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Southern Baja Loop
I am finally coming to terms with the fact that in my job I cannot take vacations during the summer, that is our busy construction time. So instead I am looking at destinations for January or February, and I have always wanted to go to Baja.
Just staring at the map of Baja I came up with the idea to tour the southern area, based on availability of cheap flights on alaska air that doesn't have outrageous fees for bicycles.
The loop I came up with is this: http://goo.gl/maps/hC1pr
A couple of points/questions:
- I realize some of the roads I mapped are not paved, but I have no idea what kind of conditions i could expect. Both my wife and I would be running 700c tires, maybe 32s or 35s.
- The towns looks few and far between. What kind of camping options will there be? Mostly wild camping?
- The distance is only about 300 miles, but I would like to take it slowly, stopping a lot and taking about 8-10 days total for this loop. Are there enough sites and places along the way to stop?
- What do you think of the route overall? It does seem kind of flat and boring.... Are there better or more scenic places to go in Baja that you can fly in and out of? Better to fly to san diego and take a bus south to a starting point?
- In general is Baja a good place in January/February?
- Any other destination recommendations besides australia or new zealand? While I would love to visit those places I am not willing to spend the money on the expensive airfare for a 10-15 day trip.
Any tips or ideas are appreciated.