There is a long back-story that goes along with this report. I'll filter bits and pieces in along the way otherwise this first post would be very long and I may lose your interest. The quick synopsis is that Mrs. OTR and I retired in September of 2019. We sold all of our furniture put the rest in storage in Mrs. OTR's sister basement and we took off. We have been planning retirement since a European motorcycle tour in June of 2017. That got the wanderlust in us piqued. More background to follow. We decided to start our travels in Mexico. Initially it was based on cost. Upon research we decided to head to the Yucatan with the end goal being Merida. From the border this is a several day journey. I was not able to find a lot of information on ADVrider about the Yucatan or the best route to get there. So we started planning. I posted in Trip Planning and followed the "Is Mexico Safe" thread. We got a lot of good feedback. Sjoerd Bakker has been specifically helpful. We bought his books. But in addition he wrote us a several page email about our proposed route. We are currently following that. Details will unfold as we go. So here is the first day with us crossing the border and getting to our first town. I'll drop photo's in later but there are not many of this day. Point to note we are both on BMW 1100's. Mine is a 98GS and Mrs. OTR is on a 2001 1100R. Both are fitted with Jesse Bags and we are both carrying Wolfman Bags strapped behind us. 1/11/2020 Saturday Today we cross into Mexico and the next part of our adventure begins. Mrs. OTR and I made it across the border today at Anzalduas and have arrived at our first night’s accommodations. Crossing was smooth with a lot of back and forth at immigration to “register” both the bikes and us into the country. We left immigration and got on the highway through Reynosa and quickly found ourselves heading south on RT 97. This connected us with RT 101 the. 180. Overall we rode 200 miles today. Driving is a bit different. The roads we were on most of the day were 2 lanes with a lane on the outside so you can yield to vehicles passing in either direction. There were almost no speed limits signs posted and most of the time we were doing 70MPH and mostly getting passed. We saw countless Police and Federale’s patrolling the highways. Many were in pickup trucks with troops in the back or a 50 cal machine guns mounted on top. I think it made us feel safer once we realized we weren’t getting stopped and searched. Around an hour from our destination we stopped to rest and try to get some fuel but the pumps were not working. The distance to the town that we are in was at the maximum of our fuel range. We have been having high fuel consumption due to the heavy winds we faced over the last few days. Also at this stop we realized that Mrs. OTR’s Camel Back had fallen off her bike. It had her prescription glasses and sunglasses in it. Hopefully that’s all. We headed out hoping we’d make it or hopefully find gas along the way. Checking my GPS I saw that the next fuel was at the end of our route for the day. My fuel light went on around 30 miles before where the gas station was marked. Usually reserve is close to a gallon which would have been enough to get us to town. Mrs. OTR’s light came on shortly after. We cruised alone at 60 hoping to get to our goal. Unfortunately I ran out. 4 miles short! The funny thing about our BMW’s is that the tank is almost split in 2 which means that the right side of the tank where the pump is will run dry but there is fuel left in the other lobe of the tank. So Mrs. OTR and I layer my bike on its right side for a moment and then lifted it back up. Bam, I now had a 1/4 tank of fuel. We pushed on the Soto La Marina where we fueled up and went in search of our hotel. I had gotten a book from a fellow rider who has put together a list of motorcycle friendly hotels in many of the towns in Mexico. We checked in at Hotel Chicago which cost us $25 for the night. It’s a good one night hotel but not a place that we’d want to spend any more time. The bikes our parked outside our door and covered, making them invisible to most eyes. We found Restaurant Tampico right on Rt 180. Mrs. OTR had a shrimp plate and I had a mixed grill. We were out of there for $20 with tip. That was with 4 beers. I’m ashamed to say that we huddled down in our hotel and did not go back out. Foolish as there was a Saturday night carnival one block away.