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Post by coluke on Sat Oct 25, 2014 2:04 pm

Every year now myself and a family member do a expedition type trip, this will be year number 4.  The time frame will be around the 15th of May. Nothing is set in stone but we will probably be heading to California to run the Mojave Road from Needles to Barstow and then heading into Death Valley for a couple days. This is a pretty rough plan and is not set in stone, our other idea is to do White Rim, or the western part of the trans-american trail. Heading in to AZ is another option.  This will basically be a 5-6 day trail run.

We have done we have done the Moab area pretty much every year, so we are thinking something different this year, May will probably be way to early for the Transamerica Trail, at least going west, no desire to go east.

All the Trails will be easy to moderate but the idea is to spend the least amount of time on pavement as possible. Obviously there are some provisions needed here, extra fuel, camping gear, ect. If we do the California option you basically need to be self sufficient for 2.5 days, re-supply in Barstow.  This is not a survivalist trip by any means! We bring lots of good food and eat well.

If any one is up for this type of adventure let me know.


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Post by coluke on Sun Dec 07, 2014 9:05 pm

We are now tossing around going to Baja for this trip, I know this probably makes it even less appealing to some, but just throwing it out there! It would be epic!
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Post by voodoojk on Mon Dec 08, 2014 10:53 pm

This is freaky.. Just yesterday I was talking to Josie and said that we should do baja. Too funny. Very Happy

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Post by coluke on Wed Dec 10, 2014 3:39 am

voodoojk wrote:This is freaky.. Just yesterday I was talking to Josie and said that we should do baja. Too funny. Very Happy

Hmmm, sounds like its time to put in for some vacation... this will go down between May 15th-23rd
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Post by voodoojk on Wed Dec 10, 2014 11:38 pm

This looks like fun...


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Post by Walt on Fri Dec 12, 2014 9:20 pm

Hey, this just might be real doable for us. We just ordered our teardrop trailer to be built and should be getting it the end of Feb. Guess we need to get out passports Very Happy
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Post by coluke on Fri Dec 12, 2014 9:46 pm

Walt from which company?
(Im curious for a preview)

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Post by Walt on Sat Dec 13, 2014 8:26 am

coluke wrote:Walt from which company?
(Im curious for a preview)

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It's a guy in Firestone that makes them, call Hiker Trailer. https://www.facebook.com/takeahiketrailershttps://www.facebook.com/takeahiketrailers
He makes about 7 a month. Getting the off-road package 5 ft wide (queen bed)

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Post by Walt on Sat Dec 13, 2014 9:38 pm

Do you want me to put this on the JK forum Lucas? Is the 15th-23rd set?
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Post by coluke on Sat Dec 13, 2014 11:12 pm

Those are the dates we are going, unsure of where yet though... I would rather keep it on our page for now, this would be a big trip and I would like to keep it to a small group...
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Post by coluke on Sat Dec 13, 2014 11:14 pm

BTW, I checked out the trailer, pretty sweet!
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Post by Walt on Sat Dec 13, 2014 11:30 pm

So Baja isn't set? Get's our vote, Pam is a go for it.
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Post by coluke on Sun Dec 14, 2014 10:36 pm

Walt, Jeff, or any one else whom maybe interested:

I think we are pretty set on Baja. I have actually been down there a bit in the past, but not off the road, just San Diego to Ensenada when I lived in San Diego... Its amazing...

There is a some risk involved and this is why we have not said, yep we are definitely going to Baja

From the US State Department:

Baja California: Tijuana, Rosarito, Ensenada and Mexicali are major cities/travel destinations in the state of Baja California - Exercise caution in the northern state of Baja California, particularly at night. Criminal activity along highways and at beaches is a continuing security concern. In 2013, homicide rates in Tijuana and Rosarito increased 48 percent and 67 percent compared to the previous year, according to the Baja State Secretariat for Public Security, and both cities experienced further increases in homicide rates during the first half of 2014. While most of these homicides appeared to be targeted criminal organization assassinations, turf battles between criminal groups have resulted in violent crime in areas frequented by U.S. citizens. Shooting incidents, in which innocent bystanders have been injured, have occurred during daylight hours.

Baja California (Sur): Cabo San Lucas and La Paz are major cities/travel destinations in the state of Southern Baja California - No advisory is in effect. (I read there have been some recent gun battles in La Paz, but its a big city, probably avoid)

So to break this down, There is a Travel Advisory for the northern half of Baja, particularly in the Tijuana/Rosarito/Ensenada areas. We would avoid these area's like the plague. The southern half of Baja there is no advisory or warnings. Most of Mainland Mexico they are saying do not go period.

