Hello All, Long-time lurker, noob poster, etc. Have run into a few Inmates out on the road over the years...or, at least, "on the road" only after they've emerged from the woods, or the brush, or where ever the heck else they've been in the meantime! :d Have a trip planned to Puerto Vallarta for either early December or early January. Will stay for at least a month, hopefully more like two or three. Have visited MX several times already, Spanish is workable, but first time doing it on bike. Have cobbled together much knowledge about border crossing, paperwork, etc. from the many seasons vets here on ADV. Am good at planning and setting expectations, etc., but have a couple of general questions I couldn't quite find answers to via forum searches. Trip originates in South Carolina so plan to cross over at Nuevo Laredo (or McAllen, if more highly recommended); time restrictions require that I head straight down to PV, so I cannot deviate (much) from my southbound itinerary. Happily, leisurely riding will occur after arrival and on return to US (to California). Three questions: 1) DAILY DISTANCE: considering the route and roadways from NL to PV (via Monterrey/Saltillo and Zacatecas/Aguascalientes), what is the maximum daily distance I can reasonably expect to cover? I ride an ST1100 with plenty of on-board and spare fuel capacity, and I've maxed out at the 630+ miles between SF and Portland, OR a couple of times. Naturally, I don't expect to be able to (nor want to) do anywhere near that kind of riding down there. But can those routes (MX54 & 54D, and 15/90 to PV) support, say, 300 miles a day? 2) OVERNIGHT PARKING: if the answer to question #1 is (mostly) "yes", then I'll likely be staying in Saltillo the first night and Aguascalientes the second. (Would do Zacatecas on Day 2, but that might leave me a bit too far to reach PV on Day 3, ¿verdad?) How badly do I need to find completely "secure" parking in those two places? Say I'll stay at what appear to be Mexico-wide chain hotels, with their own parking lots. If I can arrange to leave the bike closest to the door to the lobby, say, and locked with a Krypto wheel lock for the one overnight each, am I taking too big of a chance? Should I find a smaller/non-chain place with a private courtyard, or whatever? And FWIW, same thoughts about one overnight in Mazatlan, before catching the ferry to La Paz. 3) IMMUNIZATIONS: is proof of immunization required when crossing the border in either direction? 4) Do any of you carry the US "Passport Card" in order to use the "Ready Lane" at certain of the border crossings? Appears to cost $30, and (if I'm reading the border wait times properly on http://apps.cbp.gov/bwt/) it looks like it could save a bit of delay re-entering the US. But you still have to stop on the Mexico side first, turn in the Tourist Card and TVIP, collect the refund, correct? Gang, hoping a few of you will wish to throw in $0.02. Also, would be very happy to travel down there along with anyone else who may be headed in same direction -- although I cannot know just yet exactly *when* my trip will commence. Finally, I would be THRILLED to be able to offer Tent Space once I'm there, if I can properly arrange an apartment for however long my stay will be! But let's not get ahead of ourselves. All advice welcomed! Ride safe!