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Old 04-25-2013, 11:00 AM   #226
Saralou
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Joined: Feb 2011
Location: July 22, 2012 start RTW from Vancouver, B.C.
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Almirante

The view from the hotel is of the Chiquita banana loading area. There are huge plantations to the north and south. This hotel has a 24 hour casino, which may be the only entertainment in town for the men from the cargo ships besides the prostitutes. The garbage on the ground here may be some of the worst we have seen.



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The ferry to the islands leaves the mainland at 8 everyday except Mondays and returns to Almirante at 6 p after the delivery trucks have finished their rounds. This means we will have to stay in this sketch town another night on the way back. There is a really interesting character Benny Woods who owns the restaurant at the docks. He has seen a lot in his 70 plus years.



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People checking out of the hotel at 4 am and yelling in the hallway woke us up at 4 am. We eventually got up at 6 to get the bikes in line for the ferry. We were sitting talking to Benny at 7 when we heard trucks going by. We ran out and the ferry was already loading, so we had to scramble to get on. The trip is 10$ per bike and takes 2 hours.



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