If your still interested I recommend you do your own research, you will find most people who actually visit say it is very safe, and compare it to the fact in the US there are parts of cities you would avoid, Baja is no different. Also read about how to deal with crooked cops. The biggest thing is, don't be stupid, obey all laws to the "T" do not draw attention to your self. Check out expedition portal.com there are some great Baja trip reports on their.

My plan would be to enter Tijuana or MexiCali and then B-Line it for Mikes Sky Ranch or a Hot Springs area. This is still in the northern baja area but it is away from Major cities. Then head over to San Felipe, and work our way south along the sea of cortez, then cut back to the pacific side for a couple days and then probably B-Line it for the border... There needs to be a bit of strategy here to avoid certain area's especially at night.

http://www.totalescape.com/lodge/ADS/mikes.html: Its an off road trail to get to this place, kind of a must visit I guess.

http://guadalupecanyonoasis.com Every one says this is some what of a must do place to camp, every campsite comes with its own natural hot spring.

Other than that the plan would be to camp on secluded beaches, hit small towns for tacos, gas, and ice. See what we can find. There really isn't much for named trails, they are basically every where, you just go.

What you would need, Passport, Mexican Car insurance (Cost about 100 bucks for the whole trip, usually includes emergency insurance to get you flown out of Baja if you get sick/hurt)

You can bring pets, but you need to research that your self on health certificates, ect.

Well equipped, reliable rig required. This won't be a hardcore trail trip, but lots of rugged roads, soft sand, jagged rocks, cactus in your tires, ect, very very remote!

I would say you need provisions for 10 gallons of fuel, 10 gallons of water. Full Size Spare, ect.

So its

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who else can I convince to go 4wheeling with me south of the Border?

Who doesn't want to camp here for a day or two?



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Post by Walt on Sun Dec 14, 2014 11:03 pm

Oh yea, I've been to MUCH worse corrupt cop places. Just carry cash to give the cops. Stay away from the trouble areas, stay out of bars.
Pam's siked, already making plans. Motivated to lose some weight and get in better shape.

Couldn't we go in at Yuma to San Luis Rio Colorado? A little more off the beaten path.
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Post by coluke on Sun Dec 14, 2014 11:12 pm

Walt wrote:Oh yea, I've been to MUCH worse corrupt cop places. Just carry cash to give the cops. Stay away from the trouble areas, stay out of bars.
Pam's siked, already making plans. Motivated to lose some weight and get in better shape.

Couldn't we go in at Yuma to San Luis Rio Colorado? A little more off the beaten path.

Yes, the only reason I am thinking of going in at Tijuana is that there is a tourist visa office right at the border, I do not believe there is one at the Yuma crossing. Which would then force us to go to a bigger city we want to avoid either way. (Needed if you visit for more than 72 hours)

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Post by Walt on Sun Dec 14, 2014 11:51 pm

Oh, makes sense.
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Post by voodoojk on Mon Dec 15, 2014 2:06 pm

What's a rough timeline looking like? It's about 15h to tj from what I see. This sounds great! Not sure I can do it just yet but I am loving the idea. I would need new suspension for sure..

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Post by coluke on Mon Dec 15, 2014 9:37 pm

Tentative dates are the 15th-23rd, or between those dates, that is when Ross, who is coming with me, is coming out. He would possibly just fly into San Diego or Vegas and get picked up on the way. Depending on when his flight would come in there is a good possibility I would leave the 14th.
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Post by Walt on Tue Dec 16, 2014 7:26 am

We will probably leave a few days early, hit the painted dessert and petrified forest, spend a lazy day or 2 at the beach in San Diego.
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Post by coluke on Tue Dec 16, 2014 7:18 pm

Walt wrote:We will probably leave a few days early, hit the painted dessert and petrified forest, spend a lazy day or 2 at the beach in San Diego.

I would possibly go early as well, I have a bunch of friends to visit down that way.
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Post by coluke on Thu Dec 18, 2014 10:29 pm

Here is another group planning a trip that actually leaves in a few days, has some good info. I will be looking into their route, and watching for their trip report.

http://www.expeditionportal.com/forum/threads/131165-Baja-Dec-26-2014-Jan-4-2015
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Post by coluke on Thu Dec 18, 2014 10:31 pm

There you go Walt, its official with a title. Very Happy
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Post by voodoojk on Fri Dec 19, 2014 6:21 pm

I want baja blast mtn dew now... Razz

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Post by Walt on Fri Dec 19, 2014 8:33 pm

coluke wrote:There you go Walt, its official with a title. Very Happy

So it's officially a go now
WOOOHOOO  
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Post by coluke on Fri Dec 19, 2014 9:49 pm

voodoojk wrote:I want baja blast mtn dew now... Razz

That shit is good!

So what do we have to do to get you on board?

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