that is new to me in long distance riding. I can’t find the right spot in the saddle, my butt hurts and pressure builds over my lower back. Searching for solutions I came across “Alaska Leather, Home of the Sheepskin Buttpad!” I purchased the Sheared Buttpad, with a special cut to fit the BMW GS 700. It not only feels great; it looks great too. Tomorrow Jon and I head out for two weeks of riding from Sacramento to Cabo San Lucas and back. We want to cover as much of Baja as possible so there will be some long days in the saddle. I hope my new farkle is indeed the solution! Browse my photos, and check out Alaska Leather for yourself at https://alaskaleather.com or, on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/AlaskaLeather/
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.
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.
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.
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.