We scan for a hotel on our way into town. Bike security and affordability is the priority. A few blocks from the malecon we find a hotel with a pool. The guy at the front desk says to pull the bike right into the lobby. The price is $57, not in our price range. Next we find a place just off the malecon for $35 / night. The guy at the front desk there also says we could pull the bike right into the lobby. I say "If it will fit we will take it" We were too wide to fit and had to continue looking.
Heidi spotted a hotel on our way into town that looked like it had a secure court yard. We head back a few miles and pull into Hotel Calafia. $33/night, king size bed, pool, restaurant and a very friendly feel. We are set.
It is too late to get our bike cleared through customs, the office is open from 8:00AM to 2:00PM Monday through Thursday. Bummer, we have to wait until Monday before we can cross to mainland Mexico on the ferry. The plan is to meet up with Conchita and Brian in Mazatlan. If they are on schedule we will miss them :(
Cruising into town we spotted a DHL office so decide to send home our tent, bed rolls, one sleeping bag, my jeans and Heidi's long sleeve hooded sweatshirt, about 12 pounds of load. It's hard to describe the relief this brings. A lighter bike handles better, takes bumps and potholes better and is easier to push. Before shipping the boxes out we have to get it cleared with Mexican customs. Luckily the customs office is just up the block.