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Old 12-25-2013, 12:30 AM   #151
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We were crossing the border in Mexicalli. I was apprehensive about crossing there, I was more comfortable with Tecate but this was the best way to return. Bruce was leading us through. Thank you Bruce.

 
I liked this fence.

 

We make our way through Mexicalli.

 

We stopped at a money exchange right before the border. When we came out we started down a street that looked like it dead ended right where the line was crossing the border and that line was longÖ.. Someone in a car stopped and told Bruce where to go saying there was a motorcycle lane and we could by pass the cars. We headed down a narrow alley and I though OK weíll see what happens here. Not far at all, maybe a block there was a break in the barricade and it was the motorcycle entrance. Lee was having a little bit of a problem getting through as her bags were just about too wide. With a little bit of wiggling and tilting she got through.


With all of us through the barricade Lee ended up being direct up front and a nice guard walked to where we needed to go to show us the way. It was a little strange how we came in to the motorcycle lane but it worked and thatís all that mattered. Lee pulled up to the guard at the border and he asked her a few questions then asked for her passport. She had to dig it out. While she was doing that another guard was telling the rest of us to have our passports ready. We all lifted our passports and showed them they were ready as we were laughing at Lee for not having hers ready. The guard started off looking guard grumpy but ended up laughing along with us.


Only a few basic questions were asked, passports checked and through the border we went.

 


 

When we left that morning we were figuring on getting further than we did. Bruce had told us about a Casino about half way between El Centro and San Diego that might be a good place to stay or maybe go on to just east of San Diego depending on the time. Well, it was later than we planned and we decided we should stay in El Centro and head to San Diego early the next day. Where we stopped to make the where to stay decision was about a half a block from a motel 6 so we just grabbed rooms there.
 

Bruce and Barry missed Nora and Didi and I think they were checking to see if they had heard from their sweathearts. They act all macho and stuff but they both have hearts of gold.

 

We had time to clean up or at least as clean as you can get with only dirty clothes available before we headed for dinner. Now that we were back in the United States we were ready to eat American food and I got to experience something I had heard of but hadnít tried yet.

 

Bruce and Barry gave us the low down on this place. Bruce grabbed a table and saved it for us while the rest of us went in. OK letís go in and check this place out.

 


 

Lee and I decided Becky needed a new hat.

 

We decided Barry needed one too. Doesnít he look sophisticated?

 

Bruce was spared the hat thing since he was nice enough to get us a table. That place was busy and I can see why, those burgers and fries were mmmm, mmmm, good.



We walked back to the motel, took care of things and called it a night fairly early. We planned to head out early the next day since Lee, Becky and I had flights to catch the in San Diego and we still had 100 miles to go. The ride should only take a couple hours but we also had to unloaded the bikes, load them on the trailer and load all the gear in the truck and get to the airport. . . . . .
 
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Old 12-25-2013, 02:04 AM   #152
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Day 9 Going home, Sunday 11-24-13
 
We were up early and got our bikes packed. Interesting that the gal checking us in put us in handicap rooms. I guess that goes with the AARP discount.

We didnít park there through the night the bikes were only there long enough to load them in the morning.


Becky and Lee were eating in their room (oatmeal) meanwhile Bruce, Barry and I headed to McDonalds for breakfast and senior coffee.

 

Lee is ready to go.

 

Headed for San Diego with Bruce in the lead since he knows where he is going.

 


 

As we were climbing the hills to Crestwood Summit and Laguna Summit Lee and my 200s were struggling to keep the speed up. The road is a fun road filled with sweepers and Bruce kicked it up to have some fun on the road (He waited for us at the top).

 


 

At the top of the hills we stopped to warm up. It was much cooler here than it had been in Baja. Barry would be leaving us before getting to San Diego.
Barry saying goodbye to Becky.

 


 

Barry passed all of us and waved good bye.

 

There goes Barry. Bye, see you next time.

 

We made it to San Diego. I had to get the Hotel Circle sign for Kootenai Rider.

 
 
My GPS wasnít any good for navigating in Baja but it kept track of the miles. For being out 9 days we sure didnít ride many miles but had one heck of a good time. Becky and Lee had about 50 more miles since they had the ride to Cocoís Corner that the rest of us didnít do.

 

Now it was time to get out of our riding gear, get the bags off the bikes and load the bikes on the trailer.

 


 

We got them all on the trailer.

 


 

The two Suzukis are getting mighty friendly with each other.

 

We got all our gear in the back of the truck. We didnít pack it as nicely as Nancy did but we got it in there.

 

We had everything packed and had enough time to be able to walk across the street to the Marina for lunch and more American food.

 

It sure was nice to have a salad.

Lee had a salmon salad and boy did that look good too.



