In January, I took the opportunity of a lifetime.
I joined a group of about 90 bikepackers in San Diego to ride the sport’s hottest new trail: the 1,700-mile Baja Divide. Conceived and developed by bikepacking power couple Nicholas Carman and Lael Wilcox, the route connects (mostly) unpaved roads to tour the entire length of Mexico’s Baja Peninsula.
Our ride was not a race. There was no Trackleaders page where others could live vicariously through our little blue dots, and no official participation jersey. There was no official anything, save for loosely-organized group camps the first two nights. It was a relaxed, one-time event to celebrate the hard work that went into the building the trail.
The ride won’t happen again. But the trail isn’t going anywhere.