way back when....

Baja for Kevin was just as much of a playground as it was for Revon. "It would be our summer vacation. We'd drive the motorhome to Mexico pulling the truck and the bikes. Then unhitched the truck and often my Mom and sister drove the truck with the camping gear and Dad and I rode. We just used to ride all day. At night we'd just camp out, we'd have packed a bunch of meat in dry ice and have a good time, it was a lot of fun."

"We would ride for six or seven hours unless my Dad or Revon had anything to do with it then we could be riding for twelve hours straight. If the girls were with us in the truck we'd have to wait for them to catch up so the riding day would be a little bit shorter otherwise we could be riding from daylight to dark."

"The first time I went I had an IT175. Then I had the TT500 and one time I went down I had a YZ490. That had no autolube so I'd be pumping the gas in and pouring in the oil at the same time trying to figure the ratio as it went in."

"The time I took the IT175 I pulled all the spokes out of the rear wheel. It was brand new when we left but by the time I got back all the spokes had gone and it was real squatted down at the back. That was about the biggest catastrophe that trip."

"I was like try-ing to explain that I was out of gas and they realised what I wanted, This one guy produced a bucket with gas in it but the bottom was full of grain feed. So I tipped the gas into the tank trying to keep the grain from going in as well."

Schwantz family their first trip to Baja Mexico, 1981

"There was another time, I ran out of gas on the 490. As I pushed it off the trail about fifteen or twenty Mexicans just appeared, I hadn't seen anyone, we were in the middle of nowhere and here suddenly all these guys were there. All I had in my pocket was a one hundred dollar bill."

"I was like try-ing to explain that I was out of gas and they realised what I wanted, This one guy produced a bucket with gas in it but the bottom was full of grain feed. So I tipped the gas into the tank trying to keep the grain from going in as well."

"I got that done and was trying to figure out what I was going to do with the money , the hundred dollar bill was all I had and I didn't want to part with that so I started to sign 'money' rubbing my fingers together and they caught on,just said 'No no, do wheelie, they were signing back. So I set off did this big wheelie and just kept going and didn't look back."

"It used to be real remote down there if you had any kind of problems you could be in real big trouble. We've had a couple of guys, friends, go on trips that I didn't go on and get hurt pretty bad, they'd need to get a helicopter in to get them."

 

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