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Interested in riding Baja?
Motorcycle travel in Baja is unexpectedly easy, inexpensive, and a fun, rewarding experience.
We are in the planning stages of our annual Cross Border Ride. This ride is timed to end at the BMW NorCal Death Valley Campout in March.
The Cross Border Ride is a casual ride, not a "guided" or tour group ride. Folks are paying their own way and ultimately responsible for their own navigation and lodging. We put together a loose travel itinerary of daily stops but folks travel in small groups or by themselves, meeting back up for lunch or local stops of interest, and of course where ever we are staying for the night. The folks that have been on the previous Cross Border Rides help the rest through the border crossings. Folks need to be comfortable with foreign travel, should have some comfort with spanish (or have a translation app), have their own maps, and know exactly where we are heading each day in case they are separated, etc. Folks also need to have medical conditions in control, this is a third world country and we travel through some remote areas. We travel mostly on paved roads but riders should expect some occasional off-pavement riding as well. March is a really great time to ride in Baja, warm but not yet hot. And the Gray Whales are usually still in the bays with their calves so whale watching is an option.
Click here for information on necessary documentation and border crossings.
The general plan is to meet near the border Saturday morning and head down the east side of Baja. We will work our way down, arriving in San Ignacio or Mulege on Monday March 21. We will turn around and head north taking two days to get to Ensenada. On Thursday will will take the scenic route to Joshua Tree and either camp out or hotel it in Twentynine Palms. This make for a nice ride Friday to Furnace Creek. Of course plans may change based on weather, hotel availability and other factors. And of course riders can always opt for their own experience and leave and join the ride as they wish.
One critical piece to travel in Mexico is you need a passport. If you don't have one, get one NOW! If you already have one, double check to make sure that it's still valid. Lead-times for passports or renewals are not quick, start now.
We are looking for your interest and level of commitment to doing this ride so we can work on getting accommodations more formalized in the next several weeks.
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