If you have not noticed, and why would you, I have snuck off to Baja once again. This time I am riding with Alexander Smith to help lay out and prerun the route for Malcolm Smith’s annual Six Days of Baja ride coming up in March.
Day One: We spent last night at Rancho Santa Veronica. As usual it was a typical freezing cold night there. A light coat of ice this morning meant a cool night in the rooms, as they have no heat. Having been to this party before, I bundled up in my long johns and fleece and slept the night away without a care.
Needless to say it was a cold morning of riding. But I know this routine, so with my Klim gear and heated handgrips I was more concerned about getting too hot. I can’t quite say the same for my partner, but he says he likes a brisk morning to get his blood flowing.
We road south through the pine forest and on to Valley of Trinidad for lunch. Excellent lunch by the way, but it was certainly partially due to skipping breakfast. From there we went on south past Mike’s Skyranch and worked our way west towards the coast.
By late afternoon we were on the beach making some real time on the wet sand as the tide went out. Our destination for the day was San Quintin. To really top of a perfect afternoon Alexander and I did a little extra credit section that led us just north of the hotel and we rode down the beach, right into the hotel parking lot.
A Negra Modelo and perfect sunset capped off a great day of riding. Tomorrow we are off to Catavina and I get to see some new trail, so I am excited about that. Cheers, Chilly