Alaska to Mexico... Kind of. Hi there! You might remember me from my last ride report, "my first ever epic adventure" where I spent 6 weeks riding over 7,000 miles thru 12 states last summer visiting all kinds of national parks, unmarked roads, forgotten lakes and million dollar views. You can read that thread here http://advrider.com/index.php?threads/my-first-ever-epic-adventure.1166607/ Going on a motorcycle adventure all by yourself is something I think every human being needs to experience once in their lifetime. It was so amazing to unplug and recharge. Not to mention not having anybody to argue with whether we should go left or right. No one to say things like "but I don't want to eat there!" Or "your riding too fast!" Or "dont try to feed the wild buffalo!" You get to make all those mistakes all by yourself. Which I believe you learn those things a lot better the hard way. Anyways, it's been around a year and a half since I got home, and aside from a few day trips here and there and a trip to Reno for Street Vibrations with the South Beach Snowflakes, the most badass motorcycle gang in all of Lincoln County Oregon, I haven't been on a big adventure, and I'm friggen jonesin to put some dirty off-road miles in. And even tho going on a trip alone was so amazing, and I think everyone needs to do one, and I wouldn't trade that trip for anything, it did get kinda lonely talking to myself around a campfire in the middle of 'heck I don't know where I am' Montana (it's a real place you know) or walking thru Yellowstone National Park watching this guy walking around with his family, or a group of friends on a trip, or this happy couple taking pictures, and then me, walking around in Klim pants and a selfie stick. Then you go home and start all your awesome stories with "Hey! Remember that time I did that thing all alone and none of you were there to whiteness it??" Yeah. I'm not complaining. It truly was the single greatest experience of my life to date. But this time I want someone else to come along. Someone to share the experience with and tell some kick ass 'remember when' stories. And yes, I want someone to hold the camera so I can be in the same picture as my bike with a killer, jaw dropping backdrop. This is where my buddy Gabe comes into play. Gabe and I have been friends for about 10 years. He lives in Anchorage Alaska, owns a thriving business he's able to take time off of, has a little money and a lot of adventure in him. Gabe calls me up a couple months ago. "Hey Beaux, I want to get an adventure bike. Can you help me find one?" So I immediately click on the flea market, send him a couple links, and within days he's on a plane to Washington picking up his new 2012 BMW f800gs and drives it to Seaside Oregon and parks it in my garage. "Wanna go to Mexico this winter?" He asks "Oh frig yeah bud!" So the trip planning begins. And of course by trip planning, I mean we set a ruff date to start (winter 2017 ish) and a general direction to travel (south) We narrowed it down to taking the famous Highway 101 from my house in Seaside to Baja. At the bottom I hear there's a ferry to Mazatlan. My dad lives there. Let's meet up with him, and if he's got his 1200GSA up and running he can show us around. Maybe go check out some cool Aztec stuff. Maybe Cruze down into Central America. Maybe not. We'll cross that bridge when we get there. "When do you gotta be home by?" I asked "Summer 2018" he says. Purrrrrrrrfect. No plans. No time constraints. Just circle some points of interest on the map. Pack what we think we'll need. Order some new tires. Maybe change some oils. Build an epic playlist on the traveling music box and make the rest up as we go. Fast forward to today. I'm currently in Kodiak Alaska doing shipyard on my family's commercial fishing vessel. I'm flying out of here on Monday, December 4th at 0900 (WX permitting) I land in Anchorage at 1015 where Gabe will meet me at the bar for a few pre flight drinks. Hop on the plane at 1150 and arrive in Portland at 1630, pick up my truck, and head to my house in Seaside. The next morning we'll pack up our parts that have arrived from Amazon and RevZilla and drive down to Newport, where my bike currently is. After a change of clothes and fluids its wheels down early Wednesday morning taking 101 to LA as fast as we can. So that's the general gist of it. I'm pretty pumped to spend this winter and the holidays south of the boarder. I hope you guys follow along and enjoy our journey in search of adventure, epic picture taking opportunities, adversities, breakdowns and rebuilds, and whatever else Mexico will throw at us!! I'll be posting updates here as often as I can and also on my instant gram: @adv_beaux P.S. Any advice on where to stay/visit/eat/see/avoid going thru Baja will be greatly appreciated!!