October 04, 2006 GMT
Mazatlan, Beaches, Beer

I had a very nice ride from Oxnard to Yuma although it was VERY hot. I stopped in Palm Springs and tried to remember the Alaska cold (it didnīt work). Crossed the border into Mexico Sunday morning. Had a little trouble at the border. The brand new registration I had just received in the mail for the bike didnīt take effect till Oct 8th. The lady giving out the vehicle import permits wasn't having any of it. I smiled and winked. She said "go to customs and have them give me a letter". I went over there and they were closed on Sunday. I wonder if she knew that. I went back. I cried and begged. Nothing worked. I pleaded. After an hour she asked if I might have the official title. Yup (I brought it since I heard some countries didn't want the registration but instead the title. She said no problem. At the risk of looking a gift horse in the mouth I ask her why the title worked. She said "official document with no dates". Good enough! Away I went. Thru Hermasillo, Guyamas, Los Mochis (found a Colonel Sanders there so what the heck, Iīll get plenty more real Mexican food on the road). Got to Mazatlan Oct 3rd. About 75 miles north of Mazatlan there was a LOT of hurricane damage. Trees and buildings down and bridges out. Not much evidence in Mazatlan though.

I went looking for that great taco stand I mentioned. Eric, Susan, and Peter (some friends from the Harley group (we rode down 5 years ago)) can vouch for how great it is. You can imagine my sadness when I saw this.

Someone saw me taking the picture and told me they had moved down the street so headed there with great relief. Same great tacos, same pretty owner (right Peter)!

I talked my way into a very reduced price for a beach side room at the Playa Mazatlan. There are NO tourists here at this time of year. May have to do with the 90 degree temperature and the 95 percent humidity! Even so, I will stay here for a couple of days.

I also just looked at my online banking stuff and see that I just received my last paycheck (for a long time) from the Harley dealer where I work part time. I want Jan, Tracey, and Jason to know that I will spend it wisely. Most of it will go to liquor and lap dances and I will probably just WASTE the rest! (Julia, that was a joke, uh huh, yup a joke. That's my story and I'm stickin to it!!!)
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Posted by Rick McDermed at October 04, 2006 02:12 AM GMT

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