Bay of LA 19
Baja Bahía de los Ángeles (Bay of LA)
February 23rd-26th 2019
4 Day Adventure Motorcycle Ride
This ride can work fine for street bikes too
This is a fantastic introduction to the Baja California peninsula. You will explore up and down both sides of the peninsula and discover both oceans and mountains. The ride is mostly paved roads with some easy dirt road choices through the canyons and mountains. This is a great short adventure for riders that have limited time or just want to try out Baja.
About the ride
This four day scenic ride makes a large loop around Baja. The ride length is 881 miles. The ride plans includes gas stops, restaurants and hotels. This is a good ride for both new and experienced riders.
Some days are long and some are short to allow you to smell the roses (cactus).
This ride can also be enjoyed in a car or Jeep.
The adventure starts in San Diego or Tijuana and heads south through Ensenada to El Rosario with options to ride on the beach. You spend your first night in El Rosario. Here you will have dinner at "Mamá Espinoza Restaurante," famous on the Baja 1000 race circuit.
Day 2 takes you through the center of the peninsula past some of the best cactus forests in the world.
Then its onto the Bay of LA and you will spend the night at a small family style villa.
Day 3 Is a short scenic day that takes you past Cocos Corner.
Then it is up to Gonzaga Bay where you can relax and sample some of the best fish tacos in all of Baja. You will spend the evening at Alfonsinas. Yes, right on the Beach.
Day 4 Is north along the Gulf of California coast line through the old time fishing village of San Felipe. Then it is over the La Rumorosa Grade and into Tecate. But first there is a lunch stop at La Cabaña Del Abuelo. Then back into the USA.
Ride Signup info:
The cost to join this 4 day ride is $495. This covers your lodging for the 3 nights during the ride and the cost of the support truck and driver. Hotel rooms are double occupancy. This also covers your ride packets which include custom Garmin GPS maps on a micro SD card and printed ride maps and descriptions.
Sorry the ride is full, but I often get cancellations, so add your name to the Waiting list and you can still possible join.
After your signup riders will receive an email from me with further ride information and instructions.
Note: Riders must make full payment by January 12th 2019
Riders will receive ride packets in the mail one week before the ride.
Do not sign up for this ride unless you are serious about coming. I take your signup very seriously and start planning for you the minute you sign up. If you need to cancel up to one month prior to the ride start date I will give you a full refund but I will keep $100 to cover the planning work. Sorry but I make non refundable commitments myself so it gets hard for me. "I hate this world of non refundable deals myself." If you need to cancel within one month of the ride I cannot give a refund unless I can find a replacement rider. In the case of finding a replacement rider, I will gladly give you the full refund minus the $100 to cover the planning work. In the event of ride cancellation, you will be given a full refund.
Want to rent a bike for this ride? I have a good friend in Tijuana (Marco) who will rent you a BMW
Check him out here.
Contact Marco at: email@example.com
I know many of you also enjoy dreaming about the ride and making your plans, so here is the detail, enjoy!
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Questions about this ride contact:
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View the ride maps
OK since many of you like to study more detail about the ride, below are the ride maps.
I put these ride maps on the web page because I know a few of you love looking at the ride detail and dreaming about the ride. At first glance these maps do not look so impressive, but they are way cool. If you start zooming in, you can see the ride in incredible detail. I have spent a ton of hours sorting through the details of the ride for each day, so for those of you that enjoy this sort of thing, well enjoy!
The Blue lines are MAIN routes
The Red lines are Harder routes
The Green lines are Easy options
The Black lines are the out and back viewpoints
Note: If you really like to study the rude open the map file below and turn on only one days ride at a time to understand what is going on.
Q: What bikes are good for this ride?
A: Large adventure bikes can work well and street bikes too. The routes have options suited for both types of bikes.
Q: What gas distance range should my bike have?
A: I would suggest that on some days you carry enough fuel to make 200 miles due to the fact that sometimes the route can have issues and it is good to have a little margin.
Q: What is the total distance of this ride?
A: The ride is 881 miles. The average ride day is 220 miles.
Q: Do I need a Passport?
A: Yes, you will be crossing the US and Mexican borders; both countries require passports.
Q: What are motel room arrangements?
A: Rooms are double occupancy, meaning each rider shares a two queen bed room with another rider.
Q: Would this be a good couples ride for riding 2up
A: Yes, but you will have to signup for 2 riders spots.
Q: How does the ride navigation work?
This is a self-led GPS ride; all riding is on your own. You are responsible for your own riding. You will be given a GPS map file and instructions on how to use your Garmin GPS unit. People will hook up in small groups of less than 6 riders and tend to ride together. You are not encouraged to ride alone. You are responsible for your own riding and yourself.
(see my ride Navigation Video)
Q: How do I make the GPS stuff so easy?
I develop very high quality ride maps custom for our ride. They come from much of what I and others have ridden. I take the best from all my rides and make new ones.
(See my Custom Ride Maps Video)
Q; What do I do if I don't have a garmin gps?
A: Buy one, you need it. We will show you how to use it. You can get a great one for under $200 bucks.
(See gpsKevin's gps recommendations)
Q: Is the riding really on my own?
A: Yes, but we recommend you ride with a friend, or a new friend.
Q: Do I need insurance?
A: Yes, you must carry proof of medical insurance and liability insurance for yourself/motorcycle.
Q: Would this be a good ride for new riders?
A: Yes. The riding has easy route choices and is mostly scenic.
Are you right for this ride?
When something goes wrong on a ride, would your riding friends say that you are more likely to need help or more likely to give help? You should be in the more likely to offer help camp. This ride is filled with riders that are more likely to give help, so most of the time the riders never need help. Additionally there is all the normal stuff: come prepared to maintain your bike, fix your bike on the trail, repair flat tires, deal with bad weather and rain and make a joke or two.
Who is going on the ride?
Christopher R, Auburn, CA
Chad H, Napa, CA
Daryl H, San Andreas, CA
Chris C, Sebastopol, CA
Jose E, Mexico City, MX
John S, Barefoot Beach, FL
2017 BMW R1200GS
Jeff S, Napa, CA
Kirk M, Napa, CA
Justin A, San Diego CA
Tasha A, San Diego CA
Michael M, Milford, PA
2013 Suzuki V Strom
Michael M, Hillsborough, CA
Mary R, Napa, CA
Paul S, Saratoga, CA
Stefano M, Napa, CA
Tim P, Napa, CA
Honda CRF1000 DCT
Ed P, Torrance, CA
Ralph P, Eastvale, CA
Louie A, Woodland, CA
Shawn P, Torrance, CA
Steve B, Sandy, UT
BMW R1200 GSA
Greg T, Stamford CT