Why fly to Mexico when you have the chance to ride? My wife Cobi and I had decided to spend 10 days in Sayulita, Mexico about an hour or so north of Puerto Vallarta. My youngest kid Darby had spring break coming up and we had visited Sayulita on a day trip from Bucerias this past Xmas. For those unfamiliar with the area Sayulita is a small village 25 miles north of Puerto Vallarta. I gather it hit the radar of surfers in the 60”s. It has the vibe of a bohemian, surfer type of town. It is a great spot for the novice surfer to learn. I had shipped my GS to Phoenix from British Columbia in November with the hopes of flying down from Canada to ride when the opportunity presented itself. As they say “the best laid plans”. I got down once over the winter. Back to the spring break trip. This could work. My wife and daughter fly to Mexico. A few days before they leave I fly to Phoenix, pick up my bike and ride through the states of Sonoma, Chihuahua, Durango, Sinaloa and Nayarit arriving either the same day or a day or so later than them. I have read and still follow a few ride reports on Adv so using knowledge procured from some of these I selected my route (kinda) and a general time line. I say general because it was obvious these miles would not be measured as they are in North America. Often the experienced Mexico regulars warn that a hundred miles in Mexico is not the same as a hundred miles at home. Last year I had purchased a CD http://www.MotorcycleMexico.com/ (no affiliation) A half dozen or so men and women who have logged plenty of Mexican miles sharing their thoughts and passing along tips on what to expect at the border, local customs, camping, hotels, language issues, safety, police corruption, repairs, tools, packing etc. After listening to these folks speak I wanted to jump on my bike and get going. I am good at jumping on the bike but I ignored some of the planning as you will find out. One of the gentlemen interviewed was Sjoerd Bakker a fellow Canadian. This man is the bomb when it comes to riding in Mexico. Don’t be surprised if someone knocks on your door trying to sell you a set of encyclopedias about Mexico and this guy is on the cover.