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Old 03-13-08, 07:03 PM   #1
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Rosarito-Ensenada Transportation?

I'm planning on doing the spring Rosarito/Ensenada bike ride in april. I'm not too wild about driving into mexico. There is a shuttle service offered through the offical race website www.rosaritoensenada.com that has roundtrip service from san diego. It seems like it's a good way to go. Does anyone have any suggestions and/or feedback on this company? It's called outback adventures.
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I'd rather drive than see my bikes stacked piggy-back like the ones I've seen on the trailers of those shuttles. I've heard plenty of horror stories about broken cables and stuff. Used to have the wife drive to Ensandado to pick me up. Gotten too scary to let her drive alone so we quit doing the ride.
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Old 03-15-08, 11:31 AM   #3
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Yeah, I've seen those trailers that the mexican shuttle van companys use. Pretty scary. I,ve been to these guys website, looks like they use flat bed trucks with some sort of racks. (hard to see in the picture what kind) We have always driven down ourselves- but with all the BS going on down in mex, and the fact that our car was broken in to in rosarito during the ride last year- I thought this might be the best way to go. It's a long dark drive back from ensenada after the ride, but I really can't see any banditos messing with a group of tour buses.
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The ride is quickly approaching with only 10 days left. I am looking forward to it as it will be my first. I am not sure which day I will be going to San Diego but I am looking to carpool with someone to save on the gas and to have one less vehicle on the road. I plan too take the shuttle van across the border unless someone plans on driving down there. I live in Long Beach and have a mini van which I use to transport my bike. If anyone is interested, please pm me.
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This ride is hyped up! I done it once and I'm done with it..
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The trailers don't use any special racks for your bike. It is simple a bar that runs across the trailer with carpet wrapped as padding. They place your bike by having the bar running between your fork and downtube. (to picture this, think about your bike doing a wheelie, front wheel up in the air) This has much potential for damage from other bikes stacked next to yours. In addition, these trailers do not have shocks or springs to absorb the road. I've seen bikes bouncing up and down all the time as I drive by.

Driving in Mexico for this event is not too bad. This event raise overs $10 Million dollars for the Red Cross of Mexico. I'm sure they don't want to risk losing this money with horror stories from foreign tourist. Of course there are always crooked cops and bandit that don't follow protocol.

I recommend driving to Rosarito and parking there (street parking). You can take a taxi back from Ensenda to Rosarito. All taxis in Ensenda with have bike racks that day and be giving rides back to Rosarito. You will share this taxi (van) with other bikers and will normally transport up to 7 bikes. Only cost you $20/person (including bike). This is a better option if you are concerned about damaging your bike.

Bring a bag or two of hard candy. It is a tradition to throw candy to the local mexican childern that stand along the first 10 miles of the course.

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Old 04-11-08, 08:10 AM   #7
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The ride is quickly approaching with only 10 days left. I am looking forward to it as it will be my first. I am not sure which day I will be going to San Diego but I am looking to carpool with someone to save on the gas and to have one less vehicle on the road. I plan too take the shuttle van across the border unless someone plans on driving down there. I live in Long Beach and have a mini van which I use to transport my bike. If anyone is interested, please pm me.
If you're cute I'll take you, but we have to make out at papas and beer
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This ride is hyped up! I done it once and I'm done with it..
Don't take it too seriously. It's just an excuse to go party in Mexico, eat lobsters at Puerto Nuevo, and get a $10 massage after the race (yes, a legal massage)
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"If you're cute I'll take you, but we have to make out at papas and beer"
Geez Kuwahara, you are making me blush. Ha! Thanks for the offer but I am not much of a party animal so I will pass on the make out session at Papas and Beer.
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Have a fun ride and watch out for the drunks on bikes!
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Geez Kuwahara, you are making me blush. Ha! Thanks for the offer but I am not much of a party animal so I will pass on the make out session at Papas and Beer.
Okay but your loss
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I live a half hour from the border and would frequently cross to vacation and even just for lunch. There's too much going on down there now. Maybe next year for me.
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I have never done this ride, but have cycled parts of Baja... as per border crossings, i take the trolley from SD to San Ysidro, walk the bike across the border and then hire a taxi to take me to Rosarito Beach for 15 bucks or so... (I've cycled across Tijuana once... am in no hurry to ever do it again....) On the way back, I cab it up from Rosarito...

