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This is a planned 28 day trip, covering 8 States & 2 Countries.

Normally I keep contemporaneous notes and try and post the Ride Reports "real time".

This Ride Report is going to be a bit discombobulated because of an unexpected incident in Mexico.

I will try and keep it rolling as best I can given the circumstances.

Also, this is our 3rd trip traveling a new way. We no longer spend time & $ on Motels or expensive food. We also collapse time frames and increase our riding enjoyment by riding the bike Only on great riding roads. No more spending 10 hours a day, for multiple days, on straight boring interstate, just to get to where we really want to ride.

To see more details on our new way of travel, click HERE.

Day 1 thru 4-

Our plan is to get out to Rosarito, Mexico in five days. We could do it in 2 days, but we have some stops planned along the way.

Our first stop is the Historic Route 66 Campground, at the intersection of Route 66 and 83.




We had a great time here. Enjoyed a sunset, met a fellow biker (Softail), and enjoyed some of the history of the area!

Got some good photos, some good drone shots of us going down Old Route 66.


Day 2 & 3-

We're in Roswell, NM. Nothing to do with riding. We've bypassed stopping here so many times, we decided to see some aliens!






Still Day 3-

Leaving out of Roswell we head down to White Sands National Monument.

No drone flying in this airspace, but we got a ton of Gopro footage and photos as we rode around exploring this amazing place.






Walking up to the top of some of these pristine WHITE dunes was a different experience.






Cloud pic-








Day 4-

A little out of the way, but what a crazy place! Some pretty tight winding roads too.

Saguaro National Park-




We even got some drone footage of us riding along the edge of the National Park!


Days 5-13 coming soon.


Those of you who've read any of our previous Ride Reports (if you haven't you can see some of them HERE) know that we usually post dozens of photos per day.

We did have over 1000 photos and hours of Gopro and Drone footage from these first 4 days....BUT, we were robbed and the thieves got all the thumb drives and other media that the photos and videos were stored on.

5 of the above photos are all that we have left from these 4 days...they were texted, so were still in the "cloud".


SURPRISE #1






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Day 5-

Very few surviving photos of this day.

This first one is after we crossed the border into Mexico.

We are driving along the border, headed west.

You can see Double border walls to the right in this photo. Last year when we were here, there was only one wall there.








After arriving at our home for the next 10 days or so. Popotla RV Park. Right on the ocean.

View from our front door.






We stayed here last year and had a great time. But we did not have the motorcycle last year.

This year we brought the Tri Glide to enjoy riding around Baja California.







Sunset this evening.






This is a beautiful place to stay, and being able to hear the ocean, day and night...it's something Mary really enjoys.

We are looking forward to an even better time than we had last year!

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Day 9-

Earlier this week we rode along the ocean front...from 10 km south of Rosarito, up to the northern edge of Rosarito. Enjoying the views and doing some sight-seeing. We have no photo's of these days 6-8.


Today we decide to ride up to Tijuana. It's a bit cloudy, but should burn off by afternoon...







The Popotla RV Park has spaces, like we're in, for RV's. But there are also a bunch of "permanent" homes here too.

It is a secure facility, with controlled access, guards patrolling and 40 security cameras being monitored 24/7.

Speed Limit inside is 5 mph, and they do not allow motorcycles. We got an exception, partly based on me not having swapped out the stock exhaust yet.

Riding toward the gated entrance/exit this morning.






Once outside the gate...







...it is less the 1 km to the first Military Checkpoint.

They know us here, that we are staying in Popotla, and usually just wave us thru.






The main road between where we're staying and the Toll Road to Tijuana is the Avenue of the Artisans...







...it is about 5 km long before reaching the southern part of Rosarito. But this is where we get on the Toll Road to TJ.








Once on the Toll Road it is 34 km to Tijuana...







...it is pretty much like an interstate or freeway. Speed limit ranges between 55-66 mph.







This is something you don't see much of. A guy lives here, right on the side of the Toll Road in this Tent/Shack.








Here and there along the coastline are high rise hotel resorts already built, and new ones going up, for the large # of tourists that Baja California gets.






Will post more of Day 9 as time allows.

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Day 9 Continued-

Still on the Toll road...







...enjoying the ride up to...







...TJ. They've done a fair amount of work getting a nice road along the coast.








"The Bridge"








"The Exit"








Paying our $ as we exit the Toll road and...







...go thru the second military checkpoint of the day.








Straight ahead, on the hill, those are the double border walls. Later today we'll be riding down to the Tijuana Beach (Playa). Right now we're headed to downtown TJ.







Straight ahead, and to the right is Tijuana, everything to the left is San Diego County, California.








Getting into TJ traffic now.





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Day 9 continued-

Typical TJ traffic...








...there is a unique energy to the organized chaos of the streets.







After getting to our appointment and taking care of business, we get ready to leave the secure parking facility...








...and head back into TJ traffic...








...we want to ride around downtown a bit...








...it has been several decades since I last rode a motorcycle down here. Just like in California, lane splitting is still ok...








But the Military cruising around downtown is sorta new.








This is the old main drag...








...of downtown "tourist" TJ.








Ok, enough of downtown, time to head to the beach.






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Day 9 continued-

Playas de Tijuana-







On the other side of the multi-colored wall straight ahead is the USA, or more specifically, California.

