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  1. #1
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    My Ride of a Lifetime, The Baja Divide

    Pinch me! I think this is actually coming together. The stars are lining up and the DH and I are moving forward with plans to ride the Baja Divide in November and December. 1700 miles of dirt roads down the Baja peninsula. Many, many details to work out so looking for suggestions. Here is the link to the website/blog
    decisions:
    1. which direction should we travel -if we go south isn't it all down hill
    2.flying logistics with plus tire bikes
    3. sleeping - new lighter bags are on the list
    4. water - one section says carry 3 days worth - yikes
    5. At least our tires are now tubeless so that's one thing off the list
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    Three days worth of water?!

    Whoa.

    I think you might need to tote a trailer/water buffalo for that. I'm sure you know more about BoB Trailers than I. Maybe look at portable water containers and tow them? I don't know, have the equipment mailed to a safe location where you can pick it up, and them mail it home after the 3 days.

    This company makes custom water bladders for water. The smallest size is 25 gallons, which I assume is too large? Can't really picture load size. If you google custom water tank, you will find a lot of companies that do this. Maybe just a big plastic water container.

    http://www.huskyportable.com/bladder...anks_id46.html

    Here is another:

    http://www.plastic-mart.com/category...Custom%20Water

    Maybe these:

    http://www.plastic-mart.com/category...er-waste-tanks
    Last edited by Muirenn; 07-19-2017 at 05:46 AM.
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  3. #3
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    That would be a dream bikepack adventure for me, too. Rough and remote country on a plus sized bike (Surly ECR?). Doesn't get any better than that. Can I come?

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    I think I read a review of a similar, maybe shorter trip in Outside Magazine. They ran out of water one of the days. It's really isolated, though sounds fun.
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  5. #5
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    watched a great video yesterday on the baja divide website, he says at one point they had 26 liters of water on their bikes for two people, that is almost 7 gallons, YIKES. So far I have
    2 - 40 oz klean canteens
    1- 32 oz naglene
    2 70 oz hydration bladders
    1 - 22 oz water bottle
    that is 8 liters of water.
    The Bike Hermit has a bit more carrying capacity but we haven't figured out how two people carry 27 liters...

    If you have a few minutes watch the video. We added needle nose tires and glue to the list of gear.
    Sky King
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  6. #6
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    Thanks for posting that video link Sky King. I had never heard of the Baja Divide ride. Having finished a supported Southern Tier tour in May, I can't help but envy your courage! What a challenging adventure you will be setting out on.
    Please post when you decide on the sleeping bags.... or might they be quilts? I'm in the midst of trying to decide which to buy myself.

 

 

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