We stop on I-5 at the usual rest stop and take a short break
The ride down the coast on Interstate 5 is uneventful and after an easy climb up the road we arrive up at the top of the mountain with an overview of just about all of San Diego. If it was clear maybe we could even see Hawaii. The trip down the mountain was much steeper on the other side, encountering a 15% grade with several twists and turns winding up in La Jolla.
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What might you ask is the highlight of this trip, is it the reading of the Chapter charter, or meeting with all my STAR friends, the motorcycle ride down I-5, starting off a new year with a great group of people, the view from Mt. Soledad or having lunch at Islands Hamburgers. Well, this time I have to go with lunch at Islands, even though catching up with all the STAR members and guests should come in as the major highlight of the day. It’s been a couple years since eating at an Islands Hamburger place so I am elated to learn there has been a major breakthrough, possibly due to a change in management or maybe watching a few episodes of Restaurant Impossible or something. At last I can order a hamburger with Thousand Island dressing, I can order a salad with the burger at no extra charge instead of requiring a separate order of fries and they have Sweet & Low sweetener for my Passion Fruit iced tea. Yes life is good. It seems they must have had an epiphany of sorts at the home office to give the customer what the customer wants instead of forcing the customer to have what Islands wants us to have. This literally warrants a letter to their home office in praise of the new (to me) menu. Back at home I ask Mrs. Rider why we don't go to Islands and she had the answers right off the bat, confirming my excitement at the new options.
I used to be able to imbed Google Maps and Street View photos but for some unknown reason can no longer get them to work in the Blog. Very frustrating. I took photos off the monitor to fill in the missing Google views. Breaking news-I am good -figured out how to post the Google pics and Street View see above.