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Getting ready for the Tombstone Christmas Parade.

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Doc was enjoying being in the parade.

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Next day, we went to visit with the local Tombstone Hearse and Trike who also builds custom motorcycle hearses.

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Jack Feather does beautiful work and is so well known, that he was asked to help build a replica of the horse drawn hearse that was used during Abraham Lincoln's funeral, for the 150th anniversary of Lincoln's Funeral. It was built as close as possible to the real thing using just one old photo of the original....very cool stuff !

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More random shots.....

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Snow Christmas Eve !!  Yeah baby !

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Christmas morning, there's was a light dusting of snow, better than nothing !

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Met this really cool couple riding together...she was on a military Harley Davidson, she really loved it and said it fit her well. I thought it was pretty damn cool !

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Doc wanting to go chase the Javalina around the corner from the Motel....but I could not let him, they'd tear him up if they felt threatened.

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Yep....still got more to post from Tombstone....

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Just playin' around with the camera....

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Looking east towards the Dragoon Mountains....

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They show the movie "Tombstone" a lot, so one night I went to watch the entire movie at the Crystal Palace. 

Watching the movie Tombstone in Tombstone, having a shot of Doc Holliday's favorite Whiskey "Old Overholt", with my buddy Doc Holliday by my side in the Crystal Palace....man, that was a good night !  At the time I thought, "doesn't get much better than this".

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Quite possibly Val Kilmer's best roll, and the best portrayal of Doc Holliday ever !

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I had talked to a friend on Facebook who said he was coming towards Southern Arizona to go camping and riding, but never thought we'd get to see each other. As I went to the next town over to go grocery shopping, I see this guy walking up to me and I realize it's him...my friend Richard Amiton from San Diego. What a damn coincidence, we laughed. He introduced me to his wife and friends, and they had to meet Doc Holliday and check out the sidecar rig. We chatted for a bit, then they had to get on their way.

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Back in Tombstone....the sweetheart bartender from Doc Holliday's Saloon.

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With my new best friends, Regi and Marcel with Grizzly, Gene with Chaco, me and Doc.

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Best buds, Doc and Chaco

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Doc, Chaco and the pup Grizzly....Doc was a mentor for both Chaco and Grizzly, they both were not socialized much with other dogs....Doc literally taught them how to play with others and be social.

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Next day, Gene and I wanted to do the horseback tour of the backcountry around Tombstone. Our tour guide was Mike Evans, the DS Breeder we met the other day at the Tombstone Monument Ranch. I asked my friends Regi and Marcel if they could watch Doc for a few hours. They said yes, and I knew Doc would be OK because he had little Grizzly to play with.

We met some great people on the horse tour and learned a lot of local history that is outside the normal stuff you see in Tombstone. Mike is a very knowledgeable guide.

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Mike on the right, explaining the history of the Tombstone Railway built to move the Silver Ore from the mine to the larger nearby town.

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I hadn't been on a horse in over 25 years, it was great to ride again. My horse "Sheriff" was an awesome boy, he knew exactly what to do, I barely had to do anything to control him. I talked to him like I talk to my dog, he seemed to like that ( after all, aren't they like Big Dogs ? )

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An old mineshaft, many were still open holes.

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It really DOES feel like the Wild Wild West here....

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Remnants of an old miner's cabin...it had a secret escape route out the back in case of Indian attack.

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My boy "Sheriff".

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Gene feeding apples to the horses.

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Another day at the Monument Ranch, Doc entertaining a little girl...he is so awesome with kids !

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Where the girl is sitting, those panels on the floor show an underground tunnel that was used as an escape route out of an existing building.

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Doc tuckered out after another active day in Tombstone.

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Our stay in Tombstone was coming to an end, so we tried to cram in all the touristy stuff we wanted to see and do into the next couple days.

Stagecoach Tour with our friend "Preacher Tom"...everyone in Tombstone has a nickname.

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Inside the historic courthouse....

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Most of the town burned to the ground....TWICE.... 2 devastating fires, but they rebuilt the town both times.

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One of my childhood heroes...

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Founder of Tombstone....

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Imagine, these being the only instruments a doctor has to work on you nowadays !

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Geronimo....

