This is the story of 4 strangers trying to become a team with no real rhyme or reason to the decision other than everyone is from the Northeast, everyone is eager to be involved, and everyone is an ADVrider. Team riders: guymanbro (me) drc42 Support Crew: MargaritaMotoress TinMan207 I met MargaritaMotoress and Tinman207 on the WHACO ride at the beginning of this riding season and we started chatting about Baja. Lo and behold, they were planning a trip to Baja around the time of the Rally. Originally we chatted about linking up after the Rally for some additional riding. Then, they offered to become my support crew. I thought it was another one of those "We'd love to help" when what they really mean is, "I'd love for you to pay for my vacation," but, in fact, they really wanted to help out. After a short phone conversation in late July (I think) I hired them as my support crew. I told them the pay was shit(ie. if I have enough money at the end, I'll buy the first round), the hours were long, but the expectations were low. Shortly thereafter I contacted drc42 who I knew was competing in the Rally and lived in the state next to mine to see what his travel plans were. We have met at a few different ADV gatherings, but had no real contact outside of those affairs. After another short phone conversation, I agreed to take his bike and spares in my trailer and pick him up at the airport the Sunday before the race. He also instantly hired the support crew for essentially the same deal I offered them: mucho trabajo, poco dinero. And hence, Team Motohawk was formed. On Sunday 9/1, drc42 dropped his bike off at my house and we had some time for a get-to-know-ya session. Stay tuned for more (including some backstory on preparation) . . .