Bitburger and myself went down to check out Copper Canyon and the surrounding territory over the last 10 days. He drove down from Seattle on his 650 Weestrom, I left from San Diego on my F650 Dakar. Thanks go to the good people over in the thumpers section who helped me get my bike squared away and thanks to gaspipe for some excellent gps waypoints and tracks. In general we were travelling heavy. We had tools, tire changing tools, tubes, tents, pads, sleeping bags, stoves, rain gear, cold weather gear, some food, and the water storage capacity for about 3 liters each. I had 4 sets of underwear and tshirts. We each had GPS's, flashlights, knives, and pepper spray. It seemed like our bikes had a lot of baggage compared to others that we saw. Although, we were camping and most were not. At the end of the trip there was nothing of significance that I would have left behind. We pretty much used everything except for the tire equipment. We had slimed our tires prior to the trip and did not experience a single flat tire. I guess we did not use the pepper spray either. Neither of us have much motorcycle touring experience but we figured that part of the adventure would be the OJT. We had heat, rain, snow, mud, sand, gravel, 6 river crossings, Mexican federales, crashes, dehydration, food poisoning, cactus, eagles, a mountain lion, and vultures. Here is our story.