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It's not cheap, but it sounds rather interesting. The promoters are promising going into some "unexplored desert trails". Hmmm........I just dont know if I can spend seven hours on my ATV. Bands on the beach, too.
Anyone else considering going?

The details are on the latest WUSC newsletter. 

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or http://www.sancarlazo.com

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So i guess walking my dogs on the beach would not be a good idea....:)Great heads up.
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I dont think the ATVs will be on the beach. Only the party and the bands, each night.

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The route map shows the ATV route on the San Francisco Beach and the Aldogones/La Manga beaches. A lot of the advertised 100km route is apparently on rarely used routes. Somehow I get the funny feeling that the State of Sonora tourist agency and the State of Sonora environmental agency (CEDES) are not communicating.

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Based on the route map on their website (the Google Earth images with the push pins), I dont see how you can tell if the route is on the actual beach or not. There are roads directly behind the beach in both of those areas.

Please tell us how you have concluded that the route is definitively on the actual beach, Ballenamar.

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I would like to know how they are getting access to these places, it seems the ranchers are putting up more fences than before at least that is what we had experienced this year. The video looks like their just going to rip up the beach. I also think the ride is much to long in this heat.
Not to impressed by the price or payment method either.
"Keep your receipt" maybe for a souvenir!!!!!!! Deb

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monty wrote: I would like to know how they are getting access to these places,..........
It's Mexico. Money opens all doors. Or, in this case, fences.
Yeah, it would make for a very long day, unless they have planned refreshment stops. But I would think they would mention those.
It hasnt been a blazing hot May, so far. But that's too far out for an accurate prediction.
Regardless of whatever temp it is going to be, I'd settle for a nice, strong 15+ knot wind all day, to keep the dust off the trail.

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Hook: I truly hope that my presumption that the ATVS will travel part of the way on the beach is WRONG and that you are right. But, my skepticism comes from viewing many ATV tracks on these beaches as well as witnessing regular illegal ATV traffic in these places.

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I hope your presumption is wrong, too. I dont want to see them on the beach.


I really dont know how many people are going to attend this. It's pretty expensive. I'm leaning towards not doing it this year and seeing how well it's organized and how well attended. The price may keep the numbers down.

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Anybody hear anymore on this.

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Murray has talked at length with the organizers. Call him, Fred/Deb.

Troy from Hammerheads has supposedly driven about 60% of the route, and he is a sponsor. You might ask him, too.

Supposedly 50 participants were signed up as of two days ago. I dont think that is rigs, just persons. So maybe 25 rigs?

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Why didn't you just say you were going with Murray.

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That's not what you asked. And I haven't talked to the organizers, Deb.

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Ya, your right. Hope you write a report. Thanks have fun.

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Well, my wife and I did go on this run and it was fairly well organized. At one rancher's gate, the rancher hadn't gotten word to the workers that we were allowed to cross, so the gate was barred. That caused a delay of about 20 minutes.


But, all in all, it was a great route, through some tremendous canyons north of San Carlos.


And, while the run started at the beach, they had access to the sand itself, blocked off. The route went immediately inland and never actually went along San Francisco Beach or the La Manga beaches. They even made an announcement on stage, before the race, that no driving on the beach was allowed.


Lots of well-to-do Mexicans in expensive, four-seater rigs in this event. Only three gringo rigs in the whole thing, and that included us and one gringo sponsor of the event (Hammerheads).



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