This is the same area where so many photos of folks climbing the wall end up in news reports.







Lots of tourists here today, taking photo's in front of the sign.








Time to turn around, and ride along the beach. We almost stopped...








...like this couple on their Harley, to take a walk down to the beach...








...but looking down the road, we decided not to. We like the beach where we're staying better.








Headed away from the beach...









...back up to the Cuota (Toll Road, aka the "1D") to where we're staying in Popotla.







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Day 9 concluded-

Here's a video of our ride around TJ today-







Back on the "Scenic Highway"...








...a nice view of the Pacific off to the right.








Back at the Toll Booth-








It really is a nice road along the coast...








The clouds have mostly burned off & we decided to stop at this scenic pull-out...








...it really is quite picturesque...








...time to get some nice footage.





But, it was not to be. If you watched the video at the beginning of this Ride Report, this is when and where it happened.


Last photo of Day 9...sunset back at camp.





Day 10 coming soon.

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Day 10 thru 14-

Limited photo's for these 5 days.

This is a photo from the evening of Day 9. Mary is a trooper!







Day 10 we went to the FRAO (Foreign Residents Attention Office) because we were told they could give us some sort of temporary paperwork to get us across the border, back into the USA.

Fail.

All we did was fill out this form and then they said that we had to go to the embassy in Tijuana to get the paperwork we needed.








After that we went up to our friends office in TJ...






...he has a nice collection of classic cars in the secure parking below his building...







...this is his latest.







When we told him what the FRAO told us, he said the embassy had moved from Tijuana to Otay-Mesa...AND, it is not an embassy, it is the US Consulate.

He called them for us and they let him know it was too late for us to go there today (Friday). They are closed on Saturday and Sunday, so the soonest we can be there is Monday, and we have to be there between 8am-11am for us to get emergency passports that day.

After that his daughter took us to the TelCel store to get a cell phone so we can have a way to call and get internet connection. (and take photos).


Back "home" in Popotla for the evening.






We spent a good part of this evening canceling cards, reporting passports stolen, locking down our stolen phones, etc.

A big thing we did was get ahold of our neighbor and ask her to get on the computer in our home and find some scanned copies of ID to email to our friend in TJ.


Day 11-

We headed back up to our friends office...

***********************

EVERY trip we are making is taking us thru 3 military checkpoints and 1 police checkpoint.

The risk is that at any one of these we could be handcuffed & detained indefinitely for failing to have any ID. Since we have no way of providing ID, it could literally be hours, or even overnight, before we MIGHT be released.

As hard as it may be to picture, this cloud of stress of needing to travel, but under the constant possibility of being detained, is far greater than the less then 2 minutes of being robbed.

**********************

...back in his office, he has already printed out the scanned copies of our ID's that our neighbor emailed him.

1 passport for Mary that is expired.

1 drivers license for me that is current

1 Carry permit for each of us that is current

So now, we at least have a little something. Not sure how well any of it will work if we are stopped, but we feel a little better.

On the way back "home" to Popotla, we stop at Walmart...





...yeah, they are everywhere, even in Rosarito.

Notice Mary's new "Purse".







Shaded parking is included...







...but this is the first Walmart I've ever had to pay to park in their parking lot!





More in next post.


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Day 11 continued-

After paying to get out of the Walmart parking lot...







...we went across the street to Home Depot...








...to pick up a couple of things.








Then a couple of km's down the road we stopped at the Office Depot. They did not have anything we needed.







Back "home" for the day, the view out our window.







Day 12-

We hung out in the secure area where we are camped all day today...








...walking around...








...enjoying the views...








...and a relaxing time, with no threat of being detained.








This afternoon we got a bit of video with Kathy & Bruce (Baja RV Couple). They're just two doors down from us and have been a great encouragement and help.







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Day 13-

Today is the big day!

We're going to the US Consulate.




Well, that was a let down.

-No passports.

-Did not even get in the door.

-Waited in line, outside, for 45 minutes to talk through a bulletproof window to someone that English was not their first language.

-Was told to go try and cross the border with no paperwork, and if they rejected us, to come back the next day.

My pre-conceived idea that as a US Citizen I could go to a US Embassy or US Consulate and be treated with some sort of caring or recognition that they wanted to help a fellow citizen...well that notion was totally squashed.

See the video below for more on the fiasco.

So back "home" again.






Day 14-

We are going to hook up...







...load up...







...and try and cross the border with no ID.








Two hours later, still in line.







No cameras allowed at the actual border crossing.

Mary is one happy camper!







After 15 minutes, the Border Agent let us back into the USA. A huge load of stress gone!








Less than an hour later we are in the San Diego, California, USA Walmart parking lot!




We're here to do some shopping, and go to the Verizon store to get our stolen phones replaced.

We got the groceries, but not the phones. Even though we had all our passwords and could answer all the security questions. They could not replace them without ID, which we still don't have. lol

That's ok. We have enough cash to get enough gas to get us to Bagdad, Arizona, where we are meeting Kurt to do some riding!



On the road we go! Drove til the Golden Acorn Casino, about halfway between Alpine and El Centro, Cali.




Tomorrow we will be in Arizona!

Here's a video with some of what we went thru trying to get out of Mexico-





Arizona and Riding in the USA coming soon!!!


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