We travel South on the margin of civilization, deep within the disputed territories of the Western Sahara, a vast uninhabited and inhospitable stretch of barren desert, long fought over, with Morocco and Mauritania laying hostile claim. To our left the Sahara silently reaches out, shifting sand lit by the fast rising sun. It is 9:00am and already 100 degrees.
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We make our way from the east coast of the Baja Peninsula over to the west coast. Given that our ferry left a day earlier than anticipated, time is on our side.
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Today started off with an historic tour of El Fuerte with Ivan, then we made our way to Guaymas to catch a ferry to Baja.
In late March, the Backcountry Discovery Routes organization held its first fundraiser event called the Wickenburg Desert Ride. Operating out of a private oasis in the desert known as the Boyd Ranch, participants were treated to three meals a day from the chuck wagon and guided rides in some of Arizona’s best backcountry terrain.
Yesterday's riding was a nice combination of road and relatively easy dirt. Today’s route back out of the canyon proved a bit more challenging for many.
The Desert 100 is well known in the Pacific Northwest for being the largest gathering of dirt bikes every year. Thousands of participants will ride poker runs on Saturday and compete in the desert race on Sunday but there is another aspect of this event that is lesser known.
Today we get an early start so that we can make it to Urique while it is still light out deep in the canyon.
Today’s ride is one of the longer ones, but the roads are twisty, and the scenery is breathtaking as we wind our way up to the upper Sierras.