Do you really want to read this? Latin America! January 15, 2008: I have always always always always wanted to do this. I have no guarantee that it will end well. I am hoping for a grand adventure. I define "adventure" as an attempt to get into an unkown amount of trouble, then get out without being busted. I am right now in San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico. Barb and I arrived around 8 last night. Oops- we rode the mountains in the dark! Please don´t tell our mothers. It´s been almost 3000 odometer miles since last Monday, so we´re taking a day off from riding. Today is for laundry and checking the bikes over. log entry: "January 5, 2008. 1:54 PM, Madison, WI. 29,817 4:53 PM Mendota, IL. 29,948. -very slow going. Fog from Madison to Beloit. Thunderstorms in Beloit. Thunderstorms now." I rode untl about 8 PM and had to stop for the night. Too many thunderstorms. Tornado watch. The weather channel showed a tornado south-west of me. It was a tremendous frontal system. I ended up riding 1000 miles of rain, thunderstorms, and tornados. Near Osceola, Arkansas, I think I rode under a funnel cloud. I stopped at the next rest area, and two people in cars said we missed an actual tornado by less than five minutes! I guess a town just off the highway got flattened, or something. Riding south from Madison Wisconsin United States of America in the beginning of January just isn´t very easy. I found Barb in Austin. I don´t count the ride from Madison to Austin as "adventure riding." It was just a pain in the butt. The real adventure started south of San Antonio. It took a little while to get out of Texas. Barb´s KLR had a nasty speed-wobble. Probably from being tied down too tight for the trailer ride from Denver. The dealer in McAllen did a fantastic job for her. Adventure night 1: Three-Rivers, Texas. Adventure night 2: Santo La Marina, Mexi Before I left- actually as I was leaving- I posted a little note over in Outer Darkness. Here it is again, from January 7, 2008, 1:42 PM. (post-ride Edit: the brand-new SPOT didn't work as advertised. It hardly worked at all. It was a total waste of money.) January 10, 2008, 8:42 PM, I added this entry, still over in Outer Darkness.