Thursday, 31 December 2015

2015 Is Over - Bring On 2016!

My Dream Your Ride blog began 2 years ago and my goal is the same as it was in the beginning, to provide information and encouragement for others to get out and make their dream trip a reality.

In the past two years the number of "hits" has grown and I would like to thank those who've taken the time to read and comment on my posts.  This keeps me going more then you'd ever know.  Thank you!

2015 was a great riding year for me and I trust you, my readers had a great one as well.

This year I had the pleasure of riding a lot near my home on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, one of the best on and off road places to ride.  Vancouver Island has beautiful scenery and the road system would take years to full explore.

South Vancouver Island, near Victoria, British Columbia

Off-road and up high

Overlooking where I live

Enjoying the east coast of Vancouver Island

I also had the pleasure of riding again in Southwest Utah and Northwest Arizona with Great Southwest Moto Adventures.  I was shown some spectacular dirt roads and even more spectacular view by a group that knows this area very well.

Grand Canyon National Park - North Rim

Bryce Canyon National Park

The view from 10,000 feet

Adventure happens when the plan falls apart

In 2015 I was able to scratch off a couple of "bucket list" items.

Riding the Tail Of The Dragon in North Carolina / Tennessee.

Cruising the Tail Of The Dragon

The end of the run

The Dragon

North Carolina is beautiful

Attending the Baja 1000 off road race.  I also got to ride a section of the course.

On the road in Baja

San Cosme / Agua Verde Baja

Getting ready to watch the Baja 1000

The Red Bull trophy truck of Bryce Menzies

2016 also brought on a completely new adventure for me.  Being a Grandpa!

The challenge I'm making for  2016 is have more adventures then make 2015.  Game On!

Gerald Trees
Dream Your Ride

Friday, 4 December 2015

Baja California, Mexico - A land of contrast, desolation and beauty

What would you do if a friend invited you to spend 2 weeks riding in Baja California, Mexico?

I trust you'd say "yes", which is what I did when a good friend invited me.

Many of my friends thought I was crazy for venturing into Mexico thanks to the news reports that paint Mexico as a dangerous place to visit, let alone explore Mexico on a motorcycle.  Fortunately a few friends had spend a lot of time in Baja and told me I would love it and that I'd feel safe.  They were right!

The Baja peninsula is separated from Mainland Mexico by the Sea of Cortez and while it's very much Mexico, Baja remains a sparsely populated land.  In the Baja you'll find desert, farm land, beaches and oasis like areas in the middle of the desert.  You'll also find the largest rock pile with rocks the size of houses.

Baja is also filled with some of the friendliest people I've encountered in my travels and they made the trip memorable.

Highway 1 runs the full length of the Baja and is 1,063 miles in length.  It is filled with fun corners and long straights.  The pavement is well maintained and perfect for road trips.

The oasis town of MulegĂ© Baja

The beach in the town of Loreto, Baja

The Sea Of Cortez near Santa RosalĂ­a, Baja

One of the best off road rides is into the small village of San Cosme.  The area is also known as Aqua Verde.  The road steep in sections and the views on the way to the beach are amazing.

The Baja 1000 is one of the best known off-road races

Taking a ride on the Baja 1000 course

Take a ride through The Baja, you'll enjoy it!

Gerald Trees
Dream Your Ride