I want to kick off my first ever ride report with the disclaimer that I am trying to figure out all this embedding images and maps as I go. Sorry if I suck at it for a while. That said, here we go! About a year ago my buddy CHiP (inmate tc_dick) and I figured we should try to plan and execute a long, multi-day ride. This was, at first, little more than a novel idea. I had just finished grad school and was preparing to start my first year teaching high school. CHiP was a lead tester for a smallish software firm. I had my 1998 R1100GS and CHiP had his 2007 Triumph Bonneville. We both had ample amounts of audacity, inexperience, and excitement for adventure. Skip about six months to last December. I was nearing mid-way through my first year teaching, and CHiP was about to be promoted to management. Over :slurp at our local watering hole we decided the trip was a necessity to keep us from losing our freaking minds. All we needed were trip dates and a destination. By mid-April we had our dates: (June 28-July 13) and destination: Rosarito Beach, Mexico. The next eight weeks or so were designated as planning and preparation time. Other than a fluids change I only had one mod to make for the trip: adding the GMTMoto legs rests I'd picked up over the winter. These babies would help my crippled knees survive the trip. I also had to purchase some needed safety and technology bits: One new Caberg Gara and a used and hacked iPhone off eBay. These helmets are going for a screaming deal through Iron Pony Motorsports right now, I recommend checking them out. As far as the phone, well, the maps feature alone saved our asses many a time. I cannot recommend this enough either. The jar of what claims to be spaghetti sauce is actually just my afternoon coffee. We don't use mugs here in Seattle. For long days I have a Camel Back hydration system that I hook up to my espresso machine to make sure I have enough go-go juice to get my buzzzzz on. Last, I picked up two jackets from a fellow inmate CETME. One was part of his ill fated Ohio to Florida trip. Jacket modeled by CETME here: Holy crap. Look at those gas prices! I asked Lars (CETME) to please take the jacket to a local witchdoctor or voodoo queen to remove any residual bad mojo before sending it to me. He never stated whether he had this done, so I was understandably a little nervous about making it part of MY trip. CHiP had a bit more preparation to do for the trip. First, he had to do a bit of grinding to his peg lower kit for his Triumph: I provided the much needed tool, workspace, and beer drinking support. Once the inside work was done it was time to strap the new farkles on his ride: Look! He used the directions! Also, here you can see CHiP's nice, new saddlebag set. He got those and a matching top case special for the trip and then spent tens of hours and dozens of dollars getting brackets made and fitted to his bike. Gee. I hope nothing bad happens to them. Hell. I'm throwing pic of my S.O. in here to brighten things up a bit: She is the gal who wrote a special "Adventure Rider" theme song that she sings every time she catches me on these pages. It's a pretty great song. She's smiling here because she has no idea what sorts of hooliganism and (mis)adventures are awaiting her Big Daddy (me, Tweedle Dumb) and his traveling partner (CHiP, Tweedle Dumber). Please bear with me as I try to unfold our big adventure over the next few days or weeks. Any technological suggestions will be appreciated as well as any comments and/or suggestions... be they positive or negative.