Day 1 Sunday, 26 October 2008 And so my short journey from Houston to Cuatrocienegas MEX begins. The total distance for this trip was 1,357 miles, solo. Here is a picture of my bike. It is a 2007 Honda Nighthawk. This is a 250cc bike and is made with old technology. This means it has a carburetor, is air-cooled, has a cable choke, drum brakes, and inner-tube type tires. It is the type of bike I remember as a teen in the 70's, but is much larger than anything I rode back then. Today some folks call this a beginner’s bike. However, I recall as a young teen this was considered a big bike back when a Honda 150cc was considered a regular commuter. To me this type of bike represents proven and reliable technology. I have named this bike Lady in Red. Below are some pictures of the lovely lady on the morning of the ride. The bike is packed and ready to go. I think I have a nice system for packing. Not too much stuff, but enough. Here she is from a side view. Sunrise has just occurred after a nice morning twilight. In the background is my house in Houston. Here is a rear shot. The orange bag under the plastic is a medical emergency kit for motorcycling and the small orange device is SPOT, a personal satellite tracker. Much thanks to my amigo tricepilot for the info on SPOT.