Brass Monkey 2004
2/10/2004. We left Tucson at 9:00 a.m. and spent the night in Jacumba, CA, population 500. While we were in Jacumba we saw the border patrol chase down a pick up truck at high speed with 16 illegals inside, using helicopters, dogs, unmarked cars, etc. The Jacumga Hotel has mineral and hot spring pools. There were eight of us at the hotel including two sidecar rigs.
2/11/2004. We left Jacumba at 7:15 and headed towards Tecate, 30 miles away. Tecate is a lot smaller and easier to cross into Mexico than TJ. We got our paperwork and traveled to El Rosario with the same group. While in El Rosario we stayed at the Hotel right by Mama Espinoza’s, a famous seafood restaurant that has been there for seventy years.
2/17/2004. Touching the whales was an unforgettable experience for both of us. After a short day of 225 miles we stayed in El Rosario. We got some tacos and ceviche tostadas at the local taqueria and picked up some beer for back at the room. We were there about two hours and Dave, Tom and Rob showed up. Two Canadians on bikes showed up and later on a man and his wife from Tucson showed up. We all went to Mama’s together to eat and tell stories.
2/18/2004. We ran into Tom a couple of times and got some tacos in Tecate and talked for a while. Sherry and I spent the night in El Centro and Tom and the Gods of Speed went back to Tucson, they’re always with him but you can’t see them.
Trip Summary. Before we left Sherry bought a book “Traveling on the Baja”. It was very helpful with restaurants, hotels and tourist info. We traveled 2,000 miles - 600 in the states and 1,400 on the Baja. The bike ran great and we had a great time!