Our friend/neighbor/landlady Russett invited us to dinner at her casita for our last meal before departure. She made a delicious dinner and had a guest she wanted us to meet. Laurel, a 26-year-old woman from Ashland, OR arrived in Los Barriles today on her bike! This was her last stop, after biking from San Diego, before boarding a plane tomorrow to return home. Russett had never met Laurel before, but got connected to her by email through a friend-of-a-friend-of-a-friend. Laurel and a girlfriend of hers had been planning the trip together for 10 months, and on the third day of the trip, just before they were to cross the border into Mexico, the friend backed out, citing feelings of discomfort about safety issues. Laurel was dismayed, naturally, but being a stalwart type, spent a week staying in a friend’s apartment in San Diego, placed an ad on Craigslist saying she was looking for a bicycle traveling companion, and shortly found a man about her age who agreed to make the trip with her. So they spent 3+ weeks riding down Mex 1 from Tijuana to La Paz together, and had a wonderful time! The man got on a ferry in La Paz to go to Mazatlan and continue his journey into South America. It was an interesting evening hearing about Laurels’ adventures. After we finished doing dishes, Russett left her casita to Laurel for the night (she has only one bed in her studio-size house) and came back to our house with her dog Sweetie to spend the night in our second bedroom. An enjoyable evening for our last night in Los Barriles. We’re sad to be saying goodbye to Russett!