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I find this history fascinating....

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The Earps and Doc Holliday before the OK Corral gunfight....

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There is a full set of an artist's rendition of the famous gunfight, here's just one photo.

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Mining drill....looks like a machine-gun.

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A reconstruction of the Gallows....

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Almost done with the Tombstone tour....

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The mine tour.

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Doc goin' underground....100 feet down inside the mine.

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The historic Birdcage Theater, still in it's original condition....

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The Birdcage was really interesting...

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Getting ready to leave Tombstone next.

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Everyone we knew wanted to say bye to Doc Holliday before we left. We had fun for what I thought was our last day there.....

My now good friend Karin.

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Chaco the Canyon Commander and I.

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Chaco and Doc....best buds.

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The girls at the motel.....

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The next day I was about to leave, and I decided to call my friend Ed ( Shafted on ADVrider )....I told him I was leaving, and he said..."What ?  I'm on my way to Tombstone, I was going to surprise you".  Guess I was staying another night !

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We went out for dinner, then I introduced him to all my Tombstone friends and we had a blast !

Ed, Marcel and Regi.

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Doc with another best bud, Grizzly.

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Ed gettin' a boot shine from "Johnny Shoeshine"....Johnny's a pro !

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Doc's last time to Doc Holliday's Saloon.

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We had a great time in Tombstone. Yes, it's a touristy town on the surface, but when you get to know it from behind the scenes, it's a great little town ( 1200 people ) with a lot of great people who make their living there. We made many new friends and still stay in touch with some who we consider lifelong friends. We will be back !

And that concludes our story from a month in Tombstone...."The Town Too Tough to Die".

 

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My friend Ed was heading to Phoenix to meet his wife to see a concert, but on the way he wanted to see the Titan Nuclear Missile Museum. It's an actual old missile silo that has been preserved as a museum open to the public, so I joined him....glad I did !  This is really interesting and the tours are put on by volunteers. Our guide was great.

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The blast doors protecting the facility from nuclear attack.

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Our guide in the missile control room....

 

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Ed listening intently to our guide.

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Huge vibration isolators, everything is isolated against earthquakes and missile attack. The amount of engineering that goes into building a missile silo is mesmerizing.

 

 

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The Trident Missile poised in it's silo.

 

 

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Peace thru Deterrence.

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Looking down into the silo from above ground.

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Said goodbye to Ed after the tour....he headed to Phoenix, and I headed back towards San Diego....to be continued.

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Next day, as we were passing the sand dunes near Glamis and Buttercup off of Interstate 8, I had to get off the highway and go riding in the sand dunes for a bit. They were moist from recent rains so it was great. I didn't venture too far up into the dunes since I knew we'd eventually sink in and get stuck. Our rig drew a lot of attention from the people riding around and camping, as we fishtailed back and forth thru the lower part of the dunes....great fun !

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After playing around in the dunes, we continued on to our next destination....the Airheads BMW Club annual 1st Chance / Last Chance Rendezous, for the New Year's Campout at Agua Caliente Park. 

When we pulled into the town of Ocotillo, I saw a bunch of trailers, motorcycles and off-road rigs. They were having a weekend campout and get together with one of the off-road clubs. I ran into Ed Stovin, President of San Diego Off Road Coalition....he wanted to take my rig for a quick ride.

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Also saw Mimi Selly, friend and member of our club San Diego Adventure Riders.

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It was then time for the evening festivities for New Year's Eve.

Airhead friend John C.

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Not going to mention any names, but this guy's pants got wet from the rain, and he couldn't find his dry pants....LOL !!  He was pissed when he knew I took the photo. Sometimes, when you play, you gotta pay !

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The obligatory chair stacking ceremony at the end of the night....gather up everyone's chairs when they're sleeping and put them in a stack.

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Think he finally found his dry pants.

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My nice camp spot. Also, the last time I used this tent. It lasted about 20 years, great little tent, but the tarp started to leak and then the zippers broke....was time to retire it.

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Most everyone started packing up to leave on Sunday, new year's morning.

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Doc got to reunite with his girlfriend Claire....they were both tired after a busy weekend running around and playing.

