As most motorcycle riders do, we sit around talking about where we want to ride next, and with the right group of riders a trip is planned. This is how our next trip began, some friends, some beer and a bucket list of places we wanted to ride. It started out with 4 riders, then 6 then 8 then before we knew it we have a group riding down the Baja peninsula Mexico. Otherwise known as Baja California and Baja California Sur.
It seems a daunting ride as we first have to cross the border south of San Diego into Tijuana. One of the busiest border crossings in the world. After crossing the border and circling the town on the toll road we will soon find ourselves riding on The Mexican Federal Highway 1 which was finished in 1973. The highway runs parallel to the coast, criss crosses the peninsula, over mountains, through deserts and ends approximately 1100miles later; at our destination Cabo San Lucas.
As their is still snow on the ground in our home province of Alberta, we will be trailering our bikes to the warm state of Nevada and the infamous city of Las Vegas.
Troy and Jeff will pilot and co-pilot the truck and trailer down the 2 day 24hr drive, while the other riders will fly down or drive down. We will converge at our favorite hotel, Rumors, after a night of coffee and doughnuts in Vegas (more like wine and beer) we get ready to make our way through some great riding on our way to San Diego and the Mexican border..LET THE FUN BEGIN.
Meet the Riders
Who is going you ask…Well lets meet these crazy motorcycle riders who are an adventurous bunch, and even more so, the riders who can take the time off their day job to ride this beautiful ride. There is a few family members here as well..sure you can tell who is related. We think it is important for you to meet the group ahead of time… they are a big part of our trip and they have all given us permission for us to talk about them, post pictures of them and well we will do our best to keep it clean!!!
Angela” Corona Queen” Murray; riding her Harley Davidson Softail Deluxe
Troy” The Margarita Man” Carlson; riding his Harley Davidson Street Glide
Fred ” Buddy” Murray; riding his Victory King Pin
Dawn “Ginny with a Twist” Murray; Fred’s wife and riding on the King…Pin
Jeff “King Kokanee” Crooks; riding his Harley Davidson CVO Ultra (camera man #2)
John ” Captain” Whittington; riding his Victory Cross Country
Clint ” Jagerbomb” Murray; riding his Victory Cross Country (camera man#1)
Terry ” Barley” Daniels; riding his Harley Davidson CVO Screaming Eagle Ultra
Janice ” Barleys Babe; Terry’s wife riding with Terry on the Ultra
For those who do not follow us on Facebook or Twitter, please do as we will be updating on a regular daily basis of our motorcycle ride down the Baja, join in the conversation and let’s hear from you if you have rode this before, or move this beautiful scenic ride to the top of your bucket list. We look forward to riding, sharing the ride and meeting a lot of amazing people!
Logistics for our ride into Mexico
The whole trip has a lot of logistics to work out, even though in the beginning when we all thought, hey let’s ride down the Baja and back, no big deal! The task of finding us a cool place to stay when we got to Cabo San Lucas, was done by Jeff & Wendy, A cool place indeed: A Penthouse suite at the Plaza Nautica, right in the heart of Cabo San Lucas Party Zone!
Troy and I along with my parents went to Cabo San Lucas just after Christmas to do a little research and find out some hands on details about riding down the Baja. (tough job but someone had to do it)
While we were in Cabo, we met up with numerous people who have rode the Baja, talked over many details with them. Dave, owner of HD Los Cabo has rode up and down the Baja several times, had lots of great advise, pointers and must do & see points of interest.
We did the tourist thing while we were there after Christmas, found a few great local places to eat, drink and relax, made some friends with the locals saying we will be back in 3 months.
Update: After completing this ride, we put together a Motorcycle Trip To Cabo information page with all sorts of details.
Clean Cheap Motels
Time is ticking on, so time to book hotel rooms from Las Vegas, to San Diego, all the way down the Baja peninsula and back. Troy is a true english speaking Canadian, his 2 Spanish words “Hola” and “Gracias” didn’t get him too far while speaking on the phone with local Mexican hotel night staff. What we did learn is,no matter how loud and slow he spoke, our English did not translate into Spanish! Dave Comartin, owner of Harley-Davidson Los Cabos advised us to take four days to ride down, this will leave us enough time to see the sights and have a nice relaxing motorcycle ride through the Baja. We had some advice from Dave and others on where to stay and after much trial and error we figured out how to phone Mexico from Canada, only to find out some of the motels don’t have”teléfono”, we suppose Internet is out of the question at these locations as well..LOL.
We did manage to secure clean, cheap motels along our motorcycle route for the three nights.
The first night we stay at the motel in El Rosario and named Baja Cactus. (Currently this site is under construction)
The second night takes us to San Ignacio and the Rice and Beans hotel (yes that is the real name).
The third and last night takes up to the popular town of Loreto where we will rest or heads at the Desert Inn.
We are not sure what the hotels look like, but we do know there is a free Mexican breakfast with each room. The rates were from $40-$75 a night… perfect!
Mexican Insurance is a must
Your Canadian insurance, whether it is travel, motorcycle, life, or general insurance is INVALID in Mexico! For you and your motorcycle to be properly and safely insured you MUST get Mexican Insurance, Troy found Adventure Mexican Insurance and called up Chris to see what the deal is.
Chris and his brother Jeff went over and above the call of duty, giving us information, details and their address as we will stop there on our way down to interview them. We decided to get our insurance in online through them.
Starting to Pack for our Beautiful Scenic Ride down the Baja
From the day we leave Calgary to the day we return to Calgary, it could be close to 3.5 weeks, what to pack? Well here’s hoping we have HOT weather and long johns (long underwear) is NOT required, can leave the hair and makeup supplies at home that’s for sure! Considering on our 2011 Tour, we were gone for 7 weeks, Troy had 2 T-Bags and I had 1 T-bag and 2 barrel bags, this should be a lighter load. But wait we have more video equipment than 2 years ago, so we may end up still taking the same amount of luggage, and who knows what we may find while in Mexico!
As this is posted we have 13 days until we leave, a million things to do before we go!
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