Jessi and Patrick spent the first part of this episode getting acclimated to Mexico while learning what was in store for them behind the wheel of a desert racer in the Baja 1000. In order to officially check this off The List, however, they had to actually race in this grueling and dangerous contest of endurance that shows no mercy for greenhorns. We had no idea what to expect and, frankly, just hoped they would finish without getting hurt. As it turns out, we wildly underestimated our hosts. Follow the jump to see how our two intrepid Baja competitors performed.

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      firststepas
      • 2 Years Ago
      Don't knock it til you try it. I have been down to Baja for this race many times and 99% of the people here are great, very nice, kind and helpful. I would rather be in Baja for the 1000 then New York City. The SCORE Baja 1000 is one of the best races on the Planet.
      Handsome
      • 2 Years Ago
      I ran chase trucks for both the Baja 1000 and the 500 for many years. I speak a very hobbled spanish, but still managed to communicate with the locals and always had a great time. Whether we finished or not. The only time we ever felt insecure is when we would get pulled over by the police (most often for a shakedown), but this never occurred during a race week, or even for the week or two leading up to the race, when we would be prerunning the course. I did stop, coincidentally, the year the cartels started their intimidation campaigns, so I haven't experienced Mexico in the last 4 or 5 years. For adventurists, the 1000 is a great experience, and so is that part of Mexico.
      Koz
      • 2 Years Ago
      The problem is not with the Baja it is with the Mexican bandits out in no mans land. This was a one way race of 1000 miles; for the drivers safety they go out 500 and make a U turn. The Baja is one of my items on my bucket list of places to go. Those don't look like they can make it.
      TrippulG3
      • 2 Years Ago
      I really like this new series (Jessi being easy on the eyes has more than a little bit to do with it), and both activities that have been featured so far seem like a lot of fun, no doubt. But, the list itself seems to be shaping up to be a list of "here's a bunch of car-related things to do if money was no object, so pick one or maybe two to do in your lifetime". The company listed for this Baja adventure doesn't list the prices for their 3 or 4 day adventure packages on their site, but judging that it's about $600 for a 5 hour / 30 mile run, I'd venture to guess that such a package would run in the 3-4k range easily, and that, I'm assuming, would not cover things like airfare, food, etc. Sure it's not outrageously expensive, and most people could save up for it with some effort, but that kind of money is a bit outside of what most people would typically pay for a vacation of that length. So...unless you're independently wealthy, or someone else is footing the bill for you, I don't really see this as being a "bucket list". Still...it's great fun to watch...the hosts seem like cool, genuine people. Looking forward to more episodes.
      e30trackrat
      • 2 Years Ago
      My wife and I did the 3day trip over the summer while I was between jobs, and I can't recommend it highly enough. In terms of cost, it's comparable to what many folks spend on a cruise once they are done paying for things like booze on the boat. This has the added benefit of being able to modify your perspective on life in a way that a cruise does not. My wife and i were both neevous about things like cost, safety and insurance. In the end, it was more than worth it and we'd do it again in a heartbeat. In fact, we've started looking in to doing the 500 one day as a new bucket list entry because of it. In terms of crime and potential danger, while its there the biggest risk is your ambition for speed. Baja is filled with varied terrain that is a blast, but has the potential to get serious fast if you dont resepect it. Its considered the boonies by most of mexico, and most people from the mainland never venture that far out. The country is beautiful, the people and food (which is in included) are incredible. No, it's not cheap - but neither is a Florida theme park e-ticket tour. If you have interest in this I highly recommend at least checking into it. Between the tourist advisories and people's general ignorance about what it is or is not, I wonder how long this will continue to be an option. This is not a strict lead follow or prepackaged safety line ride. You are given instruction and given fantastic support to enjoy the route as fast or slow as you are comfortable with. Places like "mikes sky rancho" where we stayed one night will win over even the biggest cynic and really make you appreciate that life is about the experiences and people you fill it with.
      jenniferkizzy
      • 2 Years Ago
      i bet no one can make a post apocalyptic car that can with stand all the nasties that it has too offer that i would love too see just for fun just too see if some one could actually do it bye
      mylexicon
      • 2 Years Ago
      I like this series and the concept behind it. Thanks, AB.
      jds906
      • 2 Years Ago
      ANY PERSON OR PERSONS GOING TO MEXICO> AFTER WHAT THEY ARE DOING AND DID TO AMERICA. PLEASE DON'T GIVE THEM MONEY FOR ANYTHING. AND IF YOU ARE A RACER. DON"T CRY TO UNCLE SAME IF YOU GET HURT.
      Don Rentfrow
      • 2 Years Ago
      How utterly boooooooooooooooooorrrrringggggggggggggg
      adam
      • 2 Years Ago
      I honestly don't know who this guy is, but they should have let me do this with Jessi. "I don't know how I got in reverse". Wow.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @adam
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          tipdrip215
          • 2 Years Ago
          My girlfriend's sister would call that a herm, not a him. lol.
      viperbl
      • 2 Years Ago
      I bet the biggest danger was the drug cartels.
      rcwcoinc
      • 2 Years Ago
      Nope your wrong again huff the most dangerous race is the Isle of Man TT !
        Elmo
        • 2 Years Ago
        @rcwcoinc
        Really? So at the Isle of Man TT, they go for 1,000 miles non-stop (except for the regular pit stop) for almost 2 days? Oh, they don't? K then, you lose.
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