Best of the California Southern Deserts

5-7 day Adventure across Southern California and back

Take a spectacular, yet challenging 800-mile ride thru the southeastern region of California. Rugged two-track and remote dirt roads lead riders through majestic canyons, rocky riverbeds and sandy washes of California’s famous deserts and national preserves including a dream ride in the Mojave Preserve.

The best of California deserts and a bit of mountains

About the ride

This ride is a one week ride along the Southern California Backways Adventure Trail. The Route starts in the south and riders travel north. Riders wanting to make a loop out of the ride will have the option of starting in Barstow and returning there at the end of the week. There is a parking area where riders can leave their trucks for the week.

Riders Befriending Wild Burros

This BAT ride targets riders who really want to take their adventure bikes off road. At times it can be a tough guys ride. This ride is for skilled, experienced riders only. The ride is put together as a lodging style ride meaning each evening we will spend the night in a different lodge. The ride includes easy and hard options for riders wanting choice or having a tough day.

Self Guided Adventure: The California Backways Adventure Trail (CABAT) is designed to be a self-guided adventure. As GPS units have become both more powerful and easier to use, it has enabled anyone to be able to easily find their way along the trail. For many, this allows them to just experience the trail without the burden of getting lost.

Buy the GPS Card and Rider Maps:

You can order a microSD Card for your Garmin GPS and a complete set of big picture overview maps as well as tank bag reference maps designed in combination with the microSD card to fit the pocket in your "Tank Bag" (as in the photo at the top of the page).

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Notes: I suggest you plan and order early. Normally I ship within a week. But sometimes I run out and it can take me several weeks to get new cards and maps. And sometimes I am out riding and building new adventures so that can be hard too. I list the Option for 2 SD cards because many riders like to carry a backup card or a cheap backup GPS in the event of unforeseen circumstances.

Ride Description

I know many of you enjoy dreaming about the ride and making your plans, so here is some detail, enjoy!

SG Ride Plan: Best of CABAT 20

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How does the ride navigation work?

This is a self-led GPS ride; all riding is on your own. You are responsible for your own riding. You will be given a GPS map file and instructions on how to use your Garmin GPS unit. People will hook up in small groups of less than 6 riders and tend to ride together. You are not encouraged to ride alone. You are responsible for your own riding and yourself.

(see my ride Navigation Video)

Are you right for this ride?

When something goes wrong on a ride, would your riding friends say that you are more likely to need help or more likely to give help? You should be in the more likely to offer help camp. This ride is filled with riders that are more likely to give help, so most of the time the riders never need help. Additionally there is all the normal stuff: come prepared to maintain your bike, fix your bike on the trail, repair flat tires, deal with bad weather and rain and make a joke or two.

How do I make the GPS stuff so easy?

I develop very high quality ride maps custom for our ride. They come from much of what I and others have ridden. I take the best from all my rides and make new ones.

(See my Custom Ride Maps Video)

Note from me, gpsKevin

My goal for this ride is simple: great riding. So you can count on great routes and places to ride.

But in addition, the ride is about discovering new places, meeting new friends, seeing new parts of the Southwest.