September 25, 2005 GMT
Mexico A Go Go

So we leave Deming and head across to Yuma where we were to make our boarder crossing into Mexico. The bike was having difficulty with some low down tuning and Grant deduced, after many discussions with various people, that maybe the KnN filter was leaning the mixture off at low speed and allowing the bike to run very poorly. Now to find a stock air filter!


After trying several places we ended up in San Diego where Hugo at South Bay Power Sports rang everyone in town and located a stock airfilter for the bike. After 2 hours in peak hour San Diego traffic we had our airfilter and were ready to go to Mexico.

Problem fixed!

We decided to go down the Baja, for old-times-sakes as we had been there on our previous 2 trips to Mexico, and wanted to see the changes.

We crossed in Tecate where we met Jorg from Germany (on a Honda Africa Twin) and travelled with him for a few days.


It felt very good to be back in Mexico after 5 years.


Half way down the Baja we stopped in Cateveņa for the night. We negotiated a price for three people in a 'camp-ground' of sorts. Actually it was someones back yard! The man who owned the campground was Santiago and he kept hugging Jules and saying how beautiful she was. It lifted her spirits after a long hot ride especically as she was suffering a case of very bad helmet hair!


We travelled to some of our favorite haunts such as San Ignacio and Los Barrilles and our favorite Mulege where we enjoyed swimming in the beautiful waters of the Bahia de Conception.


The Cabo Corridor which, 10 years ago, was very touristy yet charming had lost its charm and is now filled with one luxury hotel after another. It was still nice to visit there though.

We arrived in La Paz in the middle of a huge rain storm. We had been heading towards it for some time and Jules, ever the optomist, kept saying how we would miss it..... not so!

The sky was black as spades and lightening abounded. When we hit the rain it was so heavy it caused a lot of flash flooding in the dessert town. Grant had to ride through creeks that had become rivers. Cars were stuck. A taxi that had been swept off the road into a ditch. There were rocks and barbed wire, branches and rubbish under the water and Grant negotiated these rivers three times. The water was so deep it came up to Julies foot pegs.


Once throught the torrents we stopped to survey where we had been and could not belive we did not get a flat tyre or bent rim or any damage what so ever.

We stayed in La Paz for a couple of days to service the bike, change spark plugs etc ready for the next stage in our journey on the main land of Mexico and especailly the Copper Canyon.

Posted by Julie Rose at 07:20 PM GMT

Grant & Susan's Europe Ride 2014.

Renedian Adventures

HU DVD Summer Special!

The weather has finally turned, so Gear Up for your motorcycle travel adventure! Take 30% off the Achievable Dream - Gear Up! 2-DVD set until June 30 only. Gear Up! for your motorcycle travel adventure! Get all the info you need to hit the road!

Which bike, how to prepare it, what else to take, how to pack it all in! 6 hours!

"It's another great job, informative and entertaining."

"It's really professional and full of useful information, a must for any traveler."

Check it out at the HU Store! Remember to use Coupon Code 'GEARUP' on your order when you checkout.

What others say about HU...

"I just wanted to say thanks for doing this and sharing so much with the rest of us." Dave, USA

"Your website is a mecca of valuable information and the DVD series is informative, entertaining, and inspiring! The new look of the website is very impressive, updated and catchy. Thank you so very much!" Jennifer, Canada

"...Great site. Keep up the good work." Murray and Carmen, Australia

"We just finished a 7 month 22,000+ mile scouting trip from Alaska to the bottom of Chile and I can't tell you how many times we referred to your site for help. From how to adjust your valves, to where to stay in the back country of Peru. Horizons Unlimited was a key player in our success. Motorcycle enthusiasts from around the world are in debt to your services." Alaska Riders

contest pic

10th Annual HU Travellers Photo Contest is on now! This is an opportunity for YOU to show us your best photos and win prizes!

NEW! HU 2014 Adventure Travel T-shirts! are now available in several colors! Be the first kid on your block to have them! New lower prices on synths!

HU 2014 T-shirts now in!

Check out the new Gildan Performance cotton-feel t-shirt - 100% poly, feels like soft cotton!

What turns you on to motorcycle travel?

Global Rescue, WORLDwide evacuation services for EVERYONE

Global Rescue is the premier provider of medical, security and evacuation services worldwide and is the only company that will come to you, wherever you are, and evacuate you to your home hospital of choice. Additionally, Global Rescue places no restrictions on country of citizenship - all nationalities are eligible to sign-up!

New to Horizons Unlimited?

New to motorcycle travelling? New to the HU site? Confused? Too many options? It's really very simple - just 4 easy steps!

Horizons Unlimited was founded in 1997 by Grant and Susan Johnson following their journey around the world on a BMW R80 G/S motorcycle.

Susan and Grant Johnson Read more about Grant & Susan's story

Membership - help keep us going!

Horizons Unlimited is not a big multi-national company, just two people who love motorcycle travel and have grown what started as a hobby in 1997 into a full time job (usually 8-10 hours per day and 7 days a week) and a labour of love. To keep it going and a roof over our heads, we run events (22 this year!); we sell inspirational and informative DVDs; we have a few selected advertisers; and we make a small amount from memberships.

You don't have to be a Member to come to an HU meeting, access the website, the HUBB or to receive the e-zine. What you get for your membership contribution is our sincere gratitude, good karma and knowing that you're helping to keep the motorcycle travel dream alive. Contributing Members and Gold Members do get additional features on the HUBB. Here's a list of all the Member benefits on the HUBB.

Books & DVDs


All the best travel books and videos listed and often reviewed on HU's famous Books page. Check it out and get great travel books from all over the world.

Motorcycle Express for shipping and insurance!

Motorcycle Express

MC Air Shipping, (uncrated) USA / Canada / Europe and other areas. Be sure to say "Horizons Unlimited" to get your $25 discount on Shipping!
Insurance - see: For foreigners traveling in US and Canada and for Americans and Canadians traveling in other countries, then mail it to MC Express and get your HU $15 discount!

Story and photos copyright ©

Sorry, you need a Javascript enabled browser to get the email address and dates. You can contact Horizons Unlimited at the link below. Please be sure to tell us WHICH blog writer you wish to contact.

All Rights Reserved.

Contact the author:

Editors note: We accept no responsibility for any of the above information in any way whatsoever. You are reminded to do your own research. Any commentary is strictly a personal opinion of the person supplying the information and is not to be construed as an endorsement of any kind.

Hosted by: Horizons Unlimited, the motorcycle travellers' website!
You can have your story here too - click for details!