What some people do for fun

One of the best things about Bikepacking is the people you meet. It is a small yet growing community of kindred spirits from all over the world.

Jim and I were on the laundry pick up run in El Sargento, our Baja village. We pass two bikepackers.

“Should we wait for them?” asks Jim

“Yes, let’s wait!” I replied excitedly, as I was still full of impressions from the ride I just finished. So many people helped me along the way. I am excited I can pay it forward. So we wait and wait.

“Where could they have gone?” I ask Jim

“ I bet they stopped at the coffee shop!” Assumed Jim. We pull a u-turn and low and behold, this cool couple with a funny accent is standing next to their dusty loaded bikes. We invite them to stay with us, and the rest is history.

A few months later, after Karen and Tony left our Baja home and finished riding all the way to Panama, Tony, after riding to our home in Tahoe from San Diego (just a short hop and a skip through snow-covered Sierras in June) came to stay with us for a while. We fed him heaps of food, while he was preparing for Tour Divide race! We followed his dot the whole way, but the dot didn’t tell us all about this suffer-fest! Yes, some people do this for fun!

Here is Tony’s post about his 16 days 8 hours and 24 minutes racing a mountain bike unsupported from Canadian border to Mexico:


Maybe it will inspire you to do the race! Perhaps it will inspire you to get on the bike and ride your own race through life!

Alenka Vrecek