A couple of years ago i drove with a SO to Costa Rica in a beaten-up Toyota truck. We were in Mexico for a month or so, and it was far too little time--ever since i've wanted to return and spend some real time exploring the entire country. Having travelled the west coast, i am focussing my energies this time on the east and central areas, as well as the Yucatan peninsula. I'm also using the Bicimapas mapset for my Zumo on the newly modified KLR. In short, the maps are really great. The accuracy and completeness of the US Topo and City maps are not there, but they are much better than any paper map i've seen, and the routing works very well. I'll do a complete review in the GPS forum. So to start the trip i had to escape Colorado. Winter arrived there just before i left, so i waited for a window in the weather. The driveway: Red Mountain pass north of Silverton was my big concern, but it turned out to be fine. I drove on not more than a mile or so of packed snow, and didn't even crash! In new mexico i met another KLR rider. He has done lots of riding in Mexico and Europe on his KLRs, and quickly learned the ADV salute: Farther south i passed through the giant lava flow in SE NM. The state park wanted to charge $4 just to walk around, so i passed on through. Here's one reason i love the desert: They sure do love their aliens in Roswell, NM. I found a place to camp somewhere in NM along the road. It was pretty windy, but i slept ok. On into TX on lots of these kinds of roads: Then one more night in the US. I wandered off the road near the border and found a spot previously used by some illegals, i suppose. There were cans and whatnot around. It was absurdly foggy the next morning, and i had to slowly creep south. YAY! Finally there. And for those who wonder if i'm taking "heat" to Mexico, here's your answer: Next time: MEXICO!