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November 13th, 2014

We're changing our Baja ride that we normally schedule for the spring to a new fall date.  Next year's ride will be at the end of September, when summer weather in Western Washington typically gives way to rain and cooler temperatures once again.  We keep our group size small to minimize potential slowdowns and keep things moving along at an efficient pace, and many of our clients tell us it was one of the main reasons they chose to do a Baja tour with us.  But the small group size means spaces go fast, so if you're thinking next year is your year to finally do that Baja trip you've always dreamed of, give us a shout sooner than later.

For those of you who've discovered the fun and excitement of the increasingly popular side-by-side scene, you'll be happy to hear that we are currently in the planning stages of a side-by-side Baja tour.  Todays machines are leaps and bounds superior in performance and comfort to what was available just a few years ago.  Models like the Polaris RZR, Arctic Cat Wildcat, and the Can-Am Maverick and Commander make the Yamaha Rhino that started the craze look like a regular golf cart by comparison today.  I'm not knocking the Rhino at all... it's still a great go-anywhere machine, but rather making a statement about how fast the SxS segment is growing in terms of popularity and corresponding sales that it can support an industry with so many manufacturers building ever more capable (and expensive) machines.  They seem to be in a race to one-up each other with each new model year release.  The kind of performance they're sporting makes them the perfect tool for a kick-ass Baja adventure, and we're working hard to put our first one together.  If this is something you'd be interested in, we'd like to hear from you.

Come spring, we will be doing the annual update of our Baja California Loop GPS Tour..  There will be some revisions we've been waiting a couple of years to make, and we're looking forward to adding some additional new side-routes as well.  The changes and additions will justify giving it the moniker "2015 Edition".

June 23rd, 2014

Do you have a Garmin GPSMAP 60C series GPS receiver?  Do you have a friend or family member who has one?  I am volunteering to teach a GPS class at a day camp at the end of July to some adventurous 4th, 5th, and 6th graders.  I'm teaching groups of 12 and would like the kids to pair up on the GPS units.  I have 3 units already, and would like to borrow 3 more for a total of 6.  If you would be kind enough to let me use your 60C for this one day event, I will trade you for a free copy of the 2014 Olympics Loop GPS Tour.  Aside from the free tour package, I will guarantee the prompt and safe return of your GPS unit or I will replace it with its successor, the Garmin 62C.  If you are reading this and know of someone who has one, please let them know.  If you can help, give me a call toll-free at (888) 474-7894. 

May 31st, 2014

The 2014 edition of the Olympics Loop GPS Tour. is now shipping.  The good news is that the snowpack wasn't too bad this year and the entire route is now passable.  This is the earliest date it has been passable in quite a few years.  Climate change?  The bad news is that the two washouts that have been totally blocking a couple of the routes since last year are likely never going to be repaired, according to the US Forest Service and the WA DNR.  The newest edition accounts for these permanent closures, while users of last year's edition will have to utilize the workarounds detailed on the OlyLoop Updates page. I hope to see some of you out there this summer!

January 1st, 2014

Happy New Year! Here's hoping you get all the great riding in this year that you want, and then some.  To help you out, in April we're once again taking a group of dual sport riders to Baja for a 6 day ride they'll never forget.  You could still be one of those riders, as we still have spots available.  This year's ride is going to be a little "special", in that the terrain we'll be riding has been "roughed up" a bit by tropical storm Juliette.  If you're a strong intermediate or above rider on a capable dual-sport motorcycle, we welcome you to be a part of the fun that's happening on April 7th to the 12th.  -More-

December 11th, 2013

8 weeks back, one of GripTwister Tours' amiable guides Dan and I loaded our bikes with camping gear and threw 'em in the bed of the truck and headed to the border.  It was time to update our self-guided GPS tour and at the same time survey the damage caused by tropical storm Juliette to the roads in the areas around Catavina.  We bring our tours through that area and needed to know the extent of it.  Well, it turned out to be one hell of a ride.

Baja rides do seem to go down frequently as being in the "one hell of a ride" column.  Whether it's because of the unforgettable moments, or the moments you simply can't forget-- Baja rides are always memorable.

Anyhow,we had a fantastic ride.  We alternated camping out and staying in motels.  The weather was great, though it rained off and on one night.  Luckily, we were under cover that night.  Tropical storm Juliette had dumped an immense amount of rain on Baja in the area around and south of Catavina just a few weeks before our arrival.  That made for some rather interesting riding, with all of the dirt washed from roads that had any amount of slope whatsoever.  This made for very rocky roads in places, and in quite a few places the road had huge trenches carved into them, some over 5 feet deep.  We were able to make it through/past every obstacle with the exception of one remote section of road where we were turned around by impassable conditions.  Fortunately we were able to detour without too much back-tracking.

On day 3, we didn't get a very early start out ofGonzaga Bay, so we decided to forego our usual route through arroyo Calamajue and just head on out to the coast.  Good decision-- the camping out there was fantastic!  Mild weather, a full moon, and a killer camping spot right on the beach... we even had a nice fire for an hour or so before bed thanks to some drift wood we found nearby.  It was a spectacular night sleeping under the stars of Baja while the surf lapped at the beach just meters away.  

