If you had to pick one place in the world to hit the dirt, where would it be? Well, that’s a no brainer for us: It would definitely have to be Baja! There’s really nothing quite like crossing the U.S./Mexico border into the natural habitat of high-speed Trophy Trucks and racing legends. It truly is a nonstop adrenaline rush every time we go down, and we’re there at least a handful of times a year.
Sure we’ve heard all the exaggerations and misconceptions about the dangers of Baja from people who’ve never feasted on delicious tacos al Pastor on the side of the road in Ensenada while taking in the majestic view of Todos Los Santos Bay. People usually tell us we’re going to get hassled, mugged, or worse. Yet, we meet the friendliest of people while visiting Baja. The only thing we’ve ever seen in Baja is a great time with great friends, and of course, gnarly terrain.
In August 2012, we joined the guys from Go Fast Broncos (GoFastBroncos.com). We went along for the ride on yet another BajaHID Excursion through some of the coolest sections of race course in Baja. Our trip suffered quite a few hang ups, from multiple trail repairs to flat tires, and even a long ride on the tow strap for one of the trucks in our group. And we must have been having a little too much fun during our prerun up the coast. We somehow ended up driving onto a private farm road, which resulted in the local law enforcement showing up. Luckily, most of our group is fluent in Spanish, and we were able to apologize for our mistake. The authorities were incredibly friendly, didn’t hassle us at all, and even pointed us in the right direction. Although we didn’t hit as many trails as we would have liked, we still managed to have a blast.
When we heard there was a new BajaHID Excursion planned for October ’13, we jumped onboard for our dose of fun in the desert almost immediately. This trip, however, was different since it wouldn’t be crossing into Mexico. Instead, it would take us through the Mojave Road from Barstow, California, to Laughlin, Nevada. You’re probably asking yourself, “If Baja is so great, why go anywhere else?” There’s a simple answer. The Mojave Road is one of the coolest trails in the Southwestern United States, and it has a deep history behind it. The fathers of the BajaHID Excursion -- Tony Rojo, Chris Puente, and Tom Webber -- also wanted the rest of the Go Fast Broncos family to be able to come out and share in the awesome experience. Who knows? They might get hooked and jump at the chance to make some dust in Baja in the near future.