Just a note regarding formatting. With the change over to the new format of the forum, all sorts of bad things happened to older threads such as this ride report. The pictures have come back but you will notice all sorts of superfluous smileys and code. This apparently is the result of me composing in Microsoft Word and copying the text here. Now, the code is visable. The powers that be at ADVRIDER tell me they will eventually find a fix for it. So, patience. (Im already in Mexico as I post this. I will try to do my best to get it caught up ASAP) An extended trip to Mexico on a bike sounded like a pretty good way to start a retirement to me. I was bit by the bug to see places from the seat of a motorcycle a few years ago riding my Harley around the US and parts of Canada. Always looking for new roads to ride and new places to see, I naturally started to think about mixing in a little off pavement riding along with wandering around places outside of Canada and the US. So, last year I decided to ride my Harley down to a small town north of Puerto Vallarta where we have vacationed a few times before. My wife flew down and we spent a couple of weeks basking in the sun, drinking margaritas and took a little two up side trip. I really enjoyed travelling around Mexico and experiencing the country and the people and wanted to experience more. This year having the added benefit of a bit more time available and with my wifes blessing I decided to allocate 3 months+ to a winter trip in Mexico. In a nutshell, the plan was to ride my bike to Sacramento in November (Since Im not fussy about riding on our snow covered roads in January), put the bike in storage and fly back down in January, pick it up and then head south as far as Oaxaca and then back home again by mid-April. While in the Oaxaca area, my wife will join me for about three weeks to explore the Oaxaca area and then head down to the beaches for some proper tourist lounging. While the Harley did fine last year, Im thinking a little more off pavement bike may be more appropriate and would allow me access to areas I would never take a Harley. After a lot of thought, I decided to add a BMW 800GS to the garage that would become my Mexican steed.