When we announced this trip we heard many variations of "Why would you go to Mexico".<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-comfficeffice" /><o></o> <o></o> Here is one reason.<o></o> <o></o> I have wanted to visit some colonial cites in Mexico for a long time. With a little arm twisting I got Tury and Dean (the Pata de Perro) to join me and later we added Hector and Arturo. We had some interest from other Minnesotans, but one by one they had to drop out. The schedule was adjusted several times. By the time we left we had settled on going for 3 weeks at the end of November.<o></o> <o></o> My plan was to ride down to Texas with Dean since his trailer easily handles two bikes and then ship my bike and fly home. Dean is staying south for the winter. Unfortunately at the last minute I was unable to work out the details with the shipper so the day before we were to leave I dug out the Luxovan so I would be able to get the bike home. A call to Throttlemeister in OK secured a place to leave the van and sleeping space for our first night out.<o></o> <o></o> Since we planned to ride on mostly paved roads I took my DR650 as did Dean and Tury. I had a little flurry of activity getting the IMS tank, side cases and top case mounted and making up a modified “sweet cheeks” seat. <o></o> <o></o> The seat modification was a huge success. The seat went from marginally bearable for trips of less than 100 miles to pretty decent for all day riding. While not exactly a Russell Daylong saddle it was far better than ANY stock motorcycle seat that I have used.<o></o> <o></o> The lightly modified DR. <o></o> We originally planned to go to Xilitla but we got some info about instability in the area so decided to go somewhere else. Of course the information turned out to be entirely bogus. Oh well, now we have an excuse to go back and try again.<o></o> <o></o> Here is where we actually went.<o></o> <o></o> <o></o> Fortunately Dean took notes each day and we both took photos so we are able to make this report. Dean took many photos but deleted all but 981 of them. I took three. My contribution will be to get Dean's notes posted here and to make the occasional snide remark. Deans notes will be this color. Mine will be this color. I'll explain the title and introduce people and bikes as we go along.