Hey Barry, we thought about you.

While in Baja none of the tables had pepper on them and Barry kept looking for pepper so we found him some pepper in San Diego.

 
We got a picture of all of us together, too bad we didnít get another one while Barry was still with us.


Bruce hugs Becky good bye.

 

Bruce would spend a few days in S. CA then haul our bikes back to Spokane. Becky, Lee and I caught the shuttle to the airport to catch our flights home. Becky and I to Spokane and Lee to Missoula.


Becky and my flight was delayed and would be taking off at about the same time as Leeís. We were on Southwest and she was on Delta. As we are taxiing down the runway we saw the plane Lee was on. We waved to her and Iím sure she saw us and waved back.

 

Another pretty sunset seems to be a perfect way to end a wonderful trip.
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Old 12-25-2013, 02:18 AM   #153
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Old 12-25-2013, 02:26 AM   #154
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Old 12-25-2013, 03:33 AM   #155
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Old 12-25-2013, 07:06 AM   #156
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This post is for Barryís friends and family.

Hi Everyone.
I know some of you are following this thread, Iím happy to have you along and hope you are enjoying the pictures and stories.


Barry and I have been friends for a number of years and for years he has been referring to me as the WWW = the Wicked Witch of the West. Now where he ever came up with that escapes me because Iím as sweet as they come.


While in Baja that question was answered, Iím not a wicked witch at all, Barry has been confused and the truth is . . . . . . . .

Up, up and away
I'll have you know, I've only referred to you as the WWW in the lower 48. But now your known world wide.
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Old 12-25-2013, 07:09 AM   #157
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Thanks for taking many many hours putting this report together in such a way that many rode it vicariously. It was a great trip with 5 congenial people. Looking forward to our next get together.
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Old 12-25-2013, 08:23 AM   #158
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Great ride report!! Merry Christmas!!
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Old 12-25-2013, 08:33 AM   #159
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Thanks again for the great report ! And Merry Christmas to you ! Kind of afraid to sign up for the big "W" get together , did last year and got walking pneumonia . May try and sneak in this next June . Everybody have a great new years too !
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Old 12-25-2013, 09:05 AM   #160
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Just a wonderful trip report, thanks so much for sharing it so wel!
I need to get a Rosetta Stone spanish course!
And a different ride.....

Merry Christmas and a Healthy & Happy New Year.
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Old 12-25-2013, 12:57 PM   #161
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Really enjoyed this R&R. This just tell me I still have a lot years to ride. As for the nite Clubs I'll leave them for the younger set to enjoy too. MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY YEARS
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Thanks for all the hard work writing this adv up, it sure was fun. But it was mostly fun because of all the right people along with me.
Merry Xmas to all!
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Thanks for taking many many hours putting this report together in such a way that many rode it vicariously. It was a great trip with 5 congenial people. Looking forward to our next get together.
Hey Barry, Didja notice who got the last hug from my girl Becky?
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Old 12-25-2013, 03:47 PM   #164
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Hi Klay, back at ya.


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Excellent, thanks!
Thank you.

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I'll have you know, I've only referred to you as the WWW in the lower 48. But now your known world wide.
Hmmmmmmm I don't know what to think about that.



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Thanks for taking many many hours putting this report together in such a way that many rode it vicariously. It was a great trip with 5 congenial people. Looking forward to our next get together.
Thanks, the next one will be even better.


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Great ride report!! Merry Christmas!!
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Thanks again for the great report ! And Merry Christmas to you ! Kind of afraid to sign up for the big "W" get together , did last year and got walking pneumonia . May try and sneak in this next June . Everybody have a great new years too !
Hopefully you will stay away from being sick for the next Jamboree and can make it. I think all five of us will be there.


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Just a wonderful trip report, thanks so much for sharing it so wel!
I need to get a Rosetta Stone spanish course!
And a different ride.....

Merry Christmas and a Healthy & Happy New Year.

You're very welcome, I enjoyed sharing with everyone.

I should get Rosetta Stone before I go again too so I can talk with the nice folks there. They are all so friendly.



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Really enjoyed this R&R. This just tell me I still have a lot years to ride. As for the nite Clubs I'll leave them for the younger set to enjoy too. MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY YEARS
Yes, I suspect you do have a lot of riding years ahead of you. I'm not a night club type of person but it would be fun to see what they are like for a few minutes and hear the music from a distance.


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Thanks for all the hard work writing this adv up, it sure was fun. But it was mostly fun because of all the right people along with me.
Merry Xmas to all!
All the right people is for sure. It was the right sized group with the right people.
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Old 12-25-2013, 05:30 PM   #165
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Thanks from me too, that was a thoroughly enjoyable tale of adventure and fun times with friends... Very inspirational.
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