Just a few weeks ago (on 1/9 to be specific), I was invited to a team offsite planned for the first week of February on Coronado Island/San Diego. Coincidentally, my friend Chris -- who went out and a DR650 after admiring my DR during a September visit to Oakland -- happens to live down there. My first reaction, of course, was to turn it into a longer trip by taking time off before and after the work event, head down to Joshua Tree to explore some dirt roads and go bouldering, followed by a foray into Mexico to Cañon de Guadalupe for hot springs and zipping around on the enormous dry lake bed, Lago Salado. Right? I mean - what else would you do (other than ask for more time off for at least 1-2 additional days in either place). After checking in with Chris and selling him on the idea, I sold my manager on the idea and then I had two weeks to prepare and plan my trip. I refined the itinerary, updated a previous packing list* and sent a copy to Chris. I reserved a campsite at Guadalupe Canyon, and did a search on AirBnB to find a nice spot in Joshua Tree. Itinerary: Friday 1/31 - Oakland to Joshua Tree Saturday 2/1 - Joshua Tree Sunday 2/2 - Joshua Tree, head to Salton Sea for overnight Monday 2/3 - Salton Sea through Anza Borrego to Coronado Island Tuesday 2/4 - Work (Whale Watching for Jenn & Conference) Wednesday 2/3 - Work Thursday 2/4 - Leave San Diego for Guadalupe Canyon Friday 2/3 - Guadalupe Canyon Saturday 2/4 - Leave Guadalupe Canyon for San Diego & head north Sunday 2/5 - continue north to Oakland *Packing List on Google Docs also has a more detailed itinerary with meal planning Mechanical issues & prep - honestly, I was swamped with work for a week and a half after I found out about the offsite, and didn't end up with a lot of time to do things I thought I needed to do (like check & adjust the valves, look at the carburetor or air filter). The DR has been harder to start in cold weather and will pop or backfire once in a while -- and in certain kinds of winds, the engine lags and strains (thought that might be valves). After talking to my friend Harry -- he dx'd this as a carb issue and suggested I use Chevron for gas only if I couldn't clean the jets before the trip (and he was RIGHT!!). Once I started stopping at Chevron (and even gas with more ethanol) -- the backfiring and stalling just after starting went away. Returning to the Bay Area and using non-Chevron gas has seen a smaller return of that issue, so I'll need to do more investigation. All packed and prepped -- ready to hit the road!