I should start this ride report with a disclamer: i'm not a writer and I'm a pretty pissy photographer. I'm about a month in to a trip that i hope will last another 3-4 weeks, we"ll see when the money runs out. OK thats outa the way, a few months back, i finally said " you aint getting any younger,if you plan on havin any excitement in your life maybe it should start now". So the plan for a south of the border ride started to develope in my feeble little brain. By plan I mean something like "hey I should do that". With that as a plan I left my home in metro detroit MI on june 23rd and headed north up I-75, hell of a way to start a south of the border trip. But the 25th is my moms birthday and she's in her 80's. So spent a couple days at my mom's place in gaylord, said happy birthday on the 25th and rolled out early in the afternoon. And jumped on I-75 north, i figured since i'm this far north, i may as well cross Mackinac Bridge and ride the U.P. and then at some point turn south. As a side note, when I crossed Mackinaw, I rode the steel the entire length, anybody who's crossed Mackinaw knows what I'm talking about. Not really because I chose to, the right lane was closed for the painting crew. From Mackinaw i took US-2 west and from there on, it gets a little fuzzy. I'll be honest, I didnt really do any route planning, i didnt think it would be too hard to find Mexico, head south and either i get wet or i found it. SO,about 10 that night i'm heading south in Wisconsin somewhere around Oshkosh and i start thinking, the bike is handling like crap. But, i've never run with it this heavy, its gettin late, i'm tired, gotta be me. About Fon Du Lac i pull in for gas and come very close to dumping the bike,oops front tires flat. Now, i've never had to fix a flat on the road but said "i have everything i need, just do it". Rolled the bike around back of the truck stop, found a couple milk crates, propped it up, front wheel off, tube out, new tube in, all in about 20 minutes. Go over to the 25 cent air pump, which is actually $1.00 and find that its got some goofy head on it thats 16" long with a straight end, no way its gonna work. But i try, even try a couple times, NOT gonna work. No biggy, I have those co2 cartridges. Now either I'm a dumbass or these things dont work. I'm fully willing to accept the first option but at least let me explain. Get one hooked up, works perfect, but only has it to 8 psi., start to hook up a second one by screwing the hose to it and boom, all the air blows out of it. So i decide to screw it to the valve stem first (remember, i have a feeble little brain) all the air comes out of the tire. Hmmmm after several attempts its begining to dawn on me, this isnt gonna work. OK it really didnt dawn on me until i ran out of co2. Back over to the $1.00 air pump, about the time i ran out of quarters, I took that as a sign from God, this isnt doin it either. Thats when 2 things happened: 1, it was apparent my lack of any planning had caught up with me too soon into the ride, I have a mini compressor sitting in the garage at home 2, panic attack mode, temper tantrum mode and probably a few other modes started kicking in. After about 10 minutes of WTF am i gonna do, I calmed down, GPS says there's a gas station 4 miles down the road, I ran 70 miles on a flat, hopefully 4 more wont hurt. Over 30 mph u can hardly tell its flat, get to the station, YEP, its closed. hit the GPS again, closest one is 10 miles the opposite direction, off we go. Roll up to this one and OMG, it's open AND has real air, not an f'ing quarter machine, but a hose attached to the wall and its free. get my tire aired up and i'm so happy i go in and spend $5 on pop & junk food that i didnt need since i did the same thing an hour earlier at the truck stop. Once again I'm a happy camper For the majority of the trip I'm trying to avoid e-ways, not saying I WILL NOT, just dont wanna see the world go by at 70mph, also my POS v star is really workin it at e-way speeds. I like to fly low & slow, 55mph on state hiways is more my speed. BUT for the last 100 miles or so I'd been rolling down I-? along Lake Michigan's western shore. Tire aired up, sugar fix happenin, I rolled back out onto I-? to bang out some miles, and 10 miles later rolled into a super 8. Day 1 ends near Fon Du Lac Wisconsin If you've read this far I hope its safe to let you know, at this point in the trip, getting to mexico is my only goal, I might ride down to panama, I might not, we'll see what happens. With that in mind, there are no photos until mexico, so the best I can do is give u some teasers and explain them later.