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Baja Adventure Resource Center
Here are the Services Available :
Food/Catered Lunch or Dinners for tours
Provisions~ email in advance your needs or information
Lodging~ multiple options in area
Camping
Paddle Boarding
Snorkeling
Fishing
Boating
Whale Shark watching
Dirt Trails- self guided~route maps provided and area info
Secure Bike Parking
Secure Bike Storage~email for more details
Insurances~info on where to go and what to do
Tours Info
Ferry Crossing Info
Toilets/Showers
Writer Retreats~ guest authors and workshops
Rallies
Tours Info
Kayaking
Yoga Retreats
Wedding Information~ Destination wedding location and unique event planning
Please email me for more information or if you have any questions.
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Harley Davidson Electric Motorcycle Prototype

LiveWire Project—Harley Davidson Electric Motorcycle Prototype

I was one of the lucky ones to be chosen to test ride the Prototype motorcycle for the Harley Davidson electric motorcycle.
This was a national tour of Harley shops across the nation….so when it was coming to my hometown i had to throw my name in the hat of eligible riders.
So i show up on a Friday morning….the HD shop had a large semi truck set up in the back with a display of new helmet visual gear, a Livewire bike set up to try for those who wanted and did or did not have a MC license…it was set up on a wheel stand so you could get it up to 60 mph.
Also, of course, a table of iPads with a survey that you can take to see what your thoughts are on the entire concept.
i did do the test bike while i was waiting for the real test ride.  They had only 4 bikes to go out each trip.  This was a nice number to ride in a group…one leader and a tail also.
Before the test ride we had to sign our lives away on liability forms (i always say you are not having a good time if you are not signing your life away)  and then watch a short video.   Then when your name was called, go over to the bike area for a short briefing on what we would actually be doing.  The Harley employee told us about the controls on the bike and the route we would be taking.  This route was approximately 7 miles and had a few turns, and a couple of straight sections where you could really test out the acceleration.
My opinion:
Looks:   the bike is very sexy looking, it is more cafe racer style, then sport, cruiser or enduro.  The seating position is comfortable and the height is average.  The dashboard screen has large numbers and is easy to read.  It shows you the power used, power left and speed.  This bike also has 2 modes, one for sport performance and one for economy performance.  The battery only has a life span of about 58 miles.  However do keep in mind that it is a prototype.
Performance:  once we took off….the acceleration was very smooth, there is no choppy clutch to fumble around with.  The deceleration is almost instantaneous, so this is something to keep in mind when coming to a stop, for when to put your feet down, also when slowing up around curves or corners, as the rapid deceleration seems like it could through you off balance.
This bike is COMPLETELY silent when totally stopped, and the throttle is very touchy, so if you are at a light, i recommend to keep your right hand off the throttle completely.  I consciously kept mine on the tank.
The Livewire has a very rapid acceleration and i can imagine if given the proper time and place to use its full power…not only would this be a blast, but also seems could get you in trouble.
All in all …this bike is a unique and fun ride….
I would not replace my current motorcycle with it, however to have it for a fun in town zip, would be great.
I would not return it, if it showed up in my garage!
Also note…one of the riders that was on the test ride before mine, went down from hitting the throttle in a turn to much…due to this “crash” the street had to be closed down and HazMat crews were sent in for battery cleanup.  Apparently the battery was cracked and was completely unstable and therefore quite dangerous.  So something to keep in mind, if you own this bike and drop it…your EPA bills could be very costly.  By the way the guy who crashed is fine.
I was happy to be able to participate in this event and take such a unique and extraordinary motorcycle for a test ride.
for the love of 2 wheels…
Specs and history:
Project LiveWire website:

The Power of Community

Meeting Liz!

“Motorcyclists are never amongst strangers when we’re with other riders. Yet above and beyond this common bond, a strong community forms when adventurers and travelers gather, virtually or in person. This strength and power of community offers camaraderie and a safety net, which otherwise independent travelers can call on for resources, anywhere in the world. As is the case with John Colyer’s story, one interaction often paves the way for a sequence of events that could never have been predicted.”

by Liz Jansen
Read the rest on Liz’s site.

Best Birthday Ever! February 26th, 2015

2015!  My Birthday this year on February 26th, I cruised around the sun for my 46th year!

I was lucky enough to fly to San Diego and rent a GS 650 BMW, and meet up with some of my West Coast friends to ride south towards  Mulege, Baja Mexico.
I am writing about that adventure as well …but wanted to write a short piece just on my Birthday alone…as it was Epic!
So we had planned a whale watching trip in San Ignacio the day before and we had to wake up pretty early to catch our group van to the whale watching location.
While packing up the bikes to head over to the pick up spot…it was a bit chilly and very quiet morning in the motel parking lot…
then over comes Greg and Melanie and surprise wish me a Happy Birthday, big hugs…then Carla and Jonathon and Paul…big Adventure family hugs and birthday wishes…
Then we head over to Ignacio Springs resort for a delicious breakfast before the van came…when it showed up Paul had stayed behind to work and the restof us piled into the van…as we drove through the town, past the old church then up a hill which turned into off road, mostly sand…
 After about an hour drive we make it to the end where we sign in for our boat…when i signed in the lady asks my age…and i was like 45…i mean no 46 today is my birthday ….she said well happy birthday!
We get geared up, have out safety briefing and then head down to our boat to go see if we can see some whales.
We get in a fantastic simple and small boat, then head out about 20-30 min off shore…then start looking around…and BAM we see a mama whale and her baby almost straight away.
They told us that the whales likes singing, whistling and splashing…so we are all going crazy trying to get them close enough to touch.  The guide told us they loved to be scratched, petted and their mouths rubbed, just absolutely no touching of eyes, fins, blowholes or tails.
The 2 whales loved our boat, we were able to play with them it seemed like almost an hour.  They came back to us 3 times.  The mama whale had her eye on us the entire time, she was the size of a school bus and she would nudge the baby up to us so we could pet it, the baby just closed its eyes and let us love on it.  Occasionally we would get the blow hole spray right in the face….very stinky but still pretty cool.
And as a very special gift for my Birthday i was able to kiss the baby whale!
Seriously spectacular
After our time was up we went back in, all of us high on the interaction with such huge and majestic creatures.   The company had prepared a wonderful lunch for us…fresh and delicious.
And when we were finishing up…the woman came out with a surprise birthday cake that was still warm.  She had planned this from my sign in time.  Then the whole kitchen crew came out and sang me a traditional Mexican birthday song.  I felt like crying, i was overwhelmed with joy, love and the entire experience.  This was a shock and total surprise!
(i had no idea how to cut the cake, so it turned into the Great Birthday Cake massacre of 2015)
Well, it is no secret that i fell in love with Mexico, this is just one of the many reasons…it is a spectacular country with beautiful people and epic adventures.