7/Nueva Odisea to Cataviña

Distance: 115.2 mi (185.4km)

Notes: climb from Nueva Odisea to remote backcountry valleys filled with towering curios trees and cardon cactus, no water from Nueva Odisea to El Descanso (purified water available), some technical tracks on the ride into the mountains from Nueva Odisea

Resupply: Nueva Odisea-fWCR, El Sacrificio-R, El Descanso-WR, San Agustín (¼ mile off route)-WR, Cataviña-FWMCR Bus (6 miles S on MEX1)

This section is characterized by remote backcountry, with very few ranches near the route. The ascent from the sea is punctuated by rough jeep tracks which gain access to remote valleys, providing the best example of the Valle de los Cirios Biosphere. Some soft sand is present in this section and no water is available until after you return to MEX1. El Sacrificio is a small roadside restaurant while El Descanso is better equipped for minor resupply, just a few miles down the road where purified water is available inside the restaurant. San Agustín has a restaurant with cold drinks. The route officially crosses MEX1 6 miles north of Cataviña, but resupply here is essential in preparation for the longest portion of the route without services. Cataviña to Santa Rosalillita is 120 miles, and the only official water source is found at Rancho El Cardon at mile 100. There is a well-stocked grocery in Cataviña, as well as lodging and restaurants.

There is no official bus station in Cataviña but it is reported that the bus stops in front of the Mision Santa Maria Cataviña Hotel.

Next section: Cataviña to Santa Rosalillita