I’ve been trying to make a habit of doing at least one long distance motorcycle trip per year.(see here and here) This year a friend of mine (Tom) was deployed to Iraq. Before leaving he got ahold of me and wanted to plan a long trip somewhere when he got back. We batted a couple of ideas around. The plan was to go soon after he got back from deployment before returning to work. He was returning in February so that meant we had to stay south due to weather. We discussed Big Bend National park in Texas or the new SoCal BDR and then one of us mentioned crossing the border and riding the Baja peninsula. We thought about it for a couple days. I was game to go anywhere, to just get out of northern Michigan in February on my bike. We decided this would be the destination and Tom said he would find some routes and start planning the trip. This worked out great for me. It was early summer of 2019. I was pretty busy at work and didn’t care where we went and this gave him a good distraction on his down time. The plan was set. I’d trailer from Michigan down to Georgia, we would load up his bike and drive to California, ditch the truck and trailer somewhere and then cross the border.