WOOLRICH x West America – PART VII

Woolrich, whose apparel has been worn by explorers and adventurers since 1830, has teamed up with Jordan Hufnagel and James Crowe of adventure outfitter West America on an epic motorcycle odyssey from Whistler, BC to Patagonia and back.  The duo will be wearing Woolrich apparel while documenting their trip and have developed a capsule of apparel inspired by the journey.  Below is the a new post in a series of  report from the road.

“After an unexpected sweaty start to the day we where off again into the the morning sun, we where backtracking a bit of our route from the night before and it always nice to see your surroundings.  From were we spent the night in San Fransquito the dirt ends its southern route and kicks west to the pacific, we wanted to explore more of the gulf side which meant hitting pavement for a day, after 4 days of bouncing throughout the desert neither of us where too bummed to have a day of smooth riding.

What we did not know was how sketchy the paved route 1 through Baja is, its barely 2 lanes wide and semis rule the road, they drive in the center and when they come head to head with another semi they both swerve out of the way at the last minute, its like watching a constant game of chicken.  Our motorcycles are not the quickest on the pavement so it meant we where constantly getting buzzed by truck traffic, not the relaxing ride we hopped for.  Since it was thanksgiving day we saw it fitting to stop for lunch and buy a hole chicken to fill the void in our stomach, nothing like the feast happening back home but it did the trick.

The road mellowed out after Santa Rosalia and the highway winds along the coast for a good stretch along the Bay of Deception, beautiful water and bays bellow the winding road.  Before we knew it we where climbing up from the coast through amazing cloud forest and leveling out on the high plateau headed into Ciudad Constitucion, the sun was long gone and we where scanning the surroundings for a place to set up camp.  All the land around us was fenced off cattle land so we where hopping to find a cheap camp site along the road, finally around 10 pm we put our heads to rest for the day.

Since the camp site was right next to the highway neither of us had the deepest sleep and where excited when the sun came up, today we would be back on the dirt for the last stretch to La Paz.  The terrain in southern Baja was much different from the northern section, there was a lot more water and we encountered lots of small remote villages along the way, the terrain offered great riding with plenty of elevation gain.  After going east for most of the day we descended back down to the coast as the sun was setting, the last hour of glory light was spent blasting along the ocean on a perfect dirt road, there was a sense of accomplishment pulling into La Paz, the first big leg of the journey was done and mainland Mexico was just a ferry ride away.”

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