It is time to start my trek back to the United States to get out of the hurricane belt and also spend some time with my sons. I am cycling up to travel to Utila, Honduras and the rest of the Bay Islands. There are two reasons: first I would like to see them, as they are a big cruiser destination. Second, this will get Reboot further east. That will make the passage up thru the Yucatan Channel more of a reach and less close hauled.
Unlike some of the places I have visited Honduras does not charge much for checking in and checking out. The fees for Mexico, Belize and Guatemala may not seem like much, a couple of hundred US each, but if you are spending two or three days in each country as you pass through it is a lot of money. So I will bypass them all and head direct back to Key West, a distance of about 800 nm. Of course if the weather turns bad I will duck in and take refuge.
This is a particularly good time to leave. I am in the eastern trade winds. This means that almost all of the time the winds are from the NE, E, or SE. There is a weather system developing over the Gulf of Mexico that will shift the winds to the west for the next couple of days. I hope for a great downwind run to the Bay Islands.
I am off this morning to Livingston to check out for an early morning departure tomorrow.
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