Planning, prep and packing for a month-long adventure

There is SO much to write about! I can’t believe it’s mid-August already, approaching late August.  Where has the summer gone?  A good part of it has been eaten up with a new job.  I’ve been in my new position for three plus months.  Just brought someone on board two weeks ago and have been working hard on getting her up to speed to cover for me while I’m out for a month.

I can’t believe that I’m leaving in  just four weeks.  Gregg and I had planned on meeting up with Tumu Rock at the end of September in northern Mexico at the conclusion of the Baja Rally (  At some point in the past few weeks it became apparent that Tumu didn’t have any support crew for the rally and might need a hand.  Namely someone to drive his rig from stage to stage so at the end of the day his truck and trailer would be there for repairs, oil changes, tire changes and his sleeping set up would be ready for him.  So Gregg and I talked about it and agreed it would be fun (and an adventure) to drive to San Diego in his truck with our dirt bikes and camping gear loaded in the bed, park the truck, unload the bikes, hop on and ride down to Ensenada and load our bikes into Tumu’s trailer and serve as support crew.

Tumu's racing team logo

Tumu’s racing team logo

And so Gregg has become Team Motohawk Racing Crew Chief and Team Photographer and I Chief of Logistics and Assistant Photographer.  Turns out another New England racer, Doug Chapman is already riding in the rally and we’ll be supporting both of them.  My first assignment in the Logistics department was finding a place to park Gregg’s truck for a month while we’re off adventuring south of the border.  My former research co-worker from 1986 when I worked in San Diego now runs an orchid farm.  Yes, I’ve actually stayed in touch with this guy for all these years.  But, alas, Andy couldn’t help us.  So I was looking at the Baja Rally website and realize that I might try one of the sponsors.  So I called up a big race sponsor in Escondido, explained the situation and they have graciously agreed to allow us to park the truck for a month.

So – here’s the plan.  I need to pick up the KLX250 from the local shop where it was getting it’s once over pre-ride tech inspection, oil/filter change, check air filter and to replace all the things I’ve recently broken on it … including a fork guard, mirror mount, radiator screen, etc.  The new DirtBagz racks and bags arrived today and I plan to get them mounted on Sunday with some help from Bill H.

I will get Mexican riding and liability insurance and medical evacuation insurance.  I will pack and take a shakedown right to the early September Guzzi rally up in Skowhegan, ME.  And then on September 19th after work Gregg will come by the office and pick me up and we’ll drive straight through to Escondido.  Perhaps stopping in Colorado at my best friend’s house for a meal, shower and perhaps some sleep before continuing on to California.  Get to southern CA by the 22nd or early on the 23rd.  Park the truck and ride to Ensenada and rendezvous with Tumu and Doug.

According to their website:

The BAJA RALLY is the first and only “road-book” navigation-based rally raid for motorcycles only In Baja CA, Mexico. Taking place over 5 days in September (24-28), the BAJA RALLY features 4 days of off-road rally motorcycle racing over 800 miles of timed special stages and non-timed transfer stages. Likened to a traveling, cultural human experience, the rapidly growing BAJA RALLY 2.0 is the closest thing to the Dakar Rally to take place in North America.


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