Panoramic view from the beach at Pete’s Camp outside of San Felipe B.C. Mexico.
Come along with me for a few minutes on a journey set to music! In your head start humming along to Julie Andrews in that 1965 classic “The Sound Of Music”. Don’t act like you don’t know how it goes…My Favorite Things
SUNRISES ON BEACHES..
AND LONG DESERT RACES!
HAPPY SMILING WIFE…
..AND BIG PUPPIES PLAYING
FRESH MEXICAN FOOD…
..AND MEXICAN PARTIES!!
BIG WHITESAND BEACHES…
..THAT I CAN RIDE ON..
..THESE ARE A FEW OF MY FAVORITE THINGS!
MISCHIEF AND MAYHEM…
AND FAMILY AND FRIEND!
WIDE OPEN SPACES…
..THAT WE CAN PLAY IN..
..AND THOSE ARE A FEW OF MY FAVORITE THINGS!
Ok, you can stop now. I don’t know why the musical montage came to mind. I was just sitting around thinking about all of our trips to San Felipe, Baja California, Mexico. It’s one of the few places we return to regularly, yearly if not more often. We go to new places all the time and as we leave more often than not we say to each other that it would be great to come back. We often never do. We just feel like there are tooooo many new places to see all the time.
Baja is different! It is like a throw back to ‘Ol Mexico in a way. The openness, the sense of time standing still. It seems like there are far less rules, where else can you ride on the beach and then into town for lunch, nowhere in the US I know of. Where else can you camp on open, vacant, undeveloped beaches with miles to explore in any direction. Swim in warm water, hunt for clams in the mud, buy some shrimp out of the back of a truck, make some margaritas and a fire on the beach and just let time drift by.
In the dozens of years we have been going I have ridden thousands of miles through endless expanses of wide open spaces, mountains, canyons, salt flats, and silt on the bike. Almost all of these miles alone. Its like a little slice of heaven forgotten by the rest of the hustle and bustle, build on every inch, world.
After hours of riding some of the most challenging and amazing trails you come across these small towns and communities that are full of amazing people, warm and welcoming to traveling strangers. They have offered me food, beer, and more amazingly help when they didn’t know who I was.
In 2009 I solo raced the San Felipe 250. About mile 40 I pulled into a pit to find my bike had thrown its case plug somewhere along the route. All the oil was sprayed over my leg and boot and down the side of the bike. I thought my day was done. I didn’t have a replacement part or any more oil. I sat down to have a sandwich and some water. The Mexican fans standing around quickly went to work and used a dead tree to whittle me a new wooden plug and shoved it into the hole. Some JB weld and some new oil and a half hour later I was back on the bike making up time. Where else can that happen but Baja.
The place is amazing. I don’t know what else to say but you should go check it out! Or maybe I can put another old song into your head. As Jimmy Buffett said:
Here are some guide books that should get you started. Or email me and I can give you some guidance if you’re really interested. Or check out what Bonny had to say about it.
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