Bob.....a rider from TEX-as should not be troubled by a short ride into Mexico, when surrounded by 3 other Texans.
Brian, no...you cannot say..."shit"...on this forum, unless you use it in the sentence..."Holy Shit, Batman".
To all you other wankers and newbies that have not ridden extensively deep into the heart of Mexico, allow me to share these sage words of advice with thee:
While it is smart to be aware of your surroundings, and traffic flow...in ANY given situation while riding a motorcycle....ANYwhere on this planet....I can tell you that riding down to Puerto Penasco is one of the safest rides into Mexico you will ever find.
The "trouble" spots of Mexico are the much larger border towns, and the regional areas deeper into Mexico...but NOT the Puerto Penasco area.
Before I use the time old adage..."these times they are a changin'"...I can share with you youngins' that "In The Old Days" when we used to start the 3FC along the northern Mexico border towns...back in the late '70s and up through the early '90s, for the most part (in plain speak that means 99.99% of us) never had a problem in Mexico.
BUT...historically...the 3FC generally likes to START in Mexico, and FINISH in Canada, and that is because we find better facilities in Canada, have a much easier time reading all those Canadian signs and billboards, can much easier understand the spoken Canadian language...eh?....and find that the accommodations and restaurants are generally more upscale when we FINISH up North.
Over the last 5 decades (yes, I can use that time frame), we have only Finished down in Mexico a handful of times.
And more recently, because.....(wait for it)....."these times they are a changin'"......we found it was unsafe to travel into the more populated northern border towns of Mexico, so we Finished our ride in cities such as Tucson, AZ.
Having said all that, I can tell you that Puerto Penasco is much different than most of Northern Mexico, it is much safer....the route down to Puerto Penasco has designated NO HASSLE zones, and that is because small towns like Puerto Penasco survive on the tourist dollars.......take away the tourists...and people in Puerto Penasco lose their jobs, and businesses close down, and the infrastructure starts to crumble.
Frankly, My Dear....I would have no hesitation riding down from the border crossing at Lukeville, Az to Puerto Penasco all by myself, possibly because I am SO ugly, that I would scare away even a Black Cat that was trying to cross the road in front of me. Also quite possibly because I have ridden through countries in Africa, in Central America, in South America....that make the route to Puerto Penasco look you just won an all day pass at Disneyland, and no one else showed up, so you have the entire place to yourself.
Sure, if you feel more comfortable waiting for others to cross the border with you, do that, and meet new friends. If you feel more comfortable riding that 63 miles from the border down to the Start Hotel in Puerto Penasco with a small group of 3 to 6 riders...do that.
Do...what makes YOU feel most comfortable.
Just be aware of reality...and that reality is that the route from Lukeville, AZ. down to Peurto Penasco is one of the safest routes you will ever ride.
I mean.......come on Man......you have a higher percentage chance of being hit by a blue-haired old lady driving her deceased husbands' 1987 Cadillac in Palm Beach, Florida....or...being run into by a family of obese "pajama-wearing" Walmart shoppers in Houston, TX........than you do having some little 5 year old kid ask you for a few "pesos" on the way to Puerto Penasco.
Hey, go out there and have fun !