My buddy Stuntman Jeff likes riding motorcycles but he doesn’t particularly like riding motorcycles long distances. Which is completely understandable – many riders prefer shorter rides. However, it’s a long way to Jalpan, Queretaro, Mexico. How long? Starting in McAllen,TX it is about 475 miles to Jalpan if you stick to the pavement or a bit longer, and much more time consuming, if you include some dirt. Which I always try to do. As the old saying goes, you have to crack a few eggs to make an omelet, which, in this case, meant that for Jeff to ride the wilds of Mexico with me he had to ride further than he is used to doing.
I was happy when Jeff decided to accompany me on a trip to Jalpan since it had been almost 10 years since our last ride together in Mexico. Jeff burned the midnight oil, and his ran up his credit card bill, getting his Husqvarna TR650 Terra ready for the trip. As the dollars flowed out the door for various bike upgrades I kept reminding him that this was a one-time expense. Once complete, his bike would be ready for this and all future trips. (We all know that’s not true – there are always baubles, trinkets, and shiny things enticing us to spend money on our bikes, but it sounded good at the time.)
The end result of all the time and money spent, was a well-prepared bike that performed flawlessly and a fantastic trip.