I've been dreaming since last year of riding some routes around the canyons of the Mexican states of Chihauhau, Sinaloa and Sinora that I've been so very close to--but took other options--mainly because me and my riding partners weren't sure these routes and roads even existed. Google earth was my map for some of this ride---some roads were not known to me or Mexican maps------oh I wasn't the first mind you, not by a long shot--but these routes sounded interesting. I made a call to my friend Tim Rhoads who lives in Missouri and ask him if he'd join me---for reasons I'll explain more later----his face got all scrunched up and this skeptical kinda scared look came over his face.... as his head nodded no---but out of his mouth came. Hell Yes !!!!! Me and Tim burned the midnight oil many nights preparing our bikes. New tires, chains, sprockets---cleaned the air filters and changed the oil. We adjusted the valves and completely tore apart our suspensions and swingarms for a good greasing. New tires also--I no longer wanted to fiddle with finding or shipping tires to Mexico as in the past. I wanted tires to last 3,000 miles of offroad dirt and still be aggressive-----A Bridgestone ED77 up front and Rally Raid for the rear did the job---and did it well !!!! A big thanks to "Dockingpilot" for turning me onto the Rally Raid tires. It is a huge tire and won't fit on a lot of bikes----and Dockingpilot uses them on his 950. My new and somewhat untested 5 gallon tank that I had worked so hard to help get it made with Halls Husqvarna of Springfield, Illinois would be put to the test on this ride. I picked up Tim in Rolla Missouri in snow and ice. It was treacherous getting to his house, and we fought ice on the road till we got far South. We arrived safely, driving straight thru to Presidio, Texas where we would leave the tow vehicle and stay at the 3 Palms motel for the night--after doing border town paperwork. It was so nice and warm here--we had all day to get things done as we arrived in the early morning and were prepared for a daybreak departure the next day. After getting there---we discovered a stowaway !!!! Looks very suspicious. Could it be ???---a tarp---feet as big as an anvil---kinda smelly ??? Naw couldn't be--Could it ???? "El (long pause) Perro Grande"