July 30, 2012 - I caught up with Jan in Dominical, a small beach town built around a dirt road and a few hippies. The beach was not much compared to Santa Teresa and the best accommodation in town had no windows, just mosquito netting. This is what traveling is all about.
After a day or so of catching up on email, pictures and generally hanging around contemplating life, I sent a casual email to Tea, our contact with Evergreen to let her know we were getting closer to Panama and we'd be looking for a container to share in the next week or so, if one was available.
After looking around at the various options of crossing the Darien Gap between Panama and Columbia (no, there is no road connecting Central and South America), we decided a shared container was the best of the available options.
Tea's reply was instantaneous and urgent. She had a container with two cars and some space for two bikes. The trouble was we were 700 kms away, still in Costa Rica and crossing from Costa Rica into Panama is fraught with all sorts of problems. After some discussion and weighing of options, we decided to be foolish and try to cross a border and cover 700 kms in a day to get there in time. And so ended our hammock time with the hippies.
At 5:00 AM the next morning, we were ready to roll.