I know that this is an unusual title, but let me explain......... My wife was born in Mexico City in 1969, the oldest of 5 sisters, and she was born pre-mature and her parents were even sent home because they were told that the baby would not survive. Things are different in Mexico, a nurse saw her move later and she did survive, and this is her story, I just get to ride along. I will try to condense it because it's really involved and somewhat long. Her family came to the US via San Diego when she was about 10 years old. Her mom was murdered when she was 11, and all the girls went into foster care because the dad could not care for them. They (all 5 girls) ended up in Texas and adopted into one family. So during this long process, all became US citizens and grew up and graduated in Texas. But the were separated from their birth family. Very little contact thru the years with the dad. Well my wife added to her facebook profile, all her adopted and given names about 2 years ago. She started getting "hits" a couple of years ago. Earlier this year in June 2017, all 5 girls flew to San Diego and met just one aunt and a large number of cousins. Well that opened the flood gates to her family. We flew to Mexico City for our Thanksgiving holiday, and we met another aunt and also her dad was there along with some more cousins. A plan was hatch and we were soon in a car headed out into the countryside. It took 3 hrs to just get out of Mexico City, and another 4 + hrs to get to this small town of Caracuaro, Michoacán. There over the next 2 days, she met cousin after cousin and last count she met over 90 cousins in just 3 days. So now here we are, planning for our Christmas Holiday, I told her that we need to go back to Mexico, but ride down this time. And this is why the title of this thread is called Butterfly Story, my wife is going to write a book of her and her sister's lives, through the up and down struggles they have had, and the rediscovering of the family they had, then lost, then found again. Her cousin who was our driver (he owns his own taxi, and we hired him to drive us while we were in Mexico) has a 6" butterfly decal on his car, and it is based off of the monarch butterfly. Hence the title for her book and the artwork as well. We are taking my road warrior Goldwing, which has gone to the Arctic Circle this year and by the time we arrive home on Jan 2nd 2018, it will have clocked 40,000 miles this year. Basic route for this adventure will be straight south for about 1,200 miles from Dallas, TX area, spend about 6 days in the small town we were in during Thanksgiving. Then Dec 26th, we will ride to Puerto Vallarta, then ride up to Big Bend NP and back home. Will be gone about 2 weeks. My butterfly My bride and I (Jack and Olivia) The other butterflies with their feet in the sand in San Diego. (I didn't have permission to use their faces yet), My wife is the only one with her shoes on. And here is the nut in this story, I have been called crazy for all the riding I do, but it keeps me entertained. We leave out Dec 18th and cross into Mexico on Dec 19th. And there you have it, first trip south of the border, for a great cause, the Butterfly Story has begun. Just some minor prep and paperwork, then proceed south.