A Mind-bending Baja Divide, by Gabriel Amadeus

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With little preparation, Gabriel Amadeus spent a month on the Baja Divide as part of the 100+ rider grand depart. Judging by this mesmerizing set of photos, he found far more than he expected along the way…

For someone like me who’s lucky enough to geek out and plan bike adventures all year long, the Baja Divide was a special kind of treat. I had been kicking myself for missing out on the group “DFL the Divide” ride last summer, so when the callout for Nicholas Carman and Lael Wilcox’s new trans-Baja route was announced I didn’t need much convincing. I signed up knowing I would finally be escaping Portland’s dismal cloud during its darkest winter hours.

Baja Divide Inaugural Ride, Gabriel Amadeus Tiller

  • Baja Divide Inaugural Ride, Gabriel Amadeus Tiller
  • Baja Divide Inaugural Ride, Gabriel Amadeus Tiller
  • Baja Divide Inaugural Ride, Gabriel Amadeus Tiller
  • Baja Divide Inaugural Ride, Gabriel Amadeus Tiller
  • Baja Divide Inaugural Ride, Gabriel Amadeus Tiller
  • Baja Divide Inaugural Ride, Gabriel Amadeus Tiller
  • Baja Divide Inaugural Ride, Gabriel Amadeus Tiller

As someone who usually obsesses over maps and gear, I prepared surprisingly little. This was my vacation after all, and I’ll be damned if I was going to work too hard at it. Surprisingly, this (lack of) strategy proved itself in the field. Nick and Lael have been snowbirding by bike in Baja for three years doing all the obsessing over route details for us and have published an amazing resource for the route. I camped in a tennis court in downtown San Diego the night before our 7am mass start and began to read the route guide and look at the GPS tracks in detail for the first time. The reality of spending the next month on my bicycle was finally catching up with me. 

Baja Divide Inaugural Ride, Gabriel Amadeus Tiller

  • Baja Divide Inaugural Ride, Gabriel Amadeus Tiller
  • Baja Divide Inaugural Ride, Gabriel Amadeus Tiller

Baja Divide Inaugural Ride, Gabriel Amadeus Tiller

  • Baja Divide Inaugural Ride, Gabriel Amadeus Tiller
  • Baja Divide Inaugural Ride, Gabriel Amadeus Tiller

I could wax on about the incredibly diverse flora and fauna of Baja, the mind-blowing tacos, the kindness and generosity of its people, or the sky-melting sunrises and sunsets—but what has stuck with me the most from the trip is the inclusive and supportive environment of roughly 100 people at the group start. People from all backgrounds and experiences came together—mostly as strangers—and split ways a week, a month, or two months later with warm embraces and laments of an adventure ended too soon. Luckily, if our stories and exaltations around the nightly campfires were any indication I imagine many of our paths will cross again.  

  • Baja Divide Inaugural Ride, Gabriel Amadeus Tiller
  • Baja Divide Inaugural Ride, Gabriel Amadeus Tiller
  • Baja Divide Inaugural Ride, Gabriel Amadeus Tiller
  • Baja Divide Inaugural Ride, Gabriel Amadeus Tiller
  • Baja Divide Inaugural Ride, Gabriel Amadeus Tiller
  • Baja Divide Inaugural Ride, Gabriel Amadeus Tiller
  • Baja Divide Inaugural Ride, Gabriel Amadeus Tiller
  • Baja Divide Inaugural Ride, Gabriel Amadeus Tiller

Baja Divide Inaugural Ride, Gabriel Amadeus Tiller

  • Baja Divide Inaugural Ride, Gabriel Amadeus Tiller
  • Baja Divide Inaugural Ride, Gabriel Amadeus Tiller

See more of Gabe’s photos on his full Flickr gallery. Also, follow Gabe on Instagram @gabrielamadeus for more adventures including his upcoming Timber Trail in Oregon.

13 Comments
  • Fantastic photos!

  • Great story as always from Gabriel. Any chance of you guys adjusting your code to utilize full mobile browser width? Super easy and would ditch the dark borders around the content frame. Would really make your site look tops. Cheers.

  • Christopher San Agustin

    Love it Gabe

  • Hi Jordan. Right now we have three responsive widths for mobile and tablet: 320/480/768. I am guessing you are on an iPhone 6, correct?

  • 7 plus. Full width really makes the images look killer and you guys always have great content.

  • Cass Gilbert

    Love this gallery!

  • Cool, it’s on my [really long] list of to-dos.

  • rusty

    this is really great! thanks for sharing.

  • Alexander Sollie

    This man is a photographer on a bike, not a cyclist with a camera. Perfect pictures.

  • Harry Major

    Bigger photos all round would be great. I thought it was just on mobile but even on laptop expanding photos seems not to make them much bigger. I’m not an asshole, I really love the site and everything you doing :)

  • Andrew Wade

    It would be nice if you could scroll between photos using key-press or swipe gestures. Something similar to how The Radavist photo content is usually displayed. Just another suggestion to add to your to-do list. :)

  • Dongeon Kim

    Lovely photos. Can I get the information of cameras and lenses?

  • So good!