It appears Gus McLeod is a few miles closer to his polar
crossing, but complications of one form or another have
slowed his progress a bit.
On Wednesday, Gus took off from Panama City enroute to Tumbes,
Peru, when he was diverted to land in Ecuador. Gus was forced to
land by the Ecuadorians, who forced him to stand before a tribunal
and explain how his aircraft -- called the Firefly -- was
not a military machine. Apparently, when the Panamanians filed his
flight plan to Peru, they somehow listed his trip as a military
flight, hence the Ecuadorian confusion.
So, with only a few hours of sleep and all the bureaucratic
headaches out of his way, Gus set course for Santiago, Chile. Along
the way, Gus