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The B a j a Div id e is a ne w e s ta b l is h e d 2 7 3 5 km l ong o ff-pa ve m e n t bi k e p ac k i n g ro u te, s ta r tin g in S a n Die go, US A a n d f o l l ow in g t he l e n g t h o f th e B a ja Ca l if o r nia Pe n in s u l a a l l th e w ay to S a n Jose de l Ca b o, M e xic o. I t crosse s t h e Pe n in s u l a s e ve r a l tim e s , c onn e c tin g th e Pac ific Oce a n a n d th e S e a o f Co r te z . O n it ’s w ay c u ttin g th ro u g h be a u t i f u l b ac kc o u n tr y d e s e r ts a nd m a jo r m o u nta in r a nge s . Usi n g a l re ad y e xis ting ro ad s a n d tr ac ks , o f w h ic h m o re th a n 9 5 % a re u n pa ve d , th e B a ja Div id e l e ad s into th e re m o te w i l de r n e ss o f M e xic o’s Pe nins u l a . T h is o f te n re qu ire s th e r i de r, t o c ar r y 2 -3 d ay s o f f o o d a n d u p to 1 2 l ite r s o f w a te r. The con di t ion o f th e ro u te v a r ie s , b e t we e n g r ad e d d ir t ro ad s t o roc k y or s a nd y je e p tr ac ks a n d th is m a ke s th e r id in g to u g h a n d some t im e s te c h nic a l . It ’s e s s e ntia l to pac k l ig h t a nd m a ke u se of t he w a r m , d r y c l im a te b e t we e n No ve m b e r a n d M a rc h . W he n we h e a rd a b o u t th e B a ja Div id e, we im m e d ia te l y k n e w t ha t we w a nte d to r id e it. F in is h in g th e G re a t Div id e i n t he U SA , we no t onl y w a nte d to e xpl o re m o re b ike pac king rou t e s on o u r w ay to S o u th Am e r ic a , b u t a l s o to r id e s om e th in g e ve n more c h a l l e n g ing. E xc ite d to te s t o u t o u r c om f o r t z one s a n d phy si c a l b o u n d a r ie s , we s ta r te d th e B a ja Div id e a t th e be g i n n i n g o f No ve m b e r, a s one o f th e fir s t on e s e ve r r id ing t he rou t e. It to ok u s m o re th a n s e ve n we e ks to r id e from S a n D i e go t o L a Pa z , th e c o ve re d d a il y d is ta n c e s v a r y in g b e t we e n 5 0 a n d 8 0 km .


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“Af t er a while yo u get u se d t o al l t h e p r ic kl y p lants i n t he de se r t or at l e as t you t r y. ”


“ T h e c am p i ng o p p o r tuni t i e s w h ere plent i f ul and s ube rb� .


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“ De s pite M e xic o s ‘s b ad m e d ia c o ve r a ge, we f e l t a l w ay s s a f e a n d w elc o me . ”


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“ The q u a i l t y of Tacos, c a n v a r y b e t we e n dr y w i t h ha rd l y a ny fi l l i n g to j u i c y a n d s t uff ed to i t‘s li mi ts .


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“O f fic ial l y it‘s recom me n de d t o be ab le t o c ar r y 10Li te rs of w a te r p e r pers on on some stretc he s. We of t e n c a rr ied m o re, r unni ng ou t of w a t e r, in our o p i nion, is abso lu t e l y n o f u n .


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“At s om e po in t we b u m m e d in to the p rer u ns o f th e B a ja 1 0 0 0 , a n o ff-road r ace. We we re n o t to o e xc ite d s h a r i n g the road w ith th o s e m ons te r tr u c ks b u t af ter gettin g h a nd e d a n ic e c o l d c oke an d water, we d e c id e d it h ad s om e ad v a ntages too. �


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“ D a i l y dr i ve tr a in m a inte na n c e is a mu s t! �


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“ S te e p b u t n e v e r h o pel e ss. �


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“ The R ou t e i s p r ett y r emote a n d o f te n le a ve s you ha v i n g t o de a l w i t h me c h a n ic a l A w a sp st u n g Fr a n zi ‘s e ye a n d a n a l l e r g ic For a w hi l e she had t o r i de on e - e ye d . ”


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“S ometi mes we were swe a r i n g ou t load and o ther times we p u she d on in si lence. This i s no t a n e a sy r ide acro ss Baja Calif o r ni a . I t ha s cha l l e n ged us as r i de rs an d pe rs on a lly. �


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“ S ome t i me s , we c a u g h t o u r s e l ve s g l a n c ing a t t he e l e v a t i on pro fil e, th inkin g it w a s fl a t a n d so some w h a t it s h o u l d b e a n e a s y r i d e. T h a t w a s n e ve r t he c a s e, b e c a u s e w h e n it w a s fl a t, it w a s sa n dy. An d b e l ie ve u s , th a t‘s s om e tim e s e v e n h a r d e r t ha n be i n g c onfron te d w ith s om e s te e p c l im b. �


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“ Br inging eno ugh li mes i s es s en t i a l. Even if the water we dr a n k w a s p u r i fi e d, it s ometi mes had thi s we i rd t a st e... ”


“ The most s tor es a r e s ma ll a n d on l y o ff e r li mi t e d f ood op t i on s. I t re q u i re s s om e c re a t i v i t y a n d we c a n p romi se you , a f te r th i s you w i l l n ot e a t f r i e d be a n s and to r t i l l a s f or a l on g t i me. �


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