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Old 27 Jul 2007
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Wow, never saw this political discussion coming.

Thanks for the replies on safety in the Baja peninsula. We (Mrs and I) try never to ride at night. We like long sleeps too much for us to even try.

As for riding the place, I would like to get in some dirt riding as tarmac bores the crap out of me most time. But then again, when you already have 20000km (Arg-USA) under your wheels, it becomes more apealing.

Any suggestions? Those pickies look good but noticed the beemers being on concrete. I saw the Baja 1000 docco and thought the dirt tracks look like a trip on it's own.
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If coming from the US, this is what I like to do:

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Originally Posted by mollydog View Post
......From San Felipe, head south. This road becomes broken pavement and gets nasty...
I've read reports that this very famous Ruta de Pot Hole was now freshly.....paved. Shock....
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Kudos to Molly's commentary

Nice pics as well. I am a single woman who has driven and ridden over 6 times roundtrip to Nicaragua, alone. I have never had any problems and also have ridden at night, though not by choice, but for want of a place to stop and sleep. I use my 6th sense to determine a sketchy place vs one where I'd like to stop. I feel it's a combination of luck and skill. Being a woman in a machismo society as well as being a "chele" alone, I rarely talk to men but rather the women who seem to be extremely curious and helpful. Just my $.02

ps. I am leaving in Sept for another trip, does anyone have any experiences in "Aldama, Mex" as it's one place I'd like to get to know better.
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Sorry to hijack you're thread and send it off the deep end with politics.
No apologies requiered. It always nice to get a bit of back ground info.

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A lot depends on the bike you're riding. I see you are two up.
We're on a F650 Dakar each coming from the south. I'm still early on in the planning/ raising funds fase but though I would float this post before I forgot. It was brought up by an article in a bike mag.

Those pictures look great. I'll definately check out that suggestion on the maps. Cheers.
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Baja's fine

I pedaled a bicycle down Baja, and over a month of travelling I only met a couple rude people in the San Ignacio/ Santa Rosario area. Everyone else was friendly, and at no time did I feel unsafe (from bandits - their driving habits are a different story).

I mean I won't guarantee that nothing will happen, but I wouldn't hesitate to ride down Baja myself. Its such beautiful countyside!
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