Hola, I'm planning to leave next weekend for an 18 day solo trip to Mexico and need some general advise on route planning and the trip on a whole. Here's some background info: This will be my first real dual-sport trip as such. I currently sport-tour a lot on a Suzuki GSX-R600 (just crossed 43K miles) and have been into Canada, all over the Rockies from Montana to NM, the Appalachians and all over the Midwest. I have taken three 10 days trips and one of them was solo. I rode the DR down in Mississippi in April along a bit of the TAT. To prepare for this Mexico trip, I have: - bought a nicely setup 04 DR650 (skid plate, jets, pipes, handguards, rack, IMS 4.9 tank) - bought a Garmin 60Cx with Touratech mount with BiciMapas - bought new adventure gear (motoport jacket and pants) (upgraded from JoeRocket Alter Ego stuff) - fitted the bike with new Kenda K270s (learnt how to change the tubes myself) - been pouring over the Lonely Planet Mexico and other travel books - learning Spanish through language CDs (know French from school) - reading a lot of ride reports here on ADV My intent for the trip was to get a taste for riding in a different country (Canada doesn't count, sorry ) in preparation for a future Around The World ride. I could only take off about 2 weeks from work, so that's why I'm limited to 18 days. My plan is to ride Copper Canyon, head down the Pacific Coast, swinging inland to see the cities like Gaudalajara and Zacatecas, spending a day at the Zipolite beach, heading to Oaxaca and maybe visiting Palenque before heading north on the Gulf Coast, swinging by Real de Catorce and then stopping by friends in Monterrey before crossing back into the US. Do you think that's feasible in 18 days? I am planning on slabbing it straight from Chicago to Big Bend, 700 miles a day and crossing at Ojinaga. Then I'll have a solid 14 days in Mex before slabbing it back home over the last 2 days. I think I have pretty good long distance riding stamina, but this will surely be a test. I'm counting on my beaded seat cover. Most of my sport-touring trips are high-mileage intensive, averaging 450 miles a day (we recently did 4800 miles in 10 days through CO, UT and AZ). I definitely know that on roads through Mexico, averaging 200 miles a day would be more than enough. Is that a good daily estimate? Do you think 10 days for Copper Canyon to Palenque is rushing it too much? I plan to get into the towns or cities by late afternoon and enjoy the evening there. Then, 4 days scuttling up the Gulf shouldnt be too rushed, right? I wish I had more time to take a more relaxed trip but I'm hoping to get a glimpse for what riding in Mexico is like. Also looking forward to sampling all the good food all over the country. Heard it varies a lot from region to region. Any comments on how I should tweak the trip or does it sound ok the way I'm generally planning it to go?