After ten years and more than 100,000 miles on giant trailies, I decided it was finally time to do the motorcycle-ride-through-Baja thing. Previous attempts at this inevitably got derailed in the planning or scheduling stages, so this time I limited my goals to "sit on the beach, read my book, eat fish tacos, and drink tequila." Oh, and "don't die of thirst in a ditch by the side of the road with a broken femur." Work was going to require me to travel from San Francisco to Santa Monica, and since that's 75% of the way to the Mexican border, this was as good of an opportunity as any. After getting a bit of reassurance from the Trip Planning forum here, the provisional schedule took shape. Tuesday - ride from SF down 101 to Monterey then take CA 1 the rest of the way to Santa Monica. Wednesday and Thursday - work. Friday - Ride down the west coast of Baja to Ensenada, cut across Mex 3 to the Sea of Cortez, then go the rest of the way to San Felipe, arriving in time for dinner and some beach-sitting. Saturday - maybe pootle around on the bike for a bit, more relaxing. Sunday - ride back to San Francisco. The genius of the plan was its simplicity - there was nothing to go wrong.