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Old 08-29-2016, 01:07 PM   #1 (permalink)
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safety concerns / advice for border crossing and being in Mexico for the B1K

Iím looking for any advice about crossing the border at San Diego and being in Mexico for a week prior to the B1K. It will be group of white guys who donít speak Spanish all driving very nice Jeeps.

Iíve been told to bring cigarettes and porn to offer as bribes. Iíll bring an extra wallet and an old cell phone as decoys. Planning to have our itinerary on paper and loaded into a Ipad for navigation. Iíve been told to gas up in SD and drive as far as possible before stopping Ė the further away from the border the safer it is. That will be about 120 miles for me getting <10 MPG with a 15 gallon tank.

Most of my family and friends are pretty sure weíre going to die. Iím wondering how much of the concerns about safety are legit and how much is hype.

Any advice is appreciated.
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Old 08-31-2016, 01:23 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Iíll bring an extra wallet and an old cell phone as decoys.

Any advice is appreciated.
so the extra wallet is a good idea.. staying near the police, is actually worse then staying away from them.. the Z arent afraid of the police..

I used to live in a border town.. and I stopped going across.. to see my gfriends mom.. so she left me.. her brother who used to be a cop was littered with bullets and some of his friends too.. one of her best friends was kidnapped and left for dead in his own trunk after a beating.. but She insisted it wasnt that bad HAH..

I wont normally hang out in bordertowns.. if your around lots of tourists (which dont hang in border cites in Mexico anymore) there is safety in numbers.. its worth it to take the toll roads.. remember carrying a gun is a prison guarantee.. dont even have ammo in your vehicle.. its just as bad.. and they will search your vehicle big time, if they feel like it.. some cities have some nice touristy areas, not sure where your going.. but if there is a real event.. I would wait.. and not go early..

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Honestly I wouldn't worry about it, they usually take care of Americans way better than they take care of one another. I have been multiple times for the B1k and down to San Felipe for the 250, been lost in Tijuana at night with the race trailer and lived to tell the tail... I hope everyone your going with calms down and enjoys the beauty of Baja, it won't be any fun if everyone is stressed out. Get some tacos and a corona for me.

At military stops just make sure everyone takes off their hats and sunglasses, and when they ask you what your doing there just say "baja mil" which is baja 1k in spanish, they will smile and roll you on through.
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Honestly I wouldn't worry about it, they usually take care of Americans way better than they take care of one another. I have been multiple times for the B1k and down to San Felipe for the 250, been lost in Tijuana at night with the race trailer and lived to tell the tail... I hope everyone your going with calms down and enjoys the beauty of Baja, it won't be any fun if everyone is stressed out. Get some tacos and a corona for me.

At military stops just make sure everyone takes off their hats and sunglasses, and when they ask you what your doing there just say "baja mil" which is baja 1k in spanish, they will smile and roll you on through.
Nice to hear something positive for a change. Thank you.
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Old 09-10-2016, 09:56 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Its not that bad...

Yea cross the border in the day time and try to drive south early.... Just be respectfull and have a good time... Remember people are people no mater where you are at...

A Good GPS can be helpfull... travel with friends.... Keep you nose clean... And relax....

I live on the gulf coast side of the country so I would not be much help if you did have any problems...

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Old 09-22-2016, 07:37 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Cross the border at TJ and hang a hard right to follow the border fence towards the beach/toll road. Once you hit the toll road and turn south towards Ensenada you're out of the shitty parts and stopping at a Pemex station or store is fine. I've been going to Baja for SCORE races since the early '90's and have crossed the border at all times of day/night w/o any problems.

Keep your vehicles locked and do what you can to minimize the opportunity for thieves to steal your shit - if something can walk off it will.

Pay attention to traffic - I think there's been at least one fatal vehicle collision every race I've been to. Chase crews & spectators do stupid shit during the race.

Enjoy the trip - it's a great time.
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Old 11-21-2016, 05:16 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Long ago.

This was back in the 70"s when I was much younger. It seemed that anytime I parked; someone would offer to watch my vehicle. I would flip over a few peso's they would smile and be happy. Keep a small amount of street money in your pockets < $100.
Have fun and don't act like an asshole.
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Old 11-21-2016, 05:59 AM   #9 (permalink)
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I didn't end up going for a few reason. Work, being #1. Still worrying about getting my Jeep stolen being #2.

Here's an example from Campbell's Facebook post. Maybe going to Baja just isn't in the cards for me.

Day 1 - 2016 Baja 1000 - Crossed into Mexico and encountered the worst traffic we have ever seen.Trying to get through Tijuana with the least amount of vehicle damage was a challenge.Wayland had his passenger mirror ran into by a box truck, and Terry got a few moped points and a small car but no damage done to the jeep. Finally getting onto Hwy 1 headed to Ensenada construction detoured us to Rosaria where Shannon managed to get pulled over for speeding and running a stop sign. After a quick trip to the PD and a 400 peso ticket (which we realized was about $20) we finally made it to the first taco stand ate a good meal and headed to the ranch. Met up with Mike Palmer and the crew and ate again - Steak! Not being smart enough to just go to bed, Terry and Wayland headed into town to meet the rest of the crew at Papas and Beer. After 1 quick drink headed back to the ranch only to be pulled over by the local PD and got their first Mexican shake down. Both were searched and the jeep was searched and a small little pocket knife was found. They were told they would go to jail or pay. Terry pulled out his credit card and said he would pay the fine at the police station. Said they could to give them the jeep and they wouldn't go to jail. One officer insisted that Terry knew spanish he said no and they said it was time to go to the police station. Got in the jeep to follow to the station only to be lead to a dark street. Terry and Wayland refused to get out except at the police station. The officers returned the pocket knife and said they didn't want any problems. They high tailed it back to the ranch. Woke up to chef Palmer making breakfast.
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Old 11-28-2016, 05:23 PM   #10 (permalink)
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I went to my first Baja 1k and I always heard good and bad stories. I felt pretty safe down there and will go again. I am not sure what border I went through but I never stopped I just drove right in no stopping. Going through TJ was a little crazy but not worse than LA. I didn’t take the go in take a sharp right like everyone else but ended up on the toll road. I was driving all day because I felt safe and ended up 5 hours south. My dad and I hung out with the locals and had a good time. Well after dark we head home crossing the border around 1am. Rosarito looked like a fun place to be at that time! Anyways we rolled down the window at the boarder showed our pass port and kept going.

Oh and dont be stupid. I cant count how many California plates passed me doing 100+ I was doing 70 most of the time and they passed me like I was stopped. I also heard of a few people not paying strippers and buying drugs who got hauled away.

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