sixth-leg-of-my-trip-to Belize

The sixth leg of my trip to Belize

The commandant had ordered me to return the next morning, so I did at a cost of $70 USD round trip to find out he couldn’t do anything due to equipment malfunction. His fax wouldn’t work.

Now it’s 2 days later, October 22 and I head back to the airport to find the fax still isn’t working so he cannot process my papers and I have to go to Guaymus or Hermisio.

So I get the airport guy to take me to the gas station to get 10 gals of car gas, which takes 2 trips, because the airport has no fuel.

I decide on Hermisio because it’s 75 miles closer and my friend Peter says the people there are terrific.

The Commandant calls ahead and I meet some of the nicest people of the trip.

I’ve been in Mexico 3 days and I’m finally, officially entering.

They take care of me like I’m royalty and I’m on my way to Mazatlan, about 600 miles down the coast.

Katrina is still in the Belize neighborhood where I’m going so I decide to take 2 days in Mazatlan because I got a terrific 5 star hotel on the beach for $59.It’s a great time.

Mazatlan was fun but now it’s time to move on to Zihuatineo. I catch a cab to the airport where I go through the usual ritual and the agonizing gasoline paperwork.

The flight is super except for some weather over the high mountains north of Acapulco. So I have to swing way over back to the coast to get around it. This adds about 15 minutes to the leg but it’s a short leg and I’m not too concerned.

Heading down the coast towards Acapulco the weather starts to get better and I enter the enormous Acapulco control area. But there’s still not much traffic.

Acapulco Bay is just beautiful from the air. I cleared Acapulco and the rest of the flight into Zihuatineo is uneventful.

The taxi driver sucks me in for 300 pesos to find a hotel, which should have cost $15 US for $50 US. At least it was clean. I found a good restaurant on the beach and chowed down and had a few beers. The taxi the next day was 145 pesos. The ripoffs in Zihuateneo were very disappointing.

On to Puerto Escondido. The hotel there is unusual but beautiful and comfortable. I walked along the beach and the surf is enormous, much higher than Mazatlan. I met a guy with a kitchen on the beach that showed me a fish he is going to cook for me that night, if I come back. I’m tired so I go to bed early.

Since the Internet isn’t working in my room I call the front desk and they tell me I can hook up in the bar.

The next day when I check out they add $150 to the posted price over what they quoted when I checked in. They even charged me to call the front desk. I told them what they could do with their hotel and left.

Check here for the seventh leg of my trip to Belize

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