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I had to go back to San Diego to take care of some personal business. While in my favorite beach town of Ocean Beach, we ran into an old friend with his kids, from San Diego Adventure Riders.....Papa Alex, who was one of the first club members to go riding with me and helping me lay out the first Desert Dash Dualsport Rides....was great to see him and what a coincidence.

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More to come.....

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My plan when I went back to San Diego was to take care of some personal business, I only planned on being in San Diego for a couple months. I had been doing a lot of thinking and decided I'd see if someone could build me a custom 2 wheel drive for my sidecar rig. I talked with my sidecar builder Chris Canterbury, and he just didn't have the time to do it. A few days later, I get a call from him saying he thought of someone local who could do it for me. I knew who the guy was, since I met him up at Chris's shop when I picked up my sidecar. This guy Jake had been working for him for a few weeks, Chris was really doing him a favor as the guy was going thru some rough times. So, I contracted with this guy Jake to build me a 2 wheel drive for our rig. He promised that he could do the job properly and in a timely manner. Well, to make a long story short, he ended up being a real flake and had the rig for over 5 months, didn't complete it and there were problems with it....then I ended up firing him. That's a whole other story for another time. I ended up being in San Diego for over 7 months instead of the original plan of about 3 months ( including the 2 wheel drive build ). While in San Diego, we enjoyed our time as much as possible, attended a bunch of motorcycle events and went to the beach a lot.

I'll share some of those things with you....

While staying with a friend in Oceanside during this time, a good friend from England who I met a few years ago, Kris came into town so we got together.

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Cycle Gear in North County had a bike night and they wanted us to come to promote our club, so my partner Mike and I went and a few other SDAR members showed up to show support also.

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Doc is now used to getting all the attention whenever we go anywhere with the sidecar rig.

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Then there was an Airhead Tech Day at Avery's house in North County....always a good time seeing my Airhead friends, and some people actually get work done on their bikes !

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After some beach time in Ocean Beach, we went to a local pizza joint and Doc saw his friend Tianne....Doc is such a lady's man and a character.  He's doing double high fives here and taking chicken right from her lips....lucky dog !

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Another girl wanted to get in on the Doc action.

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Towards the end of February, it was time for our annual AMA Sanctioned Dualsport Ride put on by San Diego Adventure Riders. Since i was in town, I wanted to help my club organize the 14th Annual Anza Borrego Desert Dash. I started putting on this ride 14 years ago when our club was just starting out.

Here's our Friday night Taco King, Tracy ( Cosmo ) cooking up dinner for the volunteer crew, with the help of Deb ( DS Fox ).

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John ( Carguy ) with his pups.

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Action shots of riders out there on the ride....

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Guy on a little TW200.

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Doc on the lookout for riders.

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This rider on the GS1200 had some trouble in the sandy and rocky sections....but he made it through and was not complaining !

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Mike in the SDAR Support Vehicle....we always have at least a couple support trucks out on the ride, stocked with Gatorade and water to offer the riders.

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The February weather in the desert can range from warm to hot, or cold, wet, sometimes we've even had snow on the ride. This year it was warm...here, Doc is takin' a break in the shade.

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Butterfield Ranch RV Resort, where the ride starts and finishes. Our event is the biggest and brings them the most business in one weekend, every year. We like supporting local businesses !

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At the clubhouse for Saturday night dinner and raffle. The local shops in San Diego always donate lots of merchandise to raffle away for the riders on Saturday night after dinner. 

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Scotty and Diedre Ricks have been doing an awesome job with the catering for the last few years.

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Sunday, out checking on the riders making sure everyone is OK and having a good time....

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It was another successful Desert Dash event.

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It was time to take Doc for his Therapy Dog test with Therapy Dogs International. I found a testing date not far from San Diego and figured he'd probably pass his test. We arrived at the animal shelter where they were holding the test.

The evaluators who put on the test and did the dog evaluations....

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A big part of the test is if the dogs can handle socialization with other dogs well....I knew Doc would pass that part of the test with flying colors !

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Some of the other dogs at the test.

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Doc obeying commands.... "Sit" !

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Every dog that day passed their Canine Good Citizen and Therapy Dogs International test.

On the way home, Doc listening to me tell him I was proud of him passing his test.

