Leaving Baja was tough.  I told myself that I would have plenty of time to relax and enjoy myself during the trip.  No schedules, no need to look at a calendar, know what day it is, or even what time it is….. you get the picture…. none of the worries of a ‘normal’ life.  However, I went ahead and created my own constraints by deciding to work the WRC events in Sweden and Mexico.  My flight leaves on Friday, which means I have to make it to Mexico D.F. by Thursday, figure out what I will do about leaving my car for a month, and then head for a detour to Europe.  I would have enjoyed staying for another week in Baja.  I was really starting to enjoy the place, the people, and the relaxed way of life.  For every downside, there’s an upside.  In this case, Baja is relatively close to the ‘States, so I will probably / definitely make a return trip.

After bidding farewell to Baja, I took the overnight ferry from La Paz to Mazatlán. It was a bit pricey, at $2,830 pesos / $230 USD, but I probably would have spent at least that much on gas and hotels if I would have driven.

The trip was pretty uneventful, with two tasty but simple meals served.  I was woken at about 5am by the foghorn blasting as the captain warned other boats of our presence in the thick fog.

So, I arrived in Mazatlan bright and early this morning and wandered around… to the market, cathedral, and then along the malecón.  When I got back to my car, I drove the route and found out that it was about 7 miles.  I had a decent meal of smoked marlin tacos to refuel my body.  I then checked into my $8 hotel…. clean but definitely not fancy.

My plan is to spend a day or two here before heading to Mex D.F.  Oh yeah, and the roads in Baja claimed the muffler on my car.  It sounds completely riced out and the incessant drone at highway speeds have convinced me to replace it.  One more thing to add to the list of things to accomplish….