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BAJA EXTRAVAGANZA!
This is our Baja trip word for word from my wifes journal...


In to Mexico.
Tecate border at 7:30 a.m.
30 miles to La Rumurosa.
We hit dirt at 8:45. Tequila shots!
Rumurosa grade was crazy. Grade with switch backs. Eric says it drops 4000 ft in 2 miles.
Passes some hikers but no other vehicles.
Lots of scary cliffs but beautiful terrain, ocotillo, barrel cactus's (look like thumbs) basalt shooting out of the hill sides, black lizards.
I wanted to get out several times but Eric refused. I think he would have been embarrassed.





Connon De Guadalupe at 10:45. Hungry, but we hadn’t seen any restaraunte's since we got off the pavement. Haven’t seen much of any civilization since we hit dirt, just the occasional ranchito.


It's been very slow going these last miles. Pretty sure Eric made a wrong turn but wont admit it. He's said we're ten miles out 3 different times now and keeps saying that the GPS says we're headed south and that’s what counts...
Truck sputtered. Eric poured both extra gas cans in the truck.



Trail seems to be getting worse. Climbing, dropping, not getting anywhere on GPS
Wrong turn. Stuck behind fence.
Mexican gentleman in a Toyota saved us. Cut barbed wire fence and lead us to Hwy. 3. Gave him 300 pesos, about 30 bucks.

(Helping our new amigo mend the fence)


4:30 Valley T - Valley de Trinidad.
Lunch! Eating much needed tacos. I've been starving.
870 pesos of gas. 500 pesos taco's.
Quote of the day "There are no fucking bicycle’s!"
 

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San Felipe - Miramar Bar - 6:30
Beautiful, on the coast, full moon.


We met up with the rest of our crew (Scott & Tandi, Bob & Michelle) and drank beers with taco's and watched the moon on the water.
There were lots of people downtown- so fun. I love San Felipe because it is a mix of desert with Ocotillo bushes right up to the ocean. Eric and me blended.


We left Mirimar very happy. Picked up beer and fireworks, then went home to the casita. THE CASITA!
The style was my favorite. It was in a private area on the beach. Awesome deck top and bottom and the moon on the water. Heaven!
 

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Day 2
Breakfast at 9:20. Then hit the road.
Gas Pmex $299 pesos.
Divey breakfast. Eric wanted something fast so we could get moving. Papas y Chorizo y Manchaca.


On our way to Puertocitos. Vado's!
Eric say's they've paved 40 more miles since he was thru here last. He was bummed out. Kacey and I enjoyed the smooth ride in the back while it lasted.
Following a volcanic landscape along the sea of Cortez. Beautiful. Detour to the water. Tequila!



Gonzaga at 1:00
The waters aqua, beautiful and clear. Pmex $320 pesos. Lunch on the water at Alfonzo's restaraunte/hotel. Restaraunte owner came out and asked if we needed a room. We told him we were just stopping for lunch, he said we'll see with a smile. The tide would be in in an hour.


(A guy in the restaraunt points 30 feet to our right and tells us "Hard to beleive I landed a plane there about an hour ago")

Pescado and camarones tacos (fish and shrimp) Perfecto! Everyone seemed hesitant to drive out in the water.
Eric wanted to get moving. Said we are still 100+ miles out of Bay of LA. Thru the water we go.
15 miles out of Gonzaga- Scott Hartman’s fuel filter broken- 1st breakdown-


On our way to Coco's

 

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Calumua wash. Very pretty as the sun falls.



The guys collected firewood at sunset.
9:00 pm- Bajia de Los Angeles-
Dinner at La Palapa Alejandrina. Very windy so we are looking for a hotel. WINDY!
Dinner $350 Beer $400

We found a hotel at 10:30 - simple. Heaven since it's still windy.
 

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Coco's


Gonzaga. Parked next to some ponga's
15 minutes later. Same ponga's


Low tide in Bajia de Los Angeles


Our bar tender at Coco's


Calumua Wash


To be Continued...
 