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A few weeks later, Doc got his official paperwork in the mail.

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Doc will be following in the footsteps of my previous Therapy Dog, Cody the Codemeister.

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Our plan is to visit nursing homes, kid's homes, hospitals....anywhere where Therapy Dog visits can be beneficial to people who love animals. The purpose of a Therapy Dog / Therapy Animal is to share their love with humans.

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A guy I've been communicating on Facebook with, Brad who rides his ass off all over the country, was rolling into San Diego from Delaware on his Harley, nicknamed the Mile Eater. His wife Lina flew in to meet him. We went out for fish tacos to my favorite place in Ocean Beach. In the last pic, his wife is waving goodbye....that was the first and last time she would wave to me, sadly she recently passed away unexpectedly. I am glad I got to meet her this one time.

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Goodbye Lina, Godspeed....

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Another night down in Ocean Beach, Doc had quite an audience as he was doing his tricks at the pizza joint....

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My friend Tianne is the one who got Doc to start taking food from her lips....

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Doc is always making people smile wherever we go !

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BMW Airheads Tech Day in North County, San Diego. Always a fun time with my Airhead friends, many I've known for about 25 years....

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My friend John is always helping people work on their bikes...

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Next day, we got our new Hilleberg Nammatj 3GT tent, so it was time to set it up for the first time in the yard.

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Few weeks later, it was time for yearly Tech Day at Stoner's house.

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A home made BMW Scrambler !

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The man of the hour, Larry "Stoner" Stonestreet.

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Rain didn't deter some riders from showing up, even from a couple hours away....cars ?  We don't need no stinkin' cars !

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I was staying for a couple months with Stoner at his house, so I offered to help him out with the day and I manned the Brats on the grille.

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Doc waitin' for some Brats !

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If all else fails, read the manual.

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Fork rebuild...and a SALUTE !

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Doc tuckered out after a busy day with the Airheads Beemer Club.

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A Lone Wolf left after Tech Day....OH NO, it's an Oilhead !!

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(Time to start catching up on this trip report)......

Before leaving San Diego, I got in touch with the SD Chapter of Therapy Dogs International. They did not have a picnic / get together in awhile, so I told them we were leaving and I had a new Therapy Dog. So, we organized a little picnic in Santee for the local chapter....these are all Certified Therapy Dogs who's job is to visit people in need at nursing homes, hospitals, children's homes, hospice, etc., and share their love....

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Some time in June of 2017, Arnie Fry (Afry) and his wife Christy invited me to his Real Estate Office, San Vicente Realty, for Cruise Night in Ramona. We had a blast, there were a bunch of locals at Arnie's place on main street and we got to watch the show as bikes and cars drove by during cruise night. There was lots of great food too. The dinosaur build in the photos, was made by a local just for fun...pretty cool !

I'm so glad I went to see Arnie this time....because I'm very sad to say, Afry passed away a couple months later from a heart attack while he was flat track racing. The smile on his face here exemplifies his personality....all the pictures I've seen of him, he has this big sh$# eating grin....he loved life and enjoyed it everyday to the fullest !

RIP Arnie Fry.

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Since I was leaving San Diego for good, I wanted to see my old roomate Kato (from SDAR) and his lovely daughters, who met Doc when I first adopted him, and hung out with him everytime they stayed at our house. So we met in Ocean Beach at Dog Beach, then went out for pizza.....

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Sophie letting Doc take some chicken right from her lips....

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Double high fives for Sophie...

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Doc with Sophie and Mimi....

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My buddy Kato with his girls...

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Sophie, Mimi and I....

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He aint going, it's like the guy that buys the sailboat and sits in the bay. Poor Doc, he has his visa and everything.

:(

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Trip report will continue soon, to catch up from Summer 2017 to January 2018.

Trip is on hold for the moment due to unforeseen circumstances, but we'll definitely be back on the road to Mexico and South America in a few months.....needed to go back to work on Long Island to save some money....details about that later.

We're still livin' and lovin' life.

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On 5/9/2018 at 12:45 PM, Uncle Champ said:

He aint going, it's like the guy that buys the sailboat and sits in the bay. Poor Doc, he has his visa and everything.

:(

:wub:

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