When we had driven in to Baja through Tijuana we had seen the same old terrible traffic jamb of people trying to get out. I told everyone about the wonderful crossing at Tecate and they didn't believe me. However, on the 17th they were willing to follow me up highway 3 to Tecate to try it out. The advantage of this border crossing is that it has only one lane, so it is fair. While in Tijuana the two lane road widens into 10 lanes that then neck back down into two or three open gates. You spend hours jockeying for position in the wide section, trying to guess which lane actually goes somewhere, watching people zip past you who guessed better, fending off beggers and people trying to sell you junk. In Tecate the border crossing took only 25 minutes!
Once across the border we stopped for brunch at a strip mall and then continued driving all the way home. Dave and Chris went their separate way, then we dropped off Joe, Dave and Fred in the south bay. By the time I dropped Don off in Vallejo and Roger in Santa Rosa, I didn't get home until after midnight.