Around the world in Cessna 182

December 12, 2003
Merida, Mexico (MMMD) to New Orleans, Louisiana (KMSY)

Back to the USA after so many days. It is nice to be home. Todays flight was over the gulf, from the top of the Yucatan Peninsula to the Big Easy (New Orleans). The whole flight was in the complete darkness (I left Merida at 22:00 local time) but there really was nothing to see anyway, only whole lot of water.

I did the flight in the VFR since it was all above the water and there was nothing higher than the waves. I took direct route (heading 353) at the altitude of 5,500 ft. where I found nice tail wind that made this trip much shorter than I expected (with the ground speed of over 140 kn it was no wonder).

It was exciting to arrive to New Orleans if only virtually. That is one of my favorite cities and I have many great memories from there. Mmmm, Cafe Au Lait and beignets at the Cafe du Monde. I can taste that now. It's been few years that I have visited New Orleans. It is time to go again I guess.

Weather was starting to get worse as I was approaching the coast of Louisiana. Front was coming and the forecast called for thunderstorms later tonight. Luckily, I arrived before things got really bad.

Ready for a takeoff

Leaving Merida, heading north

Flying towards the Mississippi river

Final approach to the Armstrong airport

Parked at the gate
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