I think this is by far the least amount of hassle.

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This ride is not what it used to be.
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What? There are no more drunks?

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What has changed? I did this ride four years in a row in the mid 90s. It was huge, and a blast..... I grew up and got married and it wasn't so much fun when I did it again in 2002. There didn't seem to be the 14,000 cyclists and 14,000 friends of cyclists there were back in the 90s but it could have been that I just saw things differently.
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What has changed? I did this ride four years in a row in the mid 90s. It was huge, and a blast..... I grew up and got married and it wasn't so much fun when I did it again in 2002. There didn't seem to be the 14,000 cyclists and 14,000 friends of cyclists there were back in the 90s but it could have been that I just saw things differently.

Just felt uneasy with all that you hear going on down there. There was also some hard selling at the finish line, not that there isn't other years, but a little excessive this time around.
The border is never fun, but they were giving us a hard time because we didn't have our passports even though they aren't required yet.
And to top it all off there were no finishers medals this year. So basically you pay $35 and no souvenir to show for it. What's the cost of those things? .50 cents?
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Well.. I started this thread some time ago. Decided to take the chance and try the Outback Adventures shuttle service. I have no regrets, these guys are great. My bike was handled without a scratch, the buses were first rate. they had coffee and muffins are the start and all the icy cold coronas and fish tacos that you could hold at the finish line. No mex insurance to buy no border lines- it was perfect. only way to go, imho
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Not being able to carpool with anyone, I took my chances on going alone. Since I was staying at my friends place in SD, I took the trolley to the border, walked across and found the ABC Bus Company station. I paid the driver $4 to get me to Rosarito with my bike. The bike was put in the bottom of the bus storage compartments. One half hour later my bike and I were in Rosarito. No scratches on the bike.
Once in Ensenada I washed my hands and left immediately. I could not deal with the overwhelming taco peddlers. That was too much for me to contend with even for a second. I managed to find a bus heading to Tijuana for $11. There was one other rider on the bus with his bike. Ninety minutes to TJ wasn't a bad deal being that I was able to nap for an hour. Once in TJ, I simply waited in line to cross the border. It took about 35 minutes which wasn't too bad. For $15 I can't complain about anything. The coaches were comfortable and offered some sci-fi flick for entertainment. Should I decide to do this ride again, I will do it the same way. I saved a lot of money and time.
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Nice! but if there's no pics to prove it, you were never there
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Exactly, we'll even accept pics taken from cell phones. Anything.
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I left the camera at home and am not into the extras on the cell phone. If I don't forget to take the camera next time, I will take pics for you all, even of the inexpensive bus rides.
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Not being able to carpool with anyone, I took my chances on going alone. Since I was staying at my friends place in SD, I took the trolley to the border, walked across and found the ABC Bus Company station. I paid the driver $4 to get me to Rosarito with my bike. The bike was put in the bottom of the bus storage compartments. One half hour later my bike and I were in Rosarito. No scratches on the bike.
Once in Ensenada I washed my hands and left immediately. I could not deal with the overwhelming taco peddlers. That was too much for me to contend with even for a second. I managed to find a bus heading to Tijuana for $11. There was one other rider on the bus with his bike. Ninety minutes to TJ wasn't a bad deal being that I was able to nap for an hour. Once in TJ, I simply waited in line to cross the border. It took about 35 minutes which wasn't too bad. For $15 I can't complain about anything. The coaches were comfortable and offered some sci-fi flick for entertainment. Should I decide to do this ride again, I will do it the same way. I saved a lot of money and time.
Cool. Good on you. It sounds like a nice adventure.
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I left the camera at home and am not into the extras on the cell phone. If I don't forget to take the camera next time, I will take pics for you all, even of the inexpensive bus rides.
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Finisher's medals? I did the ride back in the id 90's about 6 or 7 times, never heard of a finisher's medal. A t-shirt yeah, but no finisher's medals. Hmmm! I think the fee was like $18 back then.
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