The route we rode the next day was REAL rough.  We were turned back by a genuine lack of any roadbed at all at some point, the road having become nothing more than a long, winding rockpile, it's path meandering through the desert.  Too much for mere humans on bikes loaded with lots of gear.  No fear, the "easy" road was beat to hell by the tropical storm as well, making it more than just interesting in many places.

At one spot along the ride, Dan told me that a huge bull that I had passed (without noticing him) had taken off at full speed after me, with me completely unaware.  Apparently when he realized he couldn’t catch me he turned his attention to Dan, who at that point was riding through a long, deep, silty section and was freaking out that he might lose it in the silt and consequently be stomped on or gored by the beast.  When he next caught up to me and told me the story he was still shaking.  Ignorance, I can tell you from experience, is bliss!

Anyhow, this year's Baja 1000 route ran over quite a bit of the paths we covered.  Even at the casual pace we had set, the riding required constant attention to avoid certain damage.  Doing it at race speeds I'll bet was intense!.  It seemed that around any bend in the road or trail, the roadbed could be missing.

Around Laguna Hanson, it had rained real heavy the night before we came through on our way back to the border, with huge puddles in the road and, accordingly, zero dust all the way back to the pavement.  That was nice!

August 3rd, 2013

The 2013 edition of the Olympics Loop GPS Tour. has been shipping for 6 weeks now, and feedback has been great.  I've been out riding sections of the tour myself, and have been seeing a lot of moto tracks on the logging roads ahead of me.  Gives me a warm, fuzzy feeling knowing it's my customers out there making those tracks. 

Two things I'd like to mention in this post:  The first is that I've been putting the finishing touches on the routes for the AltRider "Ride the Hoh" event that is taking place on August 16th, 17th and 18th.  If you haven't signed up yet or are thinking about sitting out this one, I would urge you to reconsider.  Sure, I'm a part of the event as the route planner, and I don't attend many organized rides otherwise.  But I can tell you that the guys at AltRider put on one heck of a fun event that I would be going to even if I weren't a part of it.  Head on over to AltRider to register for this event.

The second item is to announce the dates for our Spring 2014 Baja Ride.  This ride will be 6 full days of riding, from April 7th to the 12th.  We already had a few of the 7 spaces spoken for even before announcing the dates, so if you're interested in joining us next spring, you'd better not delay.  Contact us very soon if you'd like to join us for another killer ride in Baja.  It's going to fill up quick!

June 14th, 2013

Our 2013 edition of the Olympics Loop GPS Tour. is almost ready to ship.  I fought downed trees and snow blockages last weekend to complete most of the 560 mile loop, but there's still one route with snow blocking.  The good news for previous purchasers is that the route remains pretty much unchanged from last year, although there is a new washout to add to the tour this year that will be dealt with by putting the "workaround" for it on the "Updates" page of this website.  Last year's blocking washout on the north side of the Hoh river is still there, and I'm hoping the DNR makes the repair to it this summer.  It's a nice section of the ride where I frequently spot bear, and in general is a hoot to ride as well.  Anyhow, I'm making one last outing this weekend to make certain that either the snow has melted from the blocked route, or else approach it from the other direction to determine that the snow is the only impediment so we can go to print.  We aim to ship all back-orders the week of June 17th.

Also, mark your calendars now for our annual Olympics Loop Fun Ride, which will take place as always the weekend after Labor Day.  This year's dates are September 8th, 9th and 10th.  Keep an eye on our "Upcoming Rides" page for info.

June 13th, 2013

Our annual spring Baja ride was a blast this year.  We'll be adding photos from the ride in the coming weeks, but if you know you're interested in joining us next spring, please let me know via phone or email right away so I can put you on the list of folks to notify when the dates are set.  I anticipate next spring's ride to fill up VERY FAST!  So getting a heads-up will give you the best chance to get a spot.  If you would rather do Baja at your own leisure and pace, we can supply you with all the info you'll need and a killer route as well in the form of the Baja California Loop GPS Tour..

Also, mark your calendars now for our annual Olympics Loop Fun Ride, which will take place as always the weekend after Labor Day.  This year's dates are September 7th, 8th and 9th.  Keep an eye on our "Upcoming Rides" page for info.

March 10th, 2012

Our annual spring Baja ride is fully booked at this time.  If you would like to join us for our next ride, please drop me a line and I'll let you know when the dates are set for it, giving you a the best chance to get a spot.  If you would rather do Baja at your own leisure and pace, we can supply you with all the info you'll need and a killer route as well in the form of the Baja California Loop GPS Tour..

Also, mark your calendars now for our annual Olympics Loop Fun Ride, which will take place as always the weekend after Labor Day.  This year's dates are September 8th, 9th and 10th.  Keep an eye on our "Upcoming Rides" page for info.

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