Overcoming Fear in Baja

Preparing for the 20-hour drive of mostly dirt road down the Baja Peninsula, ignited a place in my heart that has been somewhat dormant. It was Fear. Not like the fear of a bee or snake, but the unknown, unsafe, adventurous, anything can happen kind of fear. The thing with Baja is that there is no Triple-A, and the cops generally aren't passionate about serving and protecting ignorant gringos. 

A funny thing about human nature is that we like to share our fear with anyone willing to pick it up. When a neighbor sees me packing my surfboards, and I share my Baja plans, his first response is stoke followed by, "be careful, because I know a dude who lost both his legs in Baja."

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Other Side of Adventure

The idea was a surf trip via bicycles riding over 500 miles down the California Coastline from Stinson Beach to Seal Beach. Bike trailers were stuffed with camping gear, food, and surfing equipment. The goal was to experience the coast slowly, surf new waves, and survive like nomads for two weeks.


We had a rough plan but left much of our trip open to serendipity.  No Air B&B's, hotels, or campgrounds were booked.  We drove north, were dropped off, and our only goal was to ride back home in 13 days. Everything else was open and free.

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The Channel Crossing

The choice for freedom is ours.  As life becomes more comfortable, comfort becomes the expectation, eliminating even the ability for us to think we can do uncomfortable things. Our head makes agreements for why we can’t, couldn't or shouldn't.  But in the end we get to choose. I would bet if you took a close look at your fears, it is probably just your head convincing you to not do something that your heart has been wanting to do your whole life.

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Comfort Pendulum

No longer are we westerners pioneering and surviving. Those born pre internet, have grandparents who can speak of survival & recall with vivid detail the struggles of growing up with an outhouse, drawing water from a well and dust bowls.  

 

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