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Old 19 Mar 2005
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Baja conditions

I am heading down to Cabo with a group of 10 April 19th. How are the roads? Any new check points? Thanks
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wow...that was a whole year ago when me and vlad started out on our latin american voyage with baja....

mex 1 is in prime condition. far better than i thought and patrolled by mexicos "green angels", a free roadside service for breakdowns.

we went from tj all the way to cabo. took us 4 weeks. if you go off the hwy u can expect dirt. if you stay on the hwy u can expect a nicely paved (albeit narrow) road with goats, mules, twisty turns and massive air-pushing semi-trucks coming at you at speed. of course...it wont take u 4 weeks to complete the trip...we stopped alot.

please be careful. dont ride at night. and watch out for anything.

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Just for fun check out the upcoming film preview. It is called "dust to glory" the web site is www.dtgfilm.com .It takes a while to load on my computer. Check out the JN roberts interview, he lives here in montana and still rides fast off road.
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Thank you for the information. That movie looks very cool. If anyone else has more current information please post. Thanks again to all.
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cboesche-I just rode down the length of Baja,and back,all on The Main Highway(Route 1).Baja,and Northern Mainland Mexico recieved record amounts of Rainfall this Winter.You can expect a lot of sand,rocks,and debris on the roads(especially in the Vados,or dips).Also,the military checkpoints were on full alert during the meetings between Presidents Bush and Fox.
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BMBaxter, were there any areas where the road was washed out? Also did the debris in the vados slow you down a lot or whas it more of an inconvience?
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cboesche-the Pacific side had the most storm damage.Highway 1 between Ensenada and El Rosario had sand/gravel in low lying areas.There are several things to keep in mind about Highway 1:In most of the towns,The Highway is the only paved road,so traffic entering from side roads will bring out wet sand and a layer of slippery clay.The Highway is often elevated on a makeship levee,and there's often no shoulder.It'a lot cheaper to build a road without bridges,so the road often drops into the dreaded vados.The locals will often mark bad sections of the road with homemade signals(look for rocks stacked in a pile,rocks painted white on the road,or sometimes a large tree branch will be placed on the road).The town of Guerrero Negro was flooding,when I went thru.Keep in mind that this info is now out of date with the warmer weather,in the deserts.The best advice that I can offer is to keep your speed down;expect all kinds of animals on the road;and never ride the center line in the mountains(the big trucks tend to use their lane,plus some of yours!).The military checkpoint,just north of Guerrero Negro(on The border between Baja North and Baja South)Is the place were your papers will be checked,so have your Tourist Card,and passport ready(and remember to smile and be polite).I hope that this info is useful to you.
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Go to ADVrider and check out the
thread called "Rain Sucks, let go to
Baja" (or something like that)

Lots of photos of conditions.
Like its been said, worst rain on record.....
ever......in Baja. Lots of major washouts,
mostly on the off road routes. South of
Mulege I doubt they got all that much
rain. Should be good. Go now or wait till
October.
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Great information. Roger on keeping the speeds down. We will have paperwork ready at the checkpoint.
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