Tomorrow morning first thing I am off to meet up with Reg and Toecutter for a trip down to Baja for a week or so. I have an appointment with physio first thing then out and onto the freeway and I am off. I am trucking the bike down to Sacramento to meet with Reg. I really debated whether I was going to ride or truck the bike down. It really was a horrible pain in the ass getting that bike loaded into the truck. The truck is basically brand new and replaces a truck that is about 4 - 6 inches lower than this one. My ramps are great ramps, three of them side by side that clamp together. They basically cover the whole width of the truck box, but the instructions of the ramps suggest a max height of the truck box as 30". My truck is 36. The bike bottoms out at the crest of the ramp/tailgate. I have tried jacking up the front of the truck, thus lowering the rear. I unloaded the bike from it that way after I had help from the dealership loading it. That was extremely UN-nerving to do. I tried doing the same to load it and came to the conclusion that this way is far to risky for my liking. So. What I did was I took the truck and bike to where I store my RV. Owner there has a gravel pile there and I was able to climb the front of the truck to the top of that pile in bull low, hook up the ramps. Loading the bike was almost as easy as pushing it into the garage. We shall see what happens in Sacramento where I meet with Reg and we are loading his bike in there too, and trucking onto Atascadero. Such is the plan right now anyway. But I just about gave up on trucking the bike in favour of riding the full distance. That would been one hell of a ride, which I have done before, but Jesus, I am getting too old and worn out for such nonsense. Today is Sunday, and the bike is all packed up and ready to go. I ordered up a set of Canyon Carvers for this bike. Previously I have just strapped the bike to the back of the truck and it has worked fine. I had no idea how much easier the task would be with the Canyon Carvers. They are just the cat's meow. I gave the bike a go over in the last little while and decided it was time for a new air element. Take a look at the photo. I think it was long over due. Almost embarrassing. But I do think a lot of that crap and crud is from this year. I am sure I replaced that filter not really that long ago. Most of my packing is done. I have put all my clothing in plastic bags. Socks in one bag, gauchies another, T's yet another. I have found that just packing things into the hard bags turns into a hell of a mess after just a couple days of in and out of the bags then everything is in a disorganized guddam mess. So will give that a try and see how it goes. Tomorrow, I head to Sacramento. I should arrive there sometime Wednesday. My intent is to take my time. Reg has graciously offered a place for me to lay my head for a couple nights. We will load his bike into the truck whenever, but I think he and I are going to head down to Atascadero after he gets off work Friday afternoon. I think the plan is to meet Toe there. But these plans could change a few times before that happens. The plans are kinda like flowing flood waters. All over the place. I guess we will not know what a days plans are until we start and finish the day. I think Reg and Toe just took 7 days off work so I don't think we will be making it down to Cabo San Lucas for sure. We shall see just where the road takes us. This is basically my first excursion into Mexico other than dipping into Tecate with Derstuka and Scubalong back in 2012 just for dinner. I'll try to post up when I can.