Panama city-Paso Canoa by bus/Paso Canoa-Palmar Norte by bike: Crossing the border to Costa Rica

Monday January 30, 2012, 100 km (62 miles) – Total so far: 1,181 km (734 miles)

The drive with the bus was more or less o.k. Less because they had turned on the A/C to the maximum and you felt like in a freezer. It was fucking cold. I had to put on all my jackets and wrapped my cambodian scarf around my head.

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Panama city: Organizing the bus to the frontier with Cost Rica (Paso Canoa)

Waiting to get on the bus

Sunday January 29, 2012

Organizing the bus transfer to Paso Canoa (the border to Costa Rica) took us half day, the patient soul of Panama again showed its whole dimension. After breakfast we took a taxi to the bus station as you can buy your ticket only at the same day you want to travel.

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Panama city: Sightseeing: Panama Viejo,Parque Metropolitano

Ruins Panama Viejo

Saturday January 28, 2012

We got up earlier this morning for we wanted to find a bike shop to maybe get a new tube for my wife`s bike and just see what`s about bikes in Panama….In our hotel they can`t help you with nothing, I don`t know from which planet they are, but surely they don`t know anything about Panama City.

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Panama city: Sightseeing: Channel & Casco Viejo

The lock

Friday January 27, 2012

We were so keen on visiting the famous Panama Channel that this was our first aim in the ranking of the sights.They have a visitor center right by the Channel, called “Miraflores” and we took a taxi to go there (in Panama City everyone moves in Taxies as local buses are not very reliable and you have to tell the driver where you want to go and he drops you off there.

!–more–>Going to “Miraflores” they drop you of 15min walking for example…). When we arrived, it was already crowded and you wait in an endless queue. (First you wait in the queue where you buy the tickets, after you wait in another queue to enter.) The upper floor you couldn`t even visit because it was under construction and there was only one floor left to see the ship passing.

Actually you were looking at a big watergate on an absolutely crowded visitor`s terrasse. Not a big deal, honestly. From there we went to “Casco Viejo” the colonial part of Panama City, which is much nicer than the rest of the town. Always you have to bargain the price of the taxi before taking it, because there are no taximeters existing in Panama. Often they try to give you the “Gringo-Version” of the real price.
“Casco Viejo” is an absolutely charming place that shouldn`t be missed when you are in Panama City.

Watergate "Miraflores"
Watergate “Miraflores”
Vessel at the lock
Vessel at the lock
The lock
The lock
Locomotive to pull the ship
Locomotive to pull the ship
A huge ship transporting bananas
A huge ship transporting bananas
Church at Casco Viejo
Church at Casco Viejo
Old houses
Old houses
Colonial houses
Colonial houses
Cuna woman selling her art at Plaza Francia
Cuna woman selling her art at Plaza Francia

Relaxing in Nueva Gorgona

Birds attac!!

Wednesday January 25, 2012

We slept till 9.30am, and got a little breakfast at the hotel. Afterwards we took a walk to the beach wich isn`t very attractive here.

!–more–>The only thing that was really fascinating were the birds that tried to steal some fish from the returning boats of the fishermen. You can buy fish here directly from the boat if you like.

We watched the scene for a while and as it was fucking hot, we decided to spend the rest of the day in the hotel pool.

It wasn`t exactly clean, but with enough heat you can easily ignore some facts!As the supermarket was closed, we had to eat our last reserves,a really nice dinner as you can see on the picture!!

Birds attac!!
Birds attack!!
Birds don t give up
Birds don t give up
Vulture enjoying a fishhead
Vulture enjoying a fishhead
Our lovely dinner
Our lovely dinner

Aguadulce-Nueva Gorgona: Flat tire,accident and robbery at the local supermarket

Fixing again

Tuesday January 24, 2012, 115 km (71 miles) – Total so far: 996 km (619 miles)

Again the Panamericana. We cycled about 20 km and flat tire number three occured at my wife`s bike. I really don`t know why she is so upset every time, because the one who has to fix it is poor Gerardo.

Fortunately she noticed it, when we were buying some stuff at a supermarket just on the roadside, and I decided to fix it right there because here they offered a very important thing: Shadow!! It didm`t take me so long because I just changed the tube and on we went.

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Santiago-Aguadulce

Strange feelings

Monday January 23, 2012, 75 km (47 miles) – Total so far: 881 km (547 miles)

Surprise, surprise! As we were ready to cycle on, my wife`s bike again had a flat tire. Nothing to do against it, we had to stay and I first fixed that damned tire again. Two flat tires in two days? She was kind of freakin`but man – shit happens, you got to stay cool. No problem, we just got on the road half past eight instead of seven. A little bit more sun-that`s all.

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