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Trail Tips - February 2005 in Baja Print E-mail
Written by Lawrence Borgens   
Tuesday, 01 February 2005 06:55

02/01/05 - "Getting Ready for Baja!"

Hello friends.  Were getting ready to ride Baja!  The staff of Family Off-Road Adventures have been riding, traveling and exploring Baja for many years now but at the end of February we'll be taking our first annual adventure tour South of the border in conjunction with the 2005 SCORE San Felipe 250 Off-Road Race.

This adventure will consist of two separate but consecutive three day adventures.  Baja is a land of contrasts and these adventures will be no different as we'll ride from sea level to an altitude of over 10,000 feet into the pine forests and "High Sierra" of Baja then back to the crystal clear and pristine beaches and bays of the Gulf side of Baja.

Both adventures start and end in San Felipe, the first adventure will start on Saturday February 18th .  We'll ride through the Laguna Diablo to lunch in San Matias then on up to world famous Mike's Sky Ranch and meet our support truck for diner, a shower and a bed.  The next day we'll ride out to Melling Ranch for lunch then on up to the National Observatory perched on the pinnacle of the San Pedro Martir National Park.  After visiting the observatory we'll return to Mike's "the back way" for some more of Blanca's great cooking!  The next day we'll backtrack our way to San Felipe touching on some of the racecourse for the upcoming SCORE San Felipe 250.

Once we return to San Felipe that adventure has ended but there is still plenty of fun ahead for those who chose to GO BIG and stay for the second adventure and those just joining us.

Tuesday morning the next adventure will leave heading south from San Felipe.  Again we will touch on some of the race course on our way to a lunch and fuel stop with our support truck in Puertecitos.  After a hearty meal of hotdog's and soda at the famous "cow patty" we'll continue South along the Gulf side coast.  The rugged beauty of this coast is amazing.  After a full days ride we'll arrive in Gonzaga Bay for a seafood diner and a clean, comfortable room.  The next day we'll explore the Gonzaga Bay area and visit many local points of interests such as Coco 's Corner, the Oasis, Punta Final and Calamajue Mine then return back to Alfonsina's for diner.  The next day we ride back up the coast to our base hotel in San Felipe.

Now you would think the fun is really over.  But wait!  There's more!  Today is Thursday and all the fun and excitement of the race starts on Friday!  If you bought the full six day adventure or joined us for the second three day adventure then your hotel room for the race is included!  The price of these adventures is practically worth the hotel rooms alone!

If you've never been to one of these races you'll want to make a point of doing so soon!  The smell of high-octane exhaust along with the sound of race engines revving and mariachi bands playing in the setting of a marketplace festival fronting the beautiful Gulf of California in a foreign land is awesome to behold.  And this is just the tech inspection and contingency row!

The next day the bikes get an early start off the line for a short afternoon ride in the desert.  A little while later the 4-wheeled vehicles, lead by the trophy trucks, get off the line and launch into the desert.  The race is a 250 mile loop in the desert around San Felipe so it's all over within a few hours.  We will have the unique opportunity to watch the race from just about anywhere since we'll have our bikes, radios and support vehicle with us the whole time.  You have got to try this sometime, the only better way to watch a race is from a helicopter!

After the race is over we'll join in all the after race festivities then head back to our hotel room for our last night in Baja.  The next day will be Sunday and we're heading home.

If you can't join us this year then please consider joining us next year or perhaps on one of our upcoming California adventures.  The Dual Sport to Yosemite adventure will be at the end of April and will be a mix of adventure, history and scenic beauty that few have ever experienced.

Happy Trails!




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