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Ride around Baja, Relaxed Pace, On and off Road

Old 11-06-15, 09:20 AM
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Ride around Baja, Relaxed Pace, On and off Road

Anyone interested in going in joining a Baja bike tour adventure of a lifetime? I'm riding an out and back from Fort Bragg, CA, to Cabo San Lucas, Baja. We'll ride around the entire Baja Peninsula and explore remote places. I plan to be off road as much as practical. Departing around 11/9/15 and return 3/20/16. Cross border about SB 12/1/15 & NB 2/29/16. Plan on 40 miles/day, 5 days per week. 2 days off per week. About 1,620 miles in US, About 2,400 miles in Baja. U.S. portion by Pacific Coast route. In Baja paved and dirt roads, plan to explore remote places and get away from the tourist highway often. I'm planning on camping every night. I'm carrying a shortboard on the back of my Surly Big Dummy, and plan to surf often. Me: Male, 59, retired, like bike touring and walking and living outdoors, want to get better at surfing, enjoy reading, and don't like being in a hurry. I've spent a lot of time in Baja. This is my first Baja trip on a bicycle. On 11/5/15 there are two riders interested in joining. Hoping to get a group together.
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Old 11-06-15, 11:15 AM
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I've heard it's dangerous there. True?
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Baja is a fine destination choice. (Safer than Massachusetts, I have heard.) I have enjoyed many bike and kayak touring trip in Baja. The AAA Baja map is quite useful.

Along the Pacific coast on Hwy 1 South of Colonet at San Telmo is the road climbing East to the National Observatory at over 9000 feet near Picacho del Diablo in Parque Nacional Sierra De San Pedro Martir. A nice 60 mile one way ride with great views across the Sea of Cortez to mainland Mexico on a clear day, exfoliating granite (like Tuolumne Meadows in Yosemite), huge pine trees and artesian springs gushing from hillsides. For your trip dates a caution about the route in rainy weather as one can be snowed in as noted in the warning signs on the road. Worth the side trip with a visit to the Meling ranch about halfway. (Some people i talked to hitched a ride with their bikes to the Meling Ranch and started riding from there.)

Another option:Taking Hwy2 East from Tecate at the border to La Rumorosa then S. to Parque Nacional de Constitucion de 1857 and Laguna Hansen threading S to join Hwy 3 near Valle de Trinidad and then on to San Felipe on the Sea of Cortez. You can continue along the coast thru Puertocitos and on to Bahia San Luis Gonzaga and Alfonsinas resort and then over Laguna Chapala back to Highway 1 South of Catavina.

Sorry i cannot join but oral surgery limits my food options just now. Have a great trip and I look forward to your trip details.

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