Just so you know what you're getting into...this is a two week moto trek through Mexico by two guys named John...hence the name John Juan. A little background: Three yars ago I bought a 2007 BMW F650GS to do a moto trek with my two best friends who got into the sport several years prior. Well...the news of all the Mexican drug violence got them too scared (pussies) to venture into Mexico and so I called a guy I met on a Baja trip last year, John, and we decided to put a trip together through mainland Mexico. We both have real jobs so we knew we couldn't get more than two weeks off and even that request got the "stink-eye" from my boss. My wife was a little more understanded and just wanted me to make sure that my life insurance was up to date. Our motivation comes from looking at all those other riders going to Tierra del Fuego (something I did with my wife via "chicken buses from hell" many years ago) and we wanted to put that kind of third-world adventure into a ride...and Mexico was clearly the answer. I did most of the planning/research and Big John just said "yup" to everything I suggested. I wanted to "do" and "see" it all so it was nice to have him agree with everything. I was an adventure camping/mountain guide in Mexico many years ago so some of this was familiar but much has changed in the past 20 years since I was there. Since we were short on time we decided to ship our bikes to McAllen, Texas, to save those three days of hard riding from California. Long story short we ended up shipping the bikes to the Harley dealer...who couldn't have been more accommodating (great guys). I'm new to the whole motorcycle scene so I put out a request for some info about McAllen on ADV and I got hooked up with a great guy named Juan. He insisted that we stay at his place and he arranged a great fajita BBQ with some of the other local riders. They were a wealth of knowledge as several of them cross the border into Reynosa every day for work. We weren't too happy to hear that 10 people were gunned down in the streets of Reynosa the day before we arrived but I told John we're going no matter what. So here's our story... Flew from LA to McAllen on a Friday...gettin our bikes back from the Harley dealer. Check out Juan's famous fajitas. Fajita party in Juan's garage. That's me on the left with Lucio and Juan (standing). DAY 1 - Saturday, April 3rd, McAllen TX to Galeana (267 miles) Crashed at Juan's place the night before and a buddy of his, Cory, rode with us to the border to get us pointed in the right direction. That's Juan on the left, my Baja buddy, John on the big 1200GSA, and me on the right. I intruduced John to what I called "road-kill chicken just south of Monterey in the town of Santiago. I hooked up with a guy from Texasnamed Richard Gibbens, via the internet that runs a ride to the Monterey area every year called "MexTrek." For $25 bucks he sent me some great maps and a little book called the "MexTrek Ride Guide" that he wrote on the rides in the area. The descriptions are a little short on actual directions but we decided to bite off a ride he called "The Gold Standard." It goes from Santiago--Laguna de Sanchez--Mesa de Oso--Las Trancas--Casillas--Rayones--and finally ending in Galeana. Most of these places are not big enough to put on a map so you'll be lost without the map from MexTrek. It's all dirt from Laguna de Sanchez all the way to Galeana...maybe 50 miles. The riding made for a very challenging first day and the scenery was spectacular. The canyon just before the pavement ended at Laguna de Sanchez. Finally getting on the dirt. The road climbing over the mountains near Mesa de Oso. The day went on kind of long and when we arrived in Galeana we found all the hotels fully booked for some wedding or something...so we had to scramble to get the last room in town in some flea-bag where you could hear everyong snoring at night. Anyway we were dead tired and couldn't really care less. Great first day with some fantastic riding. Only fell over once when I was standng there trying to take a picture.