Why Baja? What enticed you guys to explore down there? There are a lot of great reasons to travel in Baja. We’ve spent more than a few seasons migrating to the southwest, and have enjoyed riding in Colorado, Utah, and Arizona, but eventually winter catches up to you. The only sensible place to go bikepacking in December and January is south of the border. We first rode from Seattle, WA to San Jose del Cabo, BCS, MX in 2011, and continued our journey with a sailboat ride to the mainland and a few weeks of riding in the Sierra Madre. This was our first trip with substantial off-pavement sections, including the Lost Coast in California, a few dirt rides in Baja, and the route from the Pacific to the Copper Canyon. In five years, our bikes and interests have evolved, as have our experience and skills. Baja is special to us because of that experience, but the place is also very special on its own. The way the desert meets the sea reminds me of Sinai. The cirios trees and cardon cactus provide a Seussian backdrop to sunrises. The food, the people, and mid-winter sun— there is nothing not to like.
The Baja Divide is a free resource and is open to ride at any time, self-supported. View the complete Baja Divide route on Ride With GPS. Learn more about the route at www.bajadivide.com.