This year marks the 50th anniversary of the non-stop motorcycle trip Bill Robertson and I took from Tijuana to LaPaz, Mexico, racing against the clock. It was my brother Bud’s idea. He approached Triumph with the idea and was turned down; then Honda thought it was a grand idea! That one event morphed into the Mexican 1000, Baja 500, etc., which grew into the Paris-Dakar Rally, now the grandest off-road motorcycle/car/truck/etc. race of all time. Why do I submit you, the reader, to all this? Because that first ride is what propelled me into the editorial offices of Petersen Publishing. A real magazine editor who didn’t know a damn thing about writing, publishing or even the brutal realization of deadlines!