'Trail of Missions' returns for 2017 WOX
Trail of Missions returns
The "World of X Games" is back for another year with the Monster Energy Trail of Missions 2017 presented by B.F. Goodrich. "The idea is we're gonna follow the El Camino Real, which is the Mission Trail. We're gonna unplug from our computers and cell service," says Trail of Missions host Cameron Steele. "We're going to Baja -- that means a good time with friends old and new."
Magic of Baja
For the Desert Assassins, getting to share the magic of Baja is a key ingredient of these trips. Whether you're an experienced vet or a rookie, the goal is the same: Introduce everyone on the trip to some great places and amazing people.
"The Tecate border crossing is where we enter Baja with our 20-truck circus," says Steele. "This is where we play the game of red light/green light and the fun of random inspection. It's all a part of Baja."
"Fast food in Baja is not like fast food in the United States. One of the first things you notice is they're not in a rush to get paid for the food. You enjoy your meal and then pay afterwards. It's a communal experience that people live for and want to do again," says Ryan Thomas, five-time Baja 1000 winner and Trail of Missions enthusiast.
"Sharing some lesser traveled routes is always a blast," says Cam Steele. "Especially when it leads to banger locations."
Making time to stop and smell the cactus is our goal on this year's Trail of Missions.
Check this out
"Every time you turn your heard around, Baja says 'check this out' and it's been unbelievable," says Steele.
The gateway to Baja
"As our group of about 60 people starts south, we head into the fabled off-road area known as the Pine Forest," says Steele. "It's part of only four national parks in Baja, and it acts as a gateway to Baja."
"The remoteness of Baja prevents us from passing gas," says Steele. "We always say you can't have too much fuel unless you're on fire."
"After traversing some coastal ranges, La Lobera always gets a sweet reaction from first time visitors because it is so unique," says Steele.
Deegan and family
This year's Monster Energy Trail of Missions presented by B.F. Goodrich has some exceptional star power. Brian Deegan made his debut Baja journey, and he brought along his 15-year-old daughter Hailie. "It's been awesome," said Deegan.
Watch the World of X Games
We're not giving away the whole trip here though. Tune into ABC's "World of X Games" on Sunday, Oct. 8 at 3 p.m. ET for the full hour long episode.