For the next Appetite 4 Adventure project, we’ll be going where the guidebooks, google maps, and paved roads don’t in order to expose the beauty of the wilder places you can’t get to in a car or a plane. We’ll document our adventure in a short film to be aired online and debuted in San Diego after we return. It is a trip outside the world of yelp reviews and package deals into a part of the world which still offer a genuinely unique exploring experience and a chance for real interaction with people and places. Travelling under our own steam and consulting locals for route, food and lodging advice. None of the best adventures start with a cast iron plan, so we’ll be going where the trail takes us. We will take a film crew but they won’t be there to help, just to document. We will sleep under the stars or in whatever accommodation is offered to us. We’ll eat what people are eating along the way and take the road less travelled whenever it presents itself. Our destination might be fixed but the real adventure is in finding our way there.
This Baja Dark Skies Adventure will take us from sea to summit to sand and back to sea. We plan to cycle across Baja California, riding on roads, trails and across the desert. We will go to the end of the road at the highest point on our route, and the highest road in Baja, the observatory of San Pedro Martir at nearly 3000m. From there we will cross the valley below the mountains and the dry lake bed in between us and the Sea of Cortez. We’re not sure what the route will look like but we know where we want to get buy the end of each day, and what sort of terrain we’ll have to cross to get there. We’re sure that along the way we will encounter the difficulties we’ve prepared for (sandy trails, snowy mountains and slick rocky descents) and many we haven’t even thought of planning for. We’ve both spent a lot of time in Mexico and are happy speaking in Spanish. However this part of the peninsula is new to both of us and we’re itching to see if we can find El Dorado in the the beautiful countryside and unexplored wilderness just a few hours from our homes in San Diego. The Baja California Secretary of Tourism along with Baja Bound Insurance and local businesses are supporting our adventure in Baja in order to promote the region as a center for outdoor tourism and adventure as well as to highlight the unique culture, food and landscape Baja offers the world.
Our trip begins about 3 hours south of the Mexican border, on the oceanside village of San Telmo ( population 29). We’ll drive down from San Diego the night before in order to spend the evening checking out the sights of San Telmo (there’s a whale skeleton on the beach, and a taco shop in town). After a final look at the map, a third check of our panniers, an inevitable last minute shopping trip and what will probably be a nervous night, we set out in the morning on a day which will certainly not be your average weekend ride. Next up: Day by day ride descriptions.