Day 1: A Wild Start

Updated: Jul 9, 2020

Our amazing friends (Garrett, Abigail, Sage and Nahla) drove us down toward Tecate, CA late Thursday night. We had planned to sleep on some BLM land near the border but Garrett’s car was stopped by Border Patrol. They gave Joe, Garrett and Abigail a very hard time and asked how many people were in the back and even brought in reinforcement. They assumed we were hiding undocumented immigrants under our bikes and gear. Border Patrol gave us a good spook so we ended up camping somewhere else but had to drive through a hunting/shooting range to get to our new campsite. The combination of these events was a reminder of our militarized state, prevalent gun use, yet also our privilege. I wondered how things would’ve turned out if we were persons of color.

The officer ended up going on a rant about how “America” is great and how he’s been protecting “our“ freedoms for the past 15 years.

Dear Border Patrol Officer,

“America” is also comprised of Mexico, Canada and all the countries of Central and South America. It’s a land with a history, a history that needs to be unboundedly told—not skipping over the dark and horrific genocides and continual oppression. Sir, what makes “America” great is it’s diverse collection of culture, ethnicity, and race. The beauty of this land fades the more that is suppressed. And officer, you have not been protecting our have created your own freedom by the deterioration of others freedom.

Phew, now that I got that out of the way....

We ended up not getting to our new campsite until very late and only managed to a get a few hours of sleep but we were rejuvenated by a great sunrise view.

A sleepy or energized Dylan?

Every great adventure starts with little sleep and no food. So naturally, we skipped breakfast and headed straight to the border to begin our ride!

At the border right before our friends wave goodbye!

The ride started off smooth as we hugged along the border until reaching Campo, CA but it quickly became a serious uphill battle to Mt Laguna. We ended up camping right before entering Anza-Borrego Desert State Park on the Pacific Crest Trail. It ended up being a modest 50 mile day but a brutal 5,500 feet of elevation gain. All worth it for the eventual views!

Sunset views of our first camp spot!

The last 24 hours have been a wild ride and we’re excited to see what‘s in store for us over these next couple of months.

We’ll be in touch!

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