Woke up at Ron's and had a delicious breakfast of waffles and orange juice. And Reina says she can't cook - nonsense! We headed over to the motorcycle shop to get some new tires. If you are not aware, motorcycle tires undergo a higher level of stress than your typical automobile tire. As such, they cost a lot more and don't have a very long life. I needed "new shoes" to be able to finish this trip, since the anticipated mileage was around 13K miles. South Bay Motorsports said unfortunately the tires I had ordered were still on backorder, but I was able to find a pair at San Diego House of Motorcycles and South Bay still was able to install the tires on the same day. Both these organizations deserve a load of credit. Please visit them if you are in the area.
While I waited for the tires to get taken care of, Ron gave me a personalized tour of the San Diego area. Not including Ron, those crazy California driver are really funny about both turn signals & the fast lane. They don't use signals much, and aren't bothered with using the left lane for going faster than surrounding traffic. They often speed by in the exit lanes or what ever lane or space is available. I guess it is easier that way. . .
Ron and Reina took time out of their day to help me get the tires straightened out and showed me the Old Point Loma Lighthouse at Cabrillo National Monument and the San Diego Harbor. The Naval center in San Diego was very active when we were in the area, and I later found out that the USA was assisting with a rescue of a downed Russian Submarine and 9 sailors in the submarine were safely rescued later.
Finally left for my first checkpoint - San Ysidro, CA around 5:00 PM. Remembered to get off the highway before rolling into Mexico, this time (A story for another time. . . ) and got my required photo and timed gas receipt to submit to SCMA for official start time for this Tour, which has to be finished in 21 days. Left for El Central, CA for my first nights stay, just 131 miles away. Got there about 8:30 PM and the temperature was still 98 degrees. At sundown, this town seems like rush hour. Lots of traffic for a little town. Got to sleep about 9:00 PM and will awake for a very early start across the Yuma desert.
Cumulative motorcycle return waves today: 101