Sat. Nov 18. Through Sun. Nov. 24, 2013 It all began last spring when Kootenai Rider had the great idea of going to Baja . His vision was to ride with a small group, camp, see the sites, explore the backroads, look for a few geocaches be tourists, ride slow and take the time to enjoy the flowers along the way. That sounded good to me as long as it wasnt going to be a fast aggressive type of ride. Over a couple Mexican dinners we kicked around ideas, brainstormed, plotted and came up with a plan. Bruce jumped at the chance to go eat some Mexican food and drink tequila and was IN for the fun. As a bonus Bruce had just retired and said he could trailer the bikes down to San Diego for us so no one else would have to drive. Sweet , a late fall Fly and ride. We fondly dubbed the ride "Leave em for Dead Tour ~ Baja Style" which goes along with a joke from a few years ago but written it loses a lot. As you can see the name of this tour changed. Just as I thought things were going smooth our leader received a job offer in China and bowed out. :eek1 Since I was working with Kootenai Rider on this from the start and agreed to figure out geocaches to look for I might as well do some research and figure out a route too. We left Kootenai Rider for dead and moved ahead without him. With help from Baja experts Big Wan, Little Wan and Just Paul I prepared a killer route. Each color on the west side of the map represents about 100 miles or so. The east side of the map is more pavement and I figured we could make up time if needed. I had tracks and I thought I was set to go. Ah yes, the plans of the foolish. Isn't my map pretty and doesn't that look like a fun route? There were five riders that ended up committing to this little adventure. The cast of characters in order of age: Barry aka Oldtimer Bruce aka AirheadBruce Sherry aka Ladybug0048 or Bug Sister 　 Becky aka Rainbow007 Lee aka MTLee6 Saturday, the week before our planned ride, it was time to get the bikes and gear over to Bruce so he could take it all to San Diego. Barry didnt participate in this activity as he was trailering his bike from TX to his Sisters home in CA. Lee trailered her bike from Missoula, MT and picked up Beckys bike in ID on the way through. Meanwhile I loaded up the Superbug and rode over to Bruces. At 1:00 pm Bruce was ready and waiting for the loading party to arrive. OK we need to fit 4 bikes on this trailer, keep the weight balanced and that was only three so we needed to try again. A few of the wheel chocks need to be moved a bit. The back of this truck was filled with Lee and Becky's gear and it needed to go into Bruce's truck which is smaller plus his gear and my gear. Oh yeah, and half the bed of the truck needs to remain unfilled so Bruce can sleep in there on the way to San Diego. Can it be done? Lucky for us Nancy came with Lee, even though she wasn't going to Baja with us, and she jumped in and got us organized. That's Nancy up there helping Bruce move the chocks. She even got all our gear packed in the back of the truck. The lady has some mad packing skills. As the sun was setting we finally had all four bikes on the trailer and all our gear packed in the back of Bruce's trailer and we headed to dinner. With that completed it was the long wait, while trying to keep our mind on work, until we could get on that flight for San Diego to join back up with our bikes. Finally the day came and it was time to head out on our big adventure. Bruce was already in San Diego with the bikes, Barry was in California with his bike, Lee was boarding a flight for San Diego and Becky and I were soon to be. Becky and I had a bit of time to kill so we went shopping. What Becky bought shows up later. Becky doing some last minute geocache clue organizing while waiting for our flight to show up. I was antsy and decided so see what I could find. It looks like a spaceship is coming in for a Starbucks fix. I wonder if the ship is powered by BMW engine. Here's our ride. Hurry up people, get off that plane, we want to go to Baja. Were on our way Like most people I dont like being cramped in an airplane but I do enjoy seeing the terrain below. Both Becky and I would see roads and get excited about how much fun they would be to ride. Of course most the time we had no idea where those roads were but we want to go ride them anyway. After landing in San Diego we hopped on the shuttle to Yacht_Harbor_Best_Western where Bruce was staying and had made arrangements to leave the pickup and trailer for the week. Bruce and Lee were waiting for us with our bikes unloaded. After getting thing repacked on the bikes Lee told me about a flowerbed full of Bird of Paradises that were blooming and very pretty. Since they dont do well in our area we enjoyed their beauty. The bikes are loaded, riding gear on and we are ready to head out. Bruce took the lead out of San Diego to get us to Spring Valley where we would be meeting Barry. Before we left we agree that if we got separated wed all keep going and meet up in Spring Valley. We are on our way!