Spent last week riding 1,600 miles around Baja California with couple dozen new inmates on big bikes. Riders from all over the country including Canada. I thought rather than posting my daily journal, I would post a 20 minute video and let it do the talking. My short movie. Best viewed in full HD, full screen, with quality earbuds / headphones, and a cold Modelo Especial beer. Baja California routes. 1,600 miles in 7 days. Some very long riding days. This was my first trip to Mexico. The beauty of Baja and kindness of the people I met along way debunked many of the myths and fears I grew up with. I started my journey in Salt Lake City were I stashed my Yamaha WR250R since last trip. Another version of my Fly and Ride. First time I added a one way U-Haul rental in the mix. Before shipping my WR250R back east, I decided to rent a U-Haul and truck it out to Escondido, CA to start my Baja trip. So, my Baja journey started and ended in Escondido, CA on the bike. I crossed into Mexico through the Tecate border crossing. I live in Mid Atlantic region and this being my first trip to Mexico, I learned a lot of things. Stuff like necessary insurance, paperwork, and protocol. I'll try to organize and highlight some things you need to know. Couple of my regrets are: A) Not having gone to Baja California sooner; B) Wish I knew the San Felipe 250 was during my trip. I would I have watched the race; C) Not having more fish tacos. San Felipe 250. The Friday before race day gets very busy around San Felipe. Next time I'd like to be part of spectator crowd and hang out in San Felipe for extra day. Some other footage of San Felipe 250. My bucket list to catch one of the Baja or Dakar races during trip. Notable stops and places along trip: - Tecate - San Quintin - Gonzaga Bay - Guerrero Negro - Bahia de los Angeles - Mulege - San Ignacio - Mike's Sky Ranch - Coco's Corner - San Felipe - San Felipe 250 The sand taught me a few things. While sand might be soft in theory when going down, you can get tangled up pretty bad. Some souvenir X-rays. Messed up a bunch of tendons in my right foot on day one. Busted my T9 rib on last day. Wasn't my best performance,. But, the company of the amazing new inmates and Mexican blond pilsner beer made up for the pain. I was very lucky my arms still worked and I could continue to ride. Learned a few things from this rodeo. Bad second degree sprain for sure. Despite wearing SIDI charger boots and soft luggage. Apparently paddling or going down in sand is recipe for busted foot. Spring is absolutely stunning in the desert. This was my first experience seeing all the flowers blooming in otherwise arid and harsh environment. Baja has very distinct climate zones. The northern region is more like San Diego weather. The lower elevations got up into the 80s. But, comfortable. Up at 4,000 ft. at Mike's Sky Ranch we had frost on bikes in morning. So, need to layer up for sure. No regrets bringing my Gore-Tex enduro jacket.