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Great trip man.....when did you take it?? how was the road down the rumorosa??? ive done it before and at that time it was so so but knowing that this year was a wet one i dont got a clue on the condition of the road, im plannint a trip mid may nothing sure though..
 

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Great trip man.....when did you take it?? how was the road down the rumorosa??? ive done it before and at that time it was so so but knowing that this year was a wet one i dont got a clue on the condition of the road, im plannint a trip mid may nothing sure though..
Just got back last weekend.
Rumurosa was no problema. Had to put it in 4WD to make one of the switch-backs. It was to loose and the truck didnt want to back up. A better driver would have been just fine in 2wd, but I needed the crutch...
 

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Just got back last weekend.
Rumurosa was no problema. Had to put it in 4WD to make one of the switch-backs. It was to loose and the truck didnt want to back up. A better driver would have been just fine in 2wd, but I needed the crutch...
I know. last time i took that road i had to engage 4wd as well plus i hit a damn rock with the pumpkins skidplate so it was a sure adventure...thanks for the info.
 

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Desayuno fantastico! (breakfast)
La Gringa - Camping $60 pesos per coche ($5 per car)
Beautiful camping, kayaking. Wed. a.m Eric and Jeff kicked ass fishing. Went to town and had breakfast. Went to grocery store. Lots cheaper than restaurants. Bought more beer. Breakfast $40 U.S (for 4 people) Food $330 pesos.
Found Steve Abajions house on the shoreline (friend of ours' dad) Not there. One more night here. :)
Taco tour! Yum!

Camp




Mercado


Uncle Jeff and Tuesday evenings catch. He says "lots of people go fishing, he goes catching..."

Ryan frying up fish tacos








 

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Sunrise




Whale skelliton next to our friends dad's house


BBQ'n carne on the beach.


Ryan and Tori suggested a taco tour of the town, so six of us headed in to hit all the carts and window fronts.


Bitchen view


 

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Whats the specs on the Chevy HD that went along, how did it fair? Any suspension mods to make it not ride like a lumber wagon? Is it a 6.0 or D-max?
Thats Ryan's (SteelFuser) Dirtymax.
It hung in there really well. We were both over-loaded and were out of travel in the rear by the second day and had to check up when it got big.

Dirtymax thread
http://pirate4x4.com/forum/showthread.php?t=969106
 

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Whats goin on dudes!! The trip was totally awesome, bitchen, kickass, wanna throw my crap in the truck and head down right now. Did I say I had a great time? :)

It was s great time, in a awesome area with even better people. When we going on Bikes Eric?

Thanks Filarski for letting some random nor cal boy join in on the Extravaganza. Also thank you for getting the ol'e lady hooked on baja. She had a total blast. I have her about 90% convinced that we need to buy a 4 door half ton Chevy to turn into a Baja rig/Prerunner, .

Bigwoody- I'll post up my thoughts on it (any one else that was there can also) in the build up thread so I don't clog up the recap thread.
 

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I'm SO ready to go back. Great trip with a great group, other than getting hit by the buggy I wouldn't have changed a thing. I can't wait for the next trip.

I got some early info from a friend in Erindira...I'm thinking I'll be in Erindira (pitting with BFG) for the 500 in June, so at least I have something to look forward to.

Ryan's Dmax is a SWEET rig. I had no idea who he was or what his rig looked like when he and Tory rolled in to San Felipe. Pleasantly surprised to see such a well built/capable rig. I would never have thought that a 9000 pound truck could take a beating like that and survive. Credit to Ryan's fab and driving skills.

I had visions of taking my truck on this trip...SO glad I took the LJ instead, there is no way my truck would have survived that trip... the LJ barely survived!

My rear springs are shot, Jeep was overloaded for the pounding that it took for sure. No idea what the cure is going to be. I can cut the weight a bit, still going to be heavy though. National Spring is right down the street from me, I'm hoping they can make a progressive spring to meet my needs.
 
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