When Kevin Chow embarks on a two-week, 1,500-kilometre bike trek through the Baja later this month it will be on a pedal bike and not a motorcycle.
Not that Chow faults people for thinking the latter before the former, given that he works for Kamloops Harley Davidson.
“It’s a bicycle trip,” said Chow, the shop’s marketing manager.
Chow and his bicycle fly to San Diego on Jan. 23, where he will meet his long-time friend Morgan Parks, who lives in Idaho.
They hop on their bikes the next day and pedal to Tijuana, where a bus will take them from Tijuana to Ensenada. By taking a bus, Chow and Parks hope to have an easy time of crossing the border.
From Ensenada, Chow has given himself and Parks 13 days to cycle the windy, narrow roads of the Baja to Cabo San Lucas.
Ideally, the ride should be completed in four weeks. Chow wants to see if it can be done in two. In order to do so, he and Parks need to ride 120 km a day.
The adventure was originally going to be a solo one, as Chow’s girlfriend has to stay in Kamloops because of work. But, when he posted about the ride on Facebook, Parks wanted to be a part of it.
“It’s going to be a marathon right from the get go. As soon as we get to San Diego,” Chow told Parks.
But Parks was undeterred. Chow said they will ride hard during the day, camp at night, and eat economically.
The schedule is tight so, if the bikes break down, there won’t be time for repairs. The men will have to jump on a bus in order to finish the trip.
Which leads to the obvious question, why?
“For fun,” said Chow, adding he only has two weeks of vacation time left to dedicate to the ride.
And it’s the last guy’s adventure he’ll be able to embark on before he gets married in August, he said.
This isn’t Chow’s first bike adventure. In September, he completed a 500-km ride that started in Gibsons and traversed coastal B.C., ending in Vancouver a week later.