Tag Archive: panama

Feb 07

The Forgotten Coast

Petrol Station

This stretch of coast is alive.  At my feet dozens of tiny hermit crabs inch their way across the black sands leaving diminutive little trails in the soft wet sand behind them while in front of me a squadron of a dozen pelicans fly low over the crashing surf, looking more like boats magically hovering …

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Feb 06

Quiet Villages, Loud Machine Guns

Arriving in Jaque

Jaque After pulling away from the good ship Victoria our lancha whipped us towards land.  We bounced across the surf and over a sandbar before entering a small natural breakwater.  We had arrive in Jaque. Now that we were here, the next stage of our journey to Buenaventura, Colombia would be to hire a lancha …

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Feb 06

The Good Ship Victoria C.

Meeting Victoria The outboard engine roared as we bounced across the dark waters reflecting the lights of Panama city.  It was 8pm on a thursday night and we were in a small dinghy being taxied out to Victoria C. the cargo boat that would be our ride for the first leg of our journey into …

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Feb 05

Stage 7: Colombia and the Darien Gap AKA Operation: VICTORY LAP!!!

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And so it all comes down to this: the seventh and final stage of the Tour de Zack y Tony.    Indeed, Operation: Wrong Way!, Operation: Fish Tacos!, Operation: Tequila! Tequila!, Operation: Glorious Ruination!, Operation: Jungle Boogie!, and Operation: Enduring Freedom! have all been completed, so just one more operation – Operation: VICTORY LAP!!! – …

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Feb 04

Confronting the Darién Gap

DARIEN GAP

The Final 90 km Having arrived in Panama City, it was time for Tony and I to finally confront a problem that we had been slowly approaching ever since turning south in San Francisco:  There is no road to Colombia. Remarkably, the Darien Gap as it is known is the only break in the Pan-American Highway …

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Jan 29

The End of a Continent!

Tony poses in front of the Bridge of the Americas

The Bridge of the Americas. In the end, it took Tony and I five days to ride the 440km from David to Panama City.  It was a journey that in our minds was a blend of raw perseverance, blissful satisfaction, and triumphant nostalgia, as we were very aware that this was the final push and …

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Jan 06

The Final Push

Final push

We got NO brakes. On the 2 of January, exactly 1 year after crossing the US/Mexican Border, I loaded up Tony for the first time since his accident, said my goodbyes to the boys at Mamallena and set out on the easiest ride of the entire trip.  I was going 40 km to the city …

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Jan 05

Volcano for New Years

The sun makes it first appearance of 2013 in Panama.

The lead up to New Years We arrived in Boquete in shambles, I was scraped and bruised and slightly shredded, Tony was in pieces and not worth much more than scrap aluminium.  It was raining.  I checked into Mamallena’s, a hostel in central Boquete that I had been hearing about by word of mouth for …

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Jan 05

Christmas on the road.

Getting festive for the lead up to Christmas.

Pig for Christmas I put down my book Cascabel by Arturo Arias and got up from my perch which had been carefully positioned to be sheltered from both the rain whipping around the corner and the smoke coming up from the fire.  I moved over to the fire, on top of with was a gigantic …

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Dec 27

Hangovers in Paradise

My personal beach on Isla Colon

Power Hour “So, wait, are you saying that…”  I stopped mid-sentence at hearing Summer of 69 by Bryan Adams cut mid-chord and change to The Proclaimers’ I would walk 500 miles.  Pulling away from yelling into Erin’s ear I grabbed my plastic shot glass full of beer and “clinked” with my Finnish friend Heikki before …

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