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

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    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
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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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    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.
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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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    Quote Originally Posted by wnyrider View Post
    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.
    Yes, thinking quilts. My sleeping bag is a 20 degree bag and bulkier than I'd like for this trip, plus it will be warm. Of course going lighter means $$$. I have a Costco down blanket I have seriously considered sewing some flaps on to convert to a "quilt" one of my friends did that but she is barely 5' tall and I am 5'5" so not sure it would work for me. I have used the down blanket with my silk liner on a couple of trips and it does work. Decision, decisons
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    that baja divide ride looks like a wonderful challenging trip Sky....with incredibly beautiful country, views and good people. Great website too!!!! Fly into LAX and I'll take you two to a great dinner, our place to spend the night and drive you and your gear to san diego!!!!!
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    Wow looks really tough...nearly all off-road riding with gear on that terrain. http://www.bikepacking.com/plog/baja-divide-film/ My best wishes for a glorious but safe trip, Sky King.
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    Hoping it will be not much different than the Owyhee Desert rides we do. Click image for larger version. 

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    Can't say how much different, but I'd be willing to bet that what you have learned on those Owyhee rides will be put to good use. That's some pretty rough country, too. Would love to turn one of my fat bikes loose in either country.

 

 

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