Baja Dark Skies Adventure Bikepacking Gravel Bike Ride on the Specialized Diverge

Appetite 4 Advenure on with their major debut: Sean and James go to Baja California and ride from the Pacific Ocean, to the observatory at San Pedro Martir National Park at 9280 feet, then back down and through dirt roads frequented primarily by off roaders to Mike’s Sky Ranch, and then through the Laguna Diablo to the town of San Felipe on The Sea of Cortez. They used the Swiss Army Knife of bikes, the Specialized Diverge. If you love gravel bikes, adventure bikes, and epic adventures, you’ll love this video. If you like what you see, be sure to subscribe to A4A. Be sure to follow our channel and check out

Thanks to Baja Bound Insurance, Ortlieb, Specialized Bicycles, Jet Boil, and Eliel Clothing, and WD-40 Bike for looking after us.


Transcript: James:
We already had this appetite for adventure
The idea of being on these roads are less taken and I’m dirt roads and a
chance to really be out in the wilderness going somewhere where there
wouldn’t be lots of traffic and lots of people was a real pull for me
You just go a little bit farther south it’s not that far
and then everything changes you know you’re out there in nature and beauty
The plan for the ride was basically to start on the Pacific coast and wind up in the
Sea of Cortez but going up this huge mountain in the middle
You know we spend our lives worrying about what’s in there and get all these
notifications on our phones and just all this clutter in our lives and it’s so niceto just be outside your only thing is heading up this hill
The next day we got up and it was raining this day had like short steep
climbs and there’s is mud and you just can’t get traction and you’re just you know…it’s like the terrain is is battling you the whole way through
I fell over a lot… on both sides both sides multiple times
You don’t know quite how it’s gonna end you don’t know what’s going to come around the corner you don’t know if you are gonna stop, the bikes are wiggling everywhere

I’m pretty tired
Yeah, I’m going to sleep well
I’m just going to curl up in the old fetal position and sleep well
Yeah I’ll sleep like a baby
The final day we knew we have more ground to cover
We knew we were going to get to the Sea of Cortez that day, we knew we had to.
So we really went for it with the mexico jerseys
We are looking at about a hundred mile day with almost all of it being off road right that that’s a pretty long day.
Everything’s worth it for that 10 minutes sent when you’re just ripping at
50 K an hour down, and the bikes were perfect for that you know you don’t need suspension where was just the whole thing was just great that was wonderful
At the paved road we stopped at a little burrito shop and then we had a few miles of paved road and I don’t remember how long it was 10 or 15 miles luckily it was mostly downhill. The we’re just in this desert again and you get from the road you turn off on the
dry lake bed where there’s not really a road it’s just this big giant dried-up lake that you’re riding across
we’re making really good time like we’re moving across this dry lake bed and then all of a sudden just you know we just we hit this mud. We were riding mostly along the same course that the San Felipe 250 was on and it was just a few weeks before so what happens is these guys go through this and they just tear it up and there’s loose sand everywhere
I’ve got 30 pounds of bike i have a hundred and fifty pounds of me and it’sand it’s and it’s keeping my tire is that wide so it’s just like riding through treacle a or something. So I said to Seans What about that desert over there, you know just to our right
why are we riding in that and he said I don’t know and suddenly apart from all the plants wanted to kill us something while making way faster progress
Sean: You know we’re riding along and James is following me that you can’t see those rocks and bam James hit a big rock 40 minutes from the finish and he gets a flat


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Comment (23)

  1. soo rad! watched this 4 times already, as im waiting for my specialized sequoia to ship to Hawaii, but the diverge does look sick though. great adventure video! cant wait to make memories

  2. Great video!. I'd like to come and cycling around Mexico sooner or later. Just curious about the song name of the video. It recalls me something similar to argentine chacarera.


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