At the time I swore I would never go there again. But as they say, time heals all wounds.
A little over a year ago I set out with Jimmy Sones to find a new route over the mountains in Baja. The massive mountain range that runs down the center of the peninsula creates a giant natural barrier that prevents crossing from east to west for over a 100 miles. In the north the highway crosses at San Matias pass. Then it is way down south before the next road crossing, clear to Coco’s Corner.
For Motorcycles there are two other established crosssings, the Tractor Trail, just north of Coco’s and the Rock Trail north of Catavina. That still leaves a tremendous amount of territory closed to any travel. For years tales and rumors have talked of other ways to cross to San Felipe. But all proved out as blind leads. I set out to find something new.
It took a considerable amount of planning and looking through obscure materials, but I did finally chart out a possible route. I talked Jimmy into coming along with me for the expedition. Initially things looked very promising. The first sections that we thought would be difficult went better than expected. But once we dropped over the side of the mountain, it got ugly.
There was not really much of a trail, more just a goat path. We did plenty of pushing to get us through. Ultimately we ran out of water and daylight. Consequently we spent a long dry night in the desert. Come daylight we were able to scout the path again and were on our way out in just a short while.
At the time I figured I would never go back. It was a very rough trip. But as time has dulled that part of the memory, I rationalized that with a couple of more bodies and knowing the correct route, we might be able to make the trip again with less effort. Plus, knowing the challenge, I will be better prepared.
So I have talked a couple of gullible riders from Hawaii into making the excursion. I am taking the iPad with me on this trip. I hope to be able to post video blogs each day we are out.
For what it is worth, the scenery in this area is simply spectacular and well deserving of another view.