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California Thanksgiving Ride - Ocotillo Wells to San Felipe and back

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My father in law has a house in Baja that we have been going to for years. We have always wanted to ride there but never had the right bikes or knowledge to pull it off. After a few months of planning we were able to finally make it happen.

Wednesday night we parked the toy hauler at a friend’s property in Ocotill Wells so we could get an early start. 530 came quick and we are ready for departure.


The first 30 miles were all dirt and we hit the pavement in Plaster city


30 miles of slab and we are in Calexico filling up before crossing the border


About 20 miles of slab thru Mexicali and we arrive at Laguna Salada


The salada is basically a dry lake bed that is pretty smooth. We were able to kick it up a notch on this section and didn’t stop for to many pictures. That is of course until we crossed the Baja 1000 course from last week at Race Mile 145


We stayed on the course until Race Mile 160. That was enough ass kicking whoops to last me a lifetime.



Here we are at the end of the Salada getting ready to run some slab to San Felipe.



My beautiful wife with me in the background putting air in the tires


About 15 miles out of town is where I notice I have a front flat. I pump it back up and move on.


The Arches


A few miles up the road I find a place with fix a flat. I only have 30 miles to the Casa and this got me there. I changed the tube the next morning which had a small thorn


We ended up arriving at 3 just in time for Thanksgiving Dinner. 252 miles in 9 hours. Thankfully Friday was rest and relaxation day.

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Part two:

Saturday morning 6am we departed San Felipe to head back to Ocotillo. First stop was after 70 miles of slab and one of the military checkpoints


This was a surprise find. There was a steep dirt road that we decided to check out and it ended up being a really cool stop



Playing in Sand Dunes



You can’t go to Mexico and not have tacos. Here we stopped at a busy stand in Mexicali and had some of the best tacos ever


Always good to be back home


Overall it was a great ride. I can’t wait to explore more of Mexico. We are already planning the next big ride and I think Death Valley is calling our names.

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Looks like one hell of ride, good job! I've always been told to eat at the busy taco stands. I just wondered if they give me the same meat as the locals?

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