During a rally in Arkansas I spotted this sign in Eureka Springs.  Like you, there have been times when I’ve asked for a sign from God.  Now I always have one.

Weight, more than any other factor, influences how well a dual sport adventure motorcycle handles off-pavement riding.  The heavier the bike, the more difficult it is to ride in the dirt – that’s why motorcycle manufacturers do everything they can to make their race bikes as light as legally allowed.  The impact that weight has on a bike’s dirt handling abilities can’t be over-emphasized.

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 On day 5 our travels took us from Zimipan east and north, back through Agua Zarca, and on to the town of Tilaco.  While the route included some fantastic riding, the dirt road from Agua Zarca to Tilaco is the most beautiful dual sport road I’ve ever been on.  It was truly spectacular.  If you are ever in this area, no matter what other roads you ride, make sure you ride from Agua Zarca to Tilaco.  You won’t regret it.

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Recently a rider on a popular motorcycle forum posed the question as to whether Kawasaki should boost the power of the KLR. He rightly pointed out that recent competitive 650 class models from BMW and Husqvarna produced significantly more horsepower than the aged KLR.  It’s an interesting question that I thought was worth exploring in a bit of detail.

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 In the 1800s a Spanish friar travelled to Mexico to introduce local Indians to Christianity.  As part of that process the Friar built five missions in the Sierra Gordas region, including this one in the city of Jalpan.  The ornate design is incredible, especially considering the mission was built by hand.

There aren’t any trees in the Chihuahua desert of northeast Mexico.  How is a fellow supposed to relax in the shade when there aren’t any trees? Easy, use your bike as shade.  Uncle demonstrates.

Shade is where you find it.

This photo was taken by my friend Milton Otto during our exploration ride of the Sierra Gorda area of Mexico 2015.  Near the end of day 2 we were behind schedule and had a decision to make – ride pavement to Aquismon and arrive before dark or stick with the dirt and arrive after the sun had set.  One of our rules is to not ride in the dark in Mexico.  We split the difference – we rode a little more dirt and then pavement the rest of the way.