Baja - Mission of Goats

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So back in ~feb 2020 before anyone took Covid very seriously, a bunch of my Polygoat amigos did a run to baja Sur for what was most folks' first time.
I called it the Mission of Goats because I modeled the routes after much of the research I had done using Cameron Steele's Trail of Missions videos.
If I ever get the chance I'll have to thank him one day for producing that content so monkeys like me can feel more confident exploring southern baja.
I posted a summary report on our club's forums but i'm waiting around for tests to get run at work on a saturday & figured why the hell not port it over here while I can.

Trip report!
Baja is terrible, nobody should ever ever go. You'll definitely catch the XX virus. Your kids will all somehow die and no fun will be had, for sure.

Follow me, please. We're going to a party south of the border!
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1st stop, Puerto Nuevo. Birthplace of Team XX. Lobsters for all.
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2nd stop, Wendlandt Cervezeria, Ensenada
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After an overnight pina colada at the old mill, we start day 2 heading south to our first stop at La Lobera, sea lion colony
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Bryant breaks rule #1 and this happens on the way back from La Lobera (3 miles of dirt 1 way). Bent inner & outer tie rod. Only has a spare inner (wat?)
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The team heads south to breakfast at Mama Espinoza's. I go back to SQ with Bryant and both he and his girlfriend jump in my truck for the rest of the journey.
Construction stops us on the highway for 30 minutes. See KDP:
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Abort button on 1st day's dirt because of the tie rod fiasco. Highway all the way to Catavina. Quick stop for cave paintings. I'm sure like 10% of these are authentic:
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Highway the rest of the way to Bay of LA for night 2.
Sunrise the next morning:
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Then we go for gas, but the whole town lost power. No gas. Day 2 dirt plan is ruined because we're all running ~1/2 tank or less with only 20 gallons spare for all 4 trucks. We backtrack a little bit then take an option route through the mountains to Mission San Francisco de Borja. the route spits us out on the other side of the peninsula with gas closer than the original dirt. Plus we got a very very real, sobering, and accurate history via a personal guided tour of the mission from the caretaker. very cool.

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^wish you had smell-o-vision for that one. A light rain really turned up the scents in the mountain dezert
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hit the highway out of the mission road. Heading south now past Guerrero Negro on our way to San Ignacio for night 3. Making good time so the team takes a side detour just south of GN. Stopped to model my calves (lol) & show off the T-shirt for Tommy.
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San Ignacio is rad. Don't eat the chef's special fish.
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San Ignacio -> Santa Rosalia
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Santa Rosalia we climbed on an old abandoned historical refinery & checked out the steel church designed by Gustaf Eifel.
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Next stop, Mulege. Could spend more time here, this place was cool.
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Next stop, Bahia de Concepcion.
Just before becoming Playa Banditos:
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After being Playa Banditos, @ Playa Requeson, 2 sided beach:
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Night 4 & 5. Loreto. Don't think I need to come back here. Very grey-hair focused.
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San Javier Mission
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400 year old olive tree behind San Javier
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somewhere north of San Javier
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San jose de comondu
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La Purisima
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San Juanico. This place deserved a few nights stay.
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Back to the Old Mill for a friday night blowout
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The road home to Ensenada, super green from all the rain.
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