New Year’s Eve in La Paz, Mexico

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3 years ago, a friend of mine called up saying that he had a place to stay in La Paz for New Year’s Eve with a group of friends – did I want to fly down for the holiday? I’ve enjoyed the little time I’ve spent in Baja before, but I figured if I was going to take some time off work, I’d rather take a motorcycle! At the time, I owned a BMW K75 and a R1100S – I decided to take the latter.

I was told that we were staying on an island and that I’d have to park the bike somewhere safe in La Paz, then take a water taxi over. I reached out to the ADVRider community with a thread asking if anyone had suggestions for where I could leave the bike and I was very grateful to get some good leads. Anyway, turns out that it wasn’t an island, rather a peninsula with one really poor road.

La Paz Peninsula

As you can see, the R11S isn’t much of a dual-sporter, but I figured I’d make it work anyway. The plan was to take two days to ride from Los Angeles to La Paz (about 1,050 miles), spend a few days in La Paz where my girlfriend would fly in and join us, and then we’d go 2-up and take 3 days to get back to LA. Hope you enjoy.

Day 1 – Los Angeles to Guerrero Negro, ~580 miles
Day 2 – Guerrero Negro to La Paz, ~480 miles
Day 3 – La Paz, 0 road miles
Day 4 – La Paz, 0 road miles
Day 5 – La Paz to San Ignacio, ~400 miles
Day 6 – San Ignacio to San Quintin, ~360 miles
Day 7 – San Quintin to Los Angeles, ~350 miles

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