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As a day of riding draws to a close, one where we're not planning on heading to a motel, we typically have our eyes peeled for a good, no, actually a great camping spot. Even though I wasn't previously aware of it before starting this trip, it turns out that I have a fairly specific set of criteria for what makes a spot great. Water nearby to bathe or swim in (no, not going to happen in Baja), shade (almost…

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Vizcaino is, relatively speaking, a pretty big town. We took the bikes out for a ride this morning to explore, leaving most of the heavy bags in the hotel room. Wow, do the bikes seem light and maneuverable when they are unloaded. It's amazing, and so fun to just playfully ride around with no set agenda. I figured out how to make my camera case fit into my Rogue Panda seatbag harness. When not out exploring, we've been taking advantage…

"El agua es Vida," said Raul, one of the two men we found holding down the fort, or rather ranch, at Rancho Escondido. The statement was prompted by my query about the source of water at the ranch (it's a well, and they have two), and also about how frequently it rains in that area (almost never - only in September and October - remember this part for later in the post). While riding through the desert in the summertime,…

coast

In the month that we have been riding the Baja Divide (yes, it's been that long), we have completed just 39% of the route. That is 1062 km. Of that distance, the last stretch, which took us from the Pacific coast at Santa Rosalillita to the Sea of Cortez at Bahia de Los Angeles, has so far been our favorite. Regular readers of this blog may recall that at several times I have made mention of the fun:suck ratio, the…

snake

If there was one leg of the Baja Divide that was concerning us, it was the Cataviña leg. It is the longest stretch of the route without water or resupply - 100 miles minimum between water - and I'm happy to report that it's now behind us. It was tough, as we expected, but we made it through, and now have a bag full of memories and experiences to show for it. As I indicated we would in my last…

Cataviña

Since arriving in Cataviña, I've done little more than try to recuperate from the previous days' tough riding. We are staying in a beautiful hotel, unusual considering its extremely remote location in a highway town with nothing more than a small shop and a family restaurant. There isn't even cell service here! While pricey by Mexican standards, at least as far as what we've experienced so far, this hotel has been a much-needed oasis for me. It has truly taken…

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