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Ride Report - October 2006 Print E-mail
Written by Lawrence Borgens   
Monday, 09 October 2006 06:55

10/09/06 - Ride Report, Baja GPS Event

Just a short note to let everyone know what a great trip that we had to Baja this past weekend.  My email blast For a "riding buddy" created not just a “riding buddy” but four other daring souls willing to take a quick trip down South and experience what Baja had to offer and new friendships that will last a lifetime.

We wasted no time getting on the road for the long drive South on Friday morning.  During the drive we visited, chatted and got to know each other better.  Lucien and I hit it off well and shared many common experiences.  Crossing the border at Tecate was the usual secondary inspection to see what’s in the big box trailer we were towing (5 dirt bikes!  What else?) and we arrived at Santa Veronica at about 7pm, just in time to pre-register and get some diner at the Hacienda’s bar / restaurant.  The food was exactly what I expected and I did not even need to look at the menu to know what I wanted.  YUM!  We checked into our rooms and got some rest for the next days ride.

The next morning we estimated that there were about 60 or so people entered in the event and we took care of breakfast, getting our GPS download with the routes, gearing up and unloading bikes in record time.  We were ready to RIDE!  There was a short class and a walking course to get people familiar with using a GPS to navigate a predetermined route and then we were off to the starting point under the big arch at the well maintained Hacienda’s gate.  Entrant’s got the choice of navigating a single track or a two track course and since the single track would take longer, due to slower expected speeds, riders taking the single track were allowed to leave first in numbered groups about 2 minutes apart.  This gave each group a chance to navigate themselves without just following someone else’s rear wheel and allowed the dust to settle before the next group came by.

After Lucien, Shannon and all the single track people had gone it was time for the 2-track riders to depart.  Although our course was about 65 miles our ride was expected to take only 3 – 4 hours due to higher speeds possible on the 2-track.  We were the 3rd group of 2-track riders to leave, Neil (KTM525), my mom Janet (CRF230) and I (XR-440).  The trail headed through the little dirt roads of the village of Santa Veronica passing the school and the bull-fighting ring on the way out of town.  Shortly after getting started Neil had a radio problem and headed back to the Hacienda then went on to ride around the area for the rest of the day while Janet & I continued on the 2-track route.

What can I say about the rest of the trail that day….?  I think Janet said it best, “It had a little of everything!” (said with a big smile on her face).  I’ve been to Santa Veronica and ridden the area several other times but Kacey Smith (Lizard Lady Publications: continues to serve up the best routes at her events.  Kacey’s dedication to opening new routes by her friendly and professional rapport with the local ranchers and property owners and her love for the people there is evident in every event she has done.  We all made it back safely that night and Neil, Lucien & Shannon had such a great time on the trail that, after returning, they went back out on the trail to get some more miles under their belt!

After getting our gear off and cleaning up we went to the restaurant for a great buffet diner.  Kacey was soon sitting on the bar in the front of the room thanking her awesome staff that helped put the event on and handing out TONS of goodies from her sponsors including GPS’s, mapping software, Fox riding boots, gift certificates, tubes, jersey’s, t-shirts, hats…  The list goes on.  Kacey made sure that EVERYONE left the event with something!  Afterwards we hung out, chatting, telling stories (bench racing) and meeting lots of old friends for the very first time.  Later I commented that some of the coolest people on the planet ride motorcycles…

The next day we slept in a little later but still got up early enough to enjoy the buffet breakfast laid out for us and get in an hour or so’s riding before loading up and heading home.  Getting across the border coming home was the same experience as always, long lines waiting to go through inspection then the usual secondary inspection to see what’s in the trailer…  The drive home was full of talking about our experiences, calling friends and family and telling them what they missed out on and in silent appreciation of the awesome experience that we were able to be a part of.

If you would like to enjoy an experience with family and friends (or with people that just seem like family) similar to the one that you have just read about then please contact me to learn more about joining us on one of our upcoming tours in California or Baja.  We are currently seeking people interested in accompanying us during a 10-day tour of Northern Baja during the SCORE Baja 1000 Off-Road Race from November 10th – 